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1.0 out of 5 starsLazy Writing
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2014
Just when I thought Woods couldn't get any lazier, he proved me wrong. This was nothing more than an agonizing dialog about living the high life and a vehicle for Woods to continue to show his politics. Good grief, Chris Mathews? If you're going to showcase a liberal commentator at least pick someone that's got more than 10 viewers. He couldn't even get Billy to do anything meaningful and I've got to a point where I like the Billy/Teddy character more than Stone. On another note, I wonder if he gets paid for product placement. Notice how he brings up specific product names in most of his books lately? To refer to a cell phone as an iPhone is completely unnecessary. His mention of the Chevrolet Malibu and its rave reviews is another example among others. I said this before and I went and bought this book anyway, so I think I'll say it again only back it up this time--Time to pass on future Woods books unless the reviews overwhelmingly give me a reason to do otherwise.
I was disappointed with the last book, and unfortunately, this one is even worse. It's obvious someone else is writing for Woods these days. And there's so little plot. The book begins with a ridiculous number of chapters devoted to Will and Katherine Lee, and her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Snoozzzzze. Seriously. Regardless of political party. Then fortunately Ed Eagle shows up and it finally gets interesting. But he is scantily showcased; I think his appearance was a cheap shot at peaking our interest, however briefly. I would have much more enjoyed an Ed Eagle (as the lead) book, instead of a weak nod to him in this one.
This book is just a mess, frankly, overall. Gone is the sharp, witty Stuart Woods writing we were weaned on. Instead of his books gaining momentum, their excitement and interest travel at a snail's pace today.
Other reviewers have talked about an abrupt ending to this novel, and it's definitely worth mentioning. Barbara is killed by her husband, then he sits down for a drink. THE END (of book). No closure with Ed Eagle, Stone, etc. I fully expected at least another chapter or two; I was shocked. It. Just. Ended. Done. Talk about an unsatisfying climax to a book. :/
I'm amazed this work was okayed by Woods' publisher. I can only guess they're in it for the money. I'm actually dreading the next work coming out this fall. I nearly pre-ordered it, but changed my mind. Hoping against hope that someone in "the powers that be" gets a clue, then does something constructive about it, but I'm keeping my expectations low. This isn't the first egg Woods has laid, and I no longer expect any that are golden.
Dull and Disorganized! I have read every Stone Barrington novel and this is not one of the best by far. There is no action until about page 115. Prior to that, the story revolves around Kate Lee's announcement that she is running for President. (Her husband, Will, Is the current prez). Stone becomes involved in the Democratic convention machinations which includes hopping in and out of bed with Ann Keaton, Kate's deputy campaign manager. So there's that plot. Then Ed Eagle, the New Mexico attorney, that devotees of previous Stuart Woods' novels will recognize, appears with yet another plot line that involves him and a vindictive ex-wife. And curiously, Billie Burnett, AKA Teddy Fay, seems to have declared himself America's assassin and he roils the plot yet again. Alas, the ending is as flat as a glass of cheap champagne, which Stone would never have at the plush Arrington or on his private jets. Nor would his son Peter, who began at the top after graduating from college, and is reaching for the stars, literally, as he seems to be pretty much running Centurion Studios, has his own McMansion and his own chef and cannot be 25 yet. Those who have read all the Barrington novels may remember that when Arrington has her and Stone's child in a previous novel, it is a girl. Yet in the last several books, the child has morphed into a son. There is also a flaw in "Cut and Thrust." The two LAPD cops announced they are going to find Mrs. Grosvenor for questioning, even before they come across the white envelope with her thumb print on it that identifies her. Where is the Stone Barrington of old?
4.0 out of 5 starsThe ever adept Mr Barrington, Cutting and Thrusting!
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2014
Stone Barrington spends his usual amount of time hopping from one bed to another with another beautiful woman after another...ad nauseum. BUT, I always buy a Stuart Wood book as soon as they come out!!! I am just now reading New York Dead, which was the reason I put Stuart Wood in my Top 10 Authors list. In NYD, Stone is still a NYC police officer and loving it. Due to politics, he is given his walking papers and takes the bar and becomes a lawyer for Woodman. Stone was still sleeping around, but he wasn't so polished or worldly...as he is now. I miss the old Stone Barrington...a little more naive, but Dino keeps educating him! When I compare him to the character in Cut and Thrust, though still extremely likable, I think I like the less polished Stone. I sincerely wish though that he would be a little more selective about sleeping with so many women in one book. I miss his relationship with Arrington. Mr. Woods, could there be another Arrington in his future...someone to be monogamous with? The story line always carries the reader forward without all the extracurricular activities. Same activities, one lady would be my preference.
1.0 out of 5 starsWorse Stone Barrington novel yet...So sad to say.
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2014
I wish I would have saved my money. Poorly written it jumped all over the place to make a point. Not the fast paced Stone novel he usually writes, it took me four days to read, not the usual "I can't put this down" .
I read this BEFORE the Donald became the POTUS, and hoped it was a vision of what might unfold. Alas, fiction is better than real life. I can console myself that at least in my favourite fictional world, good triumphs and the ignorant are vanquished. The chapters focussed on the Convention kept me enthralled, as if I were there! Delightful, as always!
Fast paced, well written and engaging.perhaps a little too predictable -except for the twist at the end. Maybe a little too simplistic in terms of process - would that getting the presidential nomination were that east - but we liked it being that easy so how could we really complain.take it to the cottage, grab a glass of wine and your day will pass in no time,