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Publisher's Summary

In this exhilarating new thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington must go up against an enemy with deadly intentions - and ideologies.

Stone Barrington and his friends are vacationing in Maine when their leisure is suddenly disrupted by extreme weather. To make matters worse, the inclement conditions allow for a menacing adversary to sneak in unnoticed and deliver a chilling message. Soon it becomes clear that the target of the incident is one of Stone's closest companions, and that these enemies have a grander scheme in mind. 

From the bustling streets of New York City to the sun-drenched shores of Key West, Stone intends to nab the criminals that appear behind him at every step. But his search only leads him further down a trail of peril and corruption, and he'll soon find that at the end of the road is a more dangerous foe than he could have imagined....

©2020 Stuart Woods (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

 "The action builds to a satisfying double climax." (Publishers Weekly)

"This is prime Woods.... Slick, reliable, action-oriented escapism, just right for troubled times." (Booklist)

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Ugh!

The worst book of the series by far! I’ve been a fan for a long time but this story was disappointing.

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Should have listened to negative reviews

I saw the negative reviews but disregarded them cause I enjoy the Stone Barrington series. The political focus of making the vilians be republican or conservatives and the left being the good guys has gotten so old to me and very low level or basic. The series used to offer some complexity but has lost that with this one

I am tired of Wood's views dominating his story. Doesn't matter which side you are on this should be entertainment. The blatant disregard for his readers is the end for me.

Overall enjoy Robert's read just not the series. After buying everyone of these I'm finally out and will not buy anymore and suggest you do the same.

Sad ending to what was a good relationship.

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Politics

I rarely write a review. I have read every Stuart Woods novel twice. Each novel has been creeping closer and closer to politics. Quite honestly, I have enough politics in real life. If you prefer a more conservative view of politics, skip this one. I am sad because Stone Barrington has ALWAYS been my escape.

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Not a typical Stone Barrington

disappointed by this one not a typical stone Barrington.
while he was in the story it wasn't really about his adventures.

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Exciting and suspenseful as always.

Once I started listening, I didn't want to stop. Interesting new characters I would love to have included in a new story.

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Good read!!

Another chapter in the Stone Barrington story!! Quite entertaining. Easy read, well written and enjoyed the narration.

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I like me some Stone Barrington at least once a year!

This was good entertainment and easy listening.Stuart Woods,thank you for another exciting episode of the illustrious Stone Barrington and his crew.Lived it!

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poor narration, characters sounded old and boring. Each character sounded as they were in there 80s with little enthusiasm...supposed to be an action novel.

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Keep your politics OUT!!!

I’ve purchased and enjoyed all of the Stone Barrington novels but this may be the last one for our family.

The characters and the narrator are so familiar and feel almost like friends. The problem with the author has been getting worse over the last few novels. It’s no fun to be constantly preached to with his liberal views and constant bashing of any main character that is considered conservative. Now, he rips on Fox News and conservative characters constantly and it’s stupid. People buy these types of books for joy and to get away from the nastiness of the news.

It’s difficult to take one seriously that flies his own private jet and lives so well after creating such a wonderful line of good books. We love your product SW and enjoy supporting you, but after not finishing the last 2 of 47, we may have come to the end.

Enjoy the freedom of your views, but please respect those on the other side and don’t force your views on others. For this reviewer, strong family values, working hard for the family, paying taxes and loving the USA does not seem to be so bad... so please stop using the wonderful world of Stone to talk down to us.

Please stick to what made SB so popular.

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Too political

If Stuart Woods goal was to divide the Stone Barrington audience, then he succeeded. We all knew that he favored Democrats but he really went over the line with some unnecessary shots at Republicans. I wanted to turn it off at some points but kept going hoping it would get better.

Cheap politics aside, this was probably one of Woods worst outings. The plot was overdone but yet not developed enough. I spent the whole first half of the book thinking why but I realized I’d never get a good answer but Woods expected us to hate the villain because he’s Republican. The plot seemed rushed but then slow at other times.

Stone was reduced to a minor player and Dino was practically nonexistent. And his role was basically reduced to that of a sex toy with a wallet.

His other books are better and way more deserving of a listen than this one.