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Publisher's Summary

Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington tracks a mobster hiding deep within the witness protection program in this new thriller in the New York Times best-selling series - with a little help from beautiful Florida police chief Holly Barker.

©2016 Stuart Woods (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“It’s double the pleasure and double the fun as Woods brings series character Holly Barker, chief of the Orchid Beach, Fla., police department, onstage to co-star with PI Stone Barrington.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Fast action, catchy plot and spicy dialogue.” (The Calgary Sun

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Great Holly Barker Story From the "Elaine's Years"

This is the old Stone and Holly that we know. This story has twists and turns to make it interesting and a good listen. The story includes (in addition to Stone and Holly), Ham Barker, Lance Cabot, Dino, Herbie, Joan, Ed Eagle and Elaine
with references to some old favorites like Bob Cantor. At times it looks like Stone and Holly are doomed.

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Reckless, in several ways...

I have long been a fan of the Stone Barrington and Holly Barker stories, but in this book they have both degenerated into airhead horndogs. Their behavior, in the midst of tracking down a conscienceless murderer is bizarre. Pinheads. Stone does have a history of bedding any willing woman who crosses his path, so his behavior is not a surprise, but Holly's is. The storyline itself is fun and diverting, but I wanted to shake both of these late-thirties adolescents and yell: "Get with the program you idiots!" Also, Holly is not in her usual good control as when she's at home in Orchid Beach as the Chief of Police. In NYC where she does not have Police authority, she's unpredictable and nearly uncontrollable, frequently hareing off to chase the bad guy, outside her jurisdiction. Maybe she left her brains in FL.

I have listened to the SB series up to book 21, but I do not plan to continue the series beyond that point because the author's writing has continued to sink and sidestep into too much sleazy, pointless titillation.

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love stone Barrington, but this wasn't one of my f

Tony Roberts did a great job narrating, but I had a hard time finishing this. didn't enjoy this stone Barrington book, and I really like the Barrington series.

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Ok

A little all over the place at times. Not my favorite story in Holly Barker series.

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Not a bran teaser

I wanted something interesting to listen in my car on a trip; lighter prose works best. This story fit the bill; however nothing here to stretch your imagination or intellect!
Narrator is good and easy to listen to.

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Would you listen to Reckless Abandon again? Why?

This book ended with many unanswered questions. Can't wait to find out what happens next.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Edge of seat, kind of. It kept me on the laughter seat all the time.

What about Tony Roberts’s performance did you like?

Great as usual.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Laughter is always moving/

Any additional comments?

Be prepared to buy more Stuart Woods books. They are definitely entertaining.

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Early Stone Good Read !

Interesting, a little long, but definitely enjoyable for a Stone fan. Guess it builds on the relationships with Holly, Carpenter and Lance for later books.
Taken out of the series, its one of Woods poorer plots.

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I guess Stuart Woods had to have the characters repeat themselves over and over again to make it a full book

I have been working my way through the Stone Barrington series & this one was a struggle. All Stone & Holly did was repeat themself Stone being a wuss and letting whinny Holly get her way just so Stone could get layed over & over again. This book would have been half its size taking out the sex & the constant repeating every sentence that was conveyed to each other. If you can find out the plot of the book without having a read the middle part, the end is unexpected. I don’t mind a little sex in a book but all this wild monkey sex got boring to read. The hostage sex was stupid. I am going to read the next book in the series Two Dollar Bill if it bores me like this one did, I am done with horny toad Stone and start a Michael Conley series. Where it’s not screwing when they go to bed, the next morning, shower & do it again. Then of course let’s not forget midday screw. Most Ridiculous Hostage screw just stupid. And then talking about how he’s got to recuperate to do it again. Just stupid really. I was enjoying the series but it seemed more about the sex than the suspense of the plot. Especially this one even Dino & Stone basically said it was all about getting laid. This book was a waste of time. This was my 10th in the series. I think Stuart Woods was living out his sexual fantasies do this book this was just over the top six

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What happened to Holly? Who is this with her name?

Seriously, where did Holly go? The character with her name and back story exhibits completely different behavior. If you liked the Holly from previous books, be warned and proceed better aware than I. As one can tell from the review, I am quite annoyed. Really dislike her character now so much, she even treats Daisy differently, not so great.

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A challenging woman with a well-trained dog!

Tony Roberts did his usual great performance with intriguing and often funny material. Holly brings a new challenge to Stone's life, and who wouldn't love Daisy.