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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

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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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Ok

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

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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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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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Same Character use.

I like using the same character. It makes you just kind of pick up where they left off from former books.

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These are sooo good!

love Stuart Woods...reading or listening! Never a disappointment! Fun, quick and always a good mystery!

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Couldn’t get past the first few chapters.

I missed the Holly Barker that was more subtle than a baseball bat between the eyes, and Cassandra Carter’s narration.