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Deep Lie [Mass Market Paperback]

Stuart Woods
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lighter weight spy novel... May 3 2004
...but quite fun to read. Although I am sure most people, including Mr. Woods himself, are tired of this comparison, this book is very Clancy-ish in its Russia vs. U.S. one-upmanship and its submarine and weaponry technological detail work.
The story is told from two alternating viewpoints: the first from CIA department head Katherine Rule who thinks she has discovered a plot in which Russia will be invading Sweden. Not one of her superiors believes her and she must go behind their backs to continue investigating this dire possibility. The other viewpoint is that of a Russian submarine commander, moved from his normal naval command to an elite Russian fighting force, the one being trained for the invasion itself.
The storytelling is competent and not as technologically detailed as a Tom Clancy, making the story, in my opinion, flow more smoothly than Clancy's. I had figured out who the mole in the CIA book was long before the end of the book but it held my interest enough to want to find out how & when Katherine would discover it.
All in all, a nice earlier book by Woods and a step above most of his somewhat cookie-cutter mystery thrillers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The value of quitting while you're ahead Nov. 15 2001
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About 15 years ago, before the genesis of his Pat Conroy-esque Lee Family series and his equally successful Stone Barrington books, Stuart Woods apparently decided he liked the ground Tom Clancy was beginning to tread. After this book, he decided one was enough, which makes this effort the stronger for all that. Woods has proven that if you don't get too gee-whiz in the Clancy fashion, you can still get the job done. Keep the story simple, avoid Ludlum-style mazes of subplots and gobbledegook, and your reward will be that not that many people will call you a dilletante or a poseur. There's even a bit of Clive Cussler-style huge-evil-plot. Heroine Kate Rule comes off more as a contemporary of Clancy's Jack Ryan than a ripoff in this sort-of prequel to "Grass Roots". She can kick butt when needed without becoming a cartoonish Wonder Woman clone (as she proves when she nails a guy who's been shadowing her). The Russians as the bad guys aspect of this book can be attributed to the fact that the Cold War wasn't over yet when it was written. We get to see Will Lee as a supporting character while he's still only in a casual relationship with Kate. Plus Will's boss Senator Ben Carr while he still has his health and vitality. So this book is also consistent with the character development we've come to expect of Woods. I love the Lee Family series. I also love Clancy's Jack Ryan books. This book is a fusion of the two that isn't really that incongruous, especially since Woods did it only once.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fine Stuart Woods Novel Sept. 13 1998
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I was having an online conversation with a friend some time ago, and he recommended Stuart Woods as an author to read. I started with Dirt, then Choke, then continued reading, but I have been most pleasantly surprised by this book. The main characters are all very well written. The novel was also more espionage oriented, which Wood's masterfully wrote, with only a few minor mistakes that one (like myself) who has studied something of Russian history, would find fault with. The novel was so well written though, none of those come to mind at this moment. Then again, the novel was puplished in 86, and I didn't start my serious Russian studies until after the fall of the wall. Many thanks to Mr. Woods for an excellent novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good audio Oct. 17 2001
By Bill
Format:Audio Cassette
I have never read Stuart Woods before. I only got the audio because I could not find anything else. It was a great audio. It moved fast enough that I did not forget to listen, as I sometimes do when listening to a book. The character names were a bit hard to keep up with, but it did not distract. I recomend this as a book or an audio. Of course I have the audio for sale, so what else would you expect me to say. Really, I did enjoy it from the quick beginning to the end. I hated that it was finished.
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25 pages in it became obvious that this book is nothing but poor man's James Bond 007-style fairytale. Author has zero knowledge of Russian social politics and geography. Time line is way way of base! The only reason I finished reading this book is to see how bad it will get towards the end. I read dozens of books about cold war and espionage and I would have to put this in bottom 3. Unless you enjoy unrealistic Star wars type fiction this book is not for you..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great espionage thriller Sept. 19 1999
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This book was my first exposure to Stuart Woods. I read it when it first came out in paperback in the late 80's. Since then I have read all of Woods' books and have without fail enjoyed all of them. In recent years his books seem more cranked out based on the quality of the writing, but I really can't complain since I still can't put 'em down once I start reading.
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