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Strategic Moves: A Stone Barrington Novel [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Woods

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Stone Barrington's been set up to take a big fall...

Stone's undercover dealings with M16 have brought in a big new client. That means a huge bonus and a partnership-until Stone gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion...and his life.


About the Author

Stuart Woods is the author of fifty novels, including the New York Times���bestselling Stone Barrington and Holly Barker series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in New York City, Florida, and Maine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1087 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (Jan. 18 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00475AXI8
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strategic Moves Feb. 7 2011
By kimberly c zimmermann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a long time fan and some one who has read each and every one of Woods' books, I found "Strategic Moves," his latest work, to be very disappointing and an annoying waste of $12. A long time admirer of Woods' "Stone Barrington" charachter I found this book to be nothong more than a male mastaabitorial treatise as Woods demolished his once lovable Barrington charachter in favor of a shallow, sophmoric, pig Barrington that lacks all credibility with respect to reality. The old Stone Barrington character was a womanizer, sure, but Barrington was an interesting, intelligent, respectful, loveable womanizer. A character that smart women would enjoy dating and men would like to aspire to. Now he is a ridiculous specimen of the male gender that no self respecting female would ever date and that only a foolish and stupid man going through a midlife crisis would want to be.

Over the years I witnessed a commonality among writers, both print and television, in that the fall prey to trying to out do themselves. Perhaps 5 Barrington novels back I worried that Woods had fallen on to this path when he brought many of his charaters together (Stone, Holly, Lance, etc.) in a book I referred to as the "fantastic four." I was delighted when I bought the next Barrington novel and found Woods had reigned his characters back in (not typical). Hopefully this new Barrington charater will be reigned back in too as this new Barrington reminds me of sad little men who buy jaguars and/or wear their wallets on their foreheads in an efforts to capture as many women as possible during a midlife crisis. It's not attractive to watch, it's just sad, and only the most pathetic women find this type of man alluring.

I hope and pray to see a return of Stone's character in Woods next book but I hold out little hope as Woods seems to have lost perspective with respect to his character development and is likely off the deepend forever.
46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twist-a-chapter thriller Jan. 18 2011
By Horatio Q. Miguel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Not as politically charged as the phenomenal "Gods of Ruin" and not as detailed as Clancy's new one Dead or Alive, Woods's latest has some awesome plot twists that keep you flipping the pages. If you can get past the classic cheese (reflected in the protagonist's '80s radio personality name and character), "Strategic Moves" is a good, fast read (even for those I'm sure who aren't speed readers). The basic premise is that the firm that Stone works for got paid by the client that Stone brought on through his work in previous novels. And in turn, Stone gets a promotion and a check for a cool million (nice). But Stone soon learns that the new client isn't all peaches and cream and just might be illegitimate. Rollercoaster ensues. Fun Read.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Undeveloped plots that lack excitement Feb. 12 2011
By S. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have read all of the Stone Barrington series, but it had been a year since the last one came out. I felt lost with all the references to earlier people, places, and events that I couldn't remember. I also felt like there were too many story lines attempted, and none of them really developed into anything very exciting. I feel like my copy was missing some pages; was the murder of Adele ever resolved? And how cold, even for Stone, to take another woman to the Maine house for a weekend just days after the 1st one was murdered! Some of the Barrington series are definitely better than others, but this one is the worst by far. Maybe I have graduated to more talented writers. Sorry Mr. Woods; you just don't cut it anymore.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Woods's style has changed Jan. 31 2011
By Dena M. Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have loved the Barrington Series for many years. His style has changed quite a bit in the past few books. If you like spy thrillers, espionage, international incident type books, you'll love this one. Unfortunately I have been extremely disappointed in his turn to more "spy stuff". I liked it better when he actually wrote murder mysteries instead of all this CIA this, MI6 that, FBI such and such, etc...

So, I'm giving up Stone Barrington for awhile.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Last Stone Barrington Book I will Read April 26 2011
By W. Quirk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been a huge fan of Woods books for many years and particularly the Stone Barrington series. The last book I found incredibly difficult to get through, but managed. Strategic Moves was an incredibly easy read but the plot lines were so absurd that I have no interest in reading another Woods book in the future.

Stone no longer seems to have any depth whatsoever....he just gladly goes in whatever direction is needed to advance the contrived story. Hey Stone, want to fly to Iraq? Sure, why not? Hey Stone, want to participate in the extradiction of a prisoner from Spain? Well as a seasoned New York attorney that sounds like something I should definitely get involved with. Hey Stone...want to be the main character in a horrible book? Of course, my fans will read anything.

In the past, Stone has been quite the ladies man but again there was some depth to the romances. In this book, he meets a woman, flies her off to Maine for a romantic weekend, she then gets murdered and....he moves right on to another woman and surprise, flies her off to Maine too. So not only is Stone too lazy to think up an original date now, but the murder of his first romantic interest is never solved. There are a lot of theories raised, and possible suspects....but no resolution whatseover. The Stone from the past would have at least solved the murder. Isn't that one of the basic expectations of a book like this?

Finally....the whole plot just felt contrived. Characters are always exactly where they need to be to advance the story. Need to get Stone involved with an international arms dealer...put Stone on a flight to Iraq...as a well-heeled attorney who only drinks Knob Creek he would fit right in on a clandestine flight to Iraq. Need Stone and his handler in the CIA to have contact? The CIA handler will magically be in Maine every single time Stone is there...since Maine is such a hot-spot of course. Need the CIA to help with a protection detail....well what do you know, they happen to have a safe-house in the same neighborhood. And when all else fails....everyone will just show up at Elaine's for dinner...it felt like half the book took place in that restaurant. The only way I will ready another Woods book is if the title is "Elaine's Burns Down".

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