Stone Barrington is called to Bel-Air to oversee an exclusive event that will gather the top echelons of the beau monde: Hollywood starlets, socialites, politicos, billionaires from overseas. It's a task in which Stone has a personal stake, and one that is made all the more pleasurable-though somewhat more complicated-with the arrivals of two beautiful women with whom he's intimately acquainted.But the grand occasion has also attracted a dangerous criminal group with sinister plans. The hunt to find them leads Stone into a complex web of deceit and misdirection, in a world where the intrigues of government intelligence collide with the clandestine machinations of the upper crust. As he draws nearer to his quarry, he realizes that the stakes are higher than anybody could ever imagine . . . and that the enemies he's seeking might just be hiding in plain sight.
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1 . Insipid Drivel
Posted October 05, 2012 by JR , SacramentoDon't waste your time. I have been a fan of the Stone Barrington series since its inception. Unfortunately, I feel the need to report that the author, Stuart Woods, is brain dead and is simply on auto pilot. (For fans of the series and the author, this is an intentional double entendre for Mr. Woods' self-love as a pilot).
The prose is stilted and unimaginative. In an early discussion of Stone's actions to not profit from Arrington's inheritance, the interviewer remarks, "How abstemious of you." Abstemious...really? I'm 60 years old and don't really care that Mr. Woods has recently purchased a Thesaurus. SPOILER ALERT (ok, you can't spoil what is rotten) As I started the book, I looked at my wife (who had read it) and said, so Stone's linking back up with the CIA and Holly Barker again--is she the Director, yet? My wife rolled her eyes and told me I'd finished the book in ten pages.
No reason to read the rest.
September 17, 2012
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