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The Short Forever (Stone Barrington #8)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  3,219 ratings  ·  115 reviews
The unflappable Stone Barrington comes face to face with two men whose lives are wrapped in shadows and lies—and who both still feel the sting of betrayal they can never forget.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place



Hired by an odd client previously unknown to him, Stone arrives in London, on a mission he thinks he understands, but doesn’t. Soon he finds himself not only out of hi
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 28th 2003 by Signet (first published 2002)
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Ray
Anyone who gave this book a bad review might want to re-think why they read Stuart Woods' novels. They are not classic literature. They are escapist fiction. You need to check your disbelief at the door. I haven't read a Stone Barrington novel in a while and I don't understand why I don't read them more often. I was caught up in Stone's world. I couldn't put the book down. It was a fun 300 pages. I'd love to go to Elaine's and meet up with Stone and Dino for their next adventure. Stuart Woods' a ...more
Devon
I was first introduced to Stone Barrington, the hero who always gets the lady and his man in `COLD PARADISE'. I started in the middle of the series because the premise of that particular book interested me but once I finished, I was hooked on the series. Stone Barrington is a 007 type of agent minus the flashy equipment, but he is every bit as much the ladies man. In `THE SHORT FOREVER' Stone is hired to watch over the niece of John Bartholomew, a very rich and very influential man who supplies ...more
Gae-Lynn Woods
Hardly Unique, But Always Reliable and Dependable.

Don't get me wrong, this is a fast read with a twisty plot, but it's a predictable Stone Barrington novel. (Which is part of its attraction - you always know what you'll get with Stuart Woods.) THE SHORT FOREVER takes Barrington to England, and what begins as an attempt to persuade a young woman away from her dangerous young man becomes a complicated spy tale, where no one is who they say they are, and everyone has an ulterior motive. Barrington'
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Kent Woodger
Everyone always has lots of money in Woods' Stone Barrington novels. This mystery/crime edition was fast, light reading (two days) and fairly entertaining as long as credibility is suspended. Not up to four star level.
Nancy
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Carol
I enjoyed listening to audio cassette tape version of The Short Forever by Stuart Woods. This is my first experience with this author. Tony Roberts was the reader. First a note about Mr. Roberts, he does the men’s voices very well but the women all seem older and have deeper voices than usual. But this reading was still a lot of fun.

Stone Barrington is new to me. I wasn’t prepared for his willingness to trust people so much and he seemed a bit naïve but also had an odd way of viewing life. At th
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Michael Redd
Usual romp with Stone and the gang...on to the next adventure!
Jerry
Stone is back, but hard to follow meandering plot...

Prolific Stuart Woods is back with his 8th Stone Barrington novel, of his 24 fictional works to date. If he had accidentally called Stone "James Bond" it would have been just as believable, as Barrington sleuths in espionage and intrigue during the day, and drinks and bed hops during the night. Traveling to London via the Concorde on an unlimited expense account, much of this book seems devoted to the lifestyles of the rich (even if not famous
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JBradford
My brother turned me onto Stuart Woods a couple summers ago when he passed on to me a box full of books he was done with (some of which I have not yet gotten around to reading), and I have enjoyed the ones I read, so I was happy to pick up four more of his books at a recent library book sale (at $3 a bagful, which I could not resist). I was then even happier to find that three of the four were Stone Barrington novels and in sequence, so reading the three of them one after the other was like read ...more
Rebekkila
Hired by an odd client previously unknown to him, Stone arrives in London on a mission he thinks he understands, but doesn't. Soon he finds himself not only out of his territory, but out of his depth as well. Stone is baffled by the behavior of both his quarry and his client, and his life is further complicated by two possibly three murders and the affectionate attentions of two former lovers. When the intelligence services of several countries become involved, he can only hang on for a wild rid ...more
Bob0link
This is the 8th book in the Stone Barrington series (I recommend reading from the beginning).

Cop-turned-investigator Stone Barrington returns in this eighth adventure following his biggest New York Times bestseller yet, last season's Cold Paradise.

Stone's new client, John Bartholomew, asks Stone to fly to London in search of a young woman whom he suspects has taken up with a mysterious character. Bartholomew asks Stone to see what he can find to discredit the man, Cabot, which seems a simple en
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Will
Jun 09, 2013 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Woods' readers classic
Callie calls it off; Stone goes to London. Stone is retained by John Bartholomew to travel to London and return his missing niece Erica Burroughs. The all expense paid cush project gets bogged down quickly when Stone finds himself in the middle of US, Brit and other intelligence operatives. By chance he stumbles into a former lover Sarah at her engagement party at the Lord of Wight estate. Sarah's fiance dies in a bizarre boating accident and Sarah inherits $750M. His pursuit of Erica results in ...more
Kellie Clodfelter
Stuart Woods has become a permanent top three author in my list of favorite authors. I love his work, so well-written! I love Stone Barrington, even when he is being a chauvinist! ...but always a suave chauvinist, with great clothes! He is one of the best characters to make up a series that I have ever encountered. This one just continued in the fashion of Stuart Woods, making this one & the whole series a MUST-read series!
Erika Harris
I came across four of these Stuart Woods books with Stone Barrington as the main character at the library book sale. This was a pretty good book, but I would've like it more if there wasn't several instances of gratuitous sex - there really wasn't reason for it and could've been left out of the story without losing anything. We'll see how the next three go.
Jill
I loved the London setting and the posh accommodations for the main character. Stone Barrington is a moral cop turned lawyer who takes on a case that is perplexing in that everyone seems to be lying to him. He is a little too free sexually but smart and human. The pace was quick and made this an exciting page turner.
Lin Da
Mindless brainless entertainment. I tend to read Stuart Woods on cross country flights as I can generally read the entire book in one sitting. Nothing unpredictable and I was definitely wishing for the unhappy ending that I thought was going to happen but didn't.
Howard Brittain
Another good instalment. Nothing special to say about it. The women keep coming ... and coming, and going ... and going.
I enjoy the light humour even if it does over do it a bit. But the story keeps moving and it's still fun.
Steve
10-12-2013 can't tell if i read it again or just highlights. !?!?!?!?!

7-25-2013 re-read it. set in London and parts of England. Lots of CIA intrigue. I recommend it, again.


Its a Stone Barrington story with a Lance Cabot overlay with tons of cash floating around, the rich get richer kind of find, sort of....

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In The Short Forever, the unflappable Stone Barrington flies to London to see a client he's never met-and comes face to face with two, possibly three, murders and the affectionate attentio
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Renee
I waited patiently for the next Stone Barrington book to arrive! This one was read in one day because of the easy writing style of Mr. Woods. Stone takes an unusual case from a man that sends Stone to England to retrieve the gentleman's niece. Stone soon discovers that the girl he is sent to find is not the gentleman's niece and that begins a journey into governmental spies and smuggling and illegal trading activities, along with the occasional murders.

The best part is that Stone is briefly reu
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Lee
Another winner by a real master of light reading fiction. Stone Barrington is a memorable and great character and Stuart Wood is just as unforgettable.
Don Sinquefield
Barrington

Hedger, Cabot, Carpenter and if that isn't enough try London. Excellent Stuart Woods book as is all of his books.
Sharon
Dragged a bit but still a good listen. Not crazy about Tony Roberts as the reader. Probably got used to the other guy so this just seemed off somehow.
Angel Santangelo
Loved it can't wait to read more from this author! A fast paced mystery that was the perfect read for my day off!
Elaine
A little slow....

this particular Stone Barrington novel was a little slower than most of other stories. I thought there was a lot of things left unexplained, but since I really enjoy the character of Stone Barrington I would still say it's a good read!
Arun Rao
Story doesnt go anywhere and ends poorly. Surely the worst Stone Barrington story that I've read so far
sharon L.Ligas
Once again a thrilling page turner

This was a great book, you keep guessing and wondering about the turns and twists turns from their trip from New York to England. Both of our heroes up to their necks again. You want to keep reading to go to the surprised ending

Citra CahyaNeartias
Ceritanya lumayan seru. tapi banyak tokoh dan kejadian nggak penting.
Sandi
Stone barrington mystery #8
I am new it this author. Pretty good
Brenda
Jan 21, 2015 Brenda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
Stuart Woods never fails when I need a quick read.
Vfields is fighting to be Happy!
This is the simplest of books that I can read he doesn’t put too much thinking into these so they don’t take a lot to read. His much pampered hero is asked to go to London and bring home this girl. It’s all and ring-a-round-the rosy that is as always trite. Well it had all the ups and downs expected, there was a chase, and a new woman to add the Sarah who’s probably doing time by now, the one who married the movie star and this new one from MI5. The funny thing is I really enjoy Dino the side-ki ...more
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Stuart Woods is the author the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on book tours. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website.

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