Unnatural Acts (Stone Barrington #23)
In a review of Son Of Stone, I called Stuart Woods’s novels ‘Twinkies for the mind.’
Unnatural Acts is no different. It’s another ‘cookie-cutter’ Stuart Woods novel with lots of name dropping, lots of drinking, and lots of dining at famous restaurants. The only two things not in abundance here are sex—maybe Stone is finally grieving over Arrington’s murder almost right after they were married—and detailed descriptions of flying. Woods makes up for that with a ‘Cooking with Stone’ s...more
Stone Barrington series - Barrington, partner in the prestigious law firm Woodman & Weld, plays a mostly subsidiary, advis...more
There is no real story to this novel, just a series of inter-connecting "semi-stories", all of which are so unbelievable as to have had me cringing with every page read.
The women are nothing more than sexual receptacles for the various male charact...more
It's not clear why Woods felt the need to elevate Herbie Fisher's role in this series from comic relief to "Stone Barrington Lite". In one book, Fisher goes from a lowly associate to the fastest rising senior associate in the history of Woodman & Weld.
It's one thing to relegate Stone in...more
I read a recent review where the reader indicated that she was disappointed because Stone (the main character) wasn't utilized as much and she surmised that both the author and Stone were getting old. Well, I...more
When a hedge fund billionaire hires Stone Barrington to talk some sense into his wayward son, it seems like an easy enough job; no one knows the hidden sins and temptations of the ultra-wealthy better than Stone. But as Stone and his erstwhile protégé, Herbie Fisher, probe deeper into the case—and an old one comes b...more
Stuart Woods is in top form…and so is his perennially popular hero, Stone Barrington!When a hedge fund billionaire hires Stone Barrington to talk some sense into his wayward son, it seems like an easy enough job; no one knows the hidden sins and temptations of the ultra-wealthy better than Stone. But as Stone and his erstwhile protégé, Herbie Fisher, probe deeper into the case—and an old one comes back to haunt him---he realizes that even he may have underestimated just how far some people will...more
As others have mentioned here on Goodreads, this book seems to be all Herbie Fisher. From what I remember, wasn't Herbie a real moron? Had a law degree from some fly-by-night jo...more
Do I recommend the novel? Yes, because it's part of the Stone Barringto...more
This book is a case in point. Stone once again encounters a woman who just 'happens' to live at the other end of the private garden behind his home in turtle bay. That's a huge coincidence in a city the size of New York City.
And every chapter is filled with...more
My review of Woods’ last effort – D.C. Dead – was less than complimentary. The only positive note I could strike was at least he hadn’t started farming out his characters to subcontractors like James Patterson has.
Stuart Woods is back up to fluff.
He’s right at the sweet spot of three stars. While this outing has more of a day-in-the-life feel (i.e. no overarching case to propel the plot), it is enjoyable and a relief to those of us who have followed Woods for o...more
I've always loved Stuart Woods and Stone Barrington, but have despaired of finding another good book in that series. I panned Son of Stone and couldn't imagine things getting worse, but guess what? Now it's Herbie Fisher - Herbie Fisher is no Stone Barrington (then again,...more
I keep waiting for Woods to write a good book like his first ones. If I wasn't OCD I'd give up on this series but I keep reading an...more
This one deals more with Herbie than anything. It was totally unbelievable to me that Herbie went from this annoying, obnoxious pain in the butt that Stone did everything he could to...more
everything comming so easy for these people. life is not like that. most people have to work a lifetime to make stones kind of money. I know woods feels like fantacy makes the read more enjoyable but, I start saying "yeah, right,"alot these days when i read his books.Mr woods should realize people are becoming disinchanted with his recent books. and start letting his characters face some real life situat...more
Now back in New York, after a brief trip to Washington D.C. ( DC Dead), Stone is helping a hedge fund billionaire get his rebellious son out of some money troubles. The son has borrowed a significant amount from a loan shark and has been selling illegal drugs.
So what does Stone do to help his client? He passes the case off to a law firm Associate, Herbie Fisher. Most of the story and plot...more
Stuart Woods should either put some effort into his books or quit writing. He used to be one of the best and to go out like this makes me sad.
New York Times Bestselling Author? I can’t imagine why if this is an example of his work. Underdeveloped characters obsessed with money, glitz and glimmer; no plot and little mystery. There are at least two incidents which, if not impossible, could be cited as implausible.
Did he jot this down between shots of Knob Creek or dictate it to a secretary on the way to the bank?
|Book Giveaways: Giveaway - Unnatural Acts by Stuart Woods, The Devil's Elixer by Raymond Khoury, Shades of Hope by Tennie McCarty, and Core of Conviction by Michele Bachman||1||3||Jun 27, 2012 11:10am|