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Deep Lie (Will Lee #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,776 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
"Vibrating with tension and non-stop action."
-- "Publishers Weekly" The classic techno-thriller of superpower espionage from "New York Times" bestselling master of suspense Stuart Woods!

Sifting through reams of seemingly unrelated intelligence, CIA analyst Katherine Rule discovers a chilling pattern: an ultrasecret Baltic submarine base ... a crafty Russian spy-master in c
Paperback, 410 pages
Published July 8th 1998 by Hartorch (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jun 30, 2012 Chuck rated it really liked it
Here we have a story about the Cold War, US of A vs. Soviet Union, which happens to be one of my favorite genres. We also have Stuart Woods writing in the 1980's before he got hung up on recurring characters like Stone Barrington. In this one we have Katherine Rule, a CIA analyst, after wading
through mountains of data thinks she finds evidence that a renegade Spetsnaz Colonel is planning a Russian invasion of Sweden. Katherine finds it very tough to convince her superiors that her suspicions ar
Aug 18, 2016 Patricia rated it it was amazing
While this may be the third entry in Stuart Woods’ Will Lee series, Will himself is not a primary character in the novel. This tense and detailed espionage tale centers, instead, around two others. First is Katharine Rule, who is a highly placed CIA agent specializing in Soviet intelligence and who is also Will Lee’s girlfriend. The second major character is Jan Helder, an Estonian native in the service of the Soviet navy as a submarine captain. Will’s job, at this point, is aide to and legal ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Deep Lie is the third novel in the "Will Lee"-series (included there apparently even if the first Chiefs son from Chiefs, who went on to become a US senator, only has a minor role in this one).

Tells the story of a CIA analyst, who suspects that the Soviet submarine activity in Swedish waters in the mid 80's really are preparations for an invasion. Kind of suspenseful, but way to unbelievable. Fun read, since this kind of "high-tech" thriller contains "state of the art" technology that you reall
May 17, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Goodreads, I have a record of the ___ books I have read since I started Goodreads.
This is my first read of DEEP LIE, an early Stuart Woods and the third Will Lee book.
Wonderful story. I'm not sure this was the most well written Woods book but it had a terrific plot and
the details were quite fun to read. It would have been better to read Will Lee in sequence, oh well.
I gave this book one of my few 5 star ratings. Loved the details, including the grandfatherly fisherman of Sweden.
Oct 28, 2016 Joe rated it really liked it
This was a good fast read that kept me interested. At one point, the book merged all the main characters which seemed unrealistically convenient. All in all, I liked this author.
William Phelps
Nov 28, 2016 William Phelps rated it liked it
Interesting premise but a few too many coincident meetings and a fairly hokey ending.
Stephen Holtman
Apr 11, 2015 Stephen Holtman rated it really liked it
This book centers on a employee of the FBI Katherine Rule and her boyfriend assistant to the senator Carr, Will Lee have to stop the bad guys AKA Majorov and in a Involvement sort of way Jan Helder. The way that the carathers were able to interact was very intriguing in that they all had a kind of deepness to them. The whole thing has the feel of a well acted political thriller. I can definitely see how anybody could be sucked into this intriguing story. The writing was nicely done. It was ...more
Joseph M. O'Connor
Buy it. Borrow it. Read it.

This was a fun read. I know I come to the Will Lee series very late, but I'm glad I gave Stuart Woods on more Non-Barrington try. Stone Barrington had become so cloyingly perfect that I just gave up on him. The alternative was frequent retching.

This book proves that Stuart Woods can - or USED to be able to write well. The plot is ingenious, the meshing of story lines masterful, the characters believable. Interestingly, the story was written before cell phones and the r
Jun 09, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing
Katharine Rule thwarts Soviet invasion of Sweden. Katharine Rule, troubled by related events in the Baltic Sea, implores her CIA associates to increase surveillance, while they are concentrating on suppressing all delving into the subject because they have inadvertently triggered the Swedish invasion plan with their stupid card game. Rule is ordered to cease inquiries-which she ignores-and instead enlists an Italian IT wizard to spy for her. The invasion is shunted at the last moment by Rule ...more
Oct 22, 2015 Megargee rated it really liked it
If you don't mind suspending disbelief over the many coincidences, this Cold War confrontation between the US and USSR as the Soviets plan an invasion of neutral Sweden will keep you entertained.
Many of us of a certain age will enjoy recalling the cutting edge technology of advanced IBM PC AT computers with an incredible 512K, yes K, of memory, dial up modems, and paper wrapped floppy disks. (Author Stuart Woods notes in the acknowledgements that he composed this 1986 novel using the WordStar
Apr 29, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent espionage story with interesting characters and action/adventure a'plenty. We were treading on thin ice over the sheer amount of coincidences (it's fiction so it's allowable within reason) and it was working, but... (there's always a 'but'!) The thing that kept this from being a 5-star story was the way Agent Rule suddenly bosses everyone around scheduling a mysterious meeting (that you will be at or I'll go to the press!) of bigwigs for the big reveal. That just was one too many ...more
Sep 09, 2009 Tacoeater rated it liked it
Did realize this was from the 80's when I started reading it - mention of KGB, Soviet Special Forces made me go back and check the date. Later I read about the coolest new computer - a PC XT and how it could dial up bulletin boards with a 2400 baud modem. Anyway, the main character seems to disregard her rules at work at follow up on hunches. Maybe the not the most realistic plot. Many of the plot turns were predictable and the ending wrapped up too nicely. Not bad to kill a few hours sitting at ...more
Tim Smith
Jun 03, 2014 Tim Smith rated it really liked it
Although this one is part of a series and features characters from another series by Woods, it was a welcome find in the fiction section of my local public library. The same, easily readable style that made the Stone Barrington series a huge success make Deep Lie a real page turner. Some of the plot twists are quite predictable, though, and the major antagonist comes off as a stereotype of a bad guy from the Cold War era. I spite of that, Woods gives us a better picture of the heroine who ...more
Nov 23, 2010 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was written in 1986 and set in 1982. An old cold war spy/military type novel that has a ambitious Soviet political/military man plotting to attack Sweden across the Baltic and the head of the CIA's Soviet directorate working against the powers above her to convince them that she has good information pointing to the Russian plans. Well paced and interesting, although the old computer technology makes one smile.
Harry Lane
Dec 30, 2012 Harry Lane rated it really liked it
I almost always enjoy a Stuart Woods book. Most of them are very light, but entertaining. Woods has a knack for devising an interesting plots and has developed an oeuvre of interconnected narrative through the repeated use of characters. This particular book is one of his earlier ones, and seems a bit denser than his usual offering, reading a bit like a Tom Clancy novel. I think the Will Lee character one of Woods' best, and must find the earlier books in the series and read them.
Ronald Wilcox
Jun 04, 2016 Ronald Wilcox rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spy-thriller
Third in a series involving Will Lee, although he plays a relatively small role this time. Three disparate story lines come together well as the story progresses. One involves a CIA agent, dating Will Lee, who finds herself being followed. A second involves a maniacal leader of the KGB who heads up a secret Americanized submarine base. The third involves a Soviet submarine commander who receives some special orders. The three storylines weave together into a suspenseful climax.
Apr 11, 2016 MJ rated it it was amazing
I've read all of the Stone Barrington series, mostly because they're entertaining and quick reads for a rainy afternoon, but found this older book on my library's shelf and checked it out.

It seems Woods used to be able to write a good thriller - and I thought this one was really good, with far more conspiracy and spy stuff than politics.

I'll look for more of these older Woods' books now. The contrast between his old and new books is striking.
Apr 02, 2016 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
This is a great 1980s Soviet era thriller that pits CIA analyst Katherine Rule versus the Soviets and the CIA. Will Lee plays a small part and one wonders why he's even in the book? The Soviets are bad guys, ain't it always so? We get to like one or two of them. It was a fun read and I'm still looking for some involvement for the named player--Will Lee. Where's book #4?
Mar 05, 2013 Mike rated it liked it
Actually I'd give this three-and-a-half stars. This is more of a page-turning thriller than many of this author's later works, and in keeping with a pattern I've noticed with this author, it's better crafted than many/most of his later works. This dates back to 1986, and with this author, my feeling is that his earlier works are more satisfying and better written than his more recent ones.
May 15, 2010 Christi rated it liked it
I really liked this one as it was intriguing but also humorous because of how long ago it was written. It is from the 80's when Russia was our biggest enemy and computers were not widespread. I also liked it because you learn more about Will Lee and Katherine Lee who both show up in Woods' other series of novels featuring Stone Barrington.
Nancy Jean Patchel
This was the best book in the series this far. I just couldn't put it down.

This book gets you at page 1 and you can't think of anything else but to keep on reading. This was an excellent read and I would recommend it to every one who appreciates a truly absorbing, fast-paced, thrilling page turner.

I rate this book as 5 star.
Moses Operandi
Feb 01, 2008 Moses Operandi rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book mildly. This was during a phase I went through in which I decided to read some thrillers. Actually, this one was basically it. I tried Vince Flynn, but his books were 2 parts swearing, 1 part porno, and 6 parts awful dialogue. This book, too, got a little raunchy, but it had a basically sounds story. It lacked the Cold War grandeur of, say, The Hunt for Red October.
Mar 07, 2016 Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, stuart-woods
It's a very good book in a very good series. Why does my library have only one copy of it? It's dated - a 1986 copyright - so of course the Soviet/world situation is quite different from today. That didn't bother me. I liked the characters, the plot, the pace of the plot and the premise. A very good read.
Catherine  Mustread
Mar 31, 2016 Catherine Mustread marked it as to-read
Shelves: historical
Found Run Before The Wind (#2) to be a quick enjoyable read so this one will be next....
Clayton E Linkous MD
Makes you not trust your government

Very exciting and provides good foundation for the future Will and Kate Lee novels and is difficult to not finish in one reading Highly recommend
Ted Kendall
Oct 01, 2009 Ted Kendall rated it really liked it
REally, a fun 1980s style spy thriller. Totally not what I have known Stuart Woods for, but a good read nonetheless. Great to read about CPM and MS-DOS as if they were the latest technologies. And, while it is fairly predictable, there are some twists that keep it going.
Nov 20, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #13 read during my hospitalization and rehab this past summer. A book which I highly recommend.
Sep 02, 2010 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, thriller
Takes one back to the cold war and what was the cutting edge of technology. Also discusses the early demise of HUMINT.
Katharine Ott
Oct 13, 2015 Katharine Ott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
"Deep Lie" - written by Stuart Woods and published in 1986 by W W Norton & Company. An enjoyable thriller from a veteran writer - read in Alaska.
Dede Murphy
Aug 20, 2013 Dede Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe this was written in 1986. It takes place in the early 80s before the fall of the Soviet Union. Much, much better than Stuart Woods' more recent books. A fun thriller.
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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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