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Strategic Moves (Stone Barrington #19)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  4,034 Ratings  ·  340 Reviews
Stone Barrington is enjoying his usual dinner at Elaine's when his boss at Woodman & Weld, the law firm where Stone is "of counsel," walks in, sits down, and hands Stone a check for one million dollars. It seems Stone's undercover dealings with MI6 have brought in a big new client for the firm, and they're willing to pay Stone a huge bonus and make him a partner.

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Published January 18th 2011 by Penguin Audio (first published December 1st 2010)
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Christopher Bunn
Nov 16, 2012 Christopher Bunn rated it did not like it
I picked up this book last week when I visited the library. The blurb looked interesting enough for some light popcorn reading. Plus, I was lulled by the fact that Woods has written so many books in the series. New York Times bestseller, award-winning, blah blah blah. Boy oh boy was I ever wrong.

This is a terribly written book. The dialogue is so wooden that it feels like the author wrote this thing by taking a 2x4 and beating his computer to death with it. I'm not exaggerating. He probably too
Mar 02, 2011 Grey853 rated it did not like it
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Feb 06, 2011 Min rated it it was ok
About halfway into this book, Stone Barrington (an attorney) signs a new client who is hired by the CIA (who is also a client of Stone's) to extract (read: kidnap) a person from Europe so the CIA can "interrogate" him for information. (What happens until this point in the book? Honest to God, I have no idea what the point of the first half of the book was. Except that Stone slept with a woman who died, and then he didn't really seem to care. And the new client gets suspected on "losing" millions ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Raina rated it really liked it
Too much ice yesterday so I picked up the latest from Stuart Woods. "Strategic Moves" was the best strategic move I've made in a while. I knew I was grabbed from the first chapter. It has the perfect amount of intrigue and gripping plot development and I didn't see many of the bomb shells coming until they hit. I started reading just after breakfast and finished just in time for dinner. My only complaint is that I have a hard time with Stone Barrington; what with a new woman for every adventure; ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Samantha rated it it was ok
As I told a friend, I think that Stuart Woods had three or four manuscripts laying around, all going absolutely nowhere, and someone turned on a ceiling fan. The resulting stack of mixed up plot lines is Strategic Moves. There is too much going on and none of it is going anywhere. Herbie Fisher, one of Stone's less than stellar and constantly bumbling clients, marries into millions. Not long after the "I do's" the wife's father is accused of embezzlement, one of the company employees takes a hos ...more
Mandy Magill
Aug 20, 2012 Mandy Magill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Mandy by: Good Reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

After pushing myself to finish this book I can honestly say I did not enjoy it one bit. The book had no real story. Problems ranging from small to impossible were thrown at the main character Stone and some how he always had an answer. And since he is portrayed as an insufferable know it all, then it must make sense he can always find a solution. This may be a book of the imagination but to go from helping a man that is wanted
Jay Connor
Feb 19, 2011 Jay Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tend to be judicious about my guilty pleasures. I'll read a Stuart Woods mind-candy thriller, featuring Stone Barrington, but I won't give it more than 3 stars. Kinda like having a slice of cinnamon raisin toast before you kick off a diet. But who knew. This 18th Stone Barrington in the series could very well be the best. That's why ya gotta keep reading even the pulp. Who knew that cinnamon would have such positive health benefits, I just thought it tasted great.
Jim Wessely
This is the first Woods book which I have listened to via Audible and will probably not read, but listen to all of his books from now on-MOST ENTERTAINING.
Momof3-in an Ash and Cael sandwich
Unfortunately, 2 stars
I have read several of the Stone Barrington novels, the books at the beginning of the series are significantly more enjoyable in my opinion. I have skipped quite a few in the middle there, but decided to pick the series back up because even though I have always found the dialogue to be a bit odd, I have also always enjoyed the plots.
There was too much going on in this one. And not only too much going on, but there also wasn't any real depth to the characters or the situati
Nov 23, 2014 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Stuart Woods book and I thought it was just okay. I'm not even sure what genre it is supposed to be--there was no real mystery in it (there was a murder but it was never solved) and it didn't have enough action or intrigue to be a thriller or suspense novel. I actually liked Stone Barrington but felt that the whole book was just him reacting to and controlling situations (which generally meant directing those around him on what to do). But none of the situations really affected ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Larry rated it really liked it
Shelves: long-arc-male
Started yesterday - finished today. A perfect dose of Stone Barrington - light, airy, mostly preposterous but we all know the characters so well as they intertwine. The story moves, with great familiarity, along on the rapid fire dialog. I do wonder if it would work as well without assuming the vast background on the part of the reader. Now, if I did an analysis of number of letters "within quotes" as spoken by characters versus anything else would that ratio possibly be any lower than 2/3's if ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Milly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Totally disappointed!! I have every Stuart Woods books to date and generally can't wait until his new books come out to read them. I even pre-order them and have them sent to whatever bookstore he is doing his signing and have him personalize his new book. As a rule, a Stone Barrington book is finished in 2 days tops - this one took me a month! It was awful! It was a chore for me to continue and towards the end I had had enough! It was so boring and had no major plot and ughhh ... just terrible. ...more
Laura Ruetz
Jun 22, 2016 Laura Ruetz rated it it was amazing
Another solid Stone Barrington novel. These never fail to entertain me - Stone is the kind of guy that everybody wants in their life, along with his Detective friend Dino. The books are solid thrillers, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader highly engaged and the characters are engaging and complex so they just come alive on the page. The small details given to even the smaller characters are what really sets apart these from so many others. If you haven't read any of these t ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Lue rated it it was amazing
Any Stone Barrington Mystery is a fun filled and entertaining read. Stuart Woods is a master at weaving a tale that puts you right there in the moment with characters that seem like familiar friends. I have never read one of his books that I did not like.
R.J. Vaccarelli
Sep 26, 2015 R.J. Vaccarelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. I really enjoyed reading this page turner! Thriller/mystery from start to finish. This is about the fourth Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods I've read and I've really enjoyed all of them!
Nov 25, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
Well narrated, totally unbelievable, made-for-cheesy consumption, I just love Stone Barrington. The perfect book to "drink" while sipping a Knob Creek.
Lynette Barfield
Jan 18, 2013 Lynette Barfield rated it liked it
Stone Barrington and his women, money, wacky friends and adventures and misadventures. Light and quick read, but entertaining.
Martin Pingree
Aug 18, 2015 Martin Pingree rated it it was amazing
What can I say ? Word for word Stuart Woods & Stone Barrington just keep us going !

This is the 19th edition of the Stone Barrington series, and it's come to a point to say to Mr. Woods, when is enough enough?

As we open the book, as usual, Stone, Dino Bacchetti, NYPD Lieutenant for the 19th precinct and Stones former partner join Bill Eggers, managing partner for the law firm of Woodman and Weld for dinner at Elaine's. Bill has a surprise for Stone; an end of the year bonus check of $1 million buckaroos. The bonus is for bringing Strategic Services to W&a
Mar 12, 2017 Ellen rated it it was ok
Not my favorite Stuart Woods/Stone Barrington book but it does move the series along.
Giovanni Gelati
Jan 25, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it liked it

I like to be entertained when I am investing time in a novel, lately it has been hit or miss with me for Stuart Woods. Strategic Moves was a definite hit, not a home run, but a looping single off the end of the bat that made it to the outfield in between the shortstop and center fielder. I mean it hit all the right notes and Stone Barrington is back, but in all his totally unbelievable absurdity. Fiction is great for escapism and this is cruising right down that unbelievable road, with more outr
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Sep 19, 2016 Andrea rated it it was ok
The Stone Barrington series are uneven as there are so many volumes. Strategic Moves is #19 and I had just read #20 Bel Air Dead a few days before.
Strategic Moves introduces a few new characters, some of which will never be seen again.
Once again Stone works with CIA Lance Cabot and Holly Barker. The plot moves from a perceived theft of $2 billion, to a wedding celebration that ends in murder, the coming of age of Strategic Services corporation and a mission for the CIA. A kidnapping goes awry an
Feb 18, 2013 Gerald rated it really liked it
I thought this was one of the better novels in Stuart Woods’ Stone Barrington series. Stone’s corporate client Strategic Services security and protective service invites him to take a ride as a guest on their huge, new C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft as it makes a two-stop round trip to Iraq and Spain. The aircraft has been chartered by the CIA to return equipment from Iraq and to pick up an evacuee from Spain wanted for questioning as only the CIA knows how. All goes well until the evacuee ...more
Sep 18, 2016 Sally rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I find Stuart Wood's books are very relaxing for me. There are not too many characters. There is a lot of action and the characters are well developed.
Jan 22, 2015 Ruth rated it it was ok
Time for a celebration! Stone is having dinner at Elaine's when his boss, Bill Eggers comes in and sits at his table. He gives Stone a bonus check of one million dollars which is unheard of for someone who is not an attorney in the firm but just "of counsel". Eggers further surprises him by telling him that he also has the potential to become a partner in the firm. Bill explains that this is all because Stone has brought them a new client, who is the owner of an investment firm with big dollars ...more
Mar 24, 2011 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book would be great for someone who is planning on being a lawyer one day. It dives into the every-day scenarios a lawyer could encounter. I didn't particularly like the book because I felt like their wasn't a lot of background - that rather - the plot was purely described through dialogue between the characters. At first, I had a hard time following which character was speaking and what that characters role was to the theme of the book. The characters were rather vague and boring, and not ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Paula rated it it was ok
Poor Stone Barrington -- every time he gets lucky, the woman ends up dead. With the exception of Holly Barker, all of Woods' female characters seem two dimensional and...well, kind of stupid (when they're not dying). What's up with that? Normally, I like to listen to these books, but narrator Tony Roberts reminds me of the filmstrip guy from grade school. His interpretation of Dino is horribly grating, and his attempt at accents is really distracting. But I digress. Barrington is kind of a James ...more
Oct 14, 2011 John rated it really liked it
As you who follow my reviews know, I am generally a Stewart Woods fan. Not all of his books are fantastic but they ARE all fun to read. Strategic Moves was one of the best Woods books I have read in recent memory.

In this particular story Woods uses all of his standard characters and makes them work together in a very plausible and effective way. The bad guys are bad guys and the good ones are good. This particular story line, while typically simplistic and straightforward, puts into play several
Dee Cyr
Feb 13, 2017 Dee Cyr rated it liked it
Good read. Not real fast moving, but still a good read
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