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Strategic Moves (Stone Barrington #19)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  3,152 ratings  ·  305 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
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
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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
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 23, 2015 Mandy Magill rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Jay Connor
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.
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
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
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
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
Martin Pingree
What can I say ? Word for word Stuart Woods & Stone Barrington just keep us going !
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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
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.
Dec 02, 2013 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Stone Barrington and his women, money, wacky friends and adventures and misadventures. Light and quick read, but entertaining.
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This is my least favorite Stone Barrington book so far. Stone is my favorite Stuart woods character, I love these books because they are quick reads for me when I just want something good. this one didn't quite hit me as well as all the others. I can't believe that a woman got murdered and Stone didn't solve it. it was almost as if she didn't get murdered at all he just moved on to the next one. It was like they never gave her another thought. Never known Mr Woods to leave a murder on solved. Th ...more
Another Stone Barrington novel in which Mike Freeman is becoming the CEO of Strategic Strategies, Dino and Stone still eat a late dinner at Elaines while trying to keep an arms dealer who is supplying info to the CIA alive, and Herbie Fisher gets married to a young woman of means who is wiping out a fortune at Daddy's investment firm. Oh yeah, did I say that whomever Stone is sleeping with gets killed? And not by Dolce? Another Stone Barrington complete with Bill E., Lance Cabot, and Holly Barke ...more
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
Katie Trenerowski
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
Giovanni Gelati

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
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
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews

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

3-15 re read like it . Woods books getting shorter and larger print and less words per page.
sad, really. Its like getting 1/2 a book.

7-20-2013 re-read (got an actual book). The money sure does flow in this book of investments and BS.

6-1-2011 book on tape
couldn['t find a synopsis by publisher but one reader wrote:
Stone Barrington is hired by a big security service as consular and ends up on a CIA mission to extract an Arms dealer from Spain. Things go ok till they are over the US heading for a la
I have read many of Stuart Woods books...and many of the characters are familiar to old friends in this one because this story revolves around Stone Barrington, the ex cop who is a lawyer now and from time to time gets himself into some shady deals......I have to say while this was an easy read...I just kept waiting for a twist or something exciting to happen....and then it didn't. The ending was a disappointment to me.
Joan  Ridge
This is my first time reading one of Mr.Woods books.
Stone Barrington is an interesting character, an Attorney who is smooth,smart and right in the middle of drama which is a really a good story line.

He's very discreet and so the super-wealthy clients are drawn to him, I'm sure he's handsome as he's like a magnet for the ladies also.
As soon as he joins a upper class law firm he get's involved of a impending scandal that could put the rich New Yorkers in financial ruin.
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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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