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Strategic Moves (Stone Barrington #19)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  2,590 ratings  ·  279 reviews
Stone Barrington's been set up to take a big fall...

Stone's undercover dealings with M16 have brought in a big new client. That means a huge bonus and a partnership-until Stone gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion...and his life.
ebook, 304 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Penguin Putnam (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...more
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
Mar 08, 2014 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...more
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.
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
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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
Momof3-Wanna be Kyle when I gro up~ Mal, come Play with me.
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...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.
Another library find for listening in the car. Stone's not so bright client Herbie Fisher marries the daughter of a financier who is accused of embezzling. Stone meets an aunt at Herbie's wedding & shortly thereafter she is murdered. Stone has a new airplane & also manages to drink plenty of Nob Creek whiskey throughout the story - as usual. In the mean time Stone is brought in by another client to go to Iraq on mission for the CIA & then pick up an arms dealer, Pablo Estancia from S...more
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.
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
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...more
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&W...more
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.
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...more
Don Sparrow
New York's most eligible bachelor counselor "Barrington Stone" returns in Stuart Woods latest novel. His closest friend , NYPD detective Dino Bacchetti continues to show up with him at Elaine's for dinner almost every night.This novel has several plots involving murder,the CIA, an arms dealer,financial graft and of course Barrington's latest love interests.This is a very easy read with lots of twists and turns. All of us guys only wish we had half the life that Barrington Stone lives...looks, mo...more
Read on a beach and with many frequent interruptions. Perfect for that purpose: no pesky character development (excessively frequent mentions of food and drink orders, and restaurant namedropping, being this author's substitute therefor), and a grim, dogged, wham-bam "this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened" plot progression.
Stone Barrington is back at Elains every evening having his Knob Creek cocktail in company of a beautiful woman and his friend Lt. Dino Brachetti. The action kicks in after Stone receives a million dollar bonus from the law firm he is counsel and that bacause of a new client brought in, Strategic Services. The next day Stone attends Herbie Fishers wedding to a financier Stephanie Gunn. There he meets Stephanies aunt, Adele, a wealthy widow whom he has a brief affair.
The action kicks in when Ston...more
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 landing in upper NY. The Dealer escapes and later contacts Stone, requesting his acting as his lawyer in dealing with the CIA. Mean whi...more
Phyllis Gardner
I like these books because they are a quick read and they keep my attention. Light. Not too much depth for a quick airplane read. Half on the way out - finish on the flight home. Plots are interesting but the author's preoccupation with Elaine's gets old - book after book. It's like a literary name dropper.
Perry Reed
A pretty standard Stone Barrington novel, and not one of the best ones. In this one, Stone once again implausibly, comes into a large sum of money and pulled into the middle of a mystery. This time his client is a wealthy man who claims to know the exact whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, and is willing to share this information with the CIA for a price.

Stone's often client Herbie Fisher also appears in this book, also implausibly falling into money and, as usual, making a mess of things.

As much as...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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