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Fast and Loose

(Stone Barrington #41)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,072 Ratings  ·  264 Reviews
In the latest thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington's newest foe has a short fuse...and it's just been lit.

Stone Barrington is enjoying a boating excursion off the Maine coast when a chance encounter leaves him somewhat the worse for wear. Always able to find the silver lining in even the unhappiest circumstances, Stone is please
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Come about an actual plot and some thought into a story. His stone Barrington stories are getting like stephanie plum stories: a couple different scenarios plugged into a thin plot. Guess what? Stone finds a new woman to share his bed, some one tries to kill him, he spends a lot of money, the bad guys get killed, stone moves on to another woman. At least the international terrorists weren't in this one. Bet they'll be back next episode.
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another quick, formulaic read, my rainbow cotton candy after a couple of "deep" books. #41 carries the Stone Barrington baton, with the adventures getting ever more superficial and unlikely, the characters ungrowing, the sex all vague cardboard-cutout encounters (the description of a weapon is more evocative: "found an explosive-suppressing woven steel blanket and set it on his desk" vs. "'Let's see how we fit together.' And they did."). Stone stoops to dirty tricks in this one (ugh), and there' ...more

The Christian St. Clair Story, Part II. First of all, I teetered between 3 and 4 stars a long time on this one, but sided to the shy due to Woods' error of omission. In Part I, Ed Rawls engineers the takedown of Christian St Clair and his unholy intentions of planting his lackey in the White House. After Christian blows himself up via the CIA briefcase and Nelson Knott commits suicide as his dreams evaporate, the problems don't totally go awa
Another of my guilty pleasures. As always a quick, enjoyable read.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the lamest and dullest stories in this series of many hits and few misses. Hopefully, the next is better. 4 of 10 stars
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stuart Woods picks up on the storyline at the end of the last book #40. The immensely rich guy St Clair blew himself up and his security chief Erik Macher has forged the will to make himself CEO of the company. Macher, a former CIA agent, hates Stone Barrington and thus the battle to one up each other has begun.

The book was a fast read and the plot was pretty well thought out. I didn't like this book as much as the last one in this series but it is a typical Stone Barrington novel. If you like t
Gail Cooke
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always look forward to a story by bestselling author Stuart Woods because I know the action will be fast paced, the plot intriquing and the conclusion satisfying. Such is certainly the case with Woods's hero Stone Barrington's latest adventure.

A New York attorney Stone has had many narrow escapes but was ill-prepared for a collision with another larger boat. He had been anticipating a relaxing cruise aboard his yacht around Maine's Penobscot Bay until the accident. The only good to come of i
Lawrence Deering
Fast and Loose by Stuart Woods (41 in the Stone Barrington series) is a quick forgettable read. Don't get me wrong the usual elements are here. A maniacal CEO tries to do Stone and his friends harm. Stone sleeps wIth the client's daughter. Dino is there to lend a hand and share meals at their usual watering holes. There are other reoccurring supporting characters who provide continuity to the series. This edition follows a familiar pattern; a well written book followed by a throw away. Consideri ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the best installments of the recent offerings. Suspense and great characters. I think Woods got a bit lazy in the last few years but this brought the series back. Kudos.
Michele A.
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Stone Barrington finds himself in a new pickle in this one. His boat gets hit while he is sailing in fog in Maine and he meets a new client/love interest. On top of that, he finds that their company was set to be raided by Christopher St. Clair and a stock option offer had been made prior to his death. Stone sets about helping the family to retain their ownership, while also finding his way into the daughter's pants. Stone is way too predictable lately. Meet a woman, bed a woman, get dumped for ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
What a guilty pleasure...the lives of the rich & famous as the travel & dine where the elite meet...again they have enough sex to keep off the weight from all their good food...Stone confronts a former CIA official, from an earlier story, who has taken over an investment firm that will use any means necessary to win...Stone & company vanquish the foe & live on in their golden lives!
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone is at it again, after being rammed and rescued by another boat while out sailing, he meets a Doctor, the head of a thriving medical clinic, and his daughter. As they converse, it becomes clear that the clinic is a target of a hostile takeover and Stone works a deal to help thwart the threat. Of course it also gets him much for friendly with the daughter who is also an MD. The party behind the takeover attempt is single minded and ruthless and it sets Stone up as a target as an impediment t ...more
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm just going soft in my old age, or maybe I've just come to realize that a respite from the shoot-'em-up, gory entrails and head games in my usual reading fare is a good thing. But the fact is, for the most part I actually enjoyed this, the 41st in the Stone Barrington series. Yes, it's borderline insipid (there's a reason I refer to the guy as Stone Yawnington) and the "action" is more than a bit hard to believe. But overall, it was, well, sort of fun - and easily read in one day.

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May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
An enjoyable Stone book. To start things off, Stone is enjoying an afternoon on his yacht in Maine, but after waking from a nap, he's engulfed in fog and gets run down by a larger yacht. This turns out to be fortuitous, as the owners of this yacht are the Carlssons, a wealthy family of Swedish doctors who own the prestigious Carlsson Clinics. One of the doctors is a beautiful woman named Marisa who Stone sets out seducing right away. Stone invites Marisa and her father to his house for dinner, a ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a typical Barrington. He is fabulously wealthy and lives the life. This time a man dies and in his will leaves the running of his company and all of its assets to the former CIA agent who had directed its security. This man then tries to take over a medical clinic and Barrington and his connections prevent this. The man decides to get revenge on Barrington. There is lots of action and a great plot. Most readers, I would imagine, either like or detest Barrington and his escapades. I find ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Actual rating should be 1.5. Any faithful Woods reader knows of his arrogance and that he could care less about our opinions; but, I must say that having read all the Stone books this one is the bottom of the barrel. Come on Mr. Woods; how about a Stone novel from the days gone by with some meat, and actual plot. The last couple of books have been the same old story with just different characters. This was a read that I’ve already forgotten. And then and of course, there’s the HUGE surprise endi
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although Stuart Woods has penned a fairly standard macho-thriller, the dialogue is so stilted and trite it's almost laughable. At least half of the book reads like a transcript of telephone calls, along the lines of: The phone rang. Mary picked up. "Hello. This is Mary," she said. "Hello, Mary," said John, "This is John. How are you?" "I am fine, John. How are you doing?" "Not too badly. Mary, I am calling because i wondered if you would like to have dinner with me." etc etc etc.

After 353 pages
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
October 2018 book on tape. Ditto my comments from 2017.

June 2017 Number 41 in the stone B series! Those of us that keep reading in the series are happy just to get another story. Nice to see Ed R has a more positive role in the series. Another page turner!
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone Barrington is enjoying an excursion on his yacht, with the helm tied down so as not to go off course, when he falls asleep. When he awakens he cannot see anything as the yacht is in a most heavy fog. He hears voices coming to him in the fog, and realizes that another boat must be nearby. He unties the helm, sounds his foghorn....but not in time to avoid a collision with the other boat.

He awakens to find himself in a soft bed with a beautiful woman rubbing his forehead. In the collision, wh
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. The bad guy wasn't particularly believable and, while I understand we suspend belief sometimes for the sake of story, this one pushed the limit for me.

Stone is, once again, the luckiest guy on the planet. He is sailing in the fog and doctors from a prestigious clinic crash into his boat and sink it -- and they give him a new one to replace the old one. Then, he runs afoul of a pretty nasty guy who holds a grudge like nobody's business. The guy i
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, legal, nyc
#41 in the Stone Barrington series. This series continues to be my favorite soap opera and with four entries a year it's almost a Saturday afternoon serial. Rich and powerful NYC lawyer Barrington continues to become more rich and powerful with each book, but we cheer him on since he also advances the causes of law & order in the process.

Stone Barrington series - Stone Barrington survives a number of close calls, starting with a collision between his yacht and another, larger boat in Maine'
Dec 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first and last "Stone Barrington" book. I finished it because there was nothing else to read except the back of my watch, which had a better plot and more believable characters. This trite, superficial story reads like the wet dreams of a pubescent teenaged boy: "OK, so if I were an adult, I'd be a billionaire.. and I'd have a lot of homes and servants, including a butler, and planes and boats, and I'd have a shipwreck and get rescued by a blond, beautiful, Swedish, f ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you read one Barrington novel you've read them all. The plots are all the same. Stone meets a beautiful woman, naturally she wants to go to bed with him. Meanwhile someone is trying to kill him or her and Stone saves the day, but not after he drinks a lot of bourbon and makes a ton more money. I know these novels are fiction but they are beginning to sound like science fiction.
Stone must be pushing 70 and he has the stamina of a 20 year old. He doesn't take care of himself, he's a borderline
Shelley Sherman
i don't know why i still read these books. They are ridiculous but i do feel like i know the characters and this one at least had a quasi-interesting plot. I may keep on reading for beach days as they are completely undemanding.
Woods insists he writes them all but two come out each year- feels like manufactured. the protagonist always gets every girl within 1000 miles, always gets the best table at in demand restaurants, details flying his own plane and his own rare cars, buys new mansions every
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Stone starts out with an unfortunate accident. A plus to this, is a new client and a new woman in his bed, the minus is with his new client comes a previous person from another book that Stone did not care for. Now he is involved, and in deep trouble with too many death threats. With the help of his friends, old and new and his uncanny knack for getting out of harm's way, Stone once again is on top of his game. The ending is intriguing for Stones future, I am wondering where the next book will t ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
Stone Barrington is like a NYC version of James Bond, except he has more sex, gets shot at more often and doesn't do as much international travel.

These books are great after finishing a "deep" book. Much like Mr. Bond in the movies, you always know Stone will get in bed with at least 1 woman, stays alive no matter how many people are trying to kill him and gets the bad guy arrested (usually by Dino). Yes, these books are predictable. But they are more like tomato soup and grilled cheese with a s
Barry Martin Vass
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. At this point in his career Stuart Woods is just great fun to read. His writing is very brief, mostly dialogue, and easy to follow; you just buckle up and hang on. And while the characters are probably more affluent than most of us can relate to, their world is fun to dwell in as Woods' goes through this series. In this one, Stone is repeatedly targeted by a businessman he has helped to discredit, but manages to foil his attempts, much to the businessman's great anger. Fast and Loose? ...more
John Anthamatten
Bad guy jumps out of the woodwork. Tries to kill the hero and all his friends all the way up to the President who, by the way all come from "Delano", GA. Bad guy misses over and over then gets taken out at the end of the book. In the mean time, the hero gets a bigger boat, a larger airplane, a new house, mansion or castle. Hero also accidentally starts making 5 million more a day over what he already has coming in.

Mr Woods, you are off my favorite authors list until you come up with something di
Robert Scott
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stone's yacht is inadvertently sunk by being rammed in a dense fog. He is rescued by the owners of the ramming yacht, the Doctors Carlsson, father & daughter. He assists them with a business deal and incurs the wrath of the CEO of a large corporation. There are legal problems, revenge and dirty tricks turning to attempted murder in the offing. His pal Dino Bachetti helps him with some of the problems. For others he turns to his secretary Joan & his butler/driver Fred and the security fir ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
Another exciting Stone Barrington adventure. After 41 of his stories, one gets to know the mind of Stone B. pretty well. In this case, one knew right away that the girlfriend would not last--first, she was TOO sexy and second, Holly came on his mind. Why doesn't he just marry Holly and get over it? Plot? Yep, the book has one. After the Swede, some one tries to kill him, he spends a lot of money, the bad guys get killed, Stone moves on to another woman. What else could the reader expect from a S ...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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