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Shoot First

(Stone Barrington #45)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  4,395 ratings  ·  321 reviews
In the latest nonstop adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington must defend a woman whose business--and life--are under threat.

Stone Barrington is enjoying a round of golf in Key West when the game is violently interrupted--and it seems as if the target of the disturbance may have been one of his playing companions, the brilliant bu
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Eh...kinda better but I’m still a little sad about this series...this one started better & definitely had a better storyline, but - and I never thought I would feel this way - I am OVER the womanizing-type/gratuitous sex-capades that Stone (our MC) is ALWAYS engaged in...I can’t figure out why the author ALWAYS chooses the drama “recipient” to be a bed-buddy... hello? This character is supposedly BFF’s with everyone from the Chief of NYPD, to the Secretary of State (MAYBE MARRY THEM???), to the ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Feels like Mr. Woods rushed this less than fulfilling story with an unfulfilling end. 4 of 10 stars
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
A little better than recent books. Stone befriends/beds a young woman entrepreneur, who has sold her self-driving car business. A disgruntled former employee is alternatively trying to kill her or extort her by causing the software to fail. After a bunch of near misses, the couple head to Maine, where Ed Rawls makes a once in a lifetime shot -- killing two birds with one stone. Turns out, there are international players, very dangerous ones, after the car design too, putting the two bedmates in ...more
Jenmalloy Chirichillo
Hate to say it but I am tiring of Stone and his wily ways.... how old is he by now?
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's the usual sex and more sex..not that I have anything against sex...but in a series with a character as interesting as Stone Barrington and some of his friends, it would be really nice to see more other types of action in the story. The one thing that I can say about any of Stuart Wood's books is that he doesn't waste time on descriptions of the room, the countryside, or anything...except of course the the sex which he manages to describe in minute detail. The female head of the corporation ...more
Judy Crudele
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Shallow plot, no character development. Same old, same old. Woods used to be able to write. Now he just churns out books like Patterson. Apparently money is more important than actually writing something good.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Normal Stone Barrington featured novel chock full of sex, danger, travel and real estate transactions. This one, additionally, was an enjoyable easy read consisting of the normal cast of supporting characters and several nefarious villains. Dodging bullets and serious relationships is becoming second nature to Mr.Barrington.
William Mc Callum
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent entertaining
Another entertaining will written romantic mystery thriller in the series. The characters good and bad are interesting and will developed. The story line is international and complicated leading to the unexpected conclusion. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys will written mysteries. Enjoy reading 2019😇
Laura Rash
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Classic Stone Barrington tho this one seemed a bit too familiar like it was done before but different character names.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal, thriller, nyc
#45 in the Stone Barrington series. Another page turner in my favorite year 'round beach read. On a business trip to Key West, in his usual, in his Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous fashion, Stone encounters a nubile female for companionship but showing real restraint, he doesn't bed her until page 31. On his third day he manages to buy another house, a golf club membership and a yacht (to match the one at his English manor house). His female companion is in danger from a disgruntled ex-partner ...more
Rhonda Spilde
Dec 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
If Hallmark movies were made for men, this book would make the perfect movie. So if you enjoy more description of an airplane's flight pattern than why the leading female character decides to sleep with the leading male character, this is your book. Zero character development, zero setting (the story leaps to locations all around the world), and zero plot development. It was a very simple read and I finished it only to see if it could ever redeem itself. The super arrogant, condescending Author' ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Way better than the last couple, which really isn’t saying much. Stone and his cronies are once again omnipotent. If this were a Hollywood film it would be termed a rollicking romp of a thriller. Fun, but not to be taken seriously, by any means!
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One thing ,when it comes to Robert Parker and Stone Barrington , it is a non-stop joy ride. And this may be one of Parker's best.
Stone is off to Key West with his best 'buds' Dino and Vivian Bacchetti. Vino is the NYC Police Commissioner and Viv is an ex-cop.They are going to participate in a corporate golf tournament and enjoy a few days of leisure. In Key West they meet Meg Harmon, who was the head of a software company that she recently had sold for 1.5 billion! However , she now has a morta
Don Gorman
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
(3). This is the best Stone Barrington book in the last year or two. Woods is very creative when it comes to the criminal element in these stories, and this one is not only incredibly up to date, it all feels reasonably plausible. I am glad to know that Stone's testosterone levels have come back to superman values again, and that his checkbook is ever flowing. That snarkiness behind, this, as usual, is another fun romp in Stone Barrington's world. Only 3 months until the next one! ...more
Nick Sanders
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots and lots better than the previous episode from the Stone Barrington series. That one was bsically nothing more than a lacklustre Teddy Faye novel. So far this one is a Stone Barrington classic. All the well known ingredients: the beautiful and easily bedded blond in trouble, a dastardly duo of daredevil do-no-gooders, and loads of members of the society of Friends Of Stone Barrington to drool over our hero's escapades. Boring but familiar, if it weren't for the writing talents of mr. Woods, ...more
Bill Donhiser
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
For this late in the series this one is surprisingly good. Typical Stuart bad guys expensive stuff plenty of sex. Nothing new but not bad
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Stone Barrington novel that has him helping a Software company exec who has had her program stolen by an x-partner. The usual connections occur as they try to avoid the shooters hired by the x-partner and then those of a Russian arms dealer who thought he had purchased the software from the x-partner. Lots of scurrying around between NY, England and Maine. Quick and light read as always.
Jenny Clark
A fast paced read. This is a bit reminiscent of James Patterson in the pacing and short chapters, though the characters are a lot less likable.
Stone is sometimes likable, and then two sentences later does something that makes him not likable. It's rather amusing to see how the rich half lives, and the reviews are not wrong- It's a soap opera. The writing is decent, and at least in this particular volume I did not see any obvious things that Stone and company should have picked up on that they d
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Woods got his Mo back. This Barrington barrage of violence and wonderfully funny dialogue is reminiscent of earlier editions of this never ending series. I loved it. I hope you do.
Dianna W
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard to believe this was the 45th book. It’s an incredible feat. Stuart Woods is a man to be applauded because even 45 books later I still want more Stone Barrington. His life is one the supersedes belief. One of wealth not imaginable to me. One of danger and excitement and connections. A man to envy, a man every ordinary man wishes to be yet somehow Stuart Woods has kept Stone grounded. He doesn’t come off obnoxious or egotistical. He’s kept the same friends and remains a loyal friend to t ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I saw this on the "new books" table at the library, and since it had a jet, Key West & mystery in it I decided to try it out without looking to see if there were earlier books. And the book stands well on it's own. However, I was very surprised to find that it's book FORTY-FIVE in a series! So I guess I have a bunch to catch up on!

The action is a bit simple, but the story moves quickly & the author doesn't abuse your credibility too much with coincidences needed to move things along. The main ch
Michael crage
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this book Stone starts out in Key West playing golf with members of the board of the Steele Groups which Barrington is also a member. While playing, a shot rings out and wounds a member of his party. It is finally decided that the shot was meant for Meg, a beautiful businesswoman who owns most of a start of business tha is in the process of designing a driverless car. Stone endeavors to protect moving all over the world with her. Of course since she is beautiful and it is Stone, she ends up i ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
While playing golf, Stone witnesses another player getting shot. He immediately knows that the shooter was either after him or one of the other members of his foursome. What follows involves much flying around, gun fights, and even some cartoonish Russian villains. Although it gets a bit silly at times, it's still a fun read. ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Another typical Stone Barrington... This time Stone gets involved with a beautiful billionaire businesswoman who has developed a self-driving car. Her former partner thinks he’s been cheated and wants to kill her. Stone has to fly her all over to his many houses (including buying a new one in Key West) to keep her safe. Quite a few bodies pile up before it’s all over.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Stone is back at it with a new damsel in distress, Meg a software company executive with a former business partner that is set on her demise so he steal her software plans for a self driving car that he can sell to the highest bidder. It’s Stone to the rescue from Key West to New York and Maine to England. They end up back to New York where Stone with Dino’s help saves the day again.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, crime
An excellent Stone Barrington story. Stone gets involved in a deadly plot to kill the owner of a heigh tech self driving car startup. Multiple attempts are made on her life and Stone helps to get to the bottom things. The action takes places in the USA and England and wherever they go trouble is not far behind. Action packed from start to finish. A very enjoyable read.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Typical Stone Barrington story. But I like Stuart woods because his books are such easy reads.
Mary A
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another lively adventure with the globetrotting Stone Barrington and his lady of the month ...
Michael Brown
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-reading
Another story that ends with a few loose ends and a bad guy ( while in jail ) still able to take revenge on Barrington and his latest girlfriend. Fast paced, but too many obvious clues not even mentioned by Stone and his crew as he is tracked all over with hitmen galore. Some warped Russians and CIA tie ends.
Peter Lapuc
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I couldn't stop laughing when Stone met up with Owaki or whatever his name was and kept pronouncing his name. Lol
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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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