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Contraband

(Stone Barrington #50)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,532 ratings  ·  241 reviews
Stone Barrington is caught in the web of a national smuggling operation in the latest action-packed thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Stone Barrington is getting some much-needed rest and relaxation in the Florida sun when trouble falls from the sky--literally. Intrigued by the suspicious circumstances surrounding this event, Stone joins forces with a
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Holly I thought that was a possibility. I want to know how old Stone is since he had the most incredible stamina in the sack. This was very disappointing:…moreI thought that was a possibility. I want to know how old Stone is since he had the most incredible stamina in the sack. This was very disappointing: no plot to speak of; gratuitous sex that was too graphic. And Dino and Viv didn't ring true to their characters in this edition. Maybe the publisher is putting too much pressure on Woods to crank out three or four books a year. Frankly, I liked his earlier works better. Go to the library. Don't wast your money on this one.(less)

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Tim
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
A long, slow, disassembled start complete with stereotyping nearly derails this discombobulated story. Stone's ridiculous sexual conquests adds nothing but irritation. 4 of 10 stars
rebecca O. webber
Its the same old, same old. Rich white people having sex and eating out. Women in this series have become like Barbie dolls bending to mens fantasies. I would love a story about Joan, his Secretary more than the one dimensional female characters. ...more
Skip
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-detective
Not a nifty 50 for Stuart Woods. Stone and the Bachettis are relaxing on Stone's yacht off Key West when a seaplane crashes nearby. Stone dives down and saves the pilot's life, who is then evacuated by helicopter, leaving Detective Max(ine) Crowley because the winch breaks. The contents of the plane disappear first, followed by the plane. Okay, here a spoiler: Max has sex with Stone. Shocking, right? The pilot claims amnesia. Back in NY, Stone meets an attractive woman in a bar, who turns out to ...more
Elaine Root
Aug 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stuart Woods has lost his touch

Book boring. Not up to par. Too much sex escapades and not enough substance. No longer admire Stone Barrington character.
Carol
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
When this series first began many moons ago...I really liked it. Stone Barrington and Dino were partners in the NYPD...they investigated and solved crimes. When Stone went into private practice as an attorney it was still a good series. He had clients to defend and he still kept in touch with Dino and other interesting characters were added to the series. Then it seemed overnight the entire focus changed. Everyone was richer than God...Stone bought houses in seemingly every state and country in ...more
Sherry
Aug 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
usually these are a pleasant read.
not this one..... i can't even say why it wasn't good...
it just wasn't

I remember reading a while ago, his publisher wanted him to do 3 books a year.
The publisher needs to rethink the number of books and go back to 1-2 a year, because if the next book is like Contraband - I'll be finding another author to read......
Ellen
Aug 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
My advice? Just Skip this Stone ! #50 isn't nifty.
Again, I suggest that Contraband was substantially ghost-written by a much lesser talent
than Stuart Woods.
Donna
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read all the books by Stuart Woods over the years. The last one, #49 wasn't half bad. I felt hopeful. Well, too soon. Stone has always been a womanizer but the bed hopping has gotten way past ridiculous. Maybe multiple sex partners gets the book on the bestseller list but I don't see how that adds value to the story. My memories of this book will be more about this than the plot.
Bill Huffman
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zaugust, z2019
Very disappointing. The more I thought about the book, the more stars fell off. Extreme coincidences. Way, way too much sex going on. Apparently, all a woman has to do is look at Stone and she immediately falls in lust and can barely control herself. The sex is almost constant in this book. Maybe Im just jealous, but it seems way over the top. It seems to be getting worse over the latest books and the descriptions are getting to be too graphic. I read plenty of books that use the F word and ...more
James Behanna
Disappointed

I have read all 50 of the Stone novels. Contraband come up far short of the quality of the prior 49. 60 % sex & profanity. Not a prude, but, that is a bit much. Hopefully, this was an aberration. Looking forward to next Stone
Tom Tischler
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Stone Barrington is relaxing in Florida when a sharp looking local detective asks
him for some help. From Key West to Manhattan Stone sets out to connect the dots
between crimes that seem to follow him wherever he travels. The investigations only
lead to more questions and shocking connections between old and new acquaintances.
Stone must quickly learn though answers and enemies are often in plain sight.
Story isn't bad and is readable, I gave it a 3.5.
Enrico Conedera
Aug 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I ran across Stuart Woods accidentally, with one of the Barrington novels. It was pretty good, and I decided to see what else he had written.

So I read Chiefs, his first novel, and I was completely taken with Woods talent. Rich milieu, rich history, excellent character development. I was actually upset when each of the three sections ended, and I could no longer follow that particular character.

Since then I have read every novel he has published. Of course, the Barrington novels make up most of
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Rima
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too good

Why too good? Because it means I read it in a few days and now have to wait for the next book!
Kay
Mystery is similar to other Stone Barrington books. Women continue to throw themselves at Stone. Even as a fan of the series, this one was too much.
Rick
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty good story, not his best, but still interesting.
Alan
Nov 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
The worst yet in terms of the banal, tried and true Woods formula. But you have to hand it to an author who manages to write 60+ novels (including those focusing on spin-off characters) and still enjoys commercial success by, for the last dozen or so Barrington novels, writing the same book over and over. What utter tripe but I keep reading them!
Mark
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
"Move along, nothing to see here," unless you read the Stone Barrington series like I do, as pure guilty pleasures...The usual sex, fine dining and "lives of the rich & famous."...When a seaplane ditches near his yacht anchored just off Fort Jefferson, while in the Keys, Stone & company are drawn into an unusual smuggling case that runs through the Keys, to Miami, to NYC...This AIN'T great literature, but I'm hooked!
Janice
Sep 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Omg....this was the worst one yet! Grammatical errors all over the place. Plot holes. This was basically a short story drawn out into book length but repeated narrative and silly sex scenes. Im surprised stone hasnt every sexually transmitted disease in the book considering he jumps into bed with every woman he meets, minutes after meeting them. Ok...this is fantasy fiction so stds arent a concern. But for heavens sake... how about attention to a reasonably written story? ...more
Barry Martin Vass
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Stuart Woods has created his own world in the Stone Barrington series of novels. All of the main characters are interesting and upwardly mobile, and the action is related in such a minimalist fashion that you can't help but be pulled in. For instance, Stone is a former NYC beat cop who went on to become a detective, was forced out of his job, and eventually became a high-priced attorney in the Big Apple. His sometime squeeze, Holly Barker, is a former major in the Army who went on to be a ...more
Ed
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal, nyc, florida
#50 in the Stone Barrington series. This 2019 series entry of my favorite soap opera by author Stuart Woods is far from the best in the series but it is a quick, enjoyable read and introduces a new character (and bedmate) in Key West detective Max Crowley. Hardly a surprise in this series of the rich and over-sexed, Max becomes a multi-millionaire heiress overnight. She give her partner and his wife a free lifetime tenancy of one of her inherited rental properties and offers Stone an inherited ...more
Jeannine
Sep 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I started this series and liked it but it started to decline. I believe my last review said it was more like a bodice-ripper than a mystery. So I haven't read any more until I saw this at the library and decided to give it a try. Well, if you want a detailed description of Stone Barrington's overactive libido, this book is for you. If you're looking for an actual mystery, not so much. There is a plot but Stone is too busy having sex to have much to do with the actual mystery. There are some good ...more
Dad
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Not one of Woods better efforts as he fell into the writers playbook of repeating the same basic plot over and over. Stone Barrington has become a bore who has too many girlfriends and too many man toys. This had potential for a great story involving USCG adventures on the high seas during a rescue by helo and it simply turned into different ways and places Stone can find a new woman for the day/week/trip. In short this one was a big disappointment. Hate it when my favorite character is Herb the ...more
Barbara Bakal
Nov 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This series has turned into a continuing story of how often Stone Barrington can perform with multiple woman in each book. The story of the crimes are way, way down in the story line. I am repulsed by the fact that each book has a woman in his bed within hours of meeting him and he's instantly buying them clothes, paying their bills, etc. When Stuart Woods can find a way back to writing something more than smut I might be back.
Andrea Johnson
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
KINDLE. Another great book. Stone is with new women and Dino and Viv and Herb are the only repeat characters to have significant roles. New lady Max is from Key West. Takes place between Key West and NYC.
Don Gorman
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
(2 1/2). My name is Don Gorman and I am a Stuart Woods addict. I know these books will not help my I.Q., my vocabulary, my self esteem or ego in any way shape or form but I can't give them up. They are just too much fun. They read in 3 hours or so and give me a glimpse at the most ridiculous lifestyle that could be imagined. Along the way we have never ending sexual conquests, a murder or two, and many cases to be solved, usually involving very rich, famous, and or powerful people. My addiction ...more
John Olson
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read with a short ending. It was too easy to figure The Who, what and where. Dino,Viv, Herb, new Florida characters Max and Tommy with Stone. Smuggling contraband into the states.
Sam Prince
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-e-books
Surprisingly entertaining. Interesting plot twists. The hero has a fascinating personal life.
Mel Raschke
Always a quick read.
Amy Morton
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great Stone Barrington novel!
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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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