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(Stone Barrington #51)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,178 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Stone Barrington faces down danger on New York's mean streets in the latest thriller from perennial fan favorite Stuart Woods.

Upon returning to the states from a European jaunt, Stone Barrington makes the acquaintance of a stunning woman who seems like she could be an ideal candidate to meet some of his professional--and personal--needs. Before long, though, Stone is put
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Putrid. Quite possibly the worst. 0 of 10 stars
Not sure where the plot description on Goodreads came from, but it's wrong (see Amazon.) Stone goes off to a British spy training facility to pick up Dame Felicity Devonshire's Aston Martin, when he crashes into a river and is almost killed. He is "nursed" back to health by a Rose McGill, who ends up sleeping with Stone (oops.) Rose is a cipher, and the head of the training facility (Fife Simpson) becomes Felicity's #2 at MI-6. International politics, spy vs. spy, sex. Meh. Stuart Woods can do ...more
Montessahall Montessahall
Same tired; weak plot, mind numbing dialogue, sex, sexual innuendos, food, alcohol, planes, cars, houses as the rest of the books in this series. I still don’t understand how Dino and Vivian are able to follow Stone around the world on a whim while ditching their jobs and personal lives. By the way, how old is Stone anyway? This installment is truly a boring, meandering mess of a story.
Michele A.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This one was just meh for me. The constant bed hopping by Stone has gotten out of hand. I am unsure when he finds the time to get tested for STD's. The premise of the book was a bit all over the place for me. Lance suddenly decides to offer Stone a permanent position that comes out of left field? Stone decides to take it, even though he claims to have enough on his plate. The constant rotation of Dame Felicity, Holly and some random new woman into the mystery has gotten so old to me. Am hoping ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Slow beginning re the silly braggadocio about Stone's sexual and physical attributes (fantasy). Then the story was pretty good when we got into the spy novel. Of course Mr. Woods had to ruin it by describing all the numerous sexual activities during a couple of weeks with (1) the former director of the CIA who is now secretary of state and will probably run for (and be elected to) the US presidency, (2) the head of MI-6 British Intelligence, and (3) British military officer and surgeon. These ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: so-so
I read the comments from other readers and I agree with them that this book is probably the worst that I have read from Stuart Woods. It has no action and drags on for pages. May be less focus on sex and more on real action would make this book more interesting.

Not sure if I will bother with Stone Barrington anymore.
Bill Huffman
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: zoctober, z2019
51 Stone Barrington books and I’m done. I’ve read them all, but I won’t read any more of them. They’re no longer worth my time or money. This was probably only worth 2 stars, but I only found a couple of typos, so that's probably worth a star. If this wasn't a Stuart Woods book, I doubt I would have finished it.

I have no doubt that someone else is writing these books now. I've always thought the speech was a bit stilted and it still is but not as much. Who says "May I make you a libation?" And
I was happy that the book description was wrong on goodreads. Stone is in the UK and was involved in international intelligence/spy mystery. I would give 3 stars here, but ...

Readers of Barrington series know what to expect from these books: Light mystery, fine dining, sex, fancy cars, private jet and mansions. Book 51, you'll find Stone going back and forth under the sheets between three ladies, pretty unusual. To top it off, Stuart Woods added love scenes for the bad guy and Dino as well. I
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Following a short stint at Station Two, a British spy training facility in the Scottish Highlands, Stone Barrington finds himself pitted against a traitor with a lethal agenda.

The fifty-first in the series, “Stealth” finds Stone staying put rather than house-hopping between his many properties. Despite the fact that Stone remains [relatively] settled in England throughout the story, Dino and Viv Bacchetti manage to be front and center for most of the goings-on. [It must be nice to be able to
Linda Thompson
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read every Stone Barrington book Stuart Woods has written and have eagerly looked forward to each new story. And because I thought these were such compelling stories, I only winced a little at the outrageous price of $15 for a digital book. That being said, I'm wincing a lot right now. Having finished Stealth last night, I'm terribly disappointed. It's almost as if someone else wrote this book. The cast of characters is the same, but the writing is different. I can't put my finger on any ...more
Not that great.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This installment was fantastic. Looking at a new life path for Stone!!!
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This Stone Barrington novel had a pretty good plot, took place in England, and introduced a new villain or 2 as well as a new party girl who happened to be a physician.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure if this book was written by Stuart Woods. From the first chapter it didn't fit his style of writing. This book was full of very formal dialogue. It was a quick read though.
Stone is in residence at his country house in England.
He invites Dame Felicity to dinner and she brings along a party of British officers and their wives. One of them suggests that Stone go to the MI-6 training facility in Scotland and he accepts. After a week or so of training, he has the opportunity to drive
Judy C.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it

Stone Barrington is a Male Slut. When I start a book I make it my policy to finish it. I have to say, putting this one down would have been easy to do. Your storyline was good but I really got my fill early on of your main character's nightly engagements with different women. Leave at least 2/3 of that out and you'd have a good novel. I read a lot but these will forever be on my what not to read list.
Anne, Unfinished Woman
Wow, it is a wonder that Stone has any time to work...he is having sex morning, afternoon and night, several times a day with multiple women in this installment of the series. How does he keep it up? The story does flush out to one of Russian spying but the sex goes on and on and on. To begin, Stone awakes at his home in Britain wishing that he had brought a companion with him on this junket, as he is bored. He reads a bit and works a crossword. Then hooray, Dame Felicity calls and he is saved; ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
#51 in the Stone Barrington series. This 2019 series entry by author Stuart Woods is a delightful change of pace to the series I call my secret vice. Stone is spending time at his English country manor and playing musical beds with Dame Felicity, the head of MI-6, and a new squeeze, doctor Rose McGill. For those idle moments, Holly Barker, the American Secretary of State, comes to share his bed. There is also a Russian plot of sorts and Stone effortlessly comes out on top. I don't count the ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well, it started off promising, then quickly reverted to same old same old. This time stone was a real man-whore, sleeping with 3 different women, some simultaneously. So is author trying to compete with the “50 shades” books? Lots of repeated dialog...doesn’t he have an editor? Also some disconnect from previous books... I thought Holly had already announced her candidacy and was advised, by Stone himself, not to be seen with him? And I thought mi-6 and strategic services , and the cia, were ...more
Barry Martin Vass
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Stuart Woods is writing at such a prodigious level - producing a new Stone Barrington novel every ninety days for years - that if you're following this series, you know everything you read will be quick, fun, and easy. Stealth takes place entirely in London and Stone's country estate in the south of England. Author Woods uses mostly dialogue to advance the plot, and this is either the fifty-first or fifty-second book in the series, so readers familiar with Barrington's world should ...more
rebecca O. webber
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I know lots of reviewers said this was the worst book in the series. I don’t agree—the last book was the worst (Contraband) and made me wondered who was actually writing the series. Stealth read more like your typical Stuart Woods book. So I agree with the reviewers who think the sex aspect has become the ramblings phantasies of an old man and I likely will not spend money on another Woods book.

My rating is 1.5 because it wasn’t as crude as the last book. I wasn’t surprised how many other
As I think I have mentioned in previous reviews, the Stone Barrington series represents the junk food in my literary diet. Every now and then, I'll satisfy my craving for empty calories and content. All the books appear to follow the same template. The names of many of the women Stone beds down changes as well as the villains that are in every book. Stealth has Stone facing a revengeful British security agent who blames Stone and his British Secret Service girlfriend for losing his job and ...more
Richard Guerrero
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Good reads got the description of this book wrong. I seen other reviews and I have to agree, this was one of the worst Stone Barrington books. I feel as the series has been going on it’s been going downhill and it just hit rock bottom. I want to call stone Barrington “dirt Daigler“. How much sexually transmitted diseases does he and some of the top woman in the world have. I figured he Hass to be at least in his mid-70s even about 80 going back to the start of the series but in this book they’re ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A somewhat improved plot than the last few Stone Barrington novels, but not enough of some of my favorite characters, way too much ritzy behavior and bed hopping from stone and every woman except Dino's wife Viv, who crosses his path, and a conspicuously absent golden retriever, Bob. Who takes care of Bob and gives him cookies while Stone jumps in and out of bed all over the world?! Is there no woman who finds Stone's charms completely resistible?! Starting to get really frustrated with this ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Stone is enjoying some down time in England when Dame Felicity decides at a dinner party he should go to the British training camp. After two weeks there Stone is asked to drive Dame Felicity's car back as it was being serviced. However on the way home Stone is unable to control the car and it goes off the road and into a river. Stone just barely survives and only because someone came along with a wench to pull him out of the water. After that more attempts are made on Stone's life as well as ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Entertaining. Very quick read. too much sex.

Stone Barrington is trying to enjoy some down time at his English retreat when he's unceremoniously sent off to the remote reaches of the UK and into a deadly snare. As it turns out, this is only the first volley by a sinister rival, one that has its eyes set on disrupting the peace of the nation.

With the help of two brilliant and stunning women, Stone must leverage a new position of power to capture a villain with a lethal agenda. But the closer he
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book I just read has nothing to do with NYC. It all takes place in the UK. I’m not sure why they have written the description like they did, unless they have 51 and another one mixed up.

This one was a little bizarre for Stone. In one day, he had sex with 3 different women. First, that’s unnecessary for a book to be good and second, he has to be in mid 40s, I’m guessing, so how could he have that kind of stamina? I always think this will be my last one, but I really like Stuart Woods’ books
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Nov 2019. #51. This is not the worst Woods I've read but it doesn't get more than ***. There were enough OK scenes to keep my attention and I did like theist few chapters. There is much fantasy in Barrington's sexual accomplishments and choice of partners. All seem irrelevant to the plot at hand. (intended) I'd suggest to my fellow readers to use the public libraries in the future to avoid the expense.
Lynn Laryn
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I do enjoy Stuart Woods ' novels with Stone Barrington. This one seemed short it was such a fast read. Stone finds himself employed as deputy director to Lance Cabot in the CIIA. They are trying to figure out what the Russians are up to, along with the British M1-5. He is in danger, as the Russians are apparently trying to kill him, as well as the head of M1-5, Felicity Devonshire.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a little more action in this Stone Barrington book than some of the past ones. Stealth is spending time at his English house when he gets invited to do some spy training put on by MI-6. Stone then finds himself promoted to deputy director at the CIA under his old friend, Lance, which immediately puts him on the short hit list from Russia along with his sometime lover, Felicity, head of MI-6.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Surprised at all the negative reviews, as I thought this one was better than most of the past few. I don't think the suggestion that Woods isn't writing them is on point - the writing still feels like his style. It's not as fresh and dynamic as it was 20 books ago, that much is true. The complaints are all about things which have been in all of the recent books. I find it hard to believe people are still reading but only on this book decided that he's gone downhill too much.
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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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