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(Stone Barrington #52)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,665 ratings  ·  165 reviews

Upon returning to New York City after a whirlwind British excursion, Stone Barrington is notified of a delicate situation within the country's administration, A close friend requires his expertise and subtlety to eradicate a
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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PMM Due to the way the book ended I assumed that it was 'To Be Continued' so I gave it the benefit of the doubt. If this is the actual ending then I would…moreDue to the way the book ended I assumed that it was 'To Be Continued' so I gave it the benefit of the doubt. If this is the actual ending then I would have rated the book much lower.(less)

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Jan 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
The usual tripe of Woods trying to squeeze a story around Barrington's sexaholic proclivities. 2 of 10 stars
This one was better than previous with mystery about Russian spy. Stone also got a new toy, you'll never guess.... a Gulfstream! His sexcapade continues more so than before to the point I stop paying attention.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stone is asked by part-time girlfriend and Secretary of State Holly Barker to help uncover a Russian mole in the State Department, paired with a fake female journalist. Also, now a CIA Deputy Director, Stone is asked by Lance Cabot to investigate Peter Grant, who seems to be a serf to Russian oligarch, Yevgeny Checkov. Chekhov and Stone have both profited from a recent IPO: Checkov wants insider information and Stone buys a Gulfstream 500. I think Stone may have broken his own record for sexual ...more
Budd Margolis
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Woods uses ridiculous names for his characters. I keep finding errors. Would the Secretary of State (not a spoiler: but also as a Presidential candidate) use Stones private driver and car in NYC and avoid Secret Service protection? Would the private jet aeroplane hanger not have 24/7 video surveillance? In a car, one is informed that there are only 10 minutes for a description of one of the characters yet it takes just 2 paragraphs? Page after page one is assaulted by pandering, vague and poorly ...more
Bill Huffman
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I said I was done with this series, but I saw all the 4 and 5 stars, so I thought maybe Stuart was writing his books again and I got my hands on a copy. Nope, still the same person who wrote the last 2 or 3 books. The only thing going for this book is it's easy to read. I think the author got to a point where he was tired of the whole thing and decided to wrap it up real quick, leaving a lot of questions unanswered. Why would a person with a 6-1/2 million dollar penthouse hide sensitive ...more
Laura Rash
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked SW books. I know some people pick them apart in their reviews as to theirs so called accuracy or unbelievable but I enjoy them as pure entertainment
Feb 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Good grief..What an embarrassment for a series that was at one time one of the best around. My reading friends know I gave up on Stone long ago but saw so many good reviews and decided to give it a try. Big mistake - - huge mistake. Total waste of time. Only reason I finished it was I was between my reserve books at my local library. Hard to believe so many readers keep this series on so many Best Seller lists and sad that because of that Woods laughs all the way to the bank. Next time Im ...more
Montessahall Montessahall
Ditto from previous reviews; alcohol, sex, food sex, airplanes, sex, houses, sex... Also, Woods must get a fee for product placement. This novel is a thoroughly dreadful mess.
rebecca O. webber
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Please explain the ending!

I actually thought it was marginally better than the last two books and then...
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Same old, same old. I guess its a comfortable familiarity, and I rather enjoyed the tale, but I can see some of the other reviewers becoming quite tired of Stones sexual antics. ...more
Linda LoPresti
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I think Stone's story is about finished.
"Life Styles of the Rich and Famous" for the pulp mystery set...Huge "Guilty Pleasure" reading these...This one deals with Stone helping Lance ferret out a Russian mole in Holly's State Department...and Stone crosses some Russian Oligarch again which leads to discoveries of a nest of Russian deep cover assets!
Brett Sorge
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Standard fair with poor ending. This had some entertainment value, but far from being woods best work.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty good story but more ladies in Stone's many beds than usual in 1 novel.
Mike Salmon
Jan 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Back in the day I think I read the first 20-25 Stone Barrington novels by Stuart Woods. I quit reading them because they were all to predictable and so much was written that did not contribute to the story line.

On a whim I decided to read book #52 Treason to see if anything had changed. The story itself had potential but the author blew it still with non-essential BS in the book.

I really don't need to know what Stone and his cohorts are having for every meal in detail or the fact that Stone has
Jan 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
2020 has not started out well for authors. Perhaps their wallets are just fine, but Good God there are terrible novels this year. Thank Good its February, so theres still a lot of hope. ...more
Judy Page
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have read quite a few Stone Barrington books, and unfortunately I think the quality has gone down over time. The storyline now seems filled with Stone's sexual exploits and descriptions of his over-the-top lifestyle filled with houses, cars, and planes that he owns. There isn't much room left for an actual plot. I'm not sure if I will continue to buy the new books when they come out.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it

Okay, the Russians, especially the hideously rich oligarchs, have become the tous les jour for Woods' recent coven of novels. Note this is the first released in 2020, and I'd suspect 4 more before it's over. Who cares, as Stone becomes Lance Cabot's regular surveillance within wealthy circles, and the modus operandi seems to go something like this: Stone's in Paris (eventually), runs into his partner Marcel Dubois, catches wind of a Russian on
...more Mystery & Thriller
Multimillionaire Stone Barrington is a former cop, lawyer, partner in a high-profile New York law firm, and a veteran of several different government employers. He also has served in political appointments and is reprised by Stuart Woods in TREASON.

Stone is surrounded by his usual coterie of friends and acquaintances in the escapades in which he finds himself partaking as he solves his latest mystery. Someone has reported a mole in a classified agency, and it is up to Stone and his crew to track
Mike Martz
Mar 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
It has been a while since I have read one of his Stone Barrington novels and had forgotten how silly they are. Everyone is beautiful, rich and sleeps with Stone. There is actually a good plot but all the parts that would be interesting are glossed over and it is nothing but Stone, where he dines, houses he owns, airplanes he buys, shopping his women do and really nothing of substance. Woods makes a great living writing this stuff and I admit I occasionally read one but I have to believe he can ...more
Ron Turner
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a great fun read, fiction books are meant to allow the reader to escape into another world and live another life, I think some people who have read these books have forgotten that premise, with all the complaints I see of how Stone lives, I saw to Mr Woods, keep up the great work and I will keep reading.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Pfft! Over. Stones character, if one can take his escapades at all seriously any more, is becoming an entitled, vapid, womanizing, dilettante - what a guy, lol! The stories, even the better ones (say, the 2-star rated) are too silly by far. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Another enjoyable quick read by this author. A lot of jumping around from
country to country . The book had plenty of women to keep Stone
Entertained, but had little substance. A typical Stone Barrington tale with
Women and expensive toys, parties, and drinking.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My Rating 2 Rich Dudes
Michele A.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Okay so the bed hopping continues with great earnest. Again, Holly is able to swoop in and have a dalliance with Stone and no one supposedly knows? Come on, get real on that. Stone is seemingly set up for some investigating that he seems to blunder along. Dino and Viv (both professionals in their own right) can't quite figure out what's going on? Stone always seems to find himself in a compromising position because he is thinking with the wrong part of his body again. His constant befuddlement ...more
Sherrie Howey
The good news is that Dino is back in this book as a major character. Lance Cabot also plays an integral part in this book.
However, I found that there were a number of unanswered questions( who sabotaged the plane early in the book, what side is Vanessa on?) which I found frustrating. The ending was very abrupt which perhaps is intentional so it will serve as the lead in for the next book in this series. I personally would have liked some closure.
Michelle Milnes
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always enjoy Stuart Woods books. Reminds somewhat of the James Bond movies that I watched 50 years ago
Lisa Malmquist
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stone Barrington is at it again. This time with a bit of a twist..
Stone is called upon to do a bit of spying by Lance Cabot the director of the CIA.
Apparently there is a traitor within a government agency. It is a delicate situation. Stone is called upon to help sort out just who it is and what is going on.
With the usual humor and cast of characters, Stone takes up the spying life for this story.
Set in Maine, Paris, New York, he lives the high life while doing a bit of sleuthing.
Planes, yachts, and spies embedded in lifestyles of the rich and connected allow the reader to swill wine vicariously in the ritziest restaurants in Paris, then aid the CIA in capturing GRU agents near Martha's Vineyard in this fast read featuring Stone Barrington.
Margie Power
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Ive read all of his books, so I cant stop now. I like to guess on which page will he gave sex with a total stranger and how many different women will he entertain in the book. Otherwise, its an easy read while having a pedicure. ...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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