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(Stone Barrington #52)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,133 ratings  ·  263 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)
Katy The treason was the mole in Secretary of State office and people who were recruiting spies. But I didn't particularly like the story; with a Barringto…moreThe treason was the mole in Secretary of State office and people who were recruiting spies. But I didn't particularly like the story; with a Barrington novel, it's hit or miss.(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 ...more
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. ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
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
Shelves: mystery
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 document ...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 I’m be ...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.
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Secretary of State Holly Barker thinks she has a Russian mole in the State Department and she asks Stone Barrington for advice. Stone has recently been appointed as a deputy director for the CIA (more like an occasional consultant). Now Director Lance Cabot has an assignment for him.

Good points - - writing style makes it easy to read so it's quick. There was some action toward the end of the story.

Bad points - - very little substance to the story. So predictable. The repetition almost drove me
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...
Philip Bruno
Sep 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
This man...this is really terrible. Please don't write any more of these. ...more
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 d ...more
Linda LoPresti
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I think Stone's story is about finished. ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Same old, same old. I guess it’s a comfortable familiarity, and I rather enjoyed the tale, but I can see some of the other reviewers becoming quite tired of Stone’s sexual antics.
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 it’s February, so there’s still a lot of hope.
"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! ...more
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 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
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. ...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
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the hard cover version brought from Barnes and Noble, as a birthday gift for me from my family, who know I love spy mysteries. I have enjoyed Stone Barrington stories from the past.

Story: Stone Barrington, was once a regular "Joe" a working stiff like most of the population, and he does remember what it was like to live from pay cheque to pay cheque, but this Stone Barrington has come a long way baby! He is no longer the cop on the beat, he has become a very successful lawyer, a connoiss
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Hubby passed this to me after reading it. I hadn't tried a Stone Barrington novel in some years and the banter between he and his side kick Dino used to entertain me. It still did, however, this one disappointed both of us. Nothing much has changed. Same ol' same ol' as they say. Sexcapades galore, every woman Stone meets wants to jump his bones, and he "comes" through for them :-) But he didn't come through for his fans with this one.

The plot was weak and unclear. What was the point here? What
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.
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 a ...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.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Pfft! Over. Stone’s 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.
Joy Dias
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Better than the last...
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
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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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