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Choppy Water

(Stone Barrington #54)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,009 ratings  ·  242 reviews
In this exhilarating new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington must go up against an enemy with deadly intentions–and ideologies.

Stone Barrington and his friends are vacationing in Maine when their leisure is suddenly disrupted by extreme weather. To make matters worse, the inclement conditions allow for a menacing adversary to s
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published August 11th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published August 4th 2020)
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Aug 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's a strong pattern of dullness and repetition with Stone B0rrington. This read requires a complete waste of your time. 0 of 10 stars ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of the Stone Barrington series. I’m willing to suspend disbelief and enjoy the adventures, however unlikely. During this time of Covid, this was a great read to take my mind off the problems. This was just a fun romp with characters that are old friends.

Some of these books are better than others and this was a good Barrington read. With his girlfriend, Holly Barker as president elect, the predictable mayhem follows. Though the plot line can be expected, it takes the reader through th
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-detective
Holly Barker wins the Presidential election, and decides to hide out with Stone Barrington along with a skeletal Secret Service staff before she is inaugurated. There is a determined right-wing fanatic, who wants to prevent her from assuming office. Several attempts are made on her life, which are thwarted due to mostly luck and circumstances, but also because there are moles in the Colonel's camp. I liked the part where Holly (and readers) meet her double and everyone is figuring out how to avo ...more
Montessahall Montessahall
I suspected a DNF fate for this ridiculous book after five chapters. The same old, boring plot as previous books in this series. Product placement, food, liquor, security systems, houses, planes, sex and mind numbing chase senarios are the only props the author seems to know for a plot. When the first woman POTUS had an appointment with Ralph Lauren to pick out a new decor for the White House and a new wardrobe, I had reached my DNF threshold. This author is among the most prolific of fiction wr ...more
Ha HAAA! Stone Barrington's plot keeps getting more ridiculous as the series progress. In this one Stone's long time fling became President-elect. While waiting for her inauguration ceremony she escaped multiple assassination attempts. Lucky for her Stone has tremendous resources to keep her safe! There are new characters, wonder if they will be new recurring cast? ...more
Richard Guerrero
I always start by saying that I have been from the beginning a big Stone Barrington fan but many of the most recent books have been horrible. It’s probably time for the author to hang it up on this series. Like I mentioned before, Stone Barrington has to be in his 70s by now. I know I have to relax a little bit because it is not a serious book but it has become a very bad soap opera type. And this one, it started out real bad but I do have to say since I have nothing else to do today the middle ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
First of all the cover of this book that has a boat in the middle of a storm has nothing to do with this book.

There is barely a story. The most interesting thing happens in the first 5 pages of this book. And you don't have to be a genius to realize that the leak is from the inside. And then nothing happens for the entire book until the end. But by the time you get to the end (if you get there) one is so bored that one doesn't care what happens.
Jenny Nestler
Amazingly, Barrington only slept with one woman through the entire book!

It’s stretches the imagination that the United Secret Service would take direction from Stone Barrington. That he would suggest ways to protect the President-elect and the USSS has never had that thought before? It just stretches all imagination. It was nice to have the storyline focus on other characters than SB, though.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gone are the days of Stone Barrington's extremely clever plots and devious actions which kept us readers in suspense. Currently, his greatest plot seems to be how many Knob Creek drinks and how much sex can he have on any given day. I think they should reclassify the Barrington series genre from thriller to romance. (And a bad one at that). I recommend passing on this book and any future books in this series. ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although this Stone Barrington offering may really deserve the faint praise of 1-1/2 stars, I gave it 2, because it was so much better than the last - again very faint praise.
Bill Huffman
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, z2020
A lot of new characters in this book. The more I read, the more I thought a new series was in the offing.
Justin Klinger
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started this book, I was worried they were going to somehow, put the whole book on a small boat in the ocean. I wasn't looking forward to that at all.

Instead, it's a roller coaster ride, picking up with Holly just winning the election and her time as the President-Elect. There's a plot against her, of course, and she and Stone have to rely on a team to keep her alive across several attacks.

If you've read the other books in the series, then you'll want to read this one. It's a pretty
John Sklar
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Stuart Woods never fails me. No matter how depressing the world is, e manages to tell me a crime fantasy with beautiful women, excellent food and adventure that doesn't stop to catch a breath. I wish there was a new one every week. Those of you who think these books are from a formula miss the point. Great food comes from a great recipe and great ingredients combined with skill and taste That's Stuart Woods to a "T."
The fact the democratic president elect is a single woman is just a little frost
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well mr woods proved once again he is a one note author: somebody is out to kill either Stone or one of his cronies. At least this volume had a bit of substance and Stone was not so prominent in the story. Yahoo for that...I’m tired of his lounge lizard personality!
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this Stone Barrington/Holly Barker book more than other recent ones, perhaps because Holly is now President-elect of the US. The story was straightforward and not overly prolonged.
Nancy B
Sep 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As some others did, I rate this 0 of 10, only can't show it on the stars rating.
I read about half way through and gave up, as Woods didn't engage this reader with enough character development or motivation.
It gets tiresome to hear an author promote one party or one side of the USA political argument. But if you're going to do that, at least give characters on both sides enough development we understand why they are doing what they are doing.
Here, aside from the usual talk about spending lots of
Gunnar Gustafson
Sep 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t usually take the time to write reviews, but this book was so bad I had to make an exception. I have read every Stewart Woods book and have been a fan for years. By default, I order every new release. No more! His writing, plot development, and entertainment level has been decreasing for 2-3 years. I keep thinking that maybe the next book will get better and resume the old magic. Nope. He is now spiraling down to just bad stories and bad books. Very disappointed that what used to be such ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was the best Stone Barrington book! There was action, suspense and tension throughout the entire book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes those things. I hope the next book is just as exciting!
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another fantastic Stone Barrington book, by Stuart Woods. There is plenty of action and suspense. The books can’t come out fast enough for me. Enjoy!
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Woods’ better Stone Barrington books. More action and sex with only Holly. One of those “hard to put down books”.

'Choppy Water' was a slight step up from brain candy we've gotten so used to in Woods'4-a-year contract with Putnam. Holly Barker's won the presidential election, but her transition period as President-Elect goes anything but smooth. Instead of making targeted public appearances, two attempts to assassinate her within two days remands her 'transition' to hiding out until hopefully the assassin can be found and eliminated. Kinda different story
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was mildly disappointing in that it was more predictable than expected even for a Stone Barrington novel. Holly is now the president elect, Stone is still jetting around his many homes and the bad guy is a white supremicist with a senator in his pocket. Some of the main characters of a Stone novel made cameo appearances and it was disappointing not to have them as integral to this plot. But as usual, the good guys win out in the end and the bad guys are gone. The real disappointment? S ...more
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
Wow!...Everything has become political...After reading Time Magazine's Molly Ball's article bragging about the election, and the Democrats, Mainstream Media, cultural elites like Woods & secret a cabal of wealthy and politically connected elites, "Fortifying" the DEFEAT of Trump & his brand of "Populism," I've gained some respect for those labeled as "Conspiracy Nuts...Especially, after observing the efforts, of this same cabal, to censor and deplatform conservative voices following the January ...more
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
I read these books because they’re totally unrealistic and unlikely-sometimes I need a break from more intense reading, you know? I adore the characters as well, and I look forward to “seeing” them again. But for goodness sake, Mr. Wood! This ENTIRE book reads like, and is even formatted like, a freakin’ outline! Did we LITERALLY phone this in during this pandemic, perhaps? Whatever. Disappointing, not fluid at all; maybe call it “Choppy Reading” instead. Sigh. I wish I didn’t love Stone and Hol ...more
Daniel Erspamer
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Stone Barrington remains one of my favorite characters to read. This is book 50-something, so the plots are getting a little crazier every book. This one is a bit out there, but great fun in any case. Can't wait for the next one. ...more
Autumn Chastain
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast pace and action filled as stone is once again involved in action. This time it involves Holly who just happened to be the newly elected president. But someone is not happy that she won and is out to make sure she doesn’t get a chance to fulfill that job
Bob Deysach
I read this book in two days. That was probably longer than it took Stuart Woods to write it.
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Stone is back, but the emphasis is on Holly this time as she prepares to become president which has put a target on her back. A bit more plot driven this time which is a good thing.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Stone Barrington; this one was better than the last few.
rebecca O. webber
This book felt tame. Thankfully, the emphasis on sex was missing as were Joan and the Bachettis. It had an OK plot and that was good for a change, although Stuart Woods has written better books.
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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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