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Hit List

(Stone Barrington #53)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,506 ratings  ·  272 reviews
When Stone Barrington finds his name on a hit list, he plans to lie low until the culprit is caught. But when this foe shows no signs of stopping until his deadly objective is realized in full, Stone is left with no choice but to face the problem head-on.

Armed and alert, Stone joins forces with his most savvy connections to catch the perpetrator before the next strike. But
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Cybercrone The woman whose mother was killed. The one (the mother) that met the conspirators in the motel.
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Mar 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Your choice to pick the most inept. The Hitter, The Hittee, The Police Commissioner and The Law Firm. All the nonsense welded between the usual Stone sexcapades. 0 of 10 stars
Montessahall Montessahall
This series is a repetitive loop of the same basic plot. How many home security systems does a person need? (Stone) Can Vanessa be more of a bimbo stereotype? Why in one instance Vanessa was eager to “shoot someone” while a chapter later, she was too afraid to look at a long gun? Same as previous novels; Dino and Vivian abandon their jobs and personal lives on a whim to travel around the world with Stone. BTW, what happened to Bob the dog? He was the most interesting character! A pure waste of v ...more
This one felt long, I was bored.
Stone is on a kill list. He decided to take matters into his own hands (plus Dino), in style with his gulf stream. They went to a few countries trying to find the killer. And finally, the election.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Another entry in the very formulaic, but fun, Stone Barrington series...Its a vicarious "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" tour de force for me and its a good thing they burn all those calories with lots of sex, otherwise from their high end eating and drinking, they'd all be 400 pounds...Stone finds himself on a "hit list" generated from someone in his past and we have a world-wide romp of searching for, and escaping the killer...All the periphery characters are there and in the midst of Holly B ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the worst Stuart Woods / Stone Barrington book I have read - and I have read them all. They were all quick and easy reads. Yes, they were predictable. I still enjoyed them. They were never great. My ratings for most of them were only 3 stars. Still, I read them all. After 52 books I felt like I was catching up with old friends.

But this one was bad. It went on too long, and was just blatantly ridiculous too often. Near the end Barrington was racing around the streets of Harlem on a moto
Mar 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Keystone Cops

I believe this is the most ridiculous book I’ve ever read. I’m obviously used to the formula writing, but this one takes the cake. ‘Follow that plane...’
My rating: 0! Nothing I could say would come close to describing the disdain I have for this book. If this were written by a jr. high school student aspiring to be a writer, I’d say - don’t!
Richard Guerrero
Let me start out by saying that I have been a diehard Stuart Woods fan and a Stone Barrington fan. In saying that, this book was horrible. I think it’s coming to the time where he probably needs to end this series. As I mentioned before, Stone should be in his 70s by now but he still running around like a 30 year old and having sex with two or three different women in a day. The whole story and everything about it was horrible. Have these guys running all around the world looking like idiots. Sh ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Woods sure hit the bottom of the barrel with this one. My Goodread friends know I gave up on the Barrington series long ago and no doubt wondering why I even read this new novel. If not for COVID19 and my local libraries being closed for weeks I probably would not have read Hit List. However, when you’re used to reading a couple novels a week you get desperate so when neighbor offered to lend me her book I accepted. I cannot believe the horrid, shallow writing and the stupidity of some of the ch ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stone receives a list of 10 names, which seem to have no connection. Then, the list grows shorter as people are being killed by a cipher. Nobody can find the killer, who is deadly, but for some reason, cannot manage to kill Stone. Shocking, right? Stone jumps in his Gulfstream 500, and starts jumping to his numerous homes in England, Paris, Maine, and eventually, out to Santa Fe, where he hangs with Ed Eagle. The killer has come into some serious money, and is on a quest to right actual or perce ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was not for me..... There wasn’t much happening except Stone and his friends living an expensive and unrealistic lifestyle. Yikes!
Nancy Burnett
Blah ineptitude SILLY

I usually enjoy these fanciful plots however this one was mailed in. First 1/2 decent the second 1/2 was so ridiculous I found myself getting angry at me for reading. PASSS
Donna Hines
A hit list with Holly Parker being elected President!!
Yes, well if you're a fan of Stuart Woods and why the hell not with this being his 53rd of the Stone Barrington series than you know what to expect.
The romps and sex, the chase, the bandits on the run, those travelling voyages, heck hop on the motorcycle and let me give ya a ride (even if I just admitted I haven't driven in awhile).
No, seriously you get it and so does Vivian the sidekick partner to help Stone whose last on the list of horrors
There seems to be a rash of really tired writers lately.
This was one of the products. All I can say is, if I'm ever in trouble, I hope I'm not being protected by either the NYPD or Strategic Services.
When an author writes a book where people are made to do really stupid and unthinking things just to push the plot along and get the required number of words for submission, it's time to move on to something else.
elaine fernandez
Mar 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed with the last Stone Barrington installment. Over the course of a few years the books have increased the unimaginable increase in Stone's wealth, influence and womanizing but it added to a fictional hero. This installment overplayed these aspects. The bantering between Stone and Dino has always been amusing; in this installment, their keystone cops antics dilute and disrespect the positions they hold, Police Commissioner and respected attorney.

If the author has no more to
Todd Lowe
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year I read more than 300 books and buy most at the local Friends of the Library bookstore at $25 for a bag of books. When I find A new Author, I try to fill in at the bookstore and buy the ones I cannot find used on Amazon.

Stuart Woods in one of the very few authors that I purchase new. As soon a book is scheduled, I preorder on Amazon. “Hit List” is one of his better books.

A very good plot, the usual cast of characters plus Ed Eagle and Herbie Fisher, and laugh out loud dialogue. An absol
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shoot-me
Ok, this is definitely the last book about Stone Barrington that I am reading. This one was dragging and did not inspire me. I would like to know how come the NY Police Commissioner can have so much time on his hand to travel to France, England and other US States plus time to go for lunch and dinner on a regular basis. Where can I apply for that job. The book is really about two idiots that make jokes while not being able to stop a criminal. Good by Barrington.
Shirley Kuder
The worst yet. What a serious disappointment. He is losing his edge
I won’t be buying any more of his books which is das because I’ve never missed onr
Robert P Baron
Hope there is no Book 54

They are getting worse and worse. The plot is inane and the telling equals it. No more for me Mr. Woods.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked these early books but I had stopped reading this series because I found that I was disappointed with Stuart Woods constantly making Stone into a ridiculous play boy. This man obviously has much more sense than this and should have more character. Romance is fine but this man can’t keep his clothes on. I thought I would give it another try since I wasn’t the only one that disliked Stone’s “playboy” image. I thought maybe Mr. Woods would get the idea and tone it down…Of course he di ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good. Typical of his
Michele A.
This book was just okay to me. Stone is his usual blundering self lately who has found his name on a hit list. Dino tries to help and what ensues was pure disbelief on my part. Stone can't figure out why his name would appear on a hit list (any number of women immediately came to my mind) and doesn't quite take the appropriate precautions in the beginning. His womanizing knows no bounds. It seems unbelievable that he picks up women without any preamble. The constant globetrotting and giving rand ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
The thing I enjoy most about the Stone series is the clever, conniving plot twists, which this one did NOT have. This was a “Keystone Cops” book which included the ridiculous chase of a killer via airplanes. There is NO viable reason why a NY Police Commissioner should take directions from an attorney, who continued to foil each plot to catch the killer with rookie moves. I highly recommend PASSING on this one!
John Sklar
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
I'm a Stuart Woods fan so anything I say should be taken with that in mind. This was action packed and full of fun. There was a light and jovial atmosphere which I needed during this time of national panic. Woods always gives me a break from the real world and seems to pull me into this delightful fantasy of Stone Barrington and his friends. I needed the break. Great book. ...more
C. Earle
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Did Not Finish
Aaron G Wright
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good addition

Very well told story with the expected professional flare you expect from a Stuart Woods novel. Great action and flow. These books are my favorites and they are over too soon.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always a great read

Since I love these characters it is so easy to not want to stop reading once I start. Always anxious for the next.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another fantastic Stone Barrington book by Stuart Woods. Okay, I know I say that about every one of these books, but it’s true. Enjoy!
Dody M. Adams
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great adventure!

Stone is a great character. The supporting cast are just as alive and well written as the main character. They are always fighting the good fight.
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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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