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(Stone Barrington #56)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  886 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Stone Barrington faces down a rival with cutting-edge tactics in this heart-racing thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Stone Barrington is settling in for some downtime in New York City when an anonymous enemy makes himself known. This nameless foe's threats hit close to home, and before Stone can retaliate, the fearsome messages turn into very real cons
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 29th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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I don't know what else I can say about this series. I'm giving it 3 stars cus I'm crazy to keep reading them.

Hush-Hush started out pretty interesting. Stone received a ransom email on his home computer for one million Bitcoin. He ignored this by telling the hacker to Go F*** Himself. The following day none of his computers were working. Per Joan's (his secretary) suggestion, he called Lance at the CIA. Lance sent over a bra-less (I think) CIA techie, Rocky Hardwick (wink wink). As per usual thin
Jan 18, 2021 rated it did not like it
One of the worst in a long time. Completely non-sensical plot. Someone inserts malware on Stone's computer and he refuses to pay the $1 million fee (in Bitcoin, just to be trendy), turning to his techie resources, resulting in a higher ask and eventually an attempt on Stone's life. Lance and Holly send in IT expert, Rocky Hardwick, who needless to say, is a gorgeous woman. Then we pop up to Maine, where further assassins are running amok, annoying Ed Rawls, who comes to NYC to chase down those r ...more
First half - contrived, tedious repartee;
Second half - comical, if violent, mayhem.
Rating - what a crock, lol!
Bill Huffman
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, z2020
Pretty good story, but there is really no reason for most of the plot, or what there is for a plot. Stone does something at the end of the book I don’t recall him ever doing before and it came as a shock. This series does continue to be a great training guide on how I should spend my money when I hit that really big PowerBall. So far, I’m definitely going for the Norton, the house in Key West and Ed Rawl’s gun collection. And the jet.
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Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stone Barrington is back in his New York City home when he receives an email from an unknown source demanding a million dollar ransom in exchange for unlocking his computer and returning his files. Of course, he responds with his typical flair and goes to meet his guest, President Holly Barker, with whom he is carrying on his relationship as difficult as that might be. The threat, however, turns out to be very real, and with the help of the President and Lance Cabot, head of the CIA, the perpetr ...more
Ken Karcher
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure what the attraction to Stone Barrington is for me, I'm NOT a wealthy lawyer with high powered clients and government contacts. Neither do I sleep with a stable of beautiful women in my ONE rented apartment. But for a couple of decades or so these novels of his exploits have been my guilty pleasure, and I've learned to not ask why, just simply enjoy the ride. Once again our hero is in hot water through no fault of his own, and reading how he extricates himself seems to take no time w ...more
Bill Bride
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been reading Stuart's books for over two decades ever since I saw a book of his at a beach house library. Now that he's in his 80's he cranks them out as often as James Patterson does with his books. I'm too far in to stop but I check these out from the library now as opposed to buying them. This one was pretty good, computer hacking and Stone, the main character, sleeping with his usual two women per book as he jet sets across the globe. I enjoyed it in a day. Another Stone book due in March so ...more
Cindy Joyce
It was OK.
Sherrie Howey
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
In this latest Stone Barrington book, the Russian mobsters are back. It starts out with a computer hijacking and proceeds to plenty of violent encounters. As is expected in the Stone Barrington series, he has a new love interest. However, his newest love interest is the only one in this book (somewhat different from multiple love interests in other books).
Ed Rawls has a major role in this book as does Lance. For fans of this series, this is a quick and easy read.
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
NOT a great opener for 2021, imo anyhow. Think I’m finished with this author sadly. Just plotless. 2.5/5
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Typical Stone Barrington! Lots of action. Fun read.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone’s in trouble again, of course. This time he’s off to Paris, with his new lady love, to try to escape the troublesome Russians, again. Will he escape, with his hide intact? Well...
Nick Sanders
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done! Another episode of the Stone Barrington adventures. This one's a good one. Baddies trying to kill Stone, Stone wins. The End. ...more
Montessahall Montessahall
It never cease to amaze me how Woods continues to write and get novels published with the same old plot over and over. Also, the high number of five star ratings for this novel with no written content is very dubious to say the least. Mystery & Thriller
HUSH-HUSH is the 56th installment in Stuart Woods’ ever-popular Stone Barrington series.

Stone is a powerful attorney who is independently wealthy. While his main residence and office are in New York, he owns several houses around the world and a plane that he flies, even though a personal pilot is on his payroll. He also has cars and a motorcycle, as well as his large Manhattan residence with an apartment attached to it. His close circle of important friends include Dino Bacchetti, the New York

Unfortunately, 'Hush-Hush' has that familiar chase scene; some danger rousts Stone from Turtle Bay, so he goes to Windward Hall in Hampshire, if the heat's still on he bails to Wilton Crescent, his London flat, if they chase him there he bails for his house in Paris, but the chase almost always ends up in Dark Harbor. Well, this book's no different except for his lady of the moment and how things end.

Since becoming POTUS Holly Barker's a some
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#56 in the Stone Barrington series. This 2020 series entry by author Stuart Woods is above average. Stone is once again involved with Russian gangsters. As usual there is plenty of sex, travel, witty banter, and violence. The opening gambit of computer hijacking is interesting but is dropped somewhat abruptly. The climax with numerous well armed Russians is where this particular series entry shines.

The suave New York City attorney receives an extortion letter on his computer demanding $1.5 mill
Mary Jane
Basically More of the Same

Stuart Woods had recently given us some different and more interesting storylines, but this one reverted to his old and well-worn formulas. Yes some (very few) new characters were introduced, but the whole thing felt so familiar that there was no real suspense. The biggest question, which was more like idle curiosity, for me was "is Stone's new love interest going to survive?" I couldn't decide if I cared.

If you enjoy escaping into Stone's improbable world and want a v
Don Gorman
(2). I guess it was time for a mild change of persona. In this story, Stone is not the usual olympic sexual athlete he has been in the last couple of entries, this time he is a big time warrior. Those pesky Russians are after him again and Stone is fighting for his life. Flying from one mansion to another, a fair amount of entourage at this side, Stone is well armed and on the run. The plot is a continuation of one from a few years ago so it helps if you have been a faithful fan. Reasonable stuf ...more
Marsha Valance
Upon receipt of a blackmailing email threatening exposure of his secret computer files, NYC attorney and CIA consultant Stone Barrington calls upon his many resources to combat the threat. With the NYPD, CIA, MI6 and Strategic Services as back-up, Stone is able to dispose of the Russian oligarchs behind the plot. This 56th adventure recycles much of what has gone before, including lots of details of weaponry, aviation, high-priced fashion and restaurants, and body disposal, but feels less suspen ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I generally enjoy the Stone Barrington series, but this is an exception, I found it very disappointing. I can’t really describe the plot since it is so thin. Basically, Stone’s life is threatened by his old enemies in the Russian mob. Here they chase each other back and forth to many of his residences. Basically, that was the plot. Not much dialogue, too many characters.

Thank you Netgalley for this book.
Michele A.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well what do you know - this book was actually interesting and had a good plot. Stone didn't hop from bed to bed in this one, and the plot was interesting. Rocky was a good addition and I actually liked her. Am interested to see what Holly does now that Stone has a new person of interest. The ending was good and actually has me looking forward to the next book. It was vintage Stuart Woods and a good way to start the year. ...more
Clara Smith
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: woods-stone-2
Enter a little more mature Stone Barrington. This book in my opinion, is an improvement over the previous several books. The book flows smoothly and quickly with lots of action, many plot twists (and Stone confines himself to minimal bed-hopping). Several characters enter or are more developed than previously. It will be interesting to see how they are used in future books. Please note I seldom give a 5 star (outstanding) review.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

This series gets better with each book. Which seems impossible as the books are already excellent. They have humor, suspense and romance sort of. I am addicted to this series and have read every book in this series and all series featuring Stone Barrington. I highly recommend these page turning books.
Roberta Abt
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action packed

Action packed. Different type trouble than lawyer problems. Brought out his prior career with The Agency. Highlighted all characters from prior books into one story fighting to get rid of America's Cold War Enemy and still America's enemy today.The Russians.
Loved the book non stop reading.
Woods goes a bit off his norm, as he has Stone and his compadres, especially Ed Rawls, kill more foes than I remember in most of the recent works in the series. Stone does bed a couple of damsels, who certainly were not in distress, but what would a Woods’ book be without sex. So, I was not up to Woods usual writing, but made for some fun.
Jamie Shay
Another good, fast read by Stuart Woods! I find his books take me too a 'happy world' where the good guy always wins - and always gets the girl. If you're looking for a not quite believable story that is light and don't contain explicit sex and language - this is for you. It IS one of his more violent books, but so beyond belief that it takes you away from today's issues. ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Stone Barrington. I like that they are a fast read; I can usually read one in a day. I like all the action. I like that they're always traveling back and forth from his properties all over the world. Sometimes the plots seem the same, but this one was more exciting and not as humdrum. I'm looking forward to #57. ...more
Terrific entertainment. Boats, private jets, car chases, heavy armaments and another new woman.
Don't look too hard for any deep thoughts here, but you may pick up some tips about good restaurants in NYC, London and Paris.
I'm assuming that this is the e-book edition, which seem very often to be labeled as 'unknown binding'. Why is that?
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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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