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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,230 ratings  ·  189 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
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published December 29th 2020
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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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
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
Ken Karcher
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Shelves: z2020, mystery
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.
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 review content is very dubious to say the least.
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Jan 20, 2021 rated it did not like it
This might be the worst Stone Barrington ever. The plot made no sense. The characters were completely charmless. Whatever happened to Stone's charm, and Dino's wit. Luckily for Holly, she had only a bit part -- and her bit part made absolutely no sense where she inexplicably had information at the top of her head that Lance didn't have at all. The bad guys were formless blobs. Ed Rawls was unnecessary except to add more people to the party. I think perhaps Stuart Woods publisher and editor just ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Everyone once in a while I like to take a break and indulge in the pure fantasy of Stuart Woods Stone Barrington. And the novel didn’t disappoint. Luxurious homes on two continents, influential people able to drop everything at a moments notice and take on whatever opposing forces there may be. The men are rich, the women are beautiful and talented. It is truly a fairy tale, with violence!! And you can be sure the good guys will win in the end. You just don’t know what the collateral damage will ...more
Bill Bride
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
It was OK.
Sherrie Howey
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.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Very unusual lots of killing and lots of sex. Wish Stuart would leave out some of the love making and just have a good story
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.
Feb 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
DNF....I had enough of Stone the lounge lizard after his thank you to a woman he just met was a gift of a roll in his bed, page 35. (Gag) if this is the best the publishing world has to offer, I’m giving up reading.
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
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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... 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
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it

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
#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
Thomas S
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
Spoilers included,

The list of things that a Gentleman must have used to include only lots of money, Tuxedo's for dinner, Knob Creek and a well stocked wine cellar in each of your houses, private plane, democratic politics and a hand gun. Now it includes the need to have a private army and a rocket propelled grenade launcher.

4 things I can not figure out in this book and this series:

1. What is the CIA so useless in helping Stone out of his jam in this one.
2. Why he has been brought up on Firear
Jim Welke
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
The unusual thing about this book is, Barrington slept with the same woman throughout the book. Without giving away the story, someone manages to get past all the fantastic security the CIA installed in Stone's house over the past several books and planted a bomb, plastic explosives, inside Barrington's computer. Of course, he survives the explosion, a former CIA assassin takes out two Russian assassins after Stone, then he takes out two more assassins and dumps them in a lake in Maine, ya, seri ...more
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Mary Jane
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
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
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
What can I say.... so far it is a 50+ book series and some are better than others... I’m not really sure there was a point to this story. It read more like a recap of previous books and an introduction of new characters and hints setting up future books. And what’s with Lance? He really did behave like a government official - clueless 😉

Part of this guilty pleasure for me is listening to the audiobook as I find the narration part of the entertainment. I have noticed Tony Roberts sounding a bit ol
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hush-Hush (Stone Barrington #56) by Stuart Woods
Published December 29, 2020
BOOK#57 OF #100𝓫𝓸𝓸𝓴𝓬𝓱𝓪𝓵𝓵𝓮𝓷𝓰𝓮

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 consequences.
With the help
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Exciting book. A little too much of Stone's sexual exploits -- really... Exciting, fast-paced.

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 consequences.

With the help of old friends--and a lovely new tech-savvy acquaintance--Stone sets out to unravel the fatal agenda. But as the web of adversaries expands, Stone
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good story. Thankfully, Stone's sexual encounters were limited to only one woman besides the POTUS and there were fewer details of braggadocio. Therefore, this let the story come more to the forefront. The CIA's Lance played a bigger role in this one and Ed Rawls was back to play a large role again. I read the large print edition and had to deal with more errors than we usually see in a Woods novel. There is a lot of plotting and action in this one, so the men should appreciate reading this one. ...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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