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Doing Hard Time: A Stone Barrington Novel

Doing Hard Time: A Stone Barrington Novel [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Woods
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Nothing comes easy for Stone Barrington in this riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.

When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York. But trouble never takes a vacation, and it has a way of finding Stone. A case that had seemingly been resolved has returned in full force—with lethal results. And this deadly situation makes for strange bedfellows when Stone finds himself teamed with the least likely ally…a gentleman of unique abilities, who can fly below the radar and above the law.

From the high-stakes poker tables of Las Vegas to California’s lush beachside resorts, the trail of disguise, subterfuge, and murder leads to a shocking conclusion.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2197 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (8 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5R7DJW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars an easy read.... 25 Jun 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I like Wood's change in presentation of the storylines by sub-paragraphing within each chapter. I, for one, think it makes for a much more fluent and easy read. I have read all his Stone Barrington novels to date and although the content is not 'earth moving', it flows remarkably smoothly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Have Accepted 10 Oct 2013
By Beckah6 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have accepted the fact that Stuart Woods has now decided to write these mini novels featuring Stone Barrington. The fact saddened me and I have to admit I had to grieve a bit before complete acceptance.
With that said , I have to say that I enjoyed this little novels. Stone is always perfect and forever the womanizer. The " kids" are great , in fact, everything is just dandy.( insert sarcasm) unless you count the fact of being hunted by a once dead mobster being great.
Anyway the book is fast paced and great for light reading.
I do long for the days where Mr. Woods really wrote a novel but alas there is always his older books.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The sad decline of Stuart Woods 17 Oct 2013
By Marian Anderson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If there was a 1/2 star I would have given it. I can't understand why Mr. Woods doesn't write 1 really good book a year instead of several poorly written and plotted books. We know he is capable of doing real page turners. I am surprised he has the guts to do book signings. Very sad to see such a good series thrown down the toilet. Only good thing was possible the redemption. Of Teddy Fay.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars enough is enough 8 Nov 2013
By darian1952 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Woods encourages emails, as long as it doesn't contain anything of substance. So about a year ago I wrote him expressing concerns regarding his style of late. His answer: "read something else."

Thought I'd give it another shot, big mistake. You guys with negative reviews know what I'm talking about.
51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Proof that Karma Exists 12 Oct 2013
By crazypoet - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I must thank Stuart Woods for proving that karma must truly exist. The dude has to have been quite a saint in his past life and is now taking advantage of that good karma in this one. It's the only explanation I can think of since the guy is a hack writer to the extreme.

Everything about this book is lazy. Woods is not a quality writer in the least. His sentence construction is elementary. The dialogue is wooden and unnatural. The plot requires no fewer than 4-5 howlingly inexplicable coincidences to move forward. Okay, every now and then, a writer finds himself in a place that she has to use one improbable coincidence to get herself out of a jam. But this plot -- such as it is -- requires one every 25-50 pages to generate the plot. Without them, there would've been nowhere for the story to go. That's not only slothful, it's disrespectful to any thinking person.

Finally, the characters themselves are hard to root for. I won't say such people can't exist. But these are the .1% (not 1%, I mean point-one-percent) at their finest. Big decisions the characters wrestle with include: how to find a good butler, which of two jet planes should they take to LA, can a Porsche Cayenne spare tire be found in a timely fashion, and whether Stone Barrington's kids should live in their multi-million dollar bungalow on the studio lot that daddy owns or live in the multi-multi-million dollar mansion on the grounds of the most luxurious hotel in the United States. And of course, these young kids just out of college move to LA and immediately on Day Two are in production on a multi-million dollar studio film which they are producing and directing themselves, because Daddy owns the studio. No talent or hard work required. And of course the son is portrayed as an almost Christ-like figure in his all-around absolute perfection. And every woman is beautiful, rich, successful, and immediately wants to hop into the sack with daddy Stone. Hey look, if these are the kind of people you enjoy hanging with and reading about, go right ahead. But really, is there any conflict or stakes here? Why would anyone care about such people?

That Woods, a man with so little talent, has a major publishing deal and hordes of adoring fans would be a head scratcher if karma didn't exist. There's no other way to explain it. And yes, I'll be rude enough to say: the people giving this book five stars are either Woods' friends or are borderline illiterates. IF that sounds like you, then go ahead and read away. If you have any semblance of a brain cell or appreciation for quality, there are scores of other writers and mystery/thriller/spy series out there for you. Look, I realize these books are meant to be escapist. I read in this genre when I feel like turning off the brain for awhile myself. But still, there are those who are better and worse at writing escapist fair. Stuart Woods is as far at the worse end of the spectrum as it's possible to get.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Enough of this Mr. Woods!!! 10 Jan 2014
By Dragon - Published on
Have to agree with other reviewers in that novels by Woods have become so unbelievable and improbable that when you get to the end, you have to wonder why you even bothered to read the book. The best thing about this book is the fact that Herbie Fisher was nowhere to be found!
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