Stone Barrington and Holly Baker head to St. Marks in Stuart Woods' Shoot Him If He Runs. At the request of the President Will Lee and his wife CIA director Kate Rule Lee, they go to St. Marks to look for an ex CIA employee who they thought died in an earlier book.
I recommend that Stuart Woods' books be read in order. This is Stone's second trip to St. Marks, so you are reintroduced to people he already knows. It is a good book full of the usually murder, sex, and mystery that we all love Woods' book for.
In this book Stone Barrington, Will Lee and Holly Barker all participate as characters.
But it's really an awful book--with cheap situations and unnecessary sex scenes, of course with everyone suitably oversexed and eager at the drop of a hat, complete with nude beaches and tropical alcoholic concoctions and trite stereotypical banana republic jerks running the Carribean island being visited.
The worst part is the ho-hum chase for Teddy Fay, the techy ex-CIA arch-villain who just refuses to be caught, and who keeps somehow threatening the reputation of Will Lee, who is up for re-election. I think it's time to kill him Teddy off and either retire from writing this drivel or slow down on the publication schedule and come up with some original stories.
This author wrote CHIEFS--He is capable of way better than this.
Another great read featuring Stone Barrington and Holly Barker. Stone is usually very funny on his one but teamed up with Holly and it makes for a great read. I highly recommend this book. What's great about this series is you can read any book no need to start about the begining.
I've read the entire series, but wasn't very impressed with this one. Usually he has one big case plus a few loose ends to keep the story moving. This book had Stone on vacation, and aside from a little skinny dipping with Dino and the two women, nothing really happens. The case he was working on was pretty week, and I feel the bad guy character wasn't developed at all. I think Mr. Woods is just putting out books to forfill an obligation, not to interest his readers. It's a shame, because Stone and Dino are two of my all time favorite characters :(
Oh yea, I forgot, he obviously quit using the words disappear or vanished. Instead he uses another word incessantly. If you still read the book after my bad review, see if you can pick out the word I'm talking about. Doing so may just be the highlight of your reading!
I agree with the first review in this column, Stuart Wood books when he first started were great; now it's just to much sex and not enough story; enough that I don't even bother with his books anymore.