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.
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!
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 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.
Tony Roberts shows off his comedic and dramatic skills in Woods's newest addition to the Stone Barrington saga. The elegant cop-turned-lawyer's new adventure has a welcome lightheartedness. He, his crime-fighting paramour, Holly, and their friends Dino and Genevieve fly to the Caribbean island of St. Marks on a sub-rosa assignment from the CIA to find a homicidal rogue agent rumored to be living in disguise on the island paradise. Woods and Roberts guide us through what turns out to be mainly a lovely vacation for the quartetwith cocktails, elaborate dinners and brisk swims along sparkling white sandy nude beaches marred by an assassination or two and a few anxious moments at the hands of the island's police chiefs. The result is more diverting than thrilling, with Roberts adding considerably to the overall entertainment value via his sly use of amusing British, French and clipped East Coast American accents. One of the nasty police chiefs, for example, sounds suspiciously like Peter Sellers's irrepressible Inspector Clouseau.
If the CIA, FBI, NYPD and all the other agencies involved in these series are as trite, incompetent, and totally surprised that a room may be bugged, I can only imagine that this may be a contributing factor to our internationally embarrassing intelligence web. The dialog is contrived, juvenile and so frustrating naive. There a just a few mildy "torrid" sex scenes that add nothing to the story line or plot. How can a supposed successful NY attorney (formerly NYPD Detective) a CIA agent (formerly Police Chief) and all the agencies that were intertwined continually stumble and stutter through a very predictable plotline. The only semi-interesting character was the supposed villan who is so smart he just has to keep assasinating those he feels are "bad people". You go Teddy, no wonder you were able to elude detection as long as these characters are on your trail.
Jean S. reviewed Shoot Him If He Runs (Stone Barrington, Bk 14) on
Another solid Stone Barrington storyline in which he interacts with Holly Barker and his longtime friend Dino in the lovely setting of St. Marks island. Always a bit unrealistic as to his lifestyle, the plot is nonetheless engaging and intriguing. A former government employee thought to be dead many years has resurfaced....or has he? Stone and Holly are posing as a couple on a paradise vacation and need to ascertain if in fact he is dead or alive, with implications leading back to the US President. If you read all the Stone Barrington stories, you will enjoy catching up with characters from previous books.
I picked up this book at the recommendation of my sister and it is the first Stone Barrington novel I've read. I enjoyed it though it really stretched the limits of believability. New York attorney-at-law Stone Barrington is asked by the CIA to go to the island of St. Marks to investigate the possibility of Teddy Fay being on the island. Teddy is an ex-CIA agent and a murderer whose very existence is dangerous to the president and his re-election potential. Joining Stone on this misadventure are CIA agent Holly Barker, NYPD detective Nino Bacchetti and his girlfriend, Genevieve James. The island is under a dictatorship and strange things are happening that hinder Stone and Holly's investigation. Once people in power start getting assassinated, the tension really rachets up and Stone realizes they may be in over their heads.
I have read all the Stone Barrington/Holly Barker books and I must say that the plots have been getting boring, the characters interchangeable, and the villains more ludicrous. However, this novel, which started out rather ploddingly, with Stone, Holly and Dino heading back to St. Marks to find the elusive and believed dead Teddy Fay, took a turn for the better at around page 130. Just as I was thinking of not finishing this novel (a big yawn), things started getting exciting, characters started coming to life, and there were tricks and surprises! So I was extremely pleasantly surprised to race through the remaining 2/3 of the book to fnd out what would happen! One caveat: Woods is not good at character development, and his "sex scenes" are poorly written, mechanical, laced with profanity (mainly the "f" word) coming from every character, even the fictional president of the United States and his wife. You can tell this book is written by a male- that's all I can say!
A very good and surprising book. I enjoyed some of the twists. The book has good character development; however, it would help the reader if they were familiar with some of the characters from previous "Stone Barrington" books. If not, you can still jump in and enjoy the book.
Same old Stuart Woods. This book has a lot of reoccuring characters from other Stone Barrington and Holly Barker books. Lots of action, with little bit of sex. A fun weekend read. Library book, so I can't list it for those who have it wishlisted.