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Subject: Stuart Woods
Date Posted: 12/17/2008 4:24 AM ET
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This author came hghly recomended by an acquaintance, but I'd like feedback from my trusted friends here.

I am also told he should be read in order.

Fedback appreciated.  Thanks.

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Date Posted: 12/17/2008 2:05 PM ET
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He is one of my favorites!  He has 4 different series and the Stone Barrington series is my favorite.  The Ed Eagle series, the newest one, is my least favorite.

They definitely should be read in order because people and events from past books will keep popping up, and not always in the series they happened in.  They are light reading and usually pretty quick to get through.  I haven't been as thrilled with the newer books in the any of the series, but I like most of the characters so much that I keep reading anyways.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 2:21 PM ET
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I'd read them in order.  I find the Stone Barrington books annoying after a while, with his 80's style promiscuity and name dropping, but that's just me.  Obviously there's a market for his books.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 11:02 PM ET
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Yes, they should be read in order.  I loved the Stone Barrington books in the beginning, as well as the Orchid series.  The last Stone book I read was Dark Harbor and could barely get through it.  It was as if he hurried through it just to get a book out there.  And I totally agree with what Sharon said about the promiscuity and name dropping.  It gets really old.  I have a couple of his books on my TBR but I'm not in any hurry to get to them.  I may be finished with him.  Give him a try though, his early books are worth a read.  He has a non series book, Under the Lake that I read a long time ago.  I remember that it was a little weird, but I really liked it.

Subject: They seem to be popular with guys a lot
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 8:55 PM ET
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I work in a library at a county jail and they love these books.  I hadn't heard of this author until I started working there several years ago but he is very popular.  He does have a lot of sexual liasions in the books and that is probably another reason he is popular with the male prisoners.  White Cargo is by far the favorite, due to the subject matter (drug smuggling).  The ladies seem to like James Patterson better for general fiction.

I think the Stone Barrington character and Holly Barker of his Orchid series manage to get together as well?  I haven't actually read one of these books but just learned a bit about them for my job.

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Date Posted: 12/19/2008 1:07 AM ET
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I love the Stone Barrington books.  I could certainly do without the liasions and promiscuity, but a small price to pay for really enjoyable reads.  I actually read the first one in the series in May.    It was astonishing to me to find an author I knew nothing about.  Each book took a day, two at the most to read.  It was addicting.  I finished the entire Stone Barrington series in a couple months with several other books in between.  I loved being able to read the series back to back.   Then my hubby read them (he is NOT a reader) in a couple months as did my son (over the summer).

Go for it....

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 8:53 AM ET
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I love Stuart Woods. It is probably better to read them in order but not totally necessary. I didn't and I still enjoyed them all. I liked all the characters. But Will Lee was my least favorite. I love Holly Barker but hate the FBI guy in her series.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 3:07 PM ET
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Stone Barrington and Hollly Barker are good reads.  I don't care for Will Lee.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 4:29 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/21/2008 4:19 PM ET
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Stone Barrington is one of my favorites Carly. Read them in order for best comprehension. Oh, and I actually like the fact that he's a little slutty :)

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 8:39 PM ET
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One of his books "Chiefs" was made into mini-series movie back in 1983..it was made in the town I live in. they transformed my town 3 times one for 1930s complete with bringing in dirt to cover all the streets,then 1940s and the last time for the 1960s. It was fun to watch as they made the movie.

It is a good read and also was a good movie.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:12 PM ET
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He's got some great mystery thrillers. Though I never got into the Stone Barrington series,. I would recommend Palindrome and Grass Roots best, they are non-Stone Barrington books. In my opinion, his older stuff is better.