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The Short Forever (A Stone Barrington Novel Book 8) Kindle Edition
"Woods's effortless, crisp writing and nimbly staged action make this a breezy read."--PeopleMore Praise for Stuart Woods "Stuart Woods is a no-nonsense, slam-bang storyteller."--Chicago Tribune "A world-class mystery writer...I try to put Woods's books down and I can't."--Houston Chronicle "Mr. Woods, like his characters, has an appealing way of making things nice and clear."--The New York Times "Woods certainly knows how to keep the pages turning."--Booklist "Since 1981, readers have not been able to get their fill of Stuart Woods' New York Times bestselling novels of suspense."--Orlando Sentinel "Woods's Stone Barrington is a guilty pleasure...he's also an addiction that's harder to kick than heroin."--Contra Costa Times (California) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00KGH5FU2
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (28 January 2003)
- Language : English
- File size : 1193 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 340 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 77,473 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Thoroughly enjoyable and mysterious.
Not that I have anything against sex but making Mr. Barrington a sexual athlete that gets all the girls is odd at the his nominal age - he was supposed to be born in 1952 and kind of fifty something in all books published by Woods after 2000.
There are few other things I liked about the book. One little detail: there was, indeed, a military language school in Monterey, California, and my sister in law (no 3, my current sister in law is No 4) taught the Slovak language there for years. The school was closed in 1989 for obvious reasons.
Woods writes in this comments at the end of the book that this was his first book that virtually did not need editing of its substance. Perhaps some typos - I did not find any in this ebook.
The plot is definitely plausible with a killer properly killed before the book end while his adversary who does not kill but just steals can live for years to come.
Of course, stealing a strategic 'object' from UK government is rather vague, in a book by another US author an ingot of almost pure Uranium 235 (less than needed for a nuke) is bought in South Africa and used rather convincingly.
Woods, fortunately, does not pretend he understands anything of a technical nature, he is obviously an expert on good food, good drinks and easy women.
Altogether a fairly believable story using little bit of UK English (boot instead of trunk, lorry instead of truck, for instance) and with a true affection for the city of London.
Recommended for people of 14 years of age , there is not much of adult stuff there. Four stars.
The next day they all go out on Sarah's sizable yacht. Her fiance knows little about yachts. Stone has quite a bit of experience with yachts. he recognizes when Sarah is heading toward a dangerous jibe and warns her about it. She blunders into it and the swinging boom hits her fiance right on the head. That's a neat trick that requires some planing. Jibing is all too easy but hitting someone in the head is not that easy. I blundered into a jibe the first time I took my wife for a pleasant afternoon sail in our new 28-ft yacht. Fortunately my wife was short enough so that when she sat in the cockpit, the boom passed right over her without contact. She was also smart enough to stay seated when she saw me messing with the sheets as the wind swapped direction. Sarah's fiance, James, was taller and dumber and got knocked off the boat into the Solent unconscious. Stone dived in and tried to save James but could not get him and had to return to the boat empty-handed.
No one else on the boat was experienced at sailing. Erica's friend Lance thought Sarah did it on purpose. There was an inquiry into James' death and the Court believed Stone when he said the jibe seemed accidental, not mentioning that he had warned Sarah.
Stone manages to get himself into trouble trying to find out who Bartholomew really was, who Lance really was (ties to CIA) and what he was supposed to do. Along the way he meets a couple of real British spies (mason and Carpenter, a nice-looking lady in whom Stone was interested who help Stone find out Bartholomew's real name. I never did figure how everything related to Stone's original mission but the activity was interesting and somewhat suspenseful. Erica did return to New York with Stone. Carpenter did too and became a figure in the next installment of this two-part series - "Dirty Work." Stone made a lot of money from Lance's investment scheme though he was supposed to just show everyone what illegal activity Lance was engaged in.