Below the Belt

Below the Belt

A Stone Barrington Novel Series, Book 40

eBook - 2017
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Stone Barrington lands in hot water in the new adventure from the celebrated author of more than fifty New York Times–bestselling novels. Newly ensconced in his Santa Fe abode with a lovely female companion, Stone Barrington receives a call from an old friend requesting a delicate favor. A situation has arisen that could escalate into an explosive quagmire, and only someone with Stone's stealth and subtlety can contain the damage. At the center of these events is an impressive gentleman whose star is on the rise, and who'd like to get Stone in his corner. He's charming and ambitious and has friends in high places; the kind of man who seems to be a sure bet. But in the fickle circles of power, fortunes rise and fall on the turn of a dime, and it may turn out that Stone holds the key not just to one man's fate, but to the fate of the nation.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780399574184
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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marvinknox
May 20, 2017

I might give it a star - no more.

Stone is an interesting sophisticated older man type action hero. That translates to no physical action except sex which he apparently has the stamina for of a younger action hero.

Most of the action (except in bed) revolves around spending money of which he has a lot apparently.

This particular shallow novel (written in this year - 2017) seems to have as it's central goal the trashing of President Donald Trump. It's obvious that Woods is a staunch Democrat and has drunk the cool aid with the worst of them.

The character who is the central antagonist is an eccentric billionaire business man and T.V. personality (with an attractive but vacuous younger wife) who is running for president on the Republican side.

There is supposedly documented material which exposes his having fathered a couple of children with 2 attractive black employees whom he sexually harassed and then raped 12 and 17 years ago.

The female Democrat the billionaire is going to run against is the wife of a popular former Democrat president who is a good friend of Stone Barrington.

Barrington and the former president work to protect the documentation of the rapes which is being sought by a private security force financed by various super wealthy Republicans.

The billionaire (or the head of his campaign) has several people including one of the women and her child killed and is looking for the other woman and her family who are being protected by the noble Democrat Stone Barrington.

Get the picture?

Whatever you political persuasion - this is absolutely shameful on the part of the hyper liberal author Stuart Woods.

Even as a Democrat - I'd never read another of his books.

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dickm128
Apr 10, 2017

Read every book he has wrote
.I see a falling down on his part on this book in generating of:
1. a plot,
2. an interesting story

Over the last several books, I have seen this trend, and when I got to page 121 of this book, I knew the direction of where the story was going. I stopped at 138, and will return the book.

I'll still order his books, and read each until I get bored, but ultimately know I probably be disappointed.
Dick

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YGo2MnNd
Mar 02, 2017

Once upon a time Stuart wrote reasonably entertaining novels with somewhat interesting characters. However, he must be dashing off these more recent disappointing efforts in less time than it would take a professional speed reader to whisk through them. His books have gone South...perhaps to Delano, Georgia. Stone goes shopping. Stone goes dining. Stone buys a faster, more expensive jet plane. Stone goes womanizing. Stone get richer. Stone hobnobs with powerful and perfect Democrats. That about covers it. I won't be wasting time on any more of these insipid, irritatingly lame fairy tales.

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njon38
Feb 24, 2017

typical woods

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caj1222204441801
Jan 13, 2017

Usually, his books have a lot of intrigue and tend to be a lot of who did it. Unfortunately this book is a flop compared to the others. The characters were not well defined and the plot so- so. It's okay but nothing to brag about.

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