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Foreign Affairs: A Stone Barrington Novel (edition 2016)

by Stuart Woods (Author)

Series: Stone Barrington (35)

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When he's apprised at the last minute of a mandatory meeting abroad, Stone Barrington rushes off to Europe for a whirlwind tour of business and, of course, pleasure. But from the start the trip seems to be cursed, plagued by suspicious "accidents" and unfortunate events, and some of Stone's plans go up in flames--literally. Not a believer in coincidence, Stone sets out to learn the true source of his curious misfortune and finds that what appeared to be bad luck may, in fact, have been a warning. From the chic streets of Paris to Italy's spectacular Amalfi Coast, Stone is pursued from all sides...but when the tables turn, the hunted may become the hunter.… (more)
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Title:Foreign Affairs: A Stone Barrington Novel
Authors:Stuart Woods (Author)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2016), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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When he’s apprised at the last minute of a mandatory meeting abroad, Stone Barrington rushes off to Europe for a whirlwind tour of business and, of course, pleasure. But from the start the trip seems to be cursed, plagued by suspicious “accidents” and unfortunate events, and some of Stone’s plans go up in flames—literally.

Not a believer in coincidence, Stone sets out to learn the true source of his curious misfortune and finds that what appeared to be bad luck may, in fact, have been a warning. From the chic streets of Paris to Italy's spectacular Amalfi Coast, Stone is pursued from all sides . . . but when the tables turn, the hunted may become the hunter . . . ( )
  jepeters333 | Feb 28, 2019 |
Typical Stuart Woods / Stone Barrington series. Stone meets woman, has lots of sex, gets into trouble and has the massive resources to settle everything. ( )
  rmarcin | Jan 22, 2019 |
While this novel is not the most exciting I've read recently in its genre, it was a good read. A very wealthy former cop turned investor has to fly to Rome at the last minute for a business meeting (because video-conferencing is out of the question? I was never quite sure why he needed to be in Rome right away or what he was there for once he was there.). He meets a pretty artist on the flight, and hooks up with her for much of the rest of the book. They enjoy the jet-set lifestyle of fine foods, fine wines and expensive hotels, flitting from one city to the next as the Mafia starts to take an uncomfortable interest in them. Somewhere in all this Barrington (our protagonist) is also 'working', as a lawyer, though there is practically nothing to show that he does anything for a living besides spend money and travel. His fantasy-worthy connections with the CIA, the President, and just about anyone else with significant political power makes him a sort of super-hero within his genre. The focus in this book on how Barrington maneuvers his assets to try to stay a step ahead of the Mafia makes this an interesting take on the crime/legal thriller adventure.

My biggest beef with this book? Barrington and everyone else refer to the US President as President Kate. If a female President is elected to office in the US, she should be referred to using her last name. President Reagan would not be called President Ronald, nor would the 2 President Bushes be called President George, so why would it be at all appropriate to call a female President by her first name? ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
Stone heads for Italy on a business adventure, the pleasure of the ultra rich. Our Lothario picks up a woman on the flight over, and they have a romantic relationship. Like a "red shirt" on Star Trek, she runs into trouble...in the form of kidnapping by a mafia don. I guess Woods has run out of US stories? Dino takes time from his job as the NYC Police Commissioner to involve himself in the fun. Really? This is a typical Stone Barrington book. Always completely farfetched and unbelievable. An enjoyable, quick and mindless read.. ( )
  buffalogr | Mar 9, 2017 |
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When he’s apprised at the last minute of a mandatory meeting abroad, Stone Barrington rushes off to Europe for a whirlwind tour of business and, of course, pleasure. But from the start the trip seems to be cursed, plagued by suspicious “accidents” and unfortunate events, and some of Stone’s plans go up in flames—literally. Not a believer in coincidence, Stone sets out to learn the true source of his curious misfortune and finds that what appeared to be bad luck may, in fact, have been a warning. From the chic streets of Paris to Italy's spectacular Amalfi Coast, Stone is pursued from all sides . . . but when the tables turn, the hunted may become the hunter.

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I'm a long time reader of this series and have been very disappointed in the past about the direction that Mr. Woods is taking Stone Barrington. This book does have promise of returning to the series that it once was before Stone fell into bed with every woman he met. He meets her on page 2 and they are in bed by page 28 but at least their bedroom frolics don't become the entire focus of the storyline...which is pretty good by the way. It was interesting to see how Stone and Dino outsmarted the bad guys. Anyone that has read the early additions of the series will find this one entertaining although not spectacular. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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When he's apprised at the last minute of a mandatory meeting abroad, Stone Barrington rushes off to Europe for a whirlwind tour of business and, of course, pleasure. But from the start the trip seems to be cursed, plagued by suspicious "accidents" and unfortunate events, and some of Stone's plans go up in flames--literally. Not a believer in coincidence, Stone sets out to learn the true source of his curious misfortune and finds that what appeared to be bad luck may, in fact, have been a warning. From the chic streets of Paris to Italy's spectacular Amalfi Coast, Stone is pursued from all sides...but when the tables turn, the hunted may become the hunter.

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