Monday, January 25, 2021

Choppy Water

 This is the 54th installment in the Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods.  Needless to say with that many books it is a bit formulaic but I still enjoy them none the less.  This installment found Stone acting as a boyfriend and political advisor to recently elected Holly Barker.  It is definitely meant to be read in order as the previous stories have lead up to this current situation in history.   

There were some unbelievable aspects to the story, beyond the usual James Bondesque scenes.  The radical political group that is at the center of the story would not have accepted outsiders like they apparently did especially not as easily as the story made it seem.  Additionally. the climatic scene was a bit confusing and harried and was difficult to tell what really transpired.   I did enjoy the entertainment factor of the book and as always that's all I am looking for in these novels.  

Looking forward to catching up with Shakeup and Hush Hush both waiting in my queue.  

Choppy WaterChoppy Water by Stuart Woods
My rating: 3 of 5 stars 

Stone Barrington’s dabbling in political advisory 

This was a good installment in the Stone Barrington series. The storyline was engaging and had some interesting tense moments I didn’t feel it was worthy of the fourth star because the infiltration of the radical group seemed a bit too simplistic I felt those groups would be much more suspicious of outsiders. Also the ending felt rushed but I did enjoy the storyline and the continuing relationship development of Holly and Stone. Those looking for all the steamy bedroom scenes may be a bit disappointed they felt more implied and less overt in this novel 

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #5
  2. AtoZ   #2021AtoZReadingChallenge  #AlphabetSoupChallenge "C"
  3. Alphabet Soup Author Edition #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge  "C"
  4. Finishing the Series   #FinishingTheSeries2021 yes book 54/56
  5. Beat the Backlist #BTB2021  #23 cover with your country’s flag colors
  6. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2021   Book #5
  7. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #7
  8. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #4
  9. PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge #30 A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021
  10. Around the Year in 52 Books # 42 mystery/thriller
  11. The Unofficial Magnus Archives Challenge  #TMARC21  # 31. Jon: MC/author is ace
  12. BooklistQueen   #37 Borrowed from the Library
  13. NJM Book Challenge  #NJMBookChallenge2021  #6 bad boy hero
  14. While I was Reading  #11 A book by an author who has written more than 10 books
  16. Bookworm  #37 Read the next book in a series you've started
  17. Magic in the Books Book 1 #7 Include a brave character
  18. Spells and Spaceships features a big battle
  19. Bloggers Bookshelf   #bloggersbookshelf #5 read in one sitting
  20. Six Shooter Challenge  Target #5  Shot #1
  21. 52 books in 52 weeks  #43 on the run 
  22. Unruly Reader Bingo  #10 survival 
  23. Pick your Poison  #21 Drinking Game #3 A book title that could be a drinking game

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