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Stone Barrington faces down a rival with cutting-edge tactics in this heart-racing thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Stone Barrington is settling in for some downtime in New York City when an anonymous enemy makes himself known. This nameless foe's threats hit close to home, and before Stone can retaliate, the fearsome messages turn into very real cons Stone Barrington faces down a rival with cutting-edge tactics in this heart-racing thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Stone Barrington is settling in for some downtime in New York City when an anonymous enemy makes himself known. This nameless foe's threats hit close to home, and before Stone can retaliate, the fearsome messages turn into very real consequences. With the help of old friends--and a lovely new tech-savvy acquaintance--Stone sets out to unravel the fatal agenda. But as the web of adversaries expands, Stone realizes that no place is safe, and he'll have to flush out the mastermind before he and those closest to him are silenced for good....


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Stone Barrington faces down a rival with cutting-edge tactics in this heart-racing thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Stone Barrington is settling in for some downtime in New York City when an anonymous enemy makes himself known. This nameless foe's threats hit close to home, and before Stone can retaliate, the fearsome messages turn into very real cons Stone Barrington faces down a rival with cutting-edge tactics in this heart-racing thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Stone Barrington is settling in for some downtime in New York City when an anonymous enemy makes himself known. This nameless foe's threats hit close to home, and before Stone can retaliate, the fearsome messages turn into very real consequences. With the help of old friends--and a lovely new tech-savvy acquaintance--Stone sets out to unravel the fatal agenda. But as the web of adversaries expands, Stone realizes that no place is safe, and he'll have to flush out the mastermind before he and those closest to him are silenced for good....

30 review for Hush-Hush

  1. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    One of the worst in a long time. Completely non-sensical plot. Someone inserts malware on Stone's computer and he refuses to pay the $1 million fee (in Bitcoin, just to be trendy), turning to his techie resources, resulting in a higher ask and eventually an attempt on Stone's life. Lance and Holly send in IT expert, Rocky Hardwick, who needless to say, is a gorgeous woman. Then we pop up to Maine, where further assassins are running amok, annoying Ed Rawls, who comes to NYC to chase down those r One of the worst in a long time. Completely non-sensical plot. Someone inserts malware on Stone's computer and he refuses to pay the $1 million fee (in Bitcoin, just to be trendy), turning to his techie resources, resulting in a higher ask and eventually an attempt on Stone's life. Lance and Holly send in IT expert, Rocky Hardwick, who needless to say, is a gorgeous woman. Then we pop up to Maine, where further assassins are running amok, annoying Ed Rawls, who comes to NYC to chase down those responsible, eventually ridding himself of two Russian pests. The rest of the book is a complete and utter farce, with everyone on the run from their successors, who want revenge on Stone. It must be Stuart Wood's witty dialogue that keeps me reading more...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    First half - contrived, tedious repartee; Second half - comical, if violent, mayhem. Rating - what a crock, lol!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Stone Barrington is back in his New York City home when he receives an email from an unknown source demanding a million dollar ransom in exchange for unlocking his computer and returning his files. Of course, he responds with his typical flair and goes to meet his guest, President Holly Barker, with whom he is carrying on his relationship as difficult as that might be. The threat, however, turns out to be very real, and with the help of the President and Lance Cabot, head of the CIA, the perpetr Stone Barrington is back in his New York City home when he receives an email from an unknown source demanding a million dollar ransom in exchange for unlocking his computer and returning his files. Of course, he responds with his typical flair and goes to meet his guest, President Holly Barker, with whom he is carrying on his relationship as difficult as that might be. The threat, however, turns out to be very real, and with the help of the President and Lance Cabot, head of the CIA, the perpetrator is identified as a foreign national, but finding him and neutralizing him will prove very difficult. And, unbeknownst to Stone, his friend and ex-CIA agent Ed Rawls has been offered to substantial reward for removing the two individuals who are behind the threat. In a story that goes from NYC to Paris and London and back to his home in Maine, this book is pretty much non-stop action. Of course, there is a romantic interest, the government agent assigned to keep him safe, although Woods seems to have toned it down a bit. This is the 56th book in Woods’ Stone Barrington series. And he just keeps on putting out entertaining reads with a likable protagonist, and for the most part, a likable supporting cast which comes and goes from novel to novel. My thanks to G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Edelweiss for the ARC of this book in exchange for my review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anne, Unfinished Woman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILER ALERT Absolutely ridiculous! Each of Woods' novels gets more surreal than the last. This involves a full assault from the Russian mob which the author equates with all of the Russian government. Holly Barker has just left Stone's home with a kiss and it begins with a hack of Barrington's computer demanding $1 million in Bitcoin which Stone scoffs at returning a rude answer. He has no intention of paying a penny to one unknown idiot. The threats increase. Stone calls Lance Cabot as it is p SPOILER ALERT Absolutely ridiculous! Each of Woods' novels gets more surreal than the last. This involves a full assault from the Russian mob which the author equates with all of the Russian government. Holly Barker has just left Stone's home with a kiss and it begins with a hack of Barrington's computer demanding $1 million in Bitcoin which Stone scoffs at returning a rude answer. He has no intention of paying a penny to one unknown idiot. The threats increase. Stone calls Lance Cabot as it is pointed out that there are incriminating documents within, along with the communications he has with the President Holly Barker. The CIA sends in an expert IT person Rocky Hardwick. The hack quickly escalates into an explosion from C4 and reveals that it is intended as an attempt on Stone's life. Speculation about the cause harkens to his earlier conflict with a Russian. They don't forget or forgive. We then are switched to a meeting between Ed Rawls, former CIA assassin, who lives in Maine, and is a friend of Stone's. He is approached by a representative (not sure I got which group he was part of, perhaps the Pod a secret arm of the CIA of which rocky is a member) of the President, in a obscure way, who is hiring him to assassinate the mob members behind the assault, the Pentkovsky brothers. Ed completes the job. The assault does not stop there, and another mobster who was a romantic friend of one of the brothers takes over the job, Gromyko, aka The Greek. They go after Ed Rawls, who is the victor again. The conflagration begins, continuing in London, and Stone's country estate in England. Then back to the US and up to Maine where his impenetrable home is penetrated. It is a very bloody fight including the death of a deer, and the near death of Rocky. A chest hit sends her to a hospital that is very close accompanied by Stone who thinks she may die, and a Dr. Paul Krause, who turns out to be the best thoracic surgeon in the US. And it is completely beyond the level of reality for me. Though the pace is frantic much of the time, the story was long and drawn out, got seriously boring as Stone and Rocky have sex several times a day and are constantly commenting on the beauty of each other's bodies and the prowess of each's sexual abilities. There are the requisite references to famous restaurants, expensive wine and booze, the involvement of every high powered intelligence agency and police force that Stone is familiar with, and Stone's various toys. There is a barrage of weapons that make for a gory outcome of disintegrating bodies and heads, destroyed boats and armored Humvees and Range Rovers. All of the law enforcement entities respond immediately as if Barrington was the President herself, anticipating each move that needs to be made before Stone makes it. All in all it approaches the level of a fantasy. Perhaps it is...a man's fantasy. I may be finished with this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ken Karcher

    I'm not sure what the attraction to Stone Barrington is for me, I'm NOT a wealthy lawyer with high powered clients and government contacts. Neither do I sleep with a stable of beautiful women in my ONE rented apartment. But for a couple of decades or so these novels of his exploits have been my guilty pleasure, and I've learned to not ask why, just simply enjoy the ride. Once again our hero is in hot water through no fault of his own, and reading how he extricates himself seems to take no time w I'm not sure what the attraction to Stone Barrington is for me, I'm NOT a wealthy lawyer with high powered clients and government contacts. Neither do I sleep with a stable of beautiful women in my ONE rented apartment. But for a couple of decades or so these novels of his exploits have been my guilty pleasure, and I've learned to not ask why, just simply enjoy the ride. Once again our hero is in hot water through no fault of his own, and reading how he extricates himself seems to take no time whatsoever, I sincerely wish these novels would take considerably longer to digest but it seems that this is my only complaint with Mr. Woods. Until next time, I'll be impatiently waiting for the further adventures of our favorite (I cringe saying THIS) lawyer.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bill Bride

    Been reading Stuart's books for over two decades ever since I saw a book of his at a beach house library. Now that he's in his 80's he cranks them out as often as James Patterson does with his books. I'm too far in to stop but I check these out from the library now as opposed to buying them. This one was pretty good, computer hacking and Stone, the main character, sleeping with his usual two women per book as he jet sets across the globe. I enjoyed it in a day. Another Stone book due in March so Been reading Stuart's books for over two decades ever since I saw a book of his at a beach house library. Now that he's in his 80's he cranks them out as often as James Patterson does with his books. I'm too far in to stop but I check these out from the library now as opposed to buying them. This one was pretty good, computer hacking and Stone, the main character, sleeping with his usual two women per book as he jet sets across the globe. I enjoyed it in a day. Another Stone book due in March so I'll continue on. Stuart is a good writer, the stories flow.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Joyce

    It was OK.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie Howey

    In this latest Stone Barrington book, the Russian mobsters are back. It starts out with a computer hijacking and proceeds to plenty of violent encounters. As is expected in the Stone Barrington series, he has a new love interest. However, his newest love interest is the only one in this book (somewhat different from multiple love interests in other books). Ed Rawls has a major role in this book as does Lance. For fans of this series, this is a quick and easy read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    NOT a great opener for 2021, imo anyhow. Think I’m finished with this author sadly. Just plotless. 2.5/5

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bill Huffman

    Pretty good story, but there is really no reason for most of the plot, or what there is for a plot. Stone does something at the end of the book I don’t recall him ever doing before and it came as a shock. This series does continue to be a great training guide on how I should spend my money when I hit that really big PowerBall. So far, I’m definitely going for the Norton, the house in Key West and Ed Rawl’s gun collection. And the jet.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    Stone’s in trouble again, of course. This time he’s off to Paris, with his new lady love, to try to escape the troublesome Russians, again. Will he escape, with his hide intact? Well...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    #56 in the Stone Barrington series. This 2020 series entry by author Stuart Woods is above average. Stone is once again involved with Russian gangsters. As usual there is plenty of sex, travel, witty banter, and violence. The opening gambit of computer hijacking is interesting but is dropped somewhat abruptly. The climax with numerous well armed Russians is where this particular series entry shines. The suave New York City attorney receives an extortion letter on his computer demanding $1.5 mill #56 in the Stone Barrington series. This 2020 series entry by author Stuart Woods is above average. Stone is once again involved with Russian gangsters. As usual there is plenty of sex, travel, witty banter, and violence. The opening gambit of computer hijacking is interesting but is dropped somewhat abruptly. The climax with numerous well armed Russians is where this particular series entry shines. The suave New York City attorney receives an extortion letter on his computer demanding $1.5 million. Stone, who does consulting work for the CIA, calls Lance Cabot, the CIA director, who dispatches Roxanne "Rocky" Hardwick, an attractive CIA operative, to Stone's Manhattan townhouse to check out the computer. Rocky, with whom Stone is soon on intimate terms, helps determine that Russian thugs with a grudge against Stone are out to get him. A cat-and-mouse game ensues as Stone, with Rocky in tow, flies his private plane to places where he has second homes--first Paris and later the south of England--to evade his enemies. The tension rises as Stone and his allies prepare to meet the chief villain, a Russian known as the Greek, at a Manhattan restaurant to discuss a truce, but the main thrills come in the final chapters when the Greek and his henchmen invade the Maine island where Stone has a summer house. Woods smoothly blends lighthearted banter among Stone and his pals with deadly battles, whose casualties are nearly all generic bad guys.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Don Gorman

    (2). I guess it was time for a mild change of persona. In this story, Stone is not the usual olympic sexual athlete he has been in the last couple of entries, this time he is a big time warrior. Those pesky Russians are after him again and Stone is fighting for his life. Flying from one mansion to another, a fair amount of entourage at this side, Stone is well armed and on the run. The plot is a continuation of one from a few years ago so it helps if you have been a faithful fan. Reasonable stuf (2). I guess it was time for a mild change of persona. In this story, Stone is not the usual olympic sexual athlete he has been in the last couple of entries, this time he is a big time warrior. Those pesky Russians are after him again and Stone is fighting for his life. Flying from one mansion to another, a fair amount of entourage at this side, Stone is well armed and on the run. The plot is a continuation of one from a few years ago so it helps if you have been a faithful fan. Reasonable stuff.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I generally enjoy the Stone Barrington series, but this is an exception, I found it very disappointing. I can’t really describe the plot since it is so thin. Basically, Stone’s life is threatened by his old enemies in the Russian mob. Here they chase each other back and forth to many of his residences. Basically, that was the plot. Not much dialogue, too many characters. Thank you Netgalley for this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michele A.

    Well what do you know - this book was actually interesting and had a good plot. Stone didn't hop from bed to bed in this one, and the plot was interesting. Rocky was a good addition and I actually liked her. Am interested to see what Holly does now that Stone has a new person of interest. The ending was good and actually has me looking forward to the next book. It was vintage Stuart Woods and a good way to start the year. Well what do you know - this book was actually interesting and had a good plot. Stone didn't hop from bed to bed in this one, and the plot was interesting. Rocky was a good addition and I actually liked her. Am interested to see what Holly does now that Stone has a new person of interest. The ending was good and actually has me looking forward to the next book. It was vintage Stuart Woods and a good way to start the year.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Clara Smith

    Enter a little more mature Stone Barrington. This book in my opinion, is an improvement over the previous several books. The book flows smoothly and quickly with lots of action, many plot twists (and Stone confines himself to minimal bed-hopping). Several characters enter or are more developed than previously. It will be interesting to see how they are used in future books. Please note I seldom give a 5 star (outstanding) review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Starla

    Excellent read This series gets better with each book. Which seems impossible as the books are already excellent. They have humor, suspense and romance sort of. I am addicted to this series and have read every book in this series and all series featuring Stone Barrington. I highly recommend these page turning books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Roberta Abt

    Action packed Action packed. Different type trouble than lawyer problems. Brought out his prior career with The Agency. Highlighted all characters from prior books into one story fighting to get rid of America's Cold War Enemy and still America's enemy today.The Russians. Loved the book non stop reading. Action packed Action packed. Different type trouble than lawyer problems. Brought out his prior career with The Agency. Highlighted all characters from prior books into one story fighting to get rid of America's Cold War Enemy and still America's enemy today.The Russians. Loved the book non stop reading.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sheldon

    Woods goes a bit off his norm, as he has Stone and his compadres, especially Ed Rawls, kill more foes than I remember in most of the recent works in the series. Stone does bed a couple of damsels, who certainly were not in distress, but what would a Woods’ book be without sex. So, I was not up to Woods usual writing, but made for some fun.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cybercrone

    Terrific entertainment. Boats, private jets, car chases, heavy armaments and another new woman. Don't look too hard for any deep thoughts here, but you may pick up some tips about good restaurants in NYC, London and Paris. I'm assuming that this is the e-book edition, which seem very often to be labeled as 'unknown binding'. Why is that? Terrific entertainment. Boats, private jets, car chases, heavy armaments and another new woman. Don't look too hard for any deep thoughts here, but you may pick up some tips about good restaurants in NYC, London and Paris. I'm assuming that this is the e-book edition, which seem very often to be labeled as 'unknown binding'. Why is that?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Raymond

    Action packed. No deep plot but plenty of thrills and a new interesting character named Rocky. She, of course, has frequent sex with Stone but she seems to have an interesting background like being part of a covert CIA group. Dino, Rawls, etc. are all part of the action.

  22. 4 out of 5

    james Pomerantz

    Surprised Stone added another chapter to his resume. That of avenging angel. You see a new side of Stone emerge as before takes a hard right turn to new adventures. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Interesting Very action filled . London to Paris and back , then again to Maine . I truly enjoy Stone Barrington novels but this one while entertaining was just a little bit off .

  24. 4 out of 5

    Justin Klinger

    It was decent enough. There were a lot of ups and downs, and a lot more sex and action than the books about the election. If you're into the Stone Barrington books, this is basically more of the same. I always like when Ed's around to spice things up. It was decent enough. There were a lot of ups and downs, and a lot more sex and action than the books about the election. If you're into the Stone Barrington books, this is basically more of the same. I always like when Ed's around to spice things up.

  25. 5 out of 5

    J Dale Breedlove

    I've read many of the Stone Barrington books over the years. And this one was one of the best. I'll admit some of the earlier works, were lame and I didn't finish them. But this kept your attention and the story zipped along. I hope this continues, and I look forward to book #57. I've read many of the Stone Barrington books over the years. And this one was one of the best. I'll admit some of the earlier works, were lame and I didn't finish them. But this kept your attention and the story zipped along. I hope this continues, and I look forward to book #57.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Denise Adducci

    I really enjoy this series!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ricki

    Only two women bedded this book, he must be slowing down. Lots of house hopping also- never really understood why "the Greek" was there- but a reference to an old book which I read many years ago must be a way to get readers to go back and reread it again. Only two women bedded this book, he must be slowing down. Lots of house hopping also- never really understood why "the Greek" was there- but a reference to an old book which I read many years ago must be a way to get readers to go back and reread it again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rick Molitor

    These are always such great enjoyable reads. It is an interesting group of characters and the stories are fast paced and full of action. A very entertaining read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deby

    Now, this book reminds me of the young Stuart Woods’ story telling days...he has still “got” it!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    this book was not what expected given the the reviews it had.

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