Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book #61: Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage, by Stuart Woods. Unabridged audio.

This latest novel in the Stone Barrington series picks up where the last one left off, with a terrorist on the run after an attempt on the President Will Lee's life in Los Angeles. The lone survivor of that attack takes her reign of terror to both the UK and New York City.

In Woods' first 20 novels or so, he developed a range of series that all took place in the same world. One of the fun aspects of reading these books is that characters from other books were mentioned in passing, or events from one book would have consequences in a book from another series. But in the last ten books or so, he has brought all of his characters into the Stone Barrington series.

In this book, Barrington and CIA operative Holly Barker work with the Lees and the MI5 operatives from prior books to take on this latest case.His old buddy Dino Bichetti from the NYPD also plays an important role in the conclusion of the case, and his personal life takes a positive turn.

And these recent books have also moved away from the smaller-scale mysteries and adventures to more epic terrorism and espionage novels. Ths transition has been mostly smooth, as the later books have continued to tell exciting stories, with believable action and strong characters.

source: public library

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