Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review of Foreign Affairs

Book 27. Foreign Affairs, by Stuart Woods. Unabridged audio.

Another few months pass, another new Stuart Woods novel is released. In this one, Stone Barrington is in Europe. And of course, he makes a new girlfriend on the flight from New York to Rome. And of course she is immediately thrown into danger.

Barrington’s business partners want to build a new hotel in Rome, but the local mafia bosses don’t appreciate that they are trying to build without their “input.” As each mob threat is ignored, the next threat is more intense. Eventually, the new girlfriend is kidnapped, and Barrington will stop at nothing to get her back, and make the mafia don pay.

This novel focuses mostly on Stone, although Dino makes a strong supporting appearance. Due ot the international aspects of the story, Stone’s friends in the White House and the CIA make important cameo appearances. Most of the rest of Stone’s supporting cast is absent, which gives this novel a closer, more personal feel.

I have mentioned in prior reviews that I assume that Woods is using a stable of uncredited ghost writers to keep his work as prolific as it is. And there was definitely a different feel about this book, as if this was a co-writer he hadn’t worked with before. There was a lightness and a sense of humor that these novels generally don’t have, and the love scenes were far less descriptive than they often are.

As always, Tony Roberts does a fine job providing distinctive voices to the range of character he portrays in the audio version.

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