Severe Clear audiobook is the 24th book in the Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington is an urbane lawyer with a finger in every pie and there are other regulars from the series in this book, including Barrington’s former partner, Lt. Dino Bacchetti, the CIA’s Holly Barker, Felicity Devonshire from MI-6 and Michael Freeman from Strategic Services.
The book begins at L.A.’s grand opening of The Arrington hotel, named after Barrington’s ex-wife. It’s a plush hotel with all the luxuries that money can buy and the President of the United States as well as the President of Mexico will be staying there to pursue talks about immigration issues and trade agreements. However, there is a plan in the background led by an operative named Algernon who is working hand in hand with a Pakistani nuclear scientist who has gone rogue. Together, they plan to bomb the Arrington while the presidents are staying there, killing 2-3 million people in addition to the heads of state. So it’s up to Barrington and his crew to stop this from happening. They must figure out who is working with Algernon to prevent this massive loss of life.
Severe Clear is witty and fast-paced, immersing readers in a luxurious way of life that is simultaneously enticing and sinister. There are also various James Bond-type sexual encounters heightened by the threat lurking in the background.
Stuart Woods is a 75-year-old divorced writer who describes himself as a "born-again bachelor." He was a part of the National Air Guard for a couple of years before leaving for a career in advertising. He lived in London for a while before deciding to move to Ireland to pursue his dream of writing. There, he became interested in sailing and it was via a book on sailing that he was first published. Now, Woods has published 50 books altogether, including 29 New York Times bestsellers. Stone Barrington, cop turned lawyer, is the character he has written about most.
Download Severe Clear from The Audio Bookstore for a fast-paced novel of intrigue and high stakes. Stuart Woods will charm you once again with his character-driven writing and his exceptional flair for drama.
Stone Barrington is called to Bel-Air to oversee an exclusive event that will gather the top echelons of the beau monde: Hollywood starlets, socialites, politicos, billionaires from overseas. It’s a task in which Stone has a personal stake, and one that is made all the more pleasurable—though somewhat more complicated—with the arrivals of two beautiful women with whom he’s intimately acquainted.
But the grand occasion has also attracted a dangerous criminal group with sinister plans. The hunt to find them leads Stone into a complex web of deceit and misdirection, in a world where the intrigues of government intelligence collide with the clandestine machinations of the upper crust. As he draws nearer to his quarry, he realizes that the stakes are higher than anybody could ever imagine . . . and that the enemies he’s seeking might just be hiding in plain sight. Download and start listening now!