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The Character Keeps Me Reading Stuart Woods

One of my favorite non-fiction authors is Stuart Woods.  I guess I have read all of his novels over the past 15 years.  I just finished Sex, Lies & Serious Money (Putnam, 2016), and am reading Below the Belt coverhis newest, Below the Belt (Putnam, 2017).

One reason I like the books so much is that many of them feature Stone Barrington as the primary character.  Barrington is a former New York City policeman, who was injured on the job, and who now serves as counsel to a law firm in the region.  He inherited a lot of money from his mother, who was a famous painter, and from an ex-wife who was murdered.  Barrington owns four homes, including one in England, and he drives cars we only dream of, and is an established pilot with two of his own planes.  Oh, and in case you wonder, he is single, and seems to always have a woman in tow, bouncing around his own and different beds.  Some are recurring regulars, but others are just brief encounters.  He is a very smart guy, who cannot stay out of trouble – in fact, trouble seems to find him.  But, he can rest with comfort, because is best friend, Dino, is the commissioner of the police department in New York City.

I guess everyone has a character who we wish we could be like.  Barrington’s life is too dangerous for me, but since I don’t have to live it, I will just enjoy reading it.

Stuart Woods Photo 2Stuart Woods is 79 years old, and according to Bookbrowse.com, is the author of more than sixty novels, including the New York Times–bestselling Stone Barrington series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in New Mexico, Florida, and Maine.

If you need some advice on where to start with his books, just contact me, and I will give you some ideas.

Fiction Turns into Reality on the Same Day

I was amazed that the same day that I read about the bombing of the hideout for Osama bin Laden in a novel was the same day that the United States Navy Seals and our intelligence operations actually killed him!

One of my favorite fiction authors is Stuart Woods.  His recent best-seller is entitled Strategic Moves (Putnam, 2011).  The featured character is Stone Barrington, a playboy-type attorney, who is “of counsel” to a large New York City law firm.

In the book, a foreign arms-dealer and fugitive,  Erwin Gelbhardt (Pablo), reveals he knows the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden at the end of a four-day interrogation which the CIA conducted in Barrington’s home office.

The book notes that the area that Pablo identified became the target of heavy and intense bombing from Unites States forces.  However, the book does not provide a conclusion that the attempt killed or captured bin Laden.

Not so on Sunday!  It was 10:00 p.m. and I turned on the news to check on the DFW weather.  The local news was not on, but an ABC network breaking news story was.  And,  you know the end of the real story as well as I do.

How many times have you seen fiction turn into reality the same day?

Let’s talk about it soon!