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Newly ensconced in his Santa Fe abode with a lovely female companion, Stone Barrington receives a call from an old friend requesting a delicate favor. A situation has arisen that could escalate into an explosive quagmire, and only someone with Stone's stealth and subtlety can contain the damage. At the center of these events is an impressive gentleman whose star is on the rise and who'd like to get Stone in his corner. He's charming and ambitious and has friends in high places - the kind of man who seems to be a sure bet. But in the fickle circles of power, fortunes rise and fall on the turn of a dime, and it may turn out that Stone holds the key not just to one man's fate but to the fate of the nation.
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By W. Brooks on 01-12-17
What a waste of a credit
I was s Stuart Woods fan. I loved Chiefs and the sequel. I even kind of liked my early Stone Barrington novels, but this last one, Below the Belt, is a complete waste.
Several times I felt Woods was padding with meaningless dialogue about stuff that truly had NOTHING to do with the plot and was of no interest. I mean dialogue that didn't move the plot ahead AT ALL. Like, a weather report. This happened several times. I found myself wondering if Woods actually wrote it or had an intern do it in his name.
And Stone's "love interest" adds zero to the story. She disappears midway through the book, never returns and it makes no difference whatsoever. She's the frickin' national security advisor but Woods just treats her as a piece of ass for Stone. Insulting. Give me a break.
And Tony Roberts shows that a good actor can be a dreadful narrator.
I think to like this book you have to be about 80 years old and male. I won't wast another credit on Woods/Roberts book unless the reviews just blow
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
By mtkto on 01-13-17
Couldn't even finish this selection.
Although I have enjoyed Stuart Woods and his Barrington Stone, this story was a waste of money and time. The story is uninteresting, plodding, and pretentious and read in a monotone. Below the Belt was relinquished to the recycle bin with 4 hours of listening remaining. This is one time when I would get my money back, if I could.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful