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The unflappable Stone Barrington comes face to face with two men whose lives are wrapped in shadows and lies—and who both still feel the sting of betrayal they can never forget.  Between a Rock and a Hard Place  Hired by an odd client previously unknown to him, Stone arrives in London, on a mission he thinks he understands, but doesn’t. Soon he finds himself not only out of The unflappable Stone Barrington comes face to face with two men whose lives are wrapped in shadows and lies—and who both still feel the sting of betrayal they can never forget.  Between a Rock and a Hard Place  Hired by an odd client previously unknown to him, Stone arrives in London, on a mission he thinks he understands, but doesn’t. Soon he finds himself not only out of his territory, but out of his depth as well. Baffled as he is by the behavior of both his quarry and his client, Stone’s life is further complicated by two, possibly three, murders and the affectionate attentions of two former lovers. When the intelligence services of three countries become involved, he can only hang on for a wild ride and hope for a not-too-bumpy landing.


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The unflappable Stone Barrington comes face to face with two men whose lives are wrapped in shadows and lies—and who both still feel the sting of betrayal they can never forget.  Between a Rock and a Hard Place  Hired by an odd client previously unknown to him, Stone arrives in London, on a mission he thinks he understands, but doesn’t. Soon he finds himself not only out of The unflappable Stone Barrington comes face to face with two men whose lives are wrapped in shadows and lies—and who both still feel the sting of betrayal they can never forget.  Between a Rock and a Hard Place  Hired by an odd client previously unknown to him, Stone arrives in London, on a mission he thinks he understands, but doesn’t. Soon he finds himself not only out of his territory, but out of his depth as well. Baffled as he is by the behavior of both his quarry and his client, Stone’s life is further complicated by two, possibly three, murders and the affectionate attentions of two former lovers. When the intelligence services of three countries become involved, he can only hang on for a wild ride and hope for a not-too-bumpy landing.

30 review for The Short Forever

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    Anyone who gave this book a bad review might want to re-think why they read Stuart Woods' novels. They are not classic literature. They are escapist fiction. You need to check your disbelief at the door. I haven't read a Stone Barrington novel in a while and I don't understand why I don't read them more often. I was caught up in Stone's world. I couldn't put the book down. It was a fun 300 pages. I'd love to go to Elaine's and meet up with Stone and Dino for their next adventure. Stuart Woods' a Anyone who gave this book a bad review might want to re-think why they read Stuart Woods' novels. They are not classic literature. They are escapist fiction. You need to check your disbelief at the door. I haven't read a Stone Barrington novel in a while and I don't understand why I don't read them more often. I was caught up in Stone's world. I couldn't put the book down. It was a fun 300 pages. I'd love to go to Elaine's and meet up with Stone and Dino for their next adventure. Stuart Woods' ability to make me want to do that is why he is a successful writer: he makes you want to be in the story. If you want something more, go read Tolstoy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard

    The story had a pleasant surprise at the end, otherwise, eh. I'm going to put Stone Barrington on the back burner for awhile and read books with less predictable themes. Even Dino, my favorite character in this series, let me down in this book. He shows up, but he doesn't really DO anything. He's just there. Oh well, sooner or later I'll need some mindless reads, and this series will come in handy again. The story had a pleasant surprise at the end, otherwise, eh. I'm going to put Stone Barrington on the back burner for awhile and read books with less predictable themes. Even Dino, my favorite character in this series, let me down in this book. He shows up, but he doesn't really DO anything. He's just there. Oh well, sooner or later I'll need some mindless reads, and this series will come in handy again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura Ruetz

    I'm a huge fan of the Stone Barrington novels, having discovered them in the last few years. Stone is a down to earth lawyer, who certainly leads an interesting life. Favorite characters like Dino, his ex cop partner, are back in this story, which just adds to the wonderfully mix of interesting and engaging characters, as well as new ones. This one was a mystery wrapped up in the mystery, and the levels of intrigue made it a fun, thrilling read. Very solid and fun book. The characters are well w I'm a huge fan of the Stone Barrington novels, having discovered them in the last few years. Stone is a down to earth lawyer, who certainly leads an interesting life. Favorite characters like Dino, his ex cop partner, are back in this story, which just adds to the wonderfully mix of interesting and engaging characters, as well as new ones. This one was a mystery wrapped up in the mystery, and the levels of intrigue made it a fun, thrilling read. Very solid and fun book. The characters are well written, developed and the plot will keep you guessing, without falling into the trap of being so convoluted that you get confused. You'll pick this up and not want to put it down until you are done.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kent Woodger

    Everyone always has lots of money in Woods' Stone Barrington novels. This mystery/crime edition was fast, light reading (two days) and fairly entertaining as long as credibility is suspended. Not up to four star level. Everyone always has lots of money in Woods' Stone Barrington novels. This mystery/crime edition was fast, light reading (two days) and fairly entertaining as long as credibility is suspended. Not up to four star level.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tgordon

    I have been on a Stone binge. This one takes place in England!! Great plot, espionage is always fun!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Judy Moe

    I very much enjoy Stuart Woods Stone Barrington series. I would typically not rate one his books a 5 but this was a quick, captivating and intriguing read. Stone was portrayed as a bit more vulnerable than what I have read in the past. What I found most interesting were the acknowledgments at the end. His editor did not ask for any changes to the book. It was published as presented. Because I had already been taken by the story, I found this information telling. How often, if ever, does an edito I very much enjoy Stuart Woods Stone Barrington series. I would typically not rate one his books a 5 but this was a quick, captivating and intriguing read. Stone was portrayed as a bit more vulnerable than what I have read in the past. What I found most interesting were the acknowledgments at the end. His editor did not ask for any changes to the book. It was published as presented. Because I had already been taken by the story, I found this information telling. How often, if ever, does an editor not want to rewrite parts of a book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Peter Charleston

    Nice trip to England and enjoyable reading.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Was in fact mood for light and easy, this fit the bill

  9. 4 out of 5

    Terence M

    Audio Book - 7 Hours 22 Minutes - 3 out of 5 stars The Short Forever - Stone Barrington #8 - by Stuart Woods Narration by Robert Lawrence 2002. I have all the Stone Barrington audiobooks up to #40 and realised I hadn't read any for a while so I tackled the next on my unread list, "The Short Forever". As I started listening, I remembered what had slowed down my consumption of Stone Barrington - the boring, monotonic narration by Robert Lawrence. His staccato reading style was way too fast and effec Audio Book - 7 Hours 22 Minutes - 3 out of 5 stars The Short Forever - Stone Barrington #8 - by Stuart Woods Narration by Robert Lawrence 2002. I have all the Stone Barrington audiobooks up to #40 and realised I hadn't read any for a while so I tackled the next on my unread list, "The Short Forever". As I started listening, I remembered what had slowed down my consumption of Stone Barrington - the boring, monotonic narration by Robert Lawrence. His staccato reading style was way too fast and effectively reduced the book to a quick but less than satisfactory overnight read/listen. There is a later recording narrated by Tony Roberts which is 9 Hours 50 Minutes recorded in 2016, compared to 7 Hours 22 Minutes recorded in 2002, both editions claiming to be unabridged. No wonder mine was so cheap! Oh, and this novel has the usual OK Stone Barrington action and excitement with just a touch of sexual intrigue. I enjoyed it and have already added #9 and #10 to my current reading list.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Will

    Callie calls it off; Stone goes to London. Stone is retained by John Bartholomew to travel to London and return his missing niece Erica Burroughs. The all expense paid cush project gets bogged down quickly when Stone finds himself in the middle of US, Brit and other intelligence operatives. By chance he stumbles into a former lover Sarah at her engagement party at the Lord of Wight estate. Sarah's fiance dies in a bizarre boating accident and Sarah inherits $750M. His pursuit of Erica results in Callie calls it off; Stone goes to London. Stone is retained by John Bartholomew to travel to London and return his missing niece Erica Burroughs. The all expense paid cush project gets bogged down quickly when Stone finds himself in the middle of US, Brit and other intelligence operatives. By chance he stumbles into a former lover Sarah at her engagement party at the Lord of Wight estate. Sarah's fiance dies in a bizarre boating accident and Sarah inherits $750M. His pursuit of Erica results in his meeting and befriending Lance Cabot, a murky operative. While collecting intel on the situation, three men die and Stone is braced by the police. While Sarah is sucking the life out of him, Stone has a chance encounter with Arrington Calder at the ambassador's residence. His participation with Lance in an illegal weapons sale introduces him to the beguiling Carpenter. Stone ends up recovering his investment cash and Cabot pays him as agreed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen Taylor

    I found this book in a beach house rental. It was a fast read and the first I have read by the author. Stone Barrington, a former cop turned lawyer/investigator, sets off on an adventure with many twists and turns. The book was interesting up until about 3/4 of the way through. Then I started getting confused with new characters introduced and in-fact the primary character expresses his confusion as well. I also felt he became a little unbelievable as it seems every woman that crossed his path w I found this book in a beach house rental. It was a fast read and the first I have read by the author. Stone Barrington, a former cop turned lawyer/investigator, sets off on an adventure with many twists and turns. The book was interesting up until about 3/4 of the way through. Then I started getting confused with new characters introduced and in-fact the primary character expresses his confusion as well. I also felt he became a little unbelievable as it seems every woman that crossed his path wanted to become much more than an acquaintance. If you are looking for a fast read, with action, with little depth, this may be a choice for you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matt Vesci

    Seems that we are already recycling plots and this is only book 8 of how many?? Even the names seem to be similar Vance Calder...Lance Cabot. Rich husbands/fiancees ending up dead and the wife/girlfriend is setup to make millions? Still kind of fun, but I'm starting to wonder if I will make it through the series or give this up as dead on arrival. Seems that we are already recycling plots and this is only book 8 of how many?? Even the names seem to be similar Vance Calder...Lance Cabot. Rich husbands/fiancees ending up dead and the wife/girlfriend is setup to make millions? Still kind of fun, but I'm starting to wonder if I will make it through the series or give this up as dead on arrival.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    With each 'Stone Barrington' novel comes whiskey, entertainment, and danger - usually with an adventure by plane as well. Stone Barrington, ex-NYPD turned lawyer is hired to go to London on a mission to rescue a girl. This man is never without women and always has plenty of money to spend. It is quick-paced, witty, and entertaining. They are easy to read and each can stand on its own. With each 'Stone Barrington' novel comes whiskey, entertainment, and danger - usually with an adventure by plane as well. Stone Barrington, ex-NYPD turned lawyer is hired to go to London on a mission to rescue a girl. This man is never without women and always has plenty of money to spend. It is quick-paced, witty, and entertaining. They are easy to read and each can stand on its own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Montessahall Montessahall

    This insipid story recycles the same basic plot and literary devices from prior books in the Stone Barrington series. A dreadful mash up of; stolen identities of dead people and using similar character names from previous books in the series. Also deceitful, lying, beautiful women who prey on rich, stupid sex led men for their money. Eat,drink,sex, repeat...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Denice Hogan

    Was a book that kept my interest. Stone Barrington's typical travels filled with so many different turns and twists. Most of the time you did not know what was going to happen next The only thing I did not like was his graphic sex scenes. I feel it did not add anything to the book and were unnecessary Was a book that kept my interest. Stone Barrington's typical travels filled with so many different turns and twists. Most of the time you did not know what was going to happen next The only thing I did not like was his graphic sex scenes. I feel it did not add anything to the book and were unnecessary

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Stone Barrington takes a job and has to go to England. Secrecy, lies, deception, and death surround the case. Okay so far. I will not read another by Stuart Woods. Booze, women, & sex are included too much & are not relevant to the plot.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    The books are getting more and more far-fetched. . . . even James Bond didn't have/get/give this much sex. The books are getting more and more far-fetched. . . . even James Bond didn't have/get/give this much sex.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    Just found Stone Barrington to be a pompous jerk and couldn't really get into this story. Guess it is a whole series but I won't be looking for other books to read in this series. Just found Stone Barrington to be a pompous jerk and couldn't really get into this story. Guess it is a whole series but I won't be looking for other books to read in this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael Redd

    Usual romp with Stone and the gang...on to the next adventure!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Stuart Woods introduced so many characters into this mystery that it was difficult to keep them all straight and how they added anything to the plot other than to complicate things.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    Brain candy , and not exactly top shelf.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    This is the 8th book in Woods’ Stone Barrington series. Stone is of counsel to the law firm of Woodman and Weld. When a partner at the firm asks him to take on an assignment for one of the firm’s clients, Stone finds himself in London for the first time since his college years. His assignment is to separate a young woman from her current relationship and return her to New York. But Stone soon finds himself in uncharted waters. It turns out that the person who has hired him, John Bartholomew, isn This is the 8th book in Woods’ Stone Barrington series. Stone is of counsel to the law firm of Woodman and Weld. When a partner at the firm asks him to take on an assignment for one of the firm’s clients, Stone finds himself in London for the first time since his college years. His assignment is to separate a young woman from her current relationship and return her to New York. But Stone soon finds himself in uncharted waters. It turns out that the person who has hired him, John Bartholomew, isn’t his real name and his occupation is way above his pay grade. As always, Stone gets invited to a formal dinner, or at least a dinner where he must dress formally, where he discovers that his client is more than he has been told, and of course, runs into at least two of the women with whom he has had more than just a casual relationship. This book also introduces Carpenter, from the British secret service (who appears in later books) along with her associates, Mason and Carpenter. A fast moving story with plenty of twists and turns, it continues a run (at least for this reviewer) of enjoyable reads (or “listens" as that is how I “read" these books). I have become a big Stone Barrington fan (although many will not like the detail to which Woods goes in describing Stone’s relationships with the fair sex) as the stories are great company on long drives.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jovdb

    Couldn't stand this book! It wasn't badly written just full of really annoying, stupid characters! Stone Barrington, an ex-cop from New York, is hired to go to London, England to bring back someone's niece. Right there I was appalled. Why should a grown woman not be able to make her own decisions? From there, it just went downhill. For someone with the experience of Barrington, he made some elementary, juvenile mistakes. It is very annoying to have to depend on the stupidity of the main characters Couldn't stand this book! It wasn't badly written just full of really annoying, stupid characters! Stone Barrington, an ex-cop from New York, is hired to go to London, England to bring back someone's niece. Right there I was appalled. Why should a grown woman not be able to make her own decisions? From there, it just went downhill. For someone with the experience of Barrington, he made some elementary, juvenile mistakes. It is very annoying to have to depend on the stupidity of the main characters in order to further the plot. I only finished this audio book because I was away from an internet connection and couldn't download another book (having finished my others). Sorry, Stone a Barrington fans, but he just isn't my cup of tea!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rocq

    I am reading the series in order and I usually friggin love me a Stone Barrington novel. This one just did not keep my interest. It was hard to get through. The books are usually far fetched but this one was next level. I feel like this novel just laid the ground work for future books and perhaps that is why I feel so unfulfilled. The book is a light read and he can't go to England and not meet his one English friend we know in the series. Dino seems to evolve more and more. He went from annoyin I am reading the series in order and I usually friggin love me a Stone Barrington novel. This one just did not keep my interest. It was hard to get through. The books are usually far fetched but this one was next level. I feel like this novel just laid the ground work for future books and perhaps that is why I feel so unfulfilled. The book is a light read and he can't go to England and not meet his one English friend we know in the series. Dino seems to evolve more and more. He went from annoying to now adorable. This one was not my favorite and to be honest, if I read this book first I would not have picked up another book in the series, but I am committed. I love the sex, booze and the women.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Norah

    I found this book at a hospital gift shop. I needed something to read while I waiting. I love Stone Barrington stories and this is one of the early books that I have not read. The story introduces many of the characters that Stuart Woods has in his later books. In this book are the back stories on how Stone met many of the wonderful characters that he fleshes out in his later stories. It was a great story and it keep me very interested at a time when I was very worried. It was able to take my mi I found this book at a hospital gift shop. I needed something to read while I waiting. I love Stone Barrington stories and this is one of the early books that I have not read. The story introduces many of the characters that Stuart Woods has in his later books. In this book are the back stories on how Stone met many of the wonderful characters that he fleshes out in his later stories. It was a great story and it keep me very interested at a time when I was very worried. It was able to take my mind off problems even for a little while. Thank you Stuart Woods.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diana Suddreth

    The Short Forever was a fun summer read that took only a few days. Stone Barrington seems to always find himself in interesting situations. In general, I like the character, although he seems to only meet beautiful women and he wants to sleep with them all. He also travels in a world of fine whisky, oodles of money, and huge expense accounts. Lucky him! In The Short Forever, he is hired by a mysterious person to go to London and extricate his niece from a relationship. Through a series of new fr The Short Forever was a fun summer read that took only a few days. Stone Barrington seems to always find himself in interesting situations. In general, I like the character, although he seems to only meet beautiful women and he wants to sleep with them all. He also travels in a world of fine whisky, oodles of money, and huge expense accounts. Lucky him! In The Short Forever, he is hired by a mysterious person to go to London and extricate his niece from a relationship. Through a series of new friendships, lies, and espionage, Barrington comes out on top. Of course. Anyway, it's fun.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bill Hooten

    Well, it is time to lay aside the Stone Barrington series for a few weeks, because I have rpped through 4 of them in the last week; and it is time to move on to something else. I like the Barrington series by Stuart Woods, because they are quick, easy, mindless (as someone else described them), and entertaining reads. "The Short Forever" was no exception. The main characters are just as entertaining as ever, and the contributing cast of this volume was good also. Again, it seems like that there Well, it is time to lay aside the Stone Barrington series for a few weeks, because I have rpped through 4 of them in the last week; and it is time to move on to something else. I like the Barrington series by Stuart Woods, because they are quick, easy, mindless (as someone else described them), and entertaining reads. "The Short Forever" was no exception. The main characters are just as entertaining as ever, and the contributing cast of this volume was good also. Again, it seems like that there are certain contributing characters to seem to show up at random intervals -- and most of the time it is one of Barrington's ex-relationships. I will probably move back to this series in 8-10 weeks, but for now, I will be reading something else.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    You know what you’re going to get with the Stone Barrington series. OK plots, quick and easy read, little or no padding and a mix of likeable and unlikeable characters. This book is set in London for a change, but his ability to find trouble and be in the wrong place whilst murders are happening is pretty much business as usual. If I’ve had to slog through a couple of hard going reads, I often turn to Stone (excuse the pun) for a bit of light relief. Only another 40+ books to go!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    John Darling

    This is the first time I have read this author and maybe the last. Stone Barrington did nothing in this book, He was a dupe and a loser who got lucky all the way through but essentially he just filled up space on the pages. His buddy Dino, who somehow managed to get away from his job, added nothing, not even color. I have two more of his books that I got for a few dollars each but I may not read them.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Typical Stone Barrington novel. Interesting plot though. Dino is always around to have his back. He has a knack for finding homicidal women. Seems to be the theme of his stories. It kills me how Arrington just sweeps through the stories and out again. It's like an episode of Three's Company. Always a misunderstanding with her. Typical Stone Barrington novel. Interesting plot though. Dino is always around to have his back. He has a knack for finding homicidal women. Seems to be the theme of his stories. It kills me how Arrington just sweeps through the stories and out again. It's like an episode of Three's Company. Always a misunderstanding with her.

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