Mounting Fears
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New York Times- bestselling author Stuart Woods returns with another page-turning thriller.President Will Lee is having a rough week. His vice president just died during surgery. Confirmation hearings for the new vice president are under way, but the squeaky-clean governor whom Will has nominated may have a few previously unnoticed skeletons in his closet. And Teddy Fay, the rogue CIA agent last seen in Shoot Him If He Runs, is plotting his revenge on CIA director Kate Rule Lee-the president-s wife.Plus there are some loose nukes in Pakistan that might just trigger World War III if Will-s diplomatic efforts fall short. It-s up to President Lee-with some help from Holly Barker, Lance Cabot, and a few other Stuart Woods series regulars-to save the world, and the upcoming election.

Customer Reviews:

  • Disappointing...
    Being a devout Stuart Woods fan, I opened "Mounting Fears" with high hopes. Sorry to say I was disppointed.

    It seemed to me as though Woods was trying to cram too much plot into too few pages. The result was a tangle of scattered storylines that was never quite resolved to my satisfaction.

    I generally like the way he has characters cross over from one series to another, but the "cameo" appearance of Holly Barker in this novel seemed pointless. The whole "nuclear threat" plot had intriguing possibilities, but ended up being a dud.

    Having enjoyed the earlier Will Lee stories, I think this charcter deserved better than this weak effort.

    I just purchased "Loitering With Intent" and I'm expecting better reading with this one. Stone in Key West...how can you go wrong? I'll report back in a couple of weeks....more info
  • A quick, exciting story
    In Stuart Woods's latest novel, MOUNTING FEARS, President Will Lee is facing a tough re-election bid, while serious surgery looms for Vice President George Kiel, who steps down from his spot on their party's ticket. Lee's wife, Kate, is the CIA director and receives grave news about a Taliban threat in Pakistan, with a nuclear warhead reported missing. Juggling both foreign and domestic issues requires Lee's full attention.

    Political turmoil enhances his personal struggles when situations rapidly deteriorate. When Kiel dies, Lee must appoint a man who will serve as current vice president and will uphold the party's political advantage in the approaching election. California Governor Marty Stanton holds the right credentials for the job but confesses in private that he and his wife will be divorcing. He denies the possibility of either having had extramarital affairs, and a clean confirmation appears in order.

    However, the FBI background search on Stanton uncovers questions with no easy answers. Did his Mexican mother really give birth in a San Diego hospital? How does political favoritism play into the hiring of a bright, young California lawyer in the Attorney General's office?

    Troubles compound when an American journalist is found murdered in Panama City. A photograph on the dead man's body reveals the image of a rogue CIA agent who had declared revenge against Kate. Agent Teddy Fay had been certified "dead" by the agency but had reappeared alive twice before. Assistant Director Lance Cabot and cohort Holly Barker gear up to discover the truth. If Fay is living, what is he up to? Barker visits the editorial offices of the National Inquisitor, flashing FBI credentials in the face of editor Willard Gaynes. Gaynes confirms that the dead reporter's assignment had been to interview Fay in Panama. Barker leaves the office with copies of the photo and her FBI ID card, court order and search warrant.

    Stuart Woods stuffs plot complications with sufficient detail to satiate the reader's appetite for adventure. Primary Washington characters possess qualities that make them believable, and telephone conversations between the president and foreign leaders lend reality to troubles written into the plot. Like in earlier Woods books, Cabot and Barker are problem solvers in MOUNTING FEARS. Both enter the pages with sleuthing skills one can visualize in contemporary government.

    Minor characters drift across the pages and spice up the plot line. A sexy Hollywood actress campaigns for her boyfriend's life sentence for rape and murder to be commuted, contributing one million dollars to the Democratic National Committee to fatten her cause. President Lee still has another obstacle shoved before him when the Senate confirmation hearings for Stanton commence. While the domestic scene reeks of political turmoil, matters both in Pakistan and Panama boil.

    Cabot's agenda is to protect his boss and her husband from political fallout that Fay may instigate. At times, the international Taliban threat seems to fade in importance to the president's homeland problems. Late in the book, a third-party candidate emerges in the person of Reverend Henry King Johnson. When the man becomes an assassin's target, intrigue intensifies.

    Before the ink has dried on its final words, MOUNTING FEARS sees its issues resolved. When one is a chief executive, minor characters carry out orders to eliminate problems. The villains retain their tarnished personalities, despite a reader's cry for justification. This is a quick, exciting story, full of suspense, anxieties and personalities in chaos. Woods has crafted a fresh addition to his collection of bestsellers.

    --- Reviewed by Judy Gigstad...more info
  • Mounting Boredom
    "Mounting Fears" is the 7th novel in the "Will Lee" series (as calculated by Wikipedia), featuring U.S. President William Jefferson Lee (apparently based on William Jefferson Clinton) and his wife (CIA director) Catherine Rule Lee. The novels in the nominal "Will Lee" series cross many genres: espionage, suspense, action, mystery, but in most of these, the Lees are minor characters. "The Run" and "Mounting Fears", in which the Lees are major characters, are political soap operas. Characters from earlier novels, including Charlene Joiner, and Holly Barker, make cameo appearances. Lance Cabot and Teddy Faye return, but recieve no significant character development.

    Unfortunately, until half-way through the novel, my only "Mounting Fear" was the fear of being bored silly as the pages passed. I couldn't care less about the petty political intrigue. Most of the novel consist of bland mush--that is, soap-operatic subplots featuring the sex lives of uninteresting minor characters. As far as I'm concerned, the political class is loathsome to begin with, and reading about them at their worst is the worst way to spend an evening that I can imagine.

    In other Will Lee novels, the Lees are portrayed as bright interesting, admirable, complex characters, who are easy to love. But in "Mounting Fears", they are dull, venal, self-serving, self-righteous hypocrites.

    At the half-way point, our beloved anti-hero from earlier novels, Teddy Faye (a rogue CIA agent), hiding in Panama, learns that a "National Inquisitor" reporter is looking for him. So, he unnecessarilly murders the reporter, and since he is on-the-run again anyway (and is a Will Lee admirer), decides to assasinate a Black politician running against Lee. Even though it makes no sense to the plot, Faye fails. Basically, the subplot just falls on its face and goes nowhere.

    Apparently Wood's attempt at being "timely" (in 2008) conflicted with political correctness--or at least with Obama's unexpected success. I wonder, had Hilary won, would Faye have succeeded?

    Yet another timely subplot is also apparently about Barrack Obama: Obama's relatives claim that he was born in Africa, and he State of Hawaii (where he claims to have been born) could not produce his birth certificate. In the novel, appointed and candidate Vice President Martin Stanton was actually born in Mexico and otherwise does not meet the citizenship requirements for the office. About the best part of the novel is the civics lesson about the technical requirements for automatic U.S. Citizenship. Yes, the novel is really that boring.

    The book is actually introduced with a subplot about the theft of a Pakistani nuclear warhead, which remains lost and apparently forgotten for about six months until the last pages of the novel when it is accidentally detonated by a SEAL team, still in Pakistan.

    Appropriately, at the end nothing bad happens to the slease-ball new Vice President (who is publically cheating on his mistress while cheating on his wife, and may cost Will Lee the election), we don't know if Faye gets away or not, it is unclear exactly what happened to the stolen warhead, and we don't know whether Will Lee and Martin Stanton win the election or not. In otherwords, the novel is a net zero, it can, and should, be deleted from Wood's body of work, with no effect on the continuing stories. I'll gladly contribute my copy to the bonfire.

    In summary, this is the least enjoyable of all the Stuart Woods books that I've read. It is particularly disappointing after some of the really terrific novels earlier in the series.
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  • Good book
    I am a big fan of Stuart Woods. This book was just as good as all his others...more info
  • A Stuart Woods Classic
    If you like Stuart Woods, you will enjoy this book ... it's like a mini Clancy with multiple plots, but also like a Jack Higgins in that most of the main characters are very familiar albeit some are repositioned ... lots of fun ... ...more info
  • MOUNTING FEARS
    any book by woods is a good read---but i especially like will lee (democratic president)- maybe 'cause i'm a democrat. holly barker & john eagle are not far behind....more info
  • Mountin Fears
    A story that had potential but stalled at the end. A real disapointment!
    The author's notes at the end of the book is so arrogant that I will never buy or read another of his books. ...more info
  • Stuart Woods: "Mounting Fears"
    I've read all of Stuart Woods' books and this is the best by far. Loved it!...more info
  • Oh So Sorry
    Don't let this book influence your opinions of future or past works by one of the all time greats. I found this one a bit ho-hum. However Mr. Woods will deliver in every other novel novel he has created. And I've read them all....more info
  • Mounting Fears
    The book looked like a condensed book. The quality of the paper and the size of the book were not of the same quality as I have found in book stores....more info
  • Mounting Fears
    Don't bother to purchase this book unless you have a real fondness for Mr. Woods. This was a thrown together plot that has so many pieces to it that you have to imagine Mr. Woods 1. was trying to meet a deadline; 2. was creating multiple plots for further sequels; or 3. needed the money quickly. The story opens with a horrific terrorist plot, mixes in with the President's reelection, some cursory sex scenes, a completely unrelated CIA killing, etc. Save your money for a better book by Mr. Woods.

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  • This book was DOA.
    Stuart Woods has written some great novels. This isn't one of them. He seems to be running out of gas. There was a time when you were whisked along at a spellbinding pace. But lately, his books come across tired and listless. ...more info
  • Audio version is like finger nails on chalk board
    Thanks to the reader, Carrington MacDuffie, I was unable to get very far into the audio book. Her idea of a southern accent had the President of the U.S. sounding like Goofy and another character of southern extraction sounding like Huckleberry Hound...more info
  • Great transaction
    This book came on time and in the condition promised. Will definitely do business with this seller again....more info
  • could have been better
    I'm a fan of Woods' Holly Barker and Stone Barrington novels. I've never actually read a Will Lee book but when I saw that Holly, Lance Cabot another character who should be familiar to readers of Woods were mentioned in the synopsis I figured I'd pick it up.

    Do I wish I hadn't? No, nothing that extreme because it has its moments. The book's not that bad although the characters who I picked up the book for seem to be put into it as an afterthought.

    There is A LOT going on in this book but it does seem a bit rushed. First there's the nuclear crisis in Pakistan. There's also the death of Will Lee's vice president which leads him to rush into picking a new VP, a pick that's not without its own trouble because not only is the prospective candidate's nationality in question, so are his, shall we say 'extraciricular' marital activies.

    So as one can tell, this is a busy book. But it's developed unevenly. The parts involving the vice president and his questionable relationship status as well as his legal place of birth take up a good portion of the book and I thought it was going to focus on him primarily, but ever so often the nuclear crisis in Pakistan is brought up, but not much time is spent on it. It was to the point where I was wondering why it was even in the book because so little attention is focused on it. Maybe to show just how many different crisis a President can have thrown their way in a given day? Perhaps.

    Midway through the book yet ANOTHER story plot line is involved in the way of an opposing candidate to the upcoming election. I won't go into too much detail but it almost seemed as if it was a plot device to bring in an older Woods character who hasn't been seen in some time. This portion of the book also had its moments but it didn't seem to mesh too well with the rest of the book being it came in so late to the plotline.

    Now, with any work by woods there's oodles and oodles of sex. Generally I don't have a problem with these sorts of moments that allow the flow of the book to take away from the overall action as it were, but it's really becoming a cookie cutter type of thing in all of Stuart Woods' books. Hot and rich person A gets the sweating thighs for hot and rich person B, they go at it with prodigious abandon and skill (and repitition!), have no inhibitions and always talk like porn stars, wash rinse repeat. This is not limited to one set of characters. It seems like it's always several that are pairing off. And yes, they're all hot and they're all rich. I don't have a problem with hot and rich people (generally) but it's almost ad hoc passages at this point especially considering these things rarely advance the story line at all. Sometimes they do and they certainly have in the past, but this book it seems as if the sex is there for its own sake. Woods is a best selling author and hardly has to resort to this sort of thing to make his books interesting or to make them sell. This may sound like a harsh criticism or it may make me sound like a prude (which I am most definetly not) but it's just cookie cutter and has the ring of being thrown in there just to be thrown in there. Also, the characters that are involved in all of this bedroom olympian activity are generally developed pretty poorly so I never found myself saying 'oh, I'd like if these two got together!' or anything of that nature. There's alot of detachment from the characters.

    I read the book in about a day because it's quick and rather short. It's definetly not Stuart Woods best work, but it has some good moments in it. It's just a little fractured and a bit rushed....more info