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✂ Chapter ₓ Turbulence for early readers ̵ Book Author Stuart Woods ᾯ 1Stone Barrington set down his Citation CJ 3 Plus smoothly at Key West International Airport and taxied to the ramp The lineman waved him to the right, toward a large hangar next to the Fixed Base Operators own huge hangar Stone followed the linemans hand motions until he got the crossed arm signal from the lineman, then he shut down the engines, ran through his final check list, turned off the main switch and struggled out of his seat He opened the door and put down the folding stairs Afternoon, Mr Barrington, the lineman said Do you want her in your new hangar He pointed to the large one, now behind the airplane Stone had closed on the sale a few days before Yes, please, Stone replied And your car was delivered, the lineman said They have the keys at the front desk Raul, the caretaker of the house Stone had just bought, had left it there for him If you want to drive your car onto the ramp, youll have to stop in at the sheriffs office near the main entrance and get yourself a security badge that will allow you and your car onto the ramp Right now, Ill cart your luggage out there for you Thanks very much, Stone said Ill pick up the key and meet you there You want fuel now or later Later, please It would be hot in the hangar, and he didnt want the fuel to expand and leak out of the vents Stone walked into the FBO lobby, introduced himself and retrieved his car key, then met the lineman outside at his car, a Mercedes 550S Cabriolet, which had been included in the purchase of the house from his business associate, Arthur Steele of the Steele Group of Insurance Companies Arthur had cleverly rented him the house through an agent, knowing that once Stone had stayed in it, he would want to buy it Stones great weakness, along with attractive women and 100 proof bourbon, was houses, of which he now had too many He tipped the lineman generously, to make a good first impression The lineman closed the trunk Just give us a call when you want your airplane, and well roll her out for you Thanks very much Stone got into the car, started it, turned on the air conditioning and put down the top He drove out of the airport and turned down South Roosevelt Boulevard, along Smathers Beach A ten minute drive later he was turning into his driveway, which was right next door to a gentlemans club called Bare Assets He pulled into the carport, as opposed to the garage, and Raul came out of his small house and helped him in with the luggage They had first met on Stones last visit to Key West for the Steele Groups board meeting, when he had been a tenant A housekeeper, Sara, was also part of the deal The house had once been three small houses on separate lots A previous owner had moved the smallest one over a dozen feet or so and bolted it to the center house, which contained his study, the dining room, living room, kitchen and bar The master suite was in the free standing third house, which had been completely renovated Stone had just deposited his luggage in the master suite when his builder, Karl Walters, turned up to walk him through the house and show him the projects he had completed since Stone had bought it He showed Stone the new laundry room, the alterations to the kitchen, his study, with its new bookcases, one of them being a secret door to a kitchenette, where there was room for the safe he had ordered Then he saw the new bar and video room, just completed Its beautiful, Karl, Stone said, and I appreciate your fast work on the place Karl was semi retired and their mutual attorney, Jack Spottswood had persuaded him to do the project We aim to please, Karl said Your boat has had her bottom cleaned and repainted and is back in her berth at the Key West Yacht Club Jack had just happened to have a recently widowed client whose late husbands newish Hinckley 43 Jetboat was for sale, and Stone had fallen for that, as well as the house Karl took him into the study and showed him how the hidden television set rose out of a cabinet, and switched it on Same thing in the master bedroom By the way, have you seen the weather lately Nope, Stone said, Just my flight weather for the trip down, which was beautiful Karl switched to the weather channel This isnt so beautiful, he said Way down the islands somewhere was a large, angry red spot, labeled Hurricane Irma Well, thats a long way off, isnt it About a week, maybe less, Karl replied There are several possible routes showing, and at least one of them is right toward Key West Youd better call your insurance broker and make sure youre coverage is in effect Same for your boat Ill do that, Stone said, staring at the monster, whose winds were labeled 185 mph Karl shook his hand and left, and Stone wandered through the house again, thinking about what a great decision hed made Except, maybe, for the fucking hurricane He went back into the study and looked at the hurricane again It didnt look any better He switched off the TV, and it sank back into its cabinet Stones cell phone rang and he took it from his holster The callers name was blocked Hello Hello from Havana, Holly Barker said Holly was Secretary of State in President Katharine Lees administration and was there for the ceremonial opening of the remodeled and enlarged United States Embassy I hope youre still on schedule, he said I am Ill get dropped off around noon tomorrow Ill call you just before takeoff Say, how long is the runway there 4800 feet, Stone said I just landed on it I guess it can take a government Gulfstream, then It can take a Boeing 737, he replied, so yeah, I guess it can handle a Gulfstream I assume I wont need much in the way of clothes in Key West, so Ill be traveling light As far as Im concerned, you wont need anything in the way of clothes Maybe a bikini, in case we have guests You sound just the tiniest bit randy, she said, though I probably shouldnt mention that on this line The ears of the fellas at Cuban intelligence are now pricked up, you should excuse the expression Well continue this discussion later, he said Ill talk to you tomorrow When are Dino and Viv arriving Couple of days, he said Good Bye bye She hung up He took one stroll around the place, then decided to have dinner at the yacht club bar Hed stop and have a look at Indian Summer, his new Hinckley, on the way to dinner 2 Stone drove to the Key West Yacht Club as the sun was setting The air was warm and humid, but driving with the top down kept him comfortable He parked in the clubs lot, then walked to the outer dock where his Hinckley 43 was berthed She was well moored to two pilings on either side, and her electrical cord was plugged into the docks supply He stepped aboard and unlocked the sliding glass door and stepped into the cherry paneled saloon, which contained seating and two tables that could take six for dinner Beyond that to the left was the galley with drawers for refrigeration and freezing To the right were two comfortable, raised chairs facing the instrument panel, which contained two large Garmin screens and all the switches for everything electrical on the motor yacht Below and forward was a generous head with a glass enclosed shower Across the companionway was a small guest cabin that could sleep two friendly people in comfort, and forward was the master cabin, with its large bed, cupboards and a bulkhead mounted TV He went back to the center of the boat and inspected the large circuit breaker panel, to be sure the switches were in the right positions, then he had one look around, discovering the TV that lowered into position for viewing, then he locked the glass door and walked up to the club, feeling a terrible thirst Music greeted him as he entered the crowded bar a man whose sign introduced him as Bobby Nesbitt, was playing a grand piano and singing Cole Porter Cal Waters, the builder who had done work on his house, waved him to a stool at the bar and introduced him to his wife, Stacy, a beautiful blonde, and bought him a drink I trust you found your new house and boat in good order, Stacy said In perfect order, thanks to Cal, Raul and Sara Raul, he knew, worked with Cal on his various projects The good news was that the yacht club bar stocked Knob Creek bourbon, and he soon found one in his fist Are you all alone down here Stacy asked Now, dont start fixing Stone up, Cal said You wont need to, Stone said A lady friend is arriving tomorrow and will be here for as long as I can talk her into staying Cal pointed an one of the two TVs in the bar, which was tuned to the Weather Channel with the sound muted That might run you both out of town, Cal said Theyre saying shes due this weekend The TV was displaying a red coned area that was predicted to contain the hurricane, and Key West was well inside it I hadnt planned on that are you getting out Stone asked Nope, Cal replied Well ride it out at our house I built it myself, and its framed in steel How about you Im not as brave as you, Cal, Stone replied When it starts threatening, Ill jump into my airplane and leave for someplace dry Ill be glad to give you two a lift We have our own airplane, Cal said, and if we change our minds well head for our brother in laws house in Santa Fe or our own house in Aspen We had a bad one, Wilma, a few years ago that flooded this yacht club and most of this side of town The main road over there was under four feet of water, and the yacht club was a mess Have you made arrangements to haul your boat What do you advise Stone said Well, we have a fifty foot trawler that Raul and I converted to a motor yacht, and its berth is up by the club entrance I think itll be all right there I think yours will be all right, too, if you double up on the lines and put some big fenders out Ill find you some space ashore, though, if youd rather haul her I think your advice sounds good, Stone said Ill stop into the chandlery and pick up some extra gear Will you join us for dinner Cal asked We have a table booked over there He nodded to the adjoining room where the piano rested Thank you, I will, Stone said They occupied their table and ordered dinner and wine Tell me about your girl whos coming, Stacy said Her name is Holly shes ex army, and she used to be chief of police in a town called Orchid Beach, up the east coast, which is where we met some years ago She went to work for the government after that I live in New York, and shes in Washington, now, so we dont see each other as often as wed like Stacy regards any unmarried man as a challenge to her match making skills, so watch out Any like you at home, Stacy Stone asked Three sisters, but I married the last one off to the guy with the house in Santa Fe Sorry about that Oh, well Dinner came, and as they were eating, Stone saw two men walk into the club, stop and look around They were both in their late thirties or early forties and had a hard look about them Who are they Stone asked I dont know, Cal said I was over at the Galleon Marina this afternoon, and they came in aboard a cigarette style boat, what the drug runners around here used to use There arent so many of them any, though Those two dont look friendly The two men were approached by another, younger man, who conversed briefly with them, and they turned and left, looking sour I guess the commodore didnt like the look of them, either, Cal said I think they just got the members only brush off Normally, if visitors are members of another yacht club, theyll be given club privileges for a few days I had the feeling those guys were looking for somebody but didnt find him Cal is a pretty good judge of human nature, Stacy said Bobby Nesbitt came back from a drink and asked them for requests How about some Noel Coward Stone asked Done, Bobby said He sat down and started to play Mad Dogs and Englishmen, then segued into Ill see you again Hes good, Stone said to the Waters They finished dinner, had a nightcap, then Stone excused himself I think Ill turn in, he said Long flight from New York today Cal grabbed the check, and Stone said, Next time is mine As he walked to his car he heard the throaty rumble of a boat that sounded too big for Garrison Bight, where the yacht club was located He drove out of the club lot, and as he turned right onto North Roosevelt Boulevard, which ran along the water, he saw a cigarette style boat of, maybe, fifty feet moving around the bight, looking at boats There were two men aboard, but Stone couldnt see them well enough or long enough to know if they were the two men whod attempted to crash the club As he drove away, he heard a roar as the boats engines were briefly revved It sounded angry.Praise for Stuart Woods Stuart Woods is a no nonsense, slam bang storyteller Chicago Tribune A world class mystery writerI try to put Woodss books down and I cant Houston Chronicle Mr Woods, like his characters, has an appealing way of making things nice and clear The New York Times Woods certainly knows how to keep the pages turning Booklist Since 1981, readers have not been able to get their fill of Stuart Woods New York Times bestselling novels of suspense Orlando Sentinel Woodss Stone Barrington is a guilty pleasurehes also an addiction thats harder to kick than heroin Contra Costa Times California Turbulence T shirts parapente Annecy Turbulence La boutique de t homme et femme au design styl original Annecy en Haute Savoie Wikipedia In fluid dynamics, turbulence or turbulent flow is any pattern of motion characterized by chaotic changes in pressure and velocity It contrast to a Forecast Air forecasts maps Check for potential before your flight Clear air Clear CAT the movement masses absence visual clues, such as clouds, caused when bodies moving at Airplane A Pilot Explains Why You Many you have told me that thing fear most That s despite fact it DOES NOT represent threat plane fact, there are Everything You Need Know spiller coffee, jostler luggage, filler barf bags, rattler nerves But crasher planes Judging reactions many True Story Survival Annette Annette Herfkens on FREE shipping qualifying offers If think surviving an airplane crash will get Turbulence cc Cocky Romance Kindle Kindle edition Whitney G Download once read device, PC, phones tablets Use features like Hour Forecast CLOSE Flight Level hundreds feetStuart Woods Stuart Los Angeles Times Festival Books Born January , age Manchester, Georgia Occupation Novelist author forty four novels, including New York bestselling Stone Barrington series Holly Barker The last twenty eight Books Apartments East Herndon, VA has Herndon apartments looking located right where want be Call find out Stop, re Killing Me Woods, Me bibliographies favorite mystery authors characters Unbound Series Stuart Editorial Reviews Praise no nonsense, slam bang storyteller Chicago Tribune world class writerI try Paris Match by finds himself dark place City Light this international thriller J E B was born Laurel Hill Farm, 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