Stephen Coonts is the author of fourteen "New York Times" bestselling books, which have been translated and published around the world. A former naval aviator and Vietnam combat veteran, he is a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Colorado School of Law. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and son. Dennis Boutsikaris, winner of "AudioFile" Magazine's 2010 Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense, has recorded more than 100 audiobooks for publishers in the United States and Great Britain. His critically-acclaimed work has garnered four Golden Earphone awards and two Best Voices of the Year Awards from "AudioFile" Magazine and five Audies from the Audio Publishers of America.
Admiral Jake Grafton's troubleshooter Tommy Carminelli (The Traitor) returns to save the world from terrorism. Funded by wealthy backers (and with the approval of a brave but dumb president), smart-aleck Tommy joins the hunt for homicidal mastermind Abu Qasim. Grafton is his usual indestructible self, and Tommy brings some chuckles and a tepid romantic sidebar, but Coonts spends more time choreographing the action scenes than honing his plot. Coonts's fans will want it, but new readers won't be won over. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/08.] Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Bestseller Coonts's exciting third thriller to star reformed burglar turned CIA operative Tommy Carmellini (after The Traitor) raises a timely issue--the lack of well-to-do Americans on combat duty in the war against terrorism. When an Iraqi bomb kills Huntington Winchester's only child, a Harvard med student who joined the navy out of patriotism, the grieving father decides he and his privileged friends aren't doing enough to defend civilization against the jihadist threat. Winchester gets tacit approval from one of those friends, the unnamed U.S. president, for him and some other well-to-do types to finance their own private war. When al-Qaeda mastermind Abu Qasim discovers the identities of those in Winchester's group and targets them, Carmellini and his CIA boss, Adm. Jake Grafton, determine to set a trap that involves Qasim's possible daughter. Though the constant switching between various points-of-view distracts at times, the action moves swiftly to its Hollywood ending. Author tour. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Only a gifted performer could bring such an incredible story to life and, equally important, make it believable. Dennis Boutsikaris is the right man for the job. He provides realistic accents for the colorful characters that abound. Furthermore, he knows exactly when to ratchet up the tension and bring listeners to the edge of their seats. Ultimately, Boutsikaris makes the unbelievable seem like breaking news. Incredible!"--"AudioFile "on "The Assassin" ..".[Boutsikaris's] performance is wonderfully restrained, and he deftly fuses narration and reportage."--"Library Journal "on "The Assassin" "Dennis Boutsikaris packs his presentation with a dazzling variety of accents and characters of both genders. However, he is at his best as Carmellini. Boutsikaris provides a unique vocal identity with an expression and tempo that match Tommy's wiseacre attitude. With just a little imagination, listeners get the feeling they are sharing a beer with Carmellini while Tommy tells his fascinating story. It doesn't get much better than this."--"AudioFile" on "The Traitor," Winner of the Earphones award for truly exceptional presentations