Former naval aviator Stephen Coonts flew combat missions during the Vietnam War. A graduate of West Virginia University and a former attorney, Coonts is the author of The Disciple, The Assassin, and many other New York Times bestselling novels, which have been translated and republished around the world. He lives in Nevada with his wife and son.
Coonts's latest gripping espionage thriller (after America, Hong Kong and Cuba) continues the adventures of Adm. Jack Grafton as he pursues major malefactors. This time, a rogue Russian general has sold nuclear warheads to a Mideastern anti-American terrorist best known for "hacking some tourists to death with a machete" in Egypt. Grafton must identify and locate the terrorist and his cronies before he detonates the weapons in the U.S. The action moves from central Russia and Suez to the American east coast. Readers familiar with the series know that while Grafton's methods trample on the law, the FBI and, especially, the CIA, he will be supported by persons at the highest level of government. Coonts's naval background and his legal education bring considerable authority to the story, and the narrative is loaded with detailed information about terrorist networks, modern weaponry and international intrigue. The plot is so intricate and involves so many characters that readers might lose track of who's who, though Coonts delineates the major players skillfully. The best character is a computer hacker whom Grafton gets released from prison so that she can invade the databases of law enforcement agencies in Washington. The action is slam-bang, and shifts in point of view accelerate the tension. The climax, played out in the recently renovated interior of the Statue of Liberty, is made for the movies. By the novel's end, Grafton is so detested by law enforcement that the only thing for him to do is retire. Readers will hope it's only temporary. Regional author tour. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Coonts's Navy hero, Jake Grafton, is called upon by the President to track down four nuclear warheads that were purchased by the international terrorist organization Sword of Islam from a rogue Russian general. Jake assembles a cast of cons and renegade black bag operators who find that the missiles have been smuggled into the United States. During the operation, the crew has to fight corrupt pols and business folks and bureaucrat weenies, as well as the terrorists. There are a few plot twists but a happy (for the good guys) ending. This exciting tale is ably performed by Guerin Barry, whose reading is confident and sufficiently expressive. This is recommended for public libraries, Coonts fans, or those who enjoy action thrillers.-Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Griping...the action is slam-bang."-"-Publishers Weekly" "Frightening realistic."-"-Maxim Magazine" "Griping...the action is slam-bang." --Publishers Weekly "Frightening realistic." --Maxim Magazine "Coonts knows how to write and build suspense." --The New York Times Book Review Griping...the action is slam-bang. "Publisher's Weekly" Frightening realistic. "Maxim Magazine" Coonts knows how to write and build suspense. "The New York Times Book Review""