At the height of the Cold War, Captain Jake Grafton becomes entangled in the hunt for a spy selling high-tech military secrets to the Soviet Union. Naval pilot Jake Grafton flies fighter jets with ice water in his veins. But when he’s assigned a desk job in the Pentagon as the head of a top-secret stealth bomber program, his nerve is tested as never before. Colleagues die mysteriously, test flights are sabotaged, and the program is threatened at every level. America faces a deadly, catastrophic threat. If Grafton can’t infiltrate a web of espionage and counter-espionage centered round the deadly traitor, code-named the Minotaur, embedded in the highest reaches of the U.S. government, he stands to lose much more than just his career. The Minotaur is an exhilarating mixture of cutting-edge aviation, spies, and counter-spies, all set in the complex world of military technology R&D. In this unique espionage thriller written early in his career, Coonts’s extraordinary talent is brilliantly displayed.
©1989 Stephen P. Coonts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This novel in the series involves acquisition, flying, spies and intrigue. One can hardly put the thing down. Jake and Toad test a stealth airplane, which I believe that the Navy cancelled (in real life). Names are cleverly camouflaged, but obvious for the time of writing...Secnav Lehman as Lanman, for example. Who would have thought that a staff job could be so exciting?
I had a hard time with the beginning of this book, but I was glad I stuck with it. After the first couple of chapters I did not want to stop listening.
This is a great story, narrated very well.
You won't expect the ending the author used. It's great!
don't know. Unless you are fascinated with the intricacies of Naval avionics and the detailed description of planes and their flying characteristics, this book is NOT for you. Way, way, way too much technical argot and discussion, not interesting to the layman.
won't be another Coonts.
he was as boring as the story line.
Boring plot, boring characters, boring reader, not much more left.
Listen many times over and still get more from the story. Mr Coonts knows his subject and spins a good credible yarn.
"Good spy novel with great plot."
Good spy novel with great plot. Worked it out just before the end...which always makes one feel so good.
"Jake Grafton. . nuff said"
Quite near the top the whole Jake Grafton series is very well written and thought out. A compelling yarn.
The character development and how each thread of the story was laid upon each other.
He portrays the characters well and draws the listener in further.
Looking forward to the next story in the series.
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