If you want to know the intimate details of how an aircraft carrier works, this one is for you. Ditto if you've always wanted to be a fighter pilot. ..Show More » If you are not into the aviation minutia, then maybe take a pass. The acronyms build up to the point that it gets confusing sometimes -- and I worked for the government! "He glanced at the CREP and then adjusted the ITB." That kind of thing.
That said, the book did bring back memories of the Vietnam War and was interesting as the perspective of a participant. The main character is competent but not a super-hero. He's believable, but the love story is not. Actually, that may not be an apt description. They meet, what? Twice? And he's in love with her? If the author hadn't needed to introduce Callie for future books, he could have just left her out of this one.
Exciting tactical treatment of post Vietnam aircraft carrier operations. Our hero, Lt Jake Grafton, goes on a cruise, worries about his girlfriend, fi..Show More »ghts pirates and the Soviets while cementing his relationship with a Marine snake-eating bombardier-navigator. Full of Navy jargon, each word well explained. The book is an exciting listen from beginning to end.
Spine tingling? Maybe? It was one hellova good Navy book. From the boring administrative details of Navy life, to the smashing conclusion; the book wa..Show More »s a fun read. And, as always with a Coonts novel, our hero saves the world for democracy and the American way.
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, w..Show More »hich 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?
What if narco terrorists with lots of money hired mahem and anarchy in the US? Applied the same strong arm tactics to the USA as to Columbia or Venezu..Show More »ela? That's the thesis of this book and Jake Grafton plays a small but crucial role. I was surprised that the US leadership did not apply interdiction in Columbia to the story; it would have improved some. Instead, the author stayed with tactical roles, even making the CJCS a tactical commander. I liked the book and am looking forward to the next in the Grafton series.
Jake and Toad save the world, again. This time in Russia during the 90s with a nuclear meltdown, a dog fight between an attack airplane and a fighter,..Show More » killings in the streets and a pesky reporter. Action galore. Where's my next Coonts book?
Cuba was first released in 1999 so the events in it are a bit out of date, but that's true of Soviet era espionage thrillers. This book is set in the..Show More » post Soviet era of the late 1990's. The subject is weapons of mass destruction including biological and nuclear.
This is the 7th Book in the 11 novel Admiral Jake Grafton series (the most recent is not available n audiobook format). Cuba also introduces Tommy Carmellini of the CIA who Coonts went on to make a series of his own. Most of the Tommy Carmellini series also includes Jake Grafton.
Stephen Coonts has never achieved the fame of Tom Clancy, but his books are as good as Clancy's.
I highly recommend the Jake Grafton espionage series.
I put off downloading this one based on the description. Once I got into it I thought it was very imaginative. This is the kind of story that is truly..Show More » fiction, but based on a possible reality. I thouroughly enjoyed and recommend it. If you like Coonts, you'll like this one.
Perhaps this book falls so short because Coonts published it prior to 911. The book treats the electronic devastation of NYC and DC as if they are mer..Show More »ely inconveniences, without ever exploring the consequences that we too well learned in September of the published year. Characters are shallow and some of the conversation simplistically inane .. not what I'd expect from a writer who's been around as long as Coonts. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this reader again, either. Overall it was pretty disappointing.
This book introduces a lot of characters and I found it a bit much to keep track of it all. That being said the storyline is plausible and well devel..Show More »oped. For me the first 2/3 of the book felt long and I found my mind wandering a bit. The last scene is a good payoff. The reader does a good job with various voices and inflections. I will listen to more from this author but I will be selective.