Stephen Coonts
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Stephen Coonts

Stephen Coonts is the author of 14 New York Times bestsellers, the first of which was the classic flying tale, FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER.
Born in 1946, Stephen Paul Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a coal-mining town of 6,000 population on the western slope of the Appalachian mountains. He majored in political science at West Virginia University, graduating in 1968 with an A.B. degree. Upon graduation he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and began flight training in Pensacola, Florida.
He received his Navy wings in August, 1969. After completion of fleet replacement training in the A-6 Intruder aircraft, Mr. Coonts reported to Attack Squadron 196 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He made two combat cruises aboard USS Enterprise during the final years of the Vietnam War as a member of this squadron. After the war he served as a flight instructor on A-6 aircraft for two years, then did a tour as an assistant catapult and arresting gear officer aboard USS Nimitz. He left active duty in 1977 and moved to Colorado. After short stints as a taxi driver and police officer, he entered the University of Colorado School of Law in the fall of 1977.
Mr. Coonts received his law degree in December, 1979, and moved to West Virginia to practice. He returned to Colorado in 1981 as a staff attorney specializing in oil and gas law for a large independent oil company.
His first novel, FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER, published in September 1986 by the Naval Institute Press, spent 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists in hardcover. A motion picture based on this novel, with the same title, was released nationwide in January 1991.
The success of his first novel allowed Mr. Coonts to devote himself full time to writing; he has been at it ever since. He and his wife, Deborah, enjoy flying and try to do as much of it as possible.
Mr. Coonts' books have been widely translated and republished in the British Commonwealth, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, China, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Serbia, Latvia, and Israel.
Mr. Coonts was a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1990-1998. He was inducted into the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 1992. The U.S. Naval Institute honored him with its Author of the Year Award for the year 1986 for his novel, FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER. Mr. Coonts and his wife, Deborah, reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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    • Flight of the Intruder

    • By: Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267

    Hailed as the finest combat aviation novel to emerge from the Vietnam War, Flight of the Intruder spent 28 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great stuff! War and romance.

    • By Wayne on 07-30-17

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Art of War

    • Tommy Carmellini Series, Book 6
    • By: Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312

    The Chinese dragon is flexing its muscles. As its military preys on neighbors in the South China Sea, attacking fishing vessels and scheming to seize natural resources, the US goes on high alert....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ripped from Tomorrow's headlines!

    • By Robin on 03-07-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Armageddon File

    • Tommy Carmellini, Book 8
    • By: Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    After one of the most contentious and divisive elections in American history, the new president is finally settling into the West Wing....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you disliked Coonts' Liberty's Last Stand,...

    • By Wayne on 11-06-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Under Siege

    • The Jake Grafton Series, Book 5
    • By: Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 161

    Jake Grafton races against time to extinguish a harrowing terrorist plot in Washington, D.C., and prevent all-out catastrophe from enveloping the nation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narco Terror?

    • By George on 03-03-14

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Saucer

    • By: Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 472
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 349

    Rip Cantrell, a seismic survey worker in the Sahara, spots a glint of reflected light in the distance....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Fun Read

    • By Bob on 03-10-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Deep Black

    • By: Stephen Coonts, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated by: J. Charles
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 191

    A spy plane gathering data on a new Russian weapon is blown out of the sky by a mysterious MiG. It could be an accident or the start of the next world war....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Find a plot and stick with it

    • By C. Stephens on 08-07-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Liberty's Last Stand

    • Tommy Carmellini, Book 7
    • By: Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
    • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 526
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 489
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 487

    The president of the United States stands on an outdoor stage, flanked by powerful members of his administration and party. Television crews are preparing for broadcast....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read

    • By Donna Wright on 06-29-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Minotaur

    • Jake Grafton, Book 4
    • By: Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    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....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • long and drawn out story. No action like before

    • By TJ on 04-05-18

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Disciple

    • By: Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
    • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 357
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 263
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 266

    The Iranian effort to develop nuclear weapons was the inspiration for this tale of spies, assassination, skullduggery, military action and political intrigue....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another fine book from Coonts

    • By Hill on 08-11-10

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Intruders

    • Jake Grafton, Book 2
    • By: Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214

    A war-weary Navy pilot confronts the deadly skies of the South Pacific, training Marine pilots and battling Soviets MiGs in the wake of the Vietnam War....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stephen Coonts second novel!

    • By Wayne on 12-17-17

    Regular price: $29.99

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