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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 and became one of the top-20 best-selling first novels of all time. An instant classic, the book was translated into more than 20 languages and made into a major motion picture. Its hero, Jake Grafton, became a household name and the star of many more Coonts’ best-sellers. Without question, the strength of the book lies in its flying scenes when Jake Grafton straps himself into the cockpit of his A-6 Intruder. Jake’s love of flying is contagious whether you are hearing the book for the first time or listening to it for the third. No one better captures the world of Navy carrier pilots than Stephen Coonts. An Intruder pilot who flew combat missions off the deck of the USS Enterprise in the Vietnam War, Coonts lived the life he writes about, and he puts readers inside the hearts and minds of the pilots to reveal a world unknown to those outside the naval aviators’ fraternity. Few will forget the book’s final gut-wrenching scene when Jake’s once-innocent love of flying gives way to guilt and frustration and the need to give meaning to the deaths of his comrades.

©1987 Stephen Coonts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 07-30-17

Great stuff! War and romance.

Okay, I am an unabashed Stephen Coonts fan. This 1986 novel set in the Vietnam war period features 26 year old Jake Grafton as a US Navy pilot in combat. It is the first novel in the 10 book Jake Grafton series and it was also the first to be released as a movie in 1991.

Frankly, Stephen Coonts' books are of inconsistent quality, but the worst are excellent. Since the beginning of Coonts' Tommy Carmellini series, all books in both series have had Grafton and Carmellini as co-protagonists.

Narration is excellent, but Coonts changes narrators too often in his 38 audiobooks.

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Superb Storytelling!

Where does Flight of the Intruder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audio book is top 10% among all of the ones I have listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

A lot of books start with a good premise that gets lost along the way. Coonts starts, follows through, and delivers an awesome conclusion to a fantastic book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Certainly

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Flight of the intruder

I've read this before probably 25 years ago. It's still an excellent story. I recommend it.

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  • Patricia
  • COLUMBUS, OH, United States
  • 05-26-15

For aviation buffs

What did you like best about Flight of the Intruder? What did you like least?

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. 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. <br/><br/>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.

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Great story about heroes in a terrible war

Great story - well told!
Seemed accurate and full of suspense and adventure and sorrow and fear and true to life!

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Amazing......

A great read of how pilots lived and breathed during Vietnam and the levels they risked their lives

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Detailed, interesting and a good story...

A very long time ago I owned and heard this book on an earlier media type, possibly tape. I had forgotten until I started listening that I knew the story, I do not regret re purchasing.

This is an overall great story with a lively and interesting group of characters that were a pleasure to see through Jakes Graftons eyes. It ended too soon for me, one more chapter to close out the characters recovery after their rescue would have helped me.... I worried about them... this means then, that I was captivated which is a good indication of the quality of the entertainment.

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  • 11-12-17

I tried got to halfway and gave up, reads like a diary but so boring

I have never given up on finishing a book but I have made an exception with this book. Reads like a diary and so describes separate events that I found to be of no interest to me. Gave up with 5 hours left if I still had a live membership I would have returned for a credit.
The narrator did his best.

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  • Philip
  • 11-20-15

Brilliant and credible.

What made the experience of listening to Flight of the Intruder the most enjoyable?

The knowledge of flying and controlling an A6 Intruder was compelling, yet it did not overshadow the characters or plot.

What other book might you compare Flight of the Intruder to, and why?

Frederick Forsythe does his homework equally well.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

too many to count

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end

Any additional comments?

I can see why the original book remained in the charts for so long when it was first released.