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Publisher's Summary

On a quiet park bench in Manhattan - just miles from the ruins of the World Trade Center - a spymaster delivers a chilling secret message to Jake Grafton: A rogue Russian general has sold four nuclear warheads to a radical Islamic terrorist group, the Sword of Islam. The group intends to detonate them in America in the ultimate terror strike, the apocalypse that will trigger a holy war between Western civilization and the Muslim world.

After passing the message on to his peers, Grafton is charged by the president with assembling a secret team to find the warheads before America's population centers are consumed by a nuclear holocaust.

As he hunts for terrorists, Grafton soon finds himself up to his neck in power politics, techno-billionaires, money-grubbing traitors, anarchists, and spies. He also discovers that the terrorists don't all come from the Middle East. They come from places close to home. They masquerade as patriots. Some may even have the president's ear.

With the survival of Western civilization at stake, Grafton pulls out all the stops. Calling on the assistance of the indomitable Toad Tarkington, and CIA burglar Tommy Carmellini, he raids the prisons to assemble his team while the clock ticks toward Armageddon.

Take another thrill ride with Jake Grafton.
©2004 Stephen Coonts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"The action is slam-bang, and shifts in point of view accelerate the tension. The climax...is made for the movies." (Publishers Weekly)
"Guerin Barry's resonant voice and crisp delivery enliven the fast pace of this story. Dialects are authentic and well presented....Liberty should be near the top of the listening lists of all adventure lovers." (AudioFile)

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Getting someplace but slowly

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 developed. 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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob
  • North Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • 07-23-09

Excellent!

This was the only book I hadn't read by Coonts. It was excellent. It was an imaginable page turner that kept me wanting more and not wanting to put it down. Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Liberty

Wonderful book. Stephen Coonts and W.E.B.Griffin are very similar authors. If you like W.E.B your sure to like Stephen.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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No More Mr. Coonts

"Liberty" is one of the most mediocre books I've ever read. The story is simplistic, the plot implausible, the characters uninteresting, and the writing ungifted. Mr. Coonts patronizes his readers by filling in obvious narrative with excruciating, unnecessary detail and gratuitous violence. The dialog is particularly laughable. Mr. Coonts' style? Don't use one word or a sentence when you can use five.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Best Jake Grafton read yet.

Well written, well narrated and fast action. Jake Grafton novels have only gotten better and this is the best so far.

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Another fantastic Grafton story

Great narrator, great story.
If you enjoyed the Tommy Carmellini series this is along the same lines but with Jake Grafton playing more of a role.

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  • JAK
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 01-17-17

one of the better storylines

one of the better storylines in the series, believable story, plausible if a bit contrived which is to be expected in these types of stories.

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Series Finis!

Last of the Jake Grafton series, Jake, Toad and Carmelini save the US from a nuclear terrorist or two. Rife with bureaucratic one-upsmanship that almost kills the deal, the author winds through it and everyone wins. Where will Jake Grafton be when this actually happens to the USA?

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Enjoyed the book.

Good book, you'll like it, particularly with what's going on in our country today.
Filled with political intrigue, spy vrs spy and the ending was good. The narrater did a good job as always.

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Great thriller that reminds us of what can happen

This is a great thriller that reminds us of what could happen where it not for the anonymous guardians that protect modern society.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful