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Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • TJ
  • 04-05-18

long and drawn out story. No action like before

more of a murder mystery than an action novel. The plot is predictable and uninspired.

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Coonts is the best!

Loved it, Connts did an excellent job of taking the Grafton character down a different path.

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Great Story

Enjoyed the story. I found myself entranced. I recommend this book. Beats the hell out of Clancy.

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great book.

was a little droolish from the reader, but over all a great book... .. ..

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loved it!

Coonts delivers another great installment of the Grafton series! Great character development and awesome flying scenes. Was a bit slow to start as he set the stage, but took off from there and was hard to put down once started.

Narrator is excellent and gives characters their own distinction through his voice.

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First Time Reading this Author

This book has extremely long chapters. I've never read this author until now so I'm not sure if this is his normal writing style. Also I didn't like how the author described every little thing to the fullest. There seemed to be alot of characters that didn't add to the story. I did however like the narrator of the book voice.

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NOT ENOUGH POLITICIANS LEFT TO DIE BY THE MINOTAUR


Not very realistic. Except the normal corruption of Government Politicians, and Military/Industrial Complex Evil Crooks.

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Staff Job?

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?

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Liked the story, loved the ending!

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!

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  • Gregory
  • PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK, United States
  • 03-21-14

Boring, boring, boring

What would have made The Minotaur better?

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.

What do you think your next listen will be?

won't be another Coonts.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

he was as boring as the story line.

Any additional comments?

Boring plot, boring characters, boring reader, not much more left.

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  • Philip
  • 05-08-16

Brilliant Listen

Would you listen to The Minotaur again? Why?

Listen many times over and still get more from the story. Mr Coonts knows his subject and spins a good credible yarn.

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  • S. Murdoch
  • 01-30-15

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.

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  • HappyCamper
  • 12-01-13

Jake Grafton. . nuff said

Where does The Minotaur rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Quite near the top the whole Jake Grafton series is very well written and thought out. A compelling yarn.

What did you like best about this story?

The character development and how each thread of the story was laid upon each other.

What does Benjamin L. Darcie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He portrays the characters well and draws the listener in further.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next story in the series.