Deep Black (Deep Black Series #1)

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"Move over Clancy, readers know they can count on Coonts."

-Midwest Book Review

A spy plane gathering data on a new Russian weapon is blown out of the sky by a mysterious MiG. Is it an accident or the start of the next world war? One U.S. agency has what it takes to find out-the National Security Agency and its covert operations team: DEEP BLACK.

Working for the NSA, ex-Marine sniper Charlie Dean is dispatched to Russia, hooking up with former ...

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Overview

"Move over Clancy, readers know they can count on Coonts."

-Midwest Book Review

A spy plane gathering data on a new Russian weapon is blown out of the sky by a mysterious MiG. Is it an accident or the start of the next world war? One U.S. agency has what it takes to find out-the National Security Agency and its covert operations team: DEEP BLACK.

Working for the NSA, ex-Marine sniper Charlie Dean is dispatched to Russia, hooking up with former Delta Force trooper Lia DeFrancesca to find out what happened to the plane. The Deep Black team stumbles across an even more alarming secret-a plot to assassinate the Russian president and overthrow the democratic government by force. The coup could have dire consequences for Russia and the world. With no clearance from the government it's called on to protect, the National Security Agency goes to war. But before Lia and Dean can unravel the conspiracy, they learn that one of the spy plane's passengers-an NSA techie-survived the crash. Critical information could fall into enemy hands. And that enemy is playing to the death.

"Coonts knows how to write and build suspense."

The New York Times Book Review

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The NSA ("No Such Agency") has a covert operations team, known as "Deep Black." While on a mission over Russia, their spy plane is shot down, and one of the NSA techno-geeks survives. Former Marine sniper Charlie Dean and former Delta operator Lia DeFrancesca are assigned to find the NSA operative. Along the way these two discover a plot to assassinate the president of the Russian Federation in a coup, and, well, the tale spins off from there. The story is fun-filled, with lots of gadgets, explosions, action, and a few twists, but the characters are somewhat predictable. J. Charles's performance is steady, and his experienced voice is nuanced. For public libraries.-Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"The story is fun-filled, with lots of gadgets, explosions, action, and a few twists."

—Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441841308
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Deep Black Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Coonts
STEPHEN COONTS is the author of sixteen New York Times bestselling books that have been translated and published around the world. A former naval aviator and Vietnam combat veteran, he is a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Colorado School of Law. He lives in Colorado.

Jim DeFelice is the author of many military thrillers and has frequently collaborated with New York Times bestselling authors Stephen Coonts, Larry Bond, and Richard Marcinko. DeFelice’s solo novels include Threat Level Black, Coyote Bird, War Breaker, and Brother’s Keeper.

Biography

One of America's premier authors of action-adventure thrillers, Stephen Coonts broke into publishing in 1986 with his national bestseller Flight of the Intruder, hailed as one of the best novels ever written about flying and the camaraderie of men at war.

A veteran naval aviator who flew the A-6 Intruder during the Vietnam War, Coonts has followed his debut smash with many more novels featuring his protaganist Jake Grafton, each full of the riveting action and page-turning suspense that has gained him a legion of loyal fans.

In addition to his Jake Grafton books, Coonts also has written stand-alone thrillers, a smattering of sci fi and nonfiction, and the Deep Black series, which is co-authored with Jim DeFelice.

Good To Know

Coonts once held jobs as a taxi driver, a police officer, and an attorney.

He was a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1990-98 and was inducted into the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 1992.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 19, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      Morgantown, West Virginia
    1. Education:
      B.A., West Virginia University, 1968; J.D., University of Colorado, 1979

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    Deep Black

    Once I began reading, it was hard to put it down. Suspenceful and intriguing, made me want to solve the mystery of who was main person that was plotting the conspiracy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    Great military read

    The essence of the story is terrific! As Tom Clancy does, Coonts introduces his characters and various story line and then knits them together in a smashing conclusion.
    I am a great fan of military thrillers and this is a good one! Not being a military man/woman some of the technical information was a bit confusing to me but I read on and found I didn't require details of some of the technical info in order to get the plot.
    There are further books in this series and I favor a series with characters who repeat and Deep Black's characters are worth following on...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    Nice Change of Pace!

    Wonder if Hank O actually READ the book. I found it a departure from Coonts' normal storytelling but quite exciting never-the-less. It's a book of fiction and fiction frequently takes us 'where no man has gone before' most of the time. While not as far out as Star Trek (not by any stretch) but I think Coonts has taken a lot of reality and peppered it with even more imagination. I read a wide variety of authors and this book only proves that Coonts is very capable of straying from his mainstream of authorship. This is talent in it's best form!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    I haven't read this book but I am a Dyed-in-the-wool Stephen Co

    I haven't read this book but I am a Dyed-in-the-wool Stephen Coonts Fan and I know Deep Black won't disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    If you love Vince Flynn check this out.

    Not Vince Flynn but pretty close...I am enjoying the series and reading book #4. Would recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Love it

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    OK

    First in series

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Confusing

    I read the first 150 pages and gave up. Hard to follow especially with the foreign words and abbreviations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Not the coonts of past

    I've read a 3rd of story and am tired if it. The characters just seem to snipe at one another or the key "leader" bounces from short and meaningless meetings only thinking banal and wishy-washy statements about looks and motivations. Almost no character development I can see or reason to like the characters. Some "technologies" not even remotely believable. I read the other reviews before buying- I have wonder if we are reading the same book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    More Character Development

    Have enjoyed Coonts books for several years because of the great characters. Since this is the first in a new series I would have liked more character development. If Dean is to carry this series, need to know what makes him tick.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

    Great series

    Coontz has an understanding of the processes he writes about. The series is well-written and keeps your attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Good starter to a series.

    It was a good read. The characters were easy to follow and the plot had a gripping effect.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    Stephen Coonts' Deep Black

    DeWayne Day Period 2 April 6, 2006 Mr.Coulter Book Review of Stephen Coonts¿ Deep Black Deep Black, a suspenseful action packed fiction book written by Stephen Coonts, grabs your attention from the first page and keeps it until the last page. Coonts¿ Deep Black illustrates how democracy will and must prevail. The book takes place mostly in Russia and shortly after the Clinton administration. The world is experiencing a time when war is replaced with diplomatic pressure, economical warfare, and espionage. This time, known as the Cold War, finds democracy in an interesting position. Not all countries seek democracy and their position puts them at odds with the United States. Coonts chose the perfect setting for Deep Black as different setting would cause the story to lose its punch. A MiG destroys a United States spy plane that was gathering information on a new Russian weapon. The plane contains vital information that cannot fall into the hands of the Russians. Charlie Dean, an ex-Marine sniper hand picked by the President, works with a National Security Agency (NSA) covert operations team named Deep Black. The team¿s responsibility is to find out the plane¿s location as well as if the plane¿s downing was an accident or intentional. During the investigation, the team discovers an elaborate plan to assassinate the democratic Russian president and overthrow the Russian government. If the assassination were successful, the results would be terrible for Russia as well as the entire world. To deliver his story of intrigue, Coonts uses 3rd person consistently. This is also his writer¿s style. Each chapter discusses different characters that are in different locations performing different tasks during the same timeframe. Events in the book occur in chronologically order. This point of view is extremely important to the book because it enables the reader to have a global view of all the action. The reader would lose this perspective if the point of view changed. Reading Deep Black was similar to riding a high-speed rollercoaster. The twists and turns of the story made it hard to put the book down. I commend Stephen Coonts on allowing the reader to know what everyone in the book was doing. This made me feel as though I was really in the story. If I were to change one detail, I would spend less time discussing the background politics. These discussions were not nearly as exciting as the action sequences and did not add to the story¿s plot. This time would have better been spent providing the reader with the detail plans of how the covert team would execute their tasks. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys action and suspense. I give Stephen Coonts¿ Deep Black five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2003

    Deep Black not what I expected

    This read was not what I ususally get from Coonts. The characters were unbelievable and the story line seemed to go from one contrived action scene to the next without ever really making my pulse race.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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