Flight of the Intruder (Jake Grafton Series #1)

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Hailed as the finest combat aviation novel to emerge from the Vietnam War, Flight of the Intruder spent twenty-eight weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and became one of the top twenty bestselling first novels of all time. An instant classic, the book was translated into more than twenty languages and made into a major motion picture. Its hero, Jake Grafton, became a household name and the star of many more Coonts’ bestsellers.

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Overview

Hailed as the finest combat aviation novel to emerge from the Vietnam War, Flight of the Intruder spent twenty-eight weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and became one of the top twenty bestselling first novels of all time. An instant classic, the book was translated into more than twenty languages and made into a major motion picture. Its hero, Jake Grafton, became a household name and the star of many more Coonts’ bestsellers.

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.

After too many senseless missions, too many pointless deaths, Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton is a man ready to explode. Now, with a renegade bombadier named Tiger, Jake's flying his A-6 Intruder jet deep into North Vietnam, on one last hell-bent strike for honor--and victory.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewers praised Flight of the Intruder for its vivid descriptions of life in the cockpit. "When Grafton is at the controls of his Intruder, the novel comes alive with a jolt," remarked Reid Beddow inWashington Post Book World. Some critics, however, felt the novel had its weak moments. For example, David Holahan in Chicago Tribune Books faulted the "obligatory `love interest' chapters, which are unconvincing and distracting." Holahan nonetheless applauded the author's "compelling tale of aerial warfare" and affirmed that "Coonts' accounts of the riveting drama of combat flights are first rate, as are the scenes of wisecracking camaraderie aboard ship and on leave ashore." Beddow, moreover, concluded that "Coonts . . . has written a first novel of impressive power and authority."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With this well-crafted first novel, the publishers of The Hunt for Red October again demonstrate a sure eye for picking winners in the thriller genre. Jake Grafton is an A-6 Intruder pilot during the Vietnam War who flies his bomber on sorties past enemy flak and SAM missiles, and then must maneuver his plane, often at night, onto the relatively small deck of an aircraft carrier. Former Navy flyer Coonts gives an excellent sense of the complexities of modern air raids and how nerve-wracking it is, even for the best airmen, to technically solve sudden problems over and over, knowing that even a twist of fatea peasant wildly firing a rifle from a fieldcould wipe out the crew. Grafton alternates between remorse over the fate of his unseen Vietnamese victims on the ground and a gung-ho ``let's win this war'' sentiment that lashes at both policymakers who select less-than-important targets for the dangerous missions and advocates for peace back in the States. The action, though, is realistically detailed and absorbing.
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"[Coonts's] gripping, first-person narration of aerial combat is the best I've ever read. Once begun, this book cannot be laid aside."-The Wall Street Journal

"Coont's pilots are the real McCoy and his compassion for them sustains his story from first page to last . . . a sometimes exhilarating, often nightmarish tale."?Kirkus Reviews

"A winner."?Philadelphia Inquirer

"Kept me strapped in the cockpit of the author's imagination for a down-and-dirty novel."

-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Extraordinary! Once you start reading, you won't want to stop!"-Tom Clancy

"Packed with action, emotion, suspense, and tragedy."?Clive Cussler

"Coonts makes us see, smell, hear, taste, and feel battle."?Cleveland Plain-Dealer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480524217
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Series: Jake Grafton Series , #1
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Coonts

Stephen Coonts is the author of eighteen 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.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    E book....dont waste your money

    Read the sample....scanning mistakes everywhere. Save your money

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    His best!

    His best book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Editing

    While I read the orginal bookon paper, I decided to re read it via my nook account. However, I had to give up. The nook version was plagued by errors to the point it was unreadable. Love the orginal print version, but this digital version just not up to B&N standards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Great read.

    Reading the 24 page sample is difficult because of so many transcription errors, as some others have pointed out in their reviews. However, when you purchase the full e-book, those errors are gone and it is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
    Don't be put off by the sample or those reviews based on reading the sample. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2011

    eBook is HORRIBLE

    Just tried the sample and couldn't get through the first 4 pages the errors were so bad. "Jake" is often replaced with "lake" and every "the" is "die" english version, hello. There are also countless other errors.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

    Buy this book in hard copy, not E format!!!

    While the novel is well written and would hold my rapt attention, the massive number of "typos" make reading it akin to decripting code.
    I'm not talking a few typos, which seems to be the rule with NOOK E books, but rather hundreds per chapter. Don't you people edit anything before selling it?
    I really feel bad for the author and wonder if he knows about this.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2010

    DON'T BUY EBOOK VERSION!! tons of errors

    Something got lost in translation when converted to ebook format. Random words seem to replace the original ones. I just flipped a couple pages and counted more than 10. Stay away for now.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2010

    Great book, lousy ebook

    The scan for the ebook version is full of errors making it close to unreadable

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Content great, format not so much

    Really enjoyed this book after I got a clean copy. Unfortunately, the one I bought from B&N had such smeared print it was unreadable. Only book I've ever bought that had this problem but I will be sure to check out all future purchases before paying for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2008

    Super Read

    As an Air Force F-4 fighter jock of the same era, I'm amazed at the accuracy and excitement of 'flying with' Jake Grafton over Vietnam. I just read the book and the one, main thing I got from it was it's accuracy. My wife has been after me for years trying me to get me tell her and the kids what it was like flying in Vietnam and I've just brushed off as 'doing business.' Now, I'm going to get her to read 'The Flight of the Intruder.' I don't think she'll understand but, it is all there - everything she has been wanting me to talk about for 40 years. It brings back a lot of memories - some good and some not so good. Wayne Erwin Colonel, USAF 'Retired'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2006

    That was the book ever read more Stephen Coonts.

    There were million of book red any kind story like Final Flight just when good book has action thriler senses about saying about Jake Grafton was so sure making up story for looking about the A-6 Intruder were flown the new guy Tiger Coles certain reaction to blame about the character.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    Amazing

    My favorite book!!! I think that this book really shows war and the effect it has on those who fight them. This book got me hooked on reading books of this genre. I've read it 10 times & counting & still enjoy every page. Stephen Coonts is among the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2001

    Better than the movie

    I saw the movie first but the book was 10 times better and much more believable. Having served in the Army during Viet Nam, I am familiar with the type of electronics the author describes in this book, including radar, IFOF etc. The flight and combat descriptions both from a technical and tactical view point were well researched. I am looking forward to reading the nest book about Jake Grafton.

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