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Payback (Deep Black Series #4) [NOOK Book]


A crack team of cover agents.
Word is out to ex-Marine sniper Charlie Dean and his team of the National Security Agency: Infiltrate the highest stratum of Peruvian political power and derail a renegade general from acing an election. All Dean has to do is find a way inside an impenetrable bank ...
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Payback (Deep Black Series #4)

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A crack team of cover agents.
Word is out to ex-Marine sniper Charlie Dean and his team of the National Security Agency: Infiltrate the highest stratum of Peruvian political power and derail a renegade general from acing an election. All Dean has to do is find a way inside an impenetrable bank vault protected by armed guards round the clock–it’s all in a day’s work for the men and women of Deep Black.

A violent political coup
But things get complicated when Dean and company discover the renegade general’s second plot. The military madman’s ruse—a nuclear weapon he claims is in the hands of Marxist guerillas, a bomb that only he can rescue…and control.

A devastating terrorist plot.
When the general and his plot are exposed, the NSA concludes the greatest threat is over. But in fact, it’s only just beginning…

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Terrorism and a plot to assassinate the president drives the fourth novel in this collaborative, action-packed series. Read by J. Charles. Simultaneous with St. Martin's original mass market paperback. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Frighteningly realistic." —Maxim on Liberty

"Gripping...Coonts's naval background and his legal education bring considerable authority to the story, and the narrative is loaded with detailed information about terrorist networks, modern weaponry, and international intrigue...the action is slam-bang" —Publishers Weekly on Liberty

"This master of the techno-thriller spins a bone-chilling worst-case scenario involving international spies, military heroics, conniving politicians, devious agencies, a hijacked nuclear sub, lethal computer hackers, currency speculators, maniac moguls and greedy mercenaries that rivals Clancy for fiction-as-realism and Cussler for spirited action. . . . [Coonts] never lets up with heart-racing jet/missile combat, suspenseful submarine maneuvers and doomsday scenarios that feel only too real, providing real food for thought in his dramatization of the missile-shield debate." —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on America

"A high-octane blend of techno-wizardry [and] ultraviolence . . . [Coonts] skillfully captures the postmodern flavor of Hong Kong, where a cell phone is as apt as an AK-47 to be a revolutionary weapon."-USA Today on Hong Kong

"Coonts knows how to write and build suspense. . . this is the mark of a natural storyteller" — The New York Times Book Review on Flight of the Intruder

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429954921
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Series: Deep Black Series , #4
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 53,151
  • File size: 582 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen Coonts

JIM DEFELICE is co-author of the New York Times best-selling series, Stephen Coonts’s Deep Black. He has also written several other thrillers, including “Threat Level Black,” published in 2005.


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

Read an Excerpt


Charles Dean glanced toward the sky as he stepped away from the building, noting the direction and speed of the clouds as they moved. It was an old sniper’s trick, a habit burned into his being long ago, so ancient he did it unconsciously. And yet if he had to use the information—if he were sighting a target at five hundred yards across a hill obscured by thick vegetation—his eyes and upper body would adjust to the light breeze as automatically and easily as his feet adjusted to the uneven sidewalk.

“How’s it lookin’, pardner?” boomed a voice in his head.

Dean pulled a satellite phone from his pocket, fussed with it for a few seconds, then held it to his ear. The phone was just a cover—like all Deep Black field ops, he communicated through a device implanted in his skull behind his ear. A tiny microphone sewn into his clothes picked up his voice; his belt held the rest of the unit, which transmitted through a satellite system.

“Same as yesterday afternoon,” he told Kjartan “Tommy” Magnor-Karr. “Two guards outside. I just finished setting up the video bugs.”

“Booster transmitter is set.”

“Signals are strong,” said a third voice. Though the other words were as loud as Karr’s, the man who said them—Jeff Rockman—was sitting in an underground bunker some five thousand miles to the north.

The video bugs were miniature video cameras about the size and shape of a button. Their signals went to the booster Karr had planted. The booster uploaded the video stream to a satellite, which then relayed it to Rockman in the Deep Black nerve center known as the Art Room.

“We have sharp visuals all around,” said Rockman. “You’re good to go. Lia’s plane is on schedule. Estimated time of arrival at Lima airport just over two hours.”

“Rockman, you sound like you’re an air traffic controller,” said Karr.

“Is that supposed to be an insult or a compliment?”

Dean turned and began walking down the street as Karr bantered good-naturedly with Rockman, who was their mission “runner.” During a mission, the runner maintained communications and coordinated operational support for the team in the field. The runner could access a wide array of intelligence, ranging from radio intercepts to satellite imagery, in real time.

He could also be a bit of a noodge.

“You guys ought to get hopping if you’re going to make the airport in time,” said Rockman.

“Plenty of time,” said Karr.

As Rockman began lecturing the other agent about the notoriously heavy Lima traffic, Dean stopped at a small newsstand and bought a newspaper. The headlines shouted about a car bombing in the city the night before, the work of terrorists the government had claimed were stamped out months ago. Dean considered practicing his Spanish with the vendor, but the man’s somber face warned him off.

Karr was waiting in the rented car around the corner.

“What do you say to a little breakfast, Charlie?”

“At the airport, sure.”

“Airport food? Aw, come on.”

“We don’t want to be late.”

“We won’t be. I’m driving.”

“We also want to get there in one piece.”

“Always,” said Karr, squealing the tires as he lurched into traffic.

STEPHEN COONTS' DEEP BLACK: PAYBACK Copyright © 2005 by Stephen Coonts

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Don't buy anything from BN. Get a Kindle. Can't read this book on my Nook for Android.

    AFTER many, many attempts to get the new " upgrade" on my Nook for Android to work, it still is screwed up. Can't read any of the books I've bought. I've had to buy everything again on Kindle.
    BN doesn't seem to care enough to respond.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Good reading

    Of thefour I've read in this series, this is the least thrilling, but still enjoyable. The editor needs to correct the many typos and misspellings in these books. It is the worst I have ever seen and can make reading them a real challenge!

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Terrible job of digitizing.

    While the story line and plot were interesting and a good summer read, the digital preparation (or lack thereof)were very distracting. Almost every paragraph had errors in spelling, hyphens, etc. Looks like the editors had the day off when this went through.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fascinating thriller

    Peruvian general Tecume has concocted a brilliant plan to not only obtain a nuclear weapon, but to bluff the Americans into going after insurgents his outcome is to become the president of Peru. ............... Crippled Stephan Babin owes a lot of people. He is in debt to Tecume for saving his life so is assisting him with his nuclear ploy. However, he hides from the General that his personal agenda is to take the nuclear option one step beyond his Peruvian host. He plans to avenge what the CIA did to him, when they shot down his plane leaving him crippled................. NSA assigns the Deep Black team headed by Charlie Dean to stop the General. The crack squad aided from thousand miles away by their Runner Rockman begin a counter ploy to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of Tecume and local terrorists, but neither Charlie, his teammate Lia DeFransccesa, nor the home office are aware that the real threat comes from the more dangerous opponent Steve Babin who has armed his host with a second bomb unbeknownst to the Deep Black squad or any American intelligence agency................. The fourth Deep Black adventure thriller is an intriguing tale because just when the team and readers think the case is solved in spite of plenty pages to go, the plot offers a delightful exhilarating twist that ratchets up the suspense levels. The story line is loaded with testosterone action even when the females like Lia take charge. Fans of the series or anyone who appreciates a black ops antiterrorism thriller will receive plenty of positive payback from this adrenaline pumping tale that goes at one speed faster than light............. Harriet Klausner

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