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1973. The skies over Vietnam have finally gone silent. America has pulled out, the war is over. But for Lieutenant Jake Grafton, USN, fresh from two combat cruises and a harrowing shoot-down over Laos, the personal battle is just beginning.... His country has not welcomed him home with open arms, but with closed minds and closed fists. When his girlfriend's father called him a murderer, Jake walked away. But when a stranger in a bar challenged his honor, the man was not so lucky - the guy landed in the hospital. ...
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1973. The skies over Vietnam have finally gone silent. America has pulled out, the war is over. But for Lieutenant Jake Grafton, USN, fresh from two combat cruises and a harrowing shoot-down over Laos, the personal battle is just beginning.... His country has not welcomed him home with open arms, but with closed minds and closed fists. When his girlfriend's father called him a murderer, Jake walked away. But when a stranger in a bar challenged his honor, the man was not so lucky - the guy landed in the hospital. Jake landed in jail. And Grafton's shore-duty commander, who bailed him out, has devised the perfect punishment for his ace flight instructor: an eight-month cruise on the aircraft carrier Columbia teaching jarheads - Marines - the nuances of carrier aviation. Flying missions over Vietnam was a living hell; now, as a Navy man working side by side with Marines who have no carrier aviation experience, Grafton's about to discover another world of fresh hell. The Marines may be made of tempered steel and brass balls, but taking off and landing from a slippery flight deck, on a choppy sea in a pitch-black night, there is no margin for error - or for animosity. And men like Marine Captain Flap Le Beau, his bombardier and navigator, have a real gift for pushing Jake's buttons. But he's going to have to learn to live with him...or die trying. They belong to the same society of warriors, they fought in the same war, they drink the same whiskey to toast fallen comrades. Now they must fly together in the same cockpit, must lock into each other and into their million-dollar machine, and make the split-second decisions which will insure that, tonight, their fellow pilots won't raise a glass to them.

The thrilling sequel to Flight of the Intruder joins fighter-pilot Jake Grafton on assignment aboard an aircraft carrier teaching Marine pilots the nuances of carrier aviation. Landing on a storm-tossed flight deck in the black of night, there is no room for error--and the only instinct is for survival.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A sequel to Coonts's Flight of the Intruder, this novel puts fighter-pilot Jack Grafton on board an aircraft carrier, piloted by novices. (June)
Library Journal
Coonts's latest technothriller stars Jake Grafton, hero of the best-selling Flight of the Intruder (Naval Inst. Pr., 1986).
Joe Collins
A few years ago, the U.S. was in the throes of an aviation fad, aided by Hollywood's "Top Gun" and such novels as Coonts' "Flight of the Intruder" (1986), which spotlighted brooding navy pilot Jake Grafton's various missions dropping napalm on Vietnam. Well, the war's over and Jake's still brooding, not only about the rightness or wrongness of Vietnam, but also about whether he should have held off on marrying Callie McKenzie, his dream woman. While he's brooding, he gets into a stupid bar fight and is shipped out to the Pacific to fly with the marines, specifically "Flap" LeBeau, a fanatic. Jake and Flap fly sorties for about 150 pages in preparation for a possible war against the Soviet Union (remember, it's 1973), which, as we all know, never happens. LeBeau is a great character, a successful marine who rose from poverty and has all things in perspective, but Grafton as a navy pilot is an oddity. As Coonts' metaphor for Vietnam, he is a worrywart, a mass of confused contradiction--and, unfortunately, a book like this needs a more cocksure hero. What it also needs, strangely enough, is less flying; the only time things really start to heat up is when the characters are grounded (especially right at the end). But expect high demand.
Steve Jones
Coonts makes the action fly.... -- USA Today
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Fighter-pilot Jake Grafton returns in this sequel to Flight of the Intruder. The Vietnam war is over but Jake is given an 8-month mission to instruct Marines of the U.S.S. Columbia on the nuances of carrier aviation, leading to peacetime combat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671519537
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Series: Jake Grafton Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author

Stephen Coonts
Stephen Coonts (b. 1946) was born in Buckhannon, West Virginia. He is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight thriller and nonfiction titles, including The Intruders, The Minotaur, Under Siege, The Red Horseman, and The Cannibal Queen. A combat pilot in the Vietnam War, Coonts’s technical knowledge of aviation and warfare has contributed to the enormous popularity of his novels. The author currently divides his time between his home in Colorado and a farm in West Virginia, where he does much of his writing.

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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