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)
Coonts's latest technothriller stars Jake Grafton, hero of the best-selling Flight of the Intruder (Naval Inst. Pr., 1986).
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.
Coonts makes the action fly....
-- USA Today