Coonts carefully builds his plot using a wide cast of characters, from insider Iranian spies to cutting-edge aircraft pilots and government officials both high and low. Hardly a page passes without nerve-stretching tension or flat-out action. One can only hope the U.S. president, the head of the CIA, and the Israeli prime minister will have this book on their nightstands for easy reference in case fiction turns to reality, an all-too-real possibility as evidenced by recent headlines. (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THE DISCIPLE)
The action moves swiftly to its Hollywood ending. (Publishers Weekly on THE ASSASSIN)
In bestseller Coonts's assured new international thriller, Tommy Carmellini, the sardonic, laid-back CIA agent who became a star in 2004's Liars and Thieves gets a shot at the big time. (Publishers Weekly on THE TRAITOR)
Vintage Coonts...plenty of action and intrigue, with the added benefit of a new lead character. (Dallas Morning News on THE TRAITOR)
Excellent. (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THE TRAITOR)
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)
The 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 rival 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)
Fans of Coonts and his hero Grafton will love it. Great fun. (Library Journal on AMERICA)
Coonts's action and the techno-talk are as gripping as ever. (Kirkus Reviews on AMERICA)
Thrilling roller-coaster action. Give a hearty welcome back to Adm. Jake Grafton. (The Philadelphia Inquirer on AMERICA)
Move over Clancy, readers know they can count on Coonts. (Midwest Book Review on HONG KONG)
The author gives us superior suspense with a great cast of made-up characters…But the best thing about this book is Coonts's scenario for turning China into a democracy. (Liz Smith, The New York Post on HONG KONG)
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)
Entertaining…intriguing. (Booklist on HONG KONG)
Will be enjoyed by Coonts's many fans…Coonts has perfected the art of the high-tech adventure story. (Library Journal on HONG KONG)
Coonts does a remarkable job of capturing the mood of clashing cultures in Hong Kong. (Publishers Weekly on HONG KONG)
Filled with action, intrigue, and humanity. (San Jose Mercury News on HONG KONG)
Enough Tomahawk missiles, stealth bombers, and staccato action to satisfy [Coonts's] most demanding fans. (USA Today on CUBA)
[A] gripping and intelligent thriller. (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on CUBA)
Perhaps the best of Stephen Coonts's six novels about modern warfare. (Austin American-Statesman on CUBA)
Coonts delivers some of his best gung-ho suspense writing yet. (Kirkus Reviews on CUBA)
Dramatic, diverting action…Coonts delivers. (Booklist on CUBA)
Fortunes of War is crammed with a action, suspense, and characters with more than the usual one dimension found in these books. (USA Today on FORTUNES OF WAR)
A stirring examination of courage, compassion, and profound nobility of military professionals under fire. Coonts's best yet. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on FORTUNES OF WAR)
Full of action and suspense…a strong addition to the genre. (Publishers Weekly on FORTUNES OF WAR)
Extraordinary! Once you start reading, you won't want to stop! (Tom Clancy on FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER)
[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 on FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER)
Kept me strapped in the cockpit of the author's imagination for a down-and-dirty novel. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch on FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER)
A comic, feel-good SF adventure...[delivers] optimistic messages about humanity's ability to meet future challenges. (Kirkus Reviews on SAUCER)
Tough to put down. (Publishers Weekly on SAUCER)
Deep within the NSA is Desk Three, a top-secret unit of special operatives inserted into the field when the threat is great and the response demands sensitivity and invisibility. Charlie Dean, a former Marine sniper, is a senior officer. With his colleagues Lia DeFrancesca and newcomer Ilya Akulinin, they form the core of a high-tech team known as Deep Black.
Off the coast of Africa lie the beautiful Canary Islands, a resort destination of millionaires. Underneath this idyllic paradise is one of the most volatile fault lines in the world. There, an alliance between radical Islamic terrorists and a rogue element of the Chinese government is planning to unleash an act of unimaginable geological terrorism that could devastate the U.S. East Coast, striking it with waves up to a thousand feet high. They plan to set off nuclear devices to precipitate a gigantic landslide that will send a death-dealing tsunami across the Atlantic.
In the Central Asian Republic of Tajikistan twelve nuclear warheads, stolen by the Russian Mafia, are about to be smuggled out of the country and delivered into the hands of the conspirators. Charlie and Ilya go on an intercept mission, but before they can retrieve them, the weapons vanish.
Meanwhile, in a hotel in New Jersey, a bestselling author is assassinated to prevent the release of his stranger-than-fiction story about an Islamic plot to change the course of history. Lia, Charlie's girlfriend, is sent to Berlin to infiltrate the empire of a ruthless Chinese billionaire whose machinations have come to the attention of the NSA. She risks immediate execution if her true identity is revealed.
Their paths all converge in the Canary Islands. Unless the Deep Black team intervenes, the islands could be the epicenter of an apocalypse, with millions of lives---and the entire world order---at stake.