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The Disciple (Tommy Carmellini) Kindle Edition

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'A full-blooded techno-thriller from one of the masters of the art... Compelling, fierce and prescient' Daily Mail.

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In this new novel by the New York Times bestselling author, Stephen Coonts, Iran is weeks away from acquiring nuclear weapons and has every intention of using them to strike first— only Tommy Carmellini and Jake Grafton can stop a nuclear nightmare

Iran is much closer to having operational nuclear weapons than the CIA believes, and Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has a plan. Iran will become a martyr nation, and Ahmadinejad will lead the united Muslims of the world in a holy war against the non-believers.

But the Americans have a secret weapon in a group of Iranian dissidents, including a brother and sister determined to avenge the death of their beloved grandfather at the hands of the religious police. They are funneling information to Carmellini. They want to stop the attack before their leader launches a new world war. But will the U.S. government believe the information they are providing, and can the Americans prevent the Israelis from taking matters into their own hands, which could prove disastrous?

Returning to the kind of military and espionage story that made Cuba one of his most successful novels, Coonts weaves an unforgettable tale of men and women at war, with the sort of dramatic military action and undercover technology for which Coonts is known.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (Nov. 30 2009)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
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This novel is based on a very plausible scenario involving Iran and its current leadership along with the Stephen Coontz hero, Jake Grafton. Mr. Ahmadinejad is developing nuclear weapons and is determined to use them to start a jihad against the West in which the entire Islamic world will join forces against the Great Satan. The action is terrific and the book is a great read for those who enjoy TV programs, such as 24. In keeping with this genre, the reader must accept a few rather unlikely plot lines but the overall story is exciting. The Iranian population is portrayed in a generally positive light and turns out to be the principal victim of the regime.

Unfortunately the background for this novel is all too real and the scenario is just one possible bad outcome. The Iranian President's bilious threats against Israel are well documented as well as the Islamicist's love of martyrdom, especially when it belongs to someone else. The leadership is seen as a bunch of unprincipled thugs using religion as a tool to maintain themselves in power. The effect is rather chilling.
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Another excellent book by Stephen Coonts that I thoroughly enjoyed. He is an excellent author and deserves a look by avid mystery readers. The main character is Tommy Carmellini but Jake Grafton also makes an appearance again, in this novel. I really enjoyed the Jake Grafton series and wish there were more of them but Tommy makes a credible hero as well and this is important to those who liked the Jake Grafton series. I will definitely look for Coonts's next Tommy Carmellini novel after reading The Disciple.
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HASH(0xa66e72c4) out of 5 stars A Winner for Fans of Military and Espionage Novels Alike Dec 14 2009
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Stephen Coonts seems to have a crystal ball on his desk that provides him with the material for whatever subject he chooses to visit in his most recent novel. Of course, Coonts is not a fortune teller; he is simply possessed of the ability to believe that which he sees in front of him, analyze it and extrapolate. Indeed, it is in much the same manner that his long-running Jake Grafton character functions. Call it an informed guess, but the result is edge-of-the-seat, page-turning reality presented as fiction.

THE DISCIPLE, Coonts's latest novel, brings together Grafton and his protégé, Tommy Carmellini, once again for an excursion into the heart of the darkness of the Middle East. Carmellini, a retired jewel thief turned reluctant CIA operative, has a skill set that serves him well in whatever situation Grafton throws him into, which has never been truer than in THE DISCIPLE. Beginning just after the bombing of a Syrian nuclear reactor (which was never acknowledged as having existed to begin with), Grafton, a former Navy admiral now with the CIA, finds himself facing the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran. Despite the denials of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, it is obvious that the Iranian nuclear weapons program exists; the question is what will be done with it.

Grafton inserts Carmellini into Tehran for some clandestine boots-on-ground intelligence, and watching the two men work from opposite ends of a very long, sharp and dangerous stick is worth the price of admission to THE DISCIPLE all by itself. Carmellini, masquerading as a passport approval clerk at a foreign embassy, slowly but surely insinuates himself into the Iranian political resistance movement, a nerve-wracking proposition in and of itself given the violently repressive attitude of the government. It is through his association with the resistance movement that Carmellini is able to gain information about Iran's ultimate plan for its nuclear weapons and to transfer the intelligence to Grafton.

What they ultimately discover is that Ahmadinejad plans to martyr Iran and then lead the fundamentalist Muslim world into the ultimate holy war against Israel and the United States. The President, notwithstanding the evidence in front of him, refuses proactive action against Iran, leaving it to Grafton and Carmellini to work within the parameters that are outlined for them. The result is heart-stopping: Iran begins a countdown to Armageddon, while the United States is forced to play catch-up from a reactive position as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

THE DISCIPLE is stuffed to bursting with Coonts's trademark technology updates, consisting of a cornucopia of items that provide Exhibits A through Z to the proposition that peace is ultimately won through superior firepower. Coonts does not get bogged down in a technical description of the nuts and bolts of which does what and to whom, instead focusing very closely and graphically on cause and effect. He also takes pains, through character development, to examine the social and religious complexities that exist within Iran, which is slowly tearing itself apart from within. An exciting work on a number of levels, THE DISCIPLE will be a winner for fans of military and espionage novels alike.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa66cd870) out of 5 stars tense thriller Dec 9 2009
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CIA Middle Eastern Operations chief Jake Grafton assigns his top operative Tommy Carmellini to work inside Iran as there is fear that maniacal fundamentalist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is close to having his finger on a nuclear trigger. The Iranian leader wants a holy war to the death with the west and he believes his side will win.

As Tommy watches and gathers information, he has Iranians supporting him; many fear Ahmadinejad's legacy will be a stone age Iran. While Israel considers bombing Iran's nuclear sites as it did Syria, Tommy's efforts and that of his associates and his boss fail to prevent the madman from firing missiles throughout the Middle East under the guise of martyrdom. Tommy and Jake to try to deflect his assault of missiles, including some nuclear, that Iran has fired in order to stop WW III from occurring.

This is a tense thriller that places the stars of in what feels like a potentially realistic extrapolation of headline news with recent revelations re Iranian hidden nuclear developments. The story line is fast-paced starting with the opening sequence of the Israeli destruction of the Syrian nuclear plant as told to readers by a Russian adviser killed at the site and never slows down. Though obviously biased as the American heroes are hawk patriots (not the chicken hawk couch potato variety of send someone else); the action enables the reader to know who are allies and enemies as Stephen Coonts provides a super tale of vaporization while exposing Ahmadinejad's fanatical background that goes back to even before the fall of the Shah.

Harriet Klausner
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa65e13e4) out of 5 stars Frighteningly real Dec 17 2009
By Jerry Alan - Published on
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I always relish the chance to devour one of Stephen Coonts books, and this is one of his best yet. Coonts had me from the first page. I was up until 3:00 AM finishing it.

The premise is so frighteningly real that I understand the publisher moved the publication date up by six months. The situation with Iran's nuclear program is so volatile that real events could overtake fiction any day now.

Coonts' masterfully written novel provides the most intelligent and thoughtful analysis of just how this nuclear nightmare could actually play out. It also provides insight into the often under-reported youthful dissident movement in Iran, and the brutality the Mullah's are prepared to employ to keep them in check.

I have no doubt they are reading THE DISCIPLE in Israel, as well as at the State Department and the Pentagon. I just hope we have a real Tommy Carmellini out there somewhere.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa66beab0) out of 5 stars Another Winner From Coonts! Jan. 3 2010
By Melvin Hunt - Published on
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This is a very scary book. It calls into question the Iranian President's intentions for the use of his developing nuclear weapons. The United States government is beginning to wonder what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
is going to do with his emerging nuclear program. Tommy Carmellini is inserted into Iran to gather information.
Through the use of a brother and sister who are dissidents in Iran Carmellini makes a stunning discovery. The
Iran is planning on shooting nuclear missiles at several targets. The Iranian leadership will be hidden in an
underground bunker safe from all harm. When the nuclear activity is over they will emerge to lead a holy war against all non muslims. The targets that have been selected are Israel, Qatar,, Kuwait, Oman, Baghdad and Tehran.
When the President learns of the targets he decides not to do a first strike. Through Carmellini's intelligence network they are able to gain knowledge of the launch sites. Jake Grafton is placed in charge of handling this battle. This book will leave you thinking "What If". This is definitely a good book. Be sure to read it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa65ee354) out of 5 stars Authentically Real!!! Jan. 3 2010
By John R. Linnell - Published on
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What I appreciated about this book is that the author has taken the world as it is, with Iran thumbing it's nose at the United States and the non-Muslim world and written a book that is shockingly plausable and frighteningly real.

If you want a look at how things could play out in the next year or so, this book would be a very good primer and wake up call. I would be interested to know if it was included in President Obama's holiday reading in Hawaii. I will bet a chocolate chip cookie that it was not.

The most prevalent feeling one comes away with is that the types of people we need and should have in our government are probably now only found in the pages of current popular fiction.

However, there is one character in this book that is frighteningly real both in it and in our real lives. Achmadinijahd, the rogue President of Iran is every bit as evil as portrayed in these pages and I fear we will find out the hard way that it is so.

This is a very unsettling book and masterfully done.