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Liberty: A Jake Grafton Novel (Jake Grafton Novels)
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Liberty: A Jake Grafton Novel (Jake Grafton Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Coonts
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From Publishers Weekly

Coonts's latest gripping espionage thriller (after America, Hong Kong and Cuba) continues the adventures of Adm. Jack Grafton as he pursues major malefactors. This time, a rogue Russian general has sold nuclear warheads to a Mideastern anti-American terrorist best known for "hacking some tourists to death with a machete" in Egypt. Grafton must identify and locate the terrorist and his cronies before he detonates the weapons in the U.S. The action moves from central Russia and Suez to the American east coast. Readers familiar with the series know that while Grafton's methods trample on the law, the FBI and, especially, the CIA, he will be supported by persons at the highest level of government. 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 plot is so intricate and involves so many characters that readers might lose track of who's who, though Coonts delineates the major players skillfully. The best character is a computer hacker whom Grafton gets released from prison so that she can invade the databases of law enforcement agencies in Washington. The action is slam-bang, and shifts in point of view accelerate the tension. The climax, played out in the recently renovated interior of the Statue of Liberty, is made for the movies. By the novel's end, Grafton is so detested by law enforcement that the only thing for him to do is retire. Readers will hope it's only temporary.
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In Coonts' eleventh novel, the hero is Rear Admiral Jake Grafton, and his assignment--big surprise!--is to stop the unthinkable before it's too late. Written after the September 11 attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, the plot involves a terrorist network that possesses nuclear weapons that may be used against the U.S. Grafton, who works for the FBI/CIA Joint Antiterrorism Task Force, discovers that a Russian general who "doesn't hate America, but loves money" has sold four missile warheads to a group called the Sword of Islam for $2 million. The plot continues through a series of mostly violent encounters in such varied places as Cairo, Florida, and New York City, and on a mysterious freighter, Olympic Voyager. The book's title suggests its conclusion: two men spotted on the balcony of the Statue of Liberty's torch. By the time readers get to that point, they will have enjoyed an exciting romp. Librarians beware. This latest Coonts yarn undoubtedly will make the best-seller lists. George Cohen
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 545 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031228361X
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Feb. 18 2003)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JH86H0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing read April 28 2014
By Ken
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
great story and never ending action.Jake Grafton at his best and the team head leads is top notch. Coonts a master
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jake Grafton and friends save the world yet again! April 24 2004
This book was written by Stephen Coonts after 9/11. He weaves a plot in which Middle East terrorists and a couple of disenchanted Vietnamese refugees buy or steal some old Soviet nuclear bombs and try to blow them up in major US cities. Of course, Jake Grafton along with his wife Callie, old friends Toad Tarkington and Tommy Carmellini, new friend Anna Modin, and others intervene to save the day. Even though you know that the good guys are going to win again in the end, Coonts takes you on an exciting, suspenseful ride.
Whither Jake Grafton? Is he really retiring? I'm awaiting Coonts' next offering with bated breath!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Starting at the end of Jake Grafton's career April 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Jake Grafton (and Stephen Coonts) book, so I didn't have any preconceptions beyond those generated by the book's back cover. The premise caught my attention enough to buy this book, and I'm glad I did. The plot moves along at a pretty brisk pace. Since all the characters were "new" to me, I found them interesting and fairly well-developed (this book is easily a "stand alone" novel). There were a few annoying lapses in detail accuracy (e.g., Glock handguns don't have slide safeties that one clicks on), and the subplot involving the Vietnamese brothers suggests Coonts still has some axes to grind left over from his Vietnam service. Also, Grafton sending a husband and wife team (Toad and Rita) together against terrorists entrenched in the Statue of Liberty seemed too contrived (the potential for them losing mental focus while worrying about each other seems too great a risk for an admiral of Grafton's caliber to take, esp. given that neither of them is trained in close quarters combat). Still, Coonts accomplished perhaps the most important objective of an author: interesting at least this one reader to buy more of his works in the future. All told, I enjoyed this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Book! April 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this book a rogue Russian General sells an Islamic extremist
group called the Sword of Islam four nuclear bombs.Admiral Jake
Grafton is told of this transaction by his old KGB friend Janos
Ilin.This triggers a nationwide hunt for the warheads.You are
taken on an action packed hunt all over the country.You have a bank in Cairo that finances terrorist activities.You have a billionaire who sells warning devices that locate nuclear weapons
You also have two Vietnamese brothers who want to settle a score with the United States.This all makes for one exciting scene after the other.Jake Grafton has his usual supporting cast.The
hunt and capture of the bombs is very entertaining.Be sure to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coonts Best book ever April 10 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading Coonts so-so efforts over the years after The Flight of The Intruder I was begining to wonder if he would ever write another good book. Liberty is that book. This is a very good book worth taking the time to read. If you like Clancy and W.E.B. Griffin you will enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liberty March 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Simply the best book I've read in a long time, period.
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1.0 out of 5 stars confused,perplexed and angry! Feb. 21 2004
I have read all of Coont's Jake Graften books and cannot believe that this book was written by the same author. What could be said easily in one paragraph takes a detailed chapter. A simple thought is expanded into a camplex statement leaving the reader confused and rereading previous pages for clarification. After 356 pages I gave up-a first for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good read Feb. 15 2004
LIBERTY is a shamelessly entertaining right-wing potboiler. Admiral Jake Grafton (Coonts' longtime hero) and his team are on the trail of nuclear warheads that terrorists plan to detonate in America. There are numerous double crosses and shifts in point of view, all of which makes for a cant-put-it-down type situation.
Coonts clearly takes the view that institutional infighting in Washington is hampering the war on terror, and indeed Grafton gets the presidential go-ahead to circumvent the CIA and FBI. The heads of the various agencies aren't held in very high esteem here, and Grafton usually manages to accomplish things despite them. Grafton is a man of action, not a windbag like a character in a Tom Clancy novel. The action moves along briskly, and I felt like I was right there during the climactic scene at the Statue of Liberty.
Even though I don't agree with all the politics here, I enjoyed LIBERTY and will be reading more by this author. Recommended.
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