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The Red Horseman (The Jake Grafton Series) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Coonts
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From Publishers Weekly

Coonts's latest Jake Grafton ( Under Siege ) espionage thriller takes on the most critical issues in global politics and turns them into first-rate adventure fiction. Now a rear admiral and deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Grafton learns from a Mossad hitwoman that Jewish media kingpin Nigel Keren was the victim of a complicated poisoning engineered by the CIA. Grafton and "Toad" Tarkington, his trusted sidekick, are threatened with similar poisoning and, just as they are dispatched to Moscow to oversee the dismantling of the Russian nuclear arsenal, they discover bugs in the DIA offices. Thus begins a dizzyingly complex adventure of apocalyptic importance, staged on three continents, filled with convincingly fictionalized portraiture (there are characters based on Robert Maxwell and Colin Powell; Saddam Hussein himself plays a pivotal role). The issues Coonts confronts--the frighteningly unprotected and undermaintained nuclear devices in the former Soviet Union; factionalism in the U.S. intelligence community; unrest in the Middle East--make this one of the most compelling post- glasnost thrillers to date. BOMC selection; major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Rear Admiral Jake Grafton, aviator-hero of Coonts's Under Siege (1990), etc., now saves the world from potential Armageddon- -and gets to meet Boris Yeltsin and Saddam Hussein in the bargain. The nearly nonstop action begins when an Israeli spy gives Jake's assistant Toad Tarkington a photo that leads Jake and Toad to suspect a CIA cabal at work in numerous evil deeds, including the murder of publishing magnate Nigel Keren (read: Robert Maxwell) by way of ``binary'' poison--poison that, because of the duo's sleuthing, may next be used on them. But despite the threat, Jake and Toad soldier on with their next assignment: to monitor the dismantling of Soviet nuclear missiles. The pair's sojourn in Russia allows Coonts to indulge in his usual soapboxing (``In case you haven't noticed,'' says Jake, ``Russia is a third-world shithole'') even as Jake and Toad meet with beetle-browed generals and try to avoid being poisoned by the CIA cabal. Meanwhile, an anti-Yeltsin KGB faction blows up a Russian nuclear-weapons site, causing a meltdown that may kill a million (```Another million,' Jake Grafton roared savagely. `God in heaven, when will it ever stop?'''). As Russia erupts in panic, Jake learns that the meltdown covered up the theft from the site of several warheads that were then sold to Saddam Hussein. After Jake confers with Yeltsin, the admiral and Toad's pilot-wife take to the skies to bomb the reactor's remaining missiles, shooting down renegade KGB jets in the process. Jake then exposes the CIA cabal and retrieves the stolen warheads through a raid on Iraq--where both the outlaw KGB leader and Saddam himself make a big mistake by getting in Jake's way. Coonts's plots are getting as overcomplicated as Tom Clancy's, but his flying-and-fighting scenes are as exciting as ever. Chalk up another red, white, and blue ace for the author and his jet- jockeys. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671748882
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (Dec 28 2010)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but poorly written Feb. 20 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't believe I made it through the book, this is the first book in a long time that I have been tempted to drop in the middle. The plot is very interesting and at times kept my attention. It also got more and more improbable as the plot grinded its gears through the book. Jake Grafton is apparently some kind of god and can do anything and go anywhere apparently without authority from anyone else but himself. The book would have been alright if these were its only flaws, after all it is a novel and I expected to put my disbelief on hold while I read (not everyone can write like Clancy).

The major problem with the book is the writing. All the characters are extremely one dimensional except maybe Jack Yocke. The dialogue is awfully written and can't Coonts think of any other word for helicopter besides "machine"!? There were numerous plot holes, but I will concede that Coonts made an effort to fix them though somewhat lamely.
This book may be OK for people who have read the other books in the series and have already gotten used to the characters, but if this is going to be the only Coonts book you read, steer clear because it could be your last.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, great fun Jan. 22 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a good book to read, the plot is ok, the thing that i dont like is that Jake Grafton in this book is almost like a superman, he can fly planes, well ok, but jumping with seals without like he was one for years is not very much real, and handle a squad of SU 27 Flankers with a single Su-25 frogfoot is almost impossible to happen .. i think this is the major faults in the book, the rest is ok .. one of the most improved chracters in this book is Jack Yocke, overall this book is very good to read and the history is well written
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5.0 out of 5 stars The whole enchilada!! Dec 29 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My absolute favorite of the Jake Grafton Series. Grafton is at his most dangerous, compared to the other Grafton Novels . There are enough twists and turns on the ground and in the air to make the book hard to put down.The chapter with the the
SU-25's, kicks things into overdrive. I would love to see a movie made of this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Red Horseman July 27 2002
By rsasdr
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Red Horseman finds regular Coonts character Jake Grafton, now working for the DIA, traveling to the post Cold War Russia to prevent their nuclear weapons from turning up in places like the Middle East, struggling against CIA and KGB operatives along the way. The appearences of two world leaders adds a certain realism to the story. The story itself is rather complicated but does not seem that way with Coonts's style of writing. The flying scenes were wonderfully described, as usual, and the book also includes a particularly well written combat scene with special forces near the end. This is one of the better and more original novels to revolve around Russia after communism and the Cold War, a much too overused subject in many military and political thrillers. This may be Coonts's best book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Implausible thriller July 12 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In "The Red Horsemen", Admiral Jake Grafton travels to post-Soviet Russia to monitor the dismantling of that country's nuclear arsenal. Stephen Coonts, Grafton's creator, brews up a tale of crooked Russians, homocidal CIA agents and black market nukes being sold amid the disintegration of Russia. Unfortunately, the story bogs down quickly when Grafton gets to Russia - mostly because the plot becomes overly complicated, but also due to the sheer implausibility that Coonts inserts into the story - like Grafton's single-handed destruction of a formation of highly agile Su-27 fighters while himslef flying only a hoggish Su-25; the novel's climax has the hero meet Saddam Hussein face-to-face and exact a measure of justice in an ending that seems incredibly pat for Coonts. Even that ending would seem worse had it not capped off a book full of plot twists that don't come together. Coonts' original "Flight of the Intruder" was a great book because it resisted the temptation to become the sort of technothriller that "Horseman" is. Instead, take out "Cuba" in which Coonts returns to form.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The weakest of the 'Jake Grafton' series. July 4 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think that the Kirkus review (above) hits the nail on the head when it claims that "Coonts's plots are getting as overcomplicated as Tom Clancy's." The problem is that Clancy is a much better writer than Coonts; where Clancy *might* have been able to make this mess work, Coonts executes a 'gear up' landing. This story has mass murder, characters poisoning one another, agencies of the United States government conspiring against one another, all pretty dark themes. Sadly, the story is also dark, as in muddy and incomprehensible. Characters aspire to become one dimensional, and in the end are placeholders, flat scenery, making expository speeches which seem to exist only to explain their point of view. At one point in the book, when Jake Grafton and Rita Tarkington (an American female naval aviator) take off in Russian jets from a base inside Russia to track down the bad guys, the Russian mechanics sabotage the planes in manner calculated to kill the pilots - this only rates an aside in the book. If you're looking for a Coonts book which carries off themes like these well, please let me reccomend Coonts' "Minotaur". It's also pretty grim, but done much better, and is one of the best "spy novels" that I've read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best - but better than most.
I'm a fan of Stephen Coonts, and look forward to every new release.
I snatched this up the moment I saw it in my bookshop, and it took me all of a day to read it. Read more
Published on March 12 2001 by Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew you had it in you!
Stephen Coonts has really evolved with this novel. He has progressed from the plain men-in-war type thriller(Flight of the Intruder) to the true techno-thriller. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars This one deserves 200 STARS!
Stephen Coonts's very best so far! A well-researched, fast-paced and easy-to-read thriller which deals with the story of a nuclear power plant explosion, caused by a renegade... Read more
Published on Sept. 27 1998 by
4.0 out of 5 stars In a word, "WOW!"
Jack Yocke wants to make his name big in the Washington Post as a top reporter. He found himself in Russia near a nuclear meltdown. Read more
Published on April 8 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars What great story.
These are great books. I read most of them in the Gulf War and was addicted to the plots of the A6 intruder. I am in Korea and still continue to read the books. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Espionage and Nukes! Helluva novel!
Former jet jock, Rear Adm. Jake Grafton gets thrown into ring of renegade agents-KGB, CIA-as he journeys to what remains of Mother Russia. Read more
Published on July 31 1997
5.0 out of 5 stars Now that's some good Coonts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Red Horseman was VERY good. What else can I say? It even puts Grafton back in the cockpit for a chapter (but in a RUSSIAN plane!) where he belongs. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 1997
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