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The INTRUDERS [Hardcover]

Stephen Coonts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 13 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
excellent story. coudn't put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Jake Grafton Novel Nov. 26 2012
By Dodi
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I love this series of Jake Grafton novels. They are different from most mystery-thriller type novels as they have a central character that survives from book to book and you meet his family and his co-workers in each novel. The Intruders has a great plot because Jake as a navy man working with Marines, teaching them about carrier aviation, is definitely a great central character. Jake Grafton survived Vietnam and was shot down over Laos and had to survive by his own instincts now he is home and still active in navy aviation. Coonts was a navy man and knows all about military aviation and imparts his knowledge in his books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worst of the bunch...where's the plot? Feb. 13 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Too much flying! Too little plot. This book just fills in some details missing from other books in the series. Fill. That's it. It was an enjoyable read, but only because I had read (and enjoyed, more or less) the other books in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grafton returns to form (almost) Aug. 3 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Intruders", another of Coonts' books based on the misadventures of naval aviator Jake Grafton, takes place right after Grafton's debut in "Flight of the Intruder".
Finding himself stateside in the immediate aftermath of the war in Vietnam, Grafton feels a growing malaise, hamstrung to win the hand of Callie Mackenzie. (Though Grafton fans know the romance turns out okay, Coonts shows us how far from certain the romance was). As punishment for getting into a bar fight, Grafton is shipped to sea so he can tutor a new generation of aviators in flying the new generation of Intruder, the A-6E. Though he'd jump at the chance to fly the new plane, the fliers themselves are Marines - considered ham-handed apes not up to flying complex hardware. To add to the mix is Grafton's new commander, an ernest type hungry for action. With no airstrikes to keep them occupied, the new CAG spends his time planning attacks against soviet ships (Coonts makes the point that air-launched anti-ship missiles have not yet made it to American inventories, requiring planners and fliers to fall back on more reckless tactics). Is the new CAG in control or does he have an itchy trigger finger? And can Grafton get his cadets up to speed?
Unfortunately, while episodic takes that drive "Intruders" worked on "Flight of the Intruder", there isn't a central story to bring it together as that older book had. Planes crash, men die, carrier ops is just the most damgerous job in the world. Also, the green marines are cardboard characters who are not only less capable at flying then the characters of "Flight of the Intruder", but simply less interesting as well - like Razor, Boxman (who died in that older book), Cole and Cowboy (who lost his life years later in "Final Flight").
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Vietnam Veteran Sept. 9 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being a veteran of the 1st Cavalry Division in 1972, I was in Vietnam when Stephen Coonts was flying missions off carriers. Many times the Navy was there to help our missions.
I like reading Stephen's novels, because he tells it like it is, and like it was. Too many have misperceptions about our war. We were just young, American kids who answered our country's call, as in every war that we have ever fought. Stephen takes the reader right into the cockpits, and the minds of the fliers. I am forever in his debt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Vietnam Veteran Sept. 9 2000
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Being a veteran of the 1st Cavalry Division in 1972, I was in Vietnam when Stephen Coonts was flying missions off carriers. Many times the Navy was there to help our missions.
I like reading Stephen's novels, because he tells it like it is, and like it was. Too many have misperceptions about our war. we were just young, American kids who answered our country's call, as in every war that we have ever fought. Stephen takes the reader right into the cockpits, and the minds of the fliers. I am forever in his debt.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great flying Scenes, but no story Dec 21 1999
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If you are into NavAir, read this book. Carrier AirOps are described in detail. I am a pilot, so I loved those parts of the book. That's why I gave it 3 stars
As a Story, I found this book lacking. I get the feeling that Mr. Coonts wrote some high detailed, fast paced, adrenilin pumping flying scenes and then said, "I need a story to put them in."
The climax of the story came out of left field and left me Asking, "How did we get here?"
Read it for the NavAir Blue Water Ops. Just don't expect much of a story. If it was a video, I'd buy a copy, but I'd be doing a lot of fast forwarding
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good questions. No answers. May 6 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Throughout this one, Jake struggles with the meaning of life and fatalism. Amazinginly (but not realistically) he manages to never even consider including God in this equation. Thus, by the end of the book he still has no answers to his questions. Plane after plane is dumped in the ocean - about half of them by Jake. Some good flight sequences in this one.
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