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The INTRUDERS [Hardcover]

Stephen Coonts
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grafton returns to form (almost) Aug. 3 2001
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"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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Jake's found a "good" job in the states training Navy pilots. All would be well if he could just control his temper and reconcile his feelings for Callie. [Paragraph End]

Jake is maturing. In "Flight of the Intruder," Jake and his BN, Tiger Cole, decide to take on Hanoi without the Navy's blessing. "Intruders" shows us a Jake who no longer uses U.S. Govt. Property to "express his personal feelings," but he does resort to his fists in a few bar fights. One fight early in the story leads to an "opportunity" to cruise the oceans of the world for eight months with a ship full of Marine Aviators. This is plenty of time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life -- if you can just stay alive! [Paragraph End]

Jake was supposed to be on the 8-month cruise to train the Marines. I didn't get the feeling that Jake was much of a mentor. Jake was one hell of a good pilot, but other than giving some briefings on how to operate an A6 in a carrier environment, I couldn't tell that Jake was helping the Marines adapt all that much. In fact, one pilot died as a result of not checking something that Jake checked before every flight. Jake thought all pilots knew about this important check, but it's something the Marines had no knowledge of. Oops! [Paragraph End]

There are some great "sea-stories" about the bad luck that seems to follow Marines: "Bad things just seem to happen to Marines." I laughed until my sides hurt at the predicament of a Marine in an F8 who over-pressurized and ruptured all of his fuel tanks during a re-fueling rendezvous with a tanker. The leaking fuel tanks were just the beginning of this Marine's problems.
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In this book Coonts concentrates on action on an aircraft carrier with plenty of naval aviation action. Naval Air being the long arm of American Foreign Policy is depicted here in action. Jake Grafton the main character is interesting and at times reflects upon himself to see whether or not to get out of the navy of not, marriage with his sweetheart Callie is on his mind. Flap Le beau his Bombardier/Nav. puts a bit of fun and flare into the story. Although I'm not a pilot but an enthusiast, Coonts puts a lot of emphasis on what the pilots are thinking of while in the cockpit, no matter at night or during the day, as a reader you get to feel what the pilot and his Navigator are really feeling at the time.
THIS STORY WOULD MAKE A GREAT MOVIE about the life for an aviator living on an aircraft carrier, we have enough movies about the grunts on the ground,here is a chance to make a movie about aviators on aircraft carriers as they are America's long arm of Foreign Policy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some OK plottting, Interesting insights. April 20 1997
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The Intruders follows Jake Grafton shortly after the end of Flight of the Intruder, to 1973 on a cruise on the U.S.S. Columbia flying A-6E Intruders. In this book Grafton flies with a Marine captain Bombadier/Navigator (BN) named "Flap" Le Beau, who is ex-Marine Recon, and has some very interesting jungle/guerilla warfare skills, as well as an assortment of custom-made slashing and thrownig knives ("What are you, a walking cutlery store?" Jake asks at one point). There is not too much action for the first while, just mainly a series of carrier accidents and mishaps, but there IS some action and plotting toward the last 80 or so pages where Le Beau is truly in his element, along with Grafton. A must-read for all fans of Stephen Coonts and carrier aviation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent story. coudn't put it down.
Published 1 month ago by H. Steve Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars A Jake Grafton Novel
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... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dodi
3.0 out of 5 stars Worst of the bunch...where's the plot?
Too much flying! Too little plot. This book just fills in some details missing from other books in the series. Fill. That's it. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2002 by A Doctor in Ann Arbor
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vietnam Veteran
Being a veteran of the 1st Cavalry Division in 1972, I was in Vietnam when Stephen Coonts was flying missions off carriers. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2000 by "charlie34lift"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vietnam Veteran
Being a veteran of the 1st Cavalry Division in 1972, I was in Vietnam when Stephen Coonts was flying missions off carriers. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2000 by "charlie34lift"
3.0 out of 5 stars Great flying Scenes, but no story
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. Read more
Published on Dec 21 1999 by A. Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good questions. No answers.
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. Read more
Published on May 5 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book
Excellent book - well written !!
Published on March 13 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Fills in the Gaps
More than anything else The Intruders tells long-time Jake Grafton fans what happened to him after Vietnam. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an interesting book about military life.
This is a good book. Stephen Coonts does a great job depicting life on a MARINE aircraft carrier. He goes into great detail about how things work on the aircraft carrier. Read more
Published on Dec 10 1998
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