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The Minotaur: A Jake Grafton Novel (Jake Grafton Series) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Coonts
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From Publishers Weekly

Navy Captain Jake Grafton develops an aircraft known as the Minotaur using Stealth technology and deals with a Defense Department information leak in this techno-thriller. PW commented, "Coonts is most compelling when he focuses on the politics of design and procurement; his comparisons of Navy and Air Force procedures are admirably sharp-edged."
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The thriller from New York Times bestselling author Stephen Coonts
At the height of the Cold War, Captain Jake Grafton becomes entangled in the hunt for a spy selling high-tech military secrets to the Soviet Union
Naval pilot Jake Grafton flies fighter jets with ice water in his veins. But when he’s assigned a desk job in the Pentagon as the head of a top-secret stealth bomber program, his nerve is tested as never before. Colleagues start dying mysteriously, test flights are sabotaged, and the program is threatened at every level. If Grafton can’t infiltrate a web of espionage and counter-espionage centered round the deadly traitor, code-named the Minotaur, he stands to lose much more than just his career.
The Minotaur is an exhilarating thriller and fascinating procedural, revealing the complexities of military technology R&D. 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Stephen Coonts, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3098 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (Dec 28 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GTLS3O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spy catcher meets techno-thriller May 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the sixth Stephen Coonts book I've read, and the first one that I liked so much that I'm giving it five stars.
"The Minotaur" combines two main stories that are cleverly interwoven with each other.
Story 1: There's a traitor, code named Minotaur, somewhere high up in the Pentagon who is channeling America's top military secrets to Moscow. Amazingly, the Russians don't know the identity of this mole, so not just the FBI but also the KGB are feverishly doing everything they can to find out who this traitor is.
Story 2: The U.S. Navy is in the midst of a procurement project to obtain a new attack aircraft to replace the aging A-6 Intruder. The new airplane will be based on stealth technology, including a top-secret device to actively suppress radar reflections.
I found the procurement story to be especially interesting. There's a lot of presumably authentic inside information on how the U.S. military handles the procurement of a major weapons system. The political skullduggery involved was fascinating, with a high-ranking U.S. Senator manipulating the process in an attempt to get the contract awarded to a company in his state. This Senator was more interested in his own re-election than in whether the Navy got an optimal, or even usable, aircraft!
Mixed up with the two main stories are a fair number of sub-plots, most of them concerning the lives and personalities of various people in the book. These sub-plots display Stephen Coonts' talent for creating characters who are real people, not the cardboard clichés that populate most techno-thrillers.
Overall, the most enjoyable aspect of this book is the way it draws you into the story and makes you want to learn what's happening behind the scenes and why. Who is the Minotaur?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Intruder goes to the Beltway March 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
We thought Captain Jake Grafton died at the end of "Final Flight" when he deliberately flew his F-14 into a cargo plane carrying stolen nukes. We were wrong - as the first few pages of "Minotaur" make clear. The Minotaur is the codename for a Russian spy blamed for leaking sensitive military secrets to the Russians. Many think the spy a myth, but Jake Grafton - now permanently grounded and assigned a desk in the Pentagon - has to consider the mole real enough. Given control over the Navy's new stealth bomber program, Grafton confronts mysterious accidents and the mysterious death of his predecessor. He must also confront the program's more mundane obstacles - like the fact that it's impossible to design a truly effective stealth plane, and that the most promising design will be edged by the more politically attractive one. While most writers would wax eloquently on the virtues of their techno toys, Coonts looks at the advanced technology aircraft in his book dispassionately. Stealth aircraft, Coonts warns us, are underarmed, not very maneuverable, and very short-ranged. The USAF's stealth fighter, for its whiz-bangs, is essentially a Navy A-7 that (for the moment) can evade any radar in the world and drop a total of two bombs, both being the sort of high-tech toys that never work. (This book came out before Desert Storm). Combining the rigors of the program with an espionage story is pretty daring, and Coonts tries some nifty tricks. Unfortunately, though a promising idea, to many charachters really are dual charachters with assumed identities - neither of which are defined before being revealed to be other ill-drawn charachters. There are too many secret agendas and cross-plots, though Coont's writing encourages re-reading. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good effort from Coonts Oct. 25 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
All things considered, The Minotaur was an enjoyable book. Jake Grafton, just back from his harrowing, near-death experience in the Middle East, is struggling with his position in the Navy and with life in general. He accepts a staff position at the Pentagon. Fearing a bland, paper-pushing position, he finds himself as the head of a team charged with investigating and recommending a next-generation Navy fighter. At the same time, the US is at the height of the cold war with the Soviet Union and espionage efforts are in full swing. Coonts brings together a number of range of characters, while blending a number of sub-stories within the main story. The book moves quickly, with frequent plot twists and uncertainty until the end about the position and motivation of a number of the book's characters. If you are a fan of Coonts, it is worth going back for the Minotaur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best COONTS books !!! July 22 1999
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I truly loved the story of the devolopment of a new military jet with all the difficulties that comes with such a development, a weird man who has devoloped a new generation of Stealth technoligy who isn't to easy to make a deal with is one example. That while the famous Jake Grafton was experimenting on his own scale model sailplane whit help from his neighbour boy. And, verry surprising: TOAD gets married, something I did not expected at all. A very good book with a real good Grafton story. I realy like this character and I hope he will stay in the future Coonts books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enjoyable read April 27 2002
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I very much enjoyed this high-tech (which is not quite up to Clancey), detective, spy thriller. Coonts does a great job of personalizing his characters (and here, I think, better than Clancey). This was the first book I've read by Coonts, and it was great even out of order for the series. I'm very happy to see that readers think there are better books by Coonts out there. They must be very good indeed.
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