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The Sea Witch [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Coonts

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“Coonts knows how to write and build suspense . . . a natural storyteller.”--The New York Times Book Review 

The Sea Witch is a triple play of classic Stephen Coonts tales: No one writes more forcefully of warriors whose missions and dreams take flight.  It's always a treat to have Coonts in print again, but this book's one of a kind.”--Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at Gettysburg and The Officers' Club 

“Great entertainment comes in threes. Stephen Coonts, the master of the military suspense thriller, delivers you three nights of fevered page-turning in three terrific novellas, set in three amazing periods of American history. Don't miss it.” -- William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Annapolis and The Lincoln Letter  

“Stephen Coonts has an absolute lock on the secret of good story telling:  He knows interesting people in harm's way so well that the reader has no choice but to care for them.  And in the case of The Sea Witch and other stories in this fine collection, it’s obvious he knows airplanes just a well. My only disappointment was that the stories ended--I wanted more.”--David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of Abyss

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Stephen Coonts weaves three unforgettable tales of men and women at war, with the sort of dramatic military action and undercover technology for which he is known.  Included in this collection are:

 

The Sea Witch…

 

When young Dauntless dive-bomber pilot is sacked for reckless behavior, he’s reassigned to a Black Cat squadron as the co-pilot of a giant Catalina seaplane, The Sea Witch.  He’s thrown into a whole new world, where a Catalina carries five tons of bombs, a half-dozen machine guns, and a crew that walks a fine line between valor and a death wish.

 

A daring night bombing mission against Rabaul forces the crew of The Sea Witch to band together as never before.  Each man will soon find out what he’s made of..and not everyone will make it back alive.

 

The 17th Day…

 Seventeen days…the average life expectancy of a British Aviator during WWI. 

 

Last three weeks, and you were practically a veteran. 

 

Paul Hyde dropped out of college  to join the Royal Flying Corps, looking for a grand adventure.  And grand it was, or so he assured himself when planes were crashing all around him. 

 

Today is his seventeeth day.  Will be he be able to beat the odds?

 

Al Jihad…

 

Charles Dean is retired from the military, determined to be done with that part of his life.  But when Julie Girard, the daughter of his old commander, seeks him out, he can’t say no to a simple lunch.

 

What she has in mind isn’t quite so simple.

 

She wants Dean to help her kill the terrorists who murdered her parents.  She offers him three million dollars and the chance to avenge his commander’s death. 

 

But all is not as it seems, and before long Dean and Girard must use all their skills just to stay alive...

 

This novella collection gathers these three evocative tales from New York Times bestselling author Stephen Coontsinto one cohesive volume.  Here is Coonts doing what he does best--writing about men and women at war.


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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765332310
  • Publisher: Forge Books; Reissue edition (May 8 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VM9IPS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Contractual obligation? May 11 2012
By sidehop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Disappointing offering.
Having been a fan of Stephen Coonts from the very beginning. I have enjoyed following the development of his characters,Jake Grafton, and every personality thats sprung from the pen of Mr Coonts since then. Loved the Cannibal Queen also, having met him and the plane a few years back. As a pilot,his stories ring of truth.
In short,I eagerly await any of his new titles.
I pre-ordered this one and upon its arrival discovered it was just three novella's. Two of which I have read long past. Every once in a while I regret wasting my time on a book. This was one of them.
It really wasn't wort the purchase price.
Stephen Coonts is a great writer and storyteller,but it feels like this mash up was thrown together to shut up the publisher who wanted to get something...anything out there,no matter the quality.
I want my money back,or at least the time I spent reading this.
Don't waste your money. If you want to read this,let your local library buy it. Then Borrow it.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 10 2012
By Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The title sums up the feelings towards this book - instead of getting a full novel, you get three short stories. All three stories might be fine if they were expanded to a full lenght book but as the book stands, each story left you wanting more. Because of the short lengths, when a character (or in the case of the story The Sea Witch everyone dies) you have no feelings or care that that character is been killed - the characters have not been fleshed out so essentially you really do not care what happens in each story. The final story is the same old tired plot line of CIA recruites retired special service soldier then hangs him out to dry - same old same, old tired plot line. Even the cover photo/painting is inaccurate and shows the lack of research done on these stories. I would wait for this book to show-up in the $ 2.00 bin before buying
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the seawitch May 10 2012
By fa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book looks to be recycle from one of his older groups of short stories.
If I could have seen the hardcopy at the bookstore before buying on my Nook, I would have never purchased this book.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed May 10 2012
By RFL357 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Must say it was a major disappointment to me. I love Coonts even sent a request for the kindle option. Just as you start to build up a story line it is over. I was settled in for a nice night of reading and bam it's over with no real chance to really get to know the characters. The only thing I can recommend is don't bother buying it!!!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Jan. 7 2013
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book contains three short stories by master storyteller, Stephen Coonts.

The Sea Witch tells the story of The Sea Witch, a night fighting "Black Cat" PBY Catalina. The Sea Witch is on a dangerous mission to Rabaul, following the trail of a missing Black Cat. They are determined to find out what happened to the missing plane...and, heaven help them, they will!

The 17th Day is a story about a World War 1 fighter pilot in the Royal Flying Corps. The life expectancy of a new pilot is 17 days, and today is Paul Hyde's seventeenth day. If he can survive the day, he will have beaten the odds. But, surviving the day might be a great deal tougher than he thought.

Al-Jihad is the story of Charles Dean, a retired U.S. Marine who is offered a great deal of money to undertake a revenge mission against a group of terrorists in Libya. Following a crazy woman into the desert he must find a way to kill the terrorists, all of them, and yet escape with the skins of himself and his employer in tact.

Overall, I found these to be pretty good stories. True, with these being short stories, there is not a lot of time for character development. Each of the stories is a bit over-the-top, squeezing a lot of action into a short space of time (especially The 17th Day). But, nonetheless, I did enjoy them, and am glad of the time I spent reading them.

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