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

Stephen Coonts
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YA-- Several story lines intertwine to produce a contemporary, fast-paced political thriller. Jake Grafton, seen in Coonts's previous three novels, returns as a staff member for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is joined by Jack Yocke, a Washington Post journalist, and Harrison R. Ford, an undercover agent, and the threesome assists the administration in rescuing Washington, D. C. from chaotic and horrifying circumstances that result when a Colombian drug lord and his gunmen arrive in this country for trial. While these events are unfolding, a hired assassin carries out an intricate plan to kill President Bush and several top officials. Coonts has readers' complete attention throughout this incredible, yet strangely believable, tale. There are many well-drawn characters in the sprawling story, and he does an excellent job of weaving together plot and participants.
- Nancy Bard, Jefferson Sci-Tech, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The thriller from New York Times bestselling thriller author Stephen Coonts—now available as an ebook

Jake Grafton races against time to extinguish a harrowing terrorist plot in Washington, D.C., and prevent all-out catastrophe from enveloping the nation
When the psychotic Colombian drug lord Chano Aldana is extradited to the United States for trial, he brings his army of vicious mercenaries with him. And as Aldana’s hit men target the President of the United States, the capital is plunged into chaos that only veteran fighter pilot Jake Grafton can stop.
With the help of an investigative journalist and an undercover agent, Grafton must find the deadly assassins before they can strike again. But time is running out, and the future of the country hangs in the balance. 
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: 1182 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (Nov. 30 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EKJMS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A non-techno thriller with people-like people April 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Under Siege is the fourth or fifth (depending on which way you put them in order) book that Stephen Coonts has written about his fictional hero Jake Grafton. It's a good read, both because it explores a scary scenario about what could happen if Columbian drug lords terrorized Washington DC in the same way they terrorize Columbia, and because it details the lives of some very believable people who are involved in the conflict.
Unlike some of the later Jake Grafton books, Under Siege doesn't feature much in the way of high-tech weaponry. Instead, it features a large cast of characters from all walks of life and describes them in ways that make them seem real and allow us to empathize with them.
This book is a thriller, of course, and the story is certainly suspenseful and exciting. A Columbian drug lord has been extradited from Columbia to the USA and awaits trial in Washington DC. In the hopes of forcing the Americans to release him, he institutes a war of terror against Washington DC on several levels. Soon there are assassination attempts on the President and several other key government figures, innocent people are being gunned down left, right and center, bombs are exploding in public places and the city is blacked out when the electrical system is destroyed.
How will the politicians, the police, the military and the ordinary residents of Washington react to this? Stephen Coonts has his suggestions, some of which are rather surprising, and this keeps you reading as the level of terror increases and the story unfolds.
Stephen Coonts is good at describing people and their relationships. Here's a passage I found especially appealing:
"You love a woman for many reasons. A goddess she seems when you are young.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A great begining! July 28 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
From the start Coonts gets your attention. The US Govt. brings a drug lord to America to stand trial. He uses Columbian tactics to be released. Everything from commando teams to an assassin to take out the President. The book starts to flow when the assassin wounds President Bush. The story is great. Well developed...until the end. I would have given this book 4 stars if the ending would have lived up to the rest of the interesting story line. With what we have learned in the book about the assassin, it is hard to believe he would act as he does after being so meticulous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Book! Jan. 26 2001
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This was an exciting book by Coonts. This was also a unique concept as a plot. A major drug salesman is arrested and brought back to America to stand trial. Through his wealth the drug salesman hires crack commando squads and an assasin. The assasin wounds President Bush and Dan Quayle has to take over. This is where the action begins. The country is under seige. The government is pushed to the limit trying to deal with the commandos. Vice-President Quayle has his hands full dealing with this crisis. This book also has strong characters. This is a definite read. You will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great start and wow what an ending! Dec 4 2001
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The book is great and ity is Coonts' best book. The beginning I was hooked and I was waiting for an ending like no other and that is exactly what I got.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A LOUSY COONTS May 3 2001
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I have read most of Coonts' books but if I had read this one first I would have stopped completely. This story is so unrealistic is doesn't even merit fantasy. The characters are stilted and unbelievable including their names. The beginning is poor, the plot line is terrible and the ending is totally devoid of any semblance of literary know how. I have great praise for most of Coonts' other works but would recommend this one for use as a door stop only or perhaps in a writing class on how not to do it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Finale Fizzle Dec 9 2000
By Rob C.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book may deserve a better rating because it is a monumental story and very well written, however the ending and some of the reaches the author makes throughout this epic make is very unsatisfactory and disappointing. I personally did not read anything else by this author after being an avid reader for many years. The ending is that bad.
Also there is the very 1980's steep to the whole work. It is very anachronistic today and would have been had it been written in the 70's. Much has happened since the depths of the drug wars in the 80's and we have a new understanding of the dynamics involved today. Parts of this work hinge on the desperate fear Americans had then of destruction at the hands of drug cartels which was displaced Cold War apprehension.
No doubt a tremendous work, resurrecting familiar characters into an unlikely setting, the stretches and total collapse at the finale earn this one a single star.
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