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4.0 out of 5 stars The Viet Nam War is over, but it's no picnic for Jake.
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...
Published on June 23 1997

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3.0 out of 5 stars Grafton returns to form (almost)
"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...
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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"). Even the postwar setting seems to work more against the novel then for it - there's no war to add to the dynamism of the situation. But at sea, there isn't any sense of the relief or shame or anything for the sacrifices of the war and its perceived results. Coonts wraps things up with an completely implausible tale involving a showdown with modern day pirates. This really kills the book which had started out as a return to the seeming homespun honesty (for a technothriller) of the first book - eschewing the villains, plots and schemes, and hidden agendas of Dale Brown, Clive Cussler and the latter Grafton books. Still closer to that spirit of the original "Flight" than Coonts' other books, and still well ahead of any competitors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Viet Nam War is over, but it's no picnic for Jake., June 23 1997
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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. [Paragraph End]

As "Intruders" shows though, bad things don't just happen to Marines; they also happen to Jake. Depending on how you look at it, Jake either has the most luck, or worst luck, of any human being in the world. The number of bad things that happen to Jake -- in the air, on the ground, everywhere! -- are unbelievable. In fact, it reaches the point of being preposterous. [Paragraph End]

I enjoyed the budding relationship Jake had with Callie in "Flight of the Intruders." Maybe I'm too soft -- and don't get me wrong, "Intruders" is an action, guy-kind-of novel -- but I felt the best part of "Intruders" was the Jake and Callie relationship. Jake never stopped thinking about Callie throughout the story, and neither did I. [Paragraph End]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 5 star script ready for the movies!!! Exciting !!!, Jan. 27 1999
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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 Strap in and hold on! It's gonna be a helluva flight!, July 30 1997
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Hey, this fits perfect between Flight of the Intruder and Final Flight. It'll fill you in on some of Jake's background and oh my, there is some EXPLOSIVE action in it along with the occasional joke or story that'll make you laugh until your face hurts!
Flap LeBeau is a great suporting character, in fact, one of Coonts' best ever! Even Tiger Cole might not be able to knock this guy out of the right-hand seat!
The novel is definately not some cushy romance type junk but does have an interesting relationship between Jake and Callie that builds up through the novel and is great to follow.
It's got more than just action,butt that's what it has the most of. READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Vietnam Veteran, Sept. 9 2000
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"charlie34lift" (Tacoma, Wa United States) - See all my reviews
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A different look after a war, July 7 1997
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I read 'Flight of the Intruder' some ten years ago, and it was with some anticipation that I picked up 'The Intruders.' There are few books that deal with the period immediately after Vietnam, and although this is fiction, this depicts in brutal clarity the way Vietnam had changed America, both inside and outside of its military. 'The Intruders' is a thinker's book, in spite of its action. I recommend it highly - there are few that equal its insight and focus for what it covers
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5.0 out of 5 stars The hero, Jake Grafton, returns., May 22 1996
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1973. The Vietnam war is over, but for Lt. Jake Grafton,USN, freshly returned from two victorious combat cruises, his own country seems almost as hostile. When his fighting fists get him in trouble, le is landed on a horrible eight-month cruise on the carrier, Coloumbia, teaching jarhead marines, the finer points of carrier aviation. As a navy boy, working with marines with no carrier experience, Jake Grafton is about to discover a new world of hell
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