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Liberty: A Jake Grafton Novel (Jake Grafton Series) by [Coonts, Stephen]
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Coonts's latest gripping espionage thriller (after America, Hong Kong and Cuba) continues the adventures of Adm. Jack Grafton as he pursues major malefactors. This time, a rogue Russian general has sold nuclear warheads to a Mideastern anti-American terrorist best known for "hacking some tourists to death with a machete" in Egypt. Grafton must identify and locate the terrorist and his cronies before he detonates the weapons in the U.S. The action moves from central Russia and Suez to the American east coast. Readers familiar with the series know that while Grafton's methods trample on the law, the FBI and, especially, the CIA, he will be supported by persons at the highest level of government. Coonts's naval background and his legal education bring considerable authority to the story, and the narrative is loaded with detailed information about terrorist networks, modern weaponry and international intrigue. The plot is so intricate and involves so many characters that readers might lose track of who's who, though Coonts delineates the major players skillfully. The best character is a computer hacker whom Grafton gets released from prison so that she can invade the databases of law enforcement agencies in Washington. The action is slam-bang, and shifts in point of view accelerate the tension. The climax, played out in the recently renovated interior of the Statue of Liberty, is made for the movies. By the novel's end, Grafton is so detested by law enforcement that the only thing for him to do is retire. Readers will hope it's only temporary.
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In Coonts' eleventh novel, the hero is Rear Admiral Jake Grafton, and his assignment--big surprise!--is to stop the unthinkable before it's too late. Written after the September 11 attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, the plot involves a terrorist network that possesses nuclear weapons that may be used against the U.S. Grafton, who works for the FBI/CIA Joint Antiterrorism Task Force, discovers that a Russian general who "doesn't hate America, but loves money" has sold four missile warheads to a group called the Sword of Islam for $2 million. The plot continues through a series of mostly violent encounters in such varied places as Cairo, Florida, and New York City, and on a mysterious freighter, Olympic Voyager. The book's title suggests its conclusion: two men spotted on the balcony of the Statue of Liberty's torch. By the time readers get to that point, they will have enjoyed an exciting romp. Librarians beware. This latest Coonts yarn undoubtedly will make the best-seller lists. George Cohen
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1158 KB
  • Print Length: 545 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Feb. 18 2003)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JH86H0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Jake Grafton (and Stephen Coonts) book, so I didn't have any preconceptions beyond those generated by the book's back cover. The premise caught my attention enough to buy this book, and I'm glad I did. The plot moves along at a pretty brisk pace. Since all the characters were "new" to me, I found them interesting and fairly well-developed (this book is easily a "stand alone" novel). There were a few annoying lapses in detail accuracy (e.g., Glock handguns don't have slide safeties that one clicks on), and the subplot involving the Vietnamese brothers suggests Coonts still has some axes to grind left over from his Vietnam service. Also, Grafton sending a husband and wife team (Toad and Rita) together against terrorists entrenched in the Statue of Liberty seemed too contrived (the potential for them losing mental focus while worrying about each other seems too great a risk for an admiral of Grafton's caliber to take, esp. given that neither of them is trained in close quarters combat). Still, Coonts accomplished perhaps the most important objective of an author: interesting at least this one reader to buy more of his works in the future. All told, I enjoyed this book!
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Format: Hardcover
The scariest thing about this book is that it could be happening.Middle Eastern terrorists, The Sword of Islam, have located a corrupt Russian general who is willing to sell nuclear warheads which he is in charge of guarding. Four are delivered which sets in motion a riveting story of their delivery to the United States and the forces which are hunting them down in order to prevent the ultimate catastrophy.
Jake Grafton, a central figure in many of Coonts's book is put in charge of a secret antiterrorism task force by the President
and given powers to use which may be constitutionaly suspect, but necessary nonetheless. When his powers are described to him, Grafton tells the President that "If the press gets this, you'll be impeached and I'll go to prison." The President's response is that "The president has the inherant power to defend the nation. I'm using that power here and now." That pretty much sets the tone for what is to follow.
An interesting melange of characters flesh out the story and set up a tense and gripping situation in New York harbor involving Fleet Week, an armed atomic device on the torch platform of the Statue of Liberty and a desperate plan to avoid disaster. When informed of how Grafton plans to subdue the terrorists, the FBI wryly comments, "You don't have a plan." Maybe not, but it makes for page turning reading.
This tale is as current as tomorrows headlines and as scary as it gets. Let's hope that it never comes to that and remains fiction.
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Format: Hardcover
When I was in the 10th grade, a thousand years ago, Mr. Skolsky was my English teacher. Introducing a few of Shakespeare's tragedies, he would joke that all the characters the venerable bard didn't know what to do with by the end of the 4th Act, he would bring together in the 5th Act and bump them off. Hamlet, Lear, Macbeth, and all the rest of them. Even poor Romeo and Julie. There's an element of that in the Stephen Coonts novels.
Liberty is great. Coonts takes aim at the blustery agencies and they in turn become 'the foolish player[s] who strut and fret their hour upon the stage.' And of course, the xenophobic terorists suffer the same fate at his pen.
The Russians, ever the evil empire, now have their own hero in Janos Ilin, who delivers the horrifying news to the almost John Wayne-like Jake Grafton that there are 4 nukes heading for the US. He exacts a favor from the ever level headed Admiral Grafton, and we are uncertain of it until the last 10 pages. Nice work, Steve, keeping those face cards close to the vest.
There are dozens of characters, good and bad, who populate the first 60 or 80 pages. There are so many characters that several hundred pages later, you have to go back to determine 'who was that guy?' There are assassins, bad guys turned good guys (see Zelda, computer criminal turned Joan d'Arc) and bad guys turned REALLY good guys (see Tommy Carmellini, again, a new hero of tremendous substance.)
The killings are somewat grisly so if that churns your stomach, beware. Heroes abound; love is good; fools are plentiful; and the bad guys suffer righteously ... in the 5th Act.
Stephen Coonts does a great job of bringing the reader up to date with his plot and characters, always well crafted and intricate. In the beginning there are almost too many but it all evens out.
Much more complicated than a beach read it remains overwhelmingly an excellent action novel.
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Format: Hardcover
The author acknowledges his publisher or editor recommended this book shortly after 9/11 so it's pretty current but probably a quicky to press job. Politically, Adm. Jake and Coonts seem to be right in there with the John Ashcroft/Tom Ridge/Don Rumsfield crowd but thankfully no "God Bless America's in there. To hell with civil liberties as a few good men on a mission to save the country can be entrusted with using illegal electronic surveillance, etc.
A little disappointed the plot needs the science fiction of super radiation detectors but that's offset by having a few nefarious good old American citizen characters, It's not all black and white, east vs west. But, the Muslims are basically protrayed in simplistic terms with the old "30 virgins in paradise" as motivation.
The finale is set up and telegraphed way too early, there wasn't enough "how is he gonna save it this time?" tension. So, a disappointment.
Maybe next time SC can think of some situation to put Jake in as US pro consul in newly "liberated" Baghdad with an opportunity to use some shades of grey and white in painting the Muslims.
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