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The Traitor: A Tommy Carmellini Novel by [Coonts, Stephen]
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In bestseller Coonts's assured new international thriller, Tommy Carmellini, the sardonic, laid-back CIA agent who became a star in 2004's Liars & Thieves, gets a shot at the big time in his second featured outing when he's asked to drop his routine work and help find out why the director of French intelligence is making large, secret investments in the Bank of Palestine. Tommy wonders if he's the right man for the job; his own espionage experience in France is limited to being "assistant passport officer at the embassy." When his controller tells him that the new head of European Ops asked for Tommy by name, it turns out to be the unretired Jake Grafton (the longtime star of his own Coonts series), described by Carmellini as "the toughest son of a bitch wearing shoe leather." With support from Grafton; an enigmatic, seductive CIA agent, Sarah Houston; and a nifty little electronic weapon that Coonts says is really being tested, Tommy zeroes in on the high-level traitor who could do him—and the world—a lot of damage. (July)
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“Coonts knows how to write and build suspense… a natural storyteller.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“An assured international thriller.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The prevailing spook mode shifts from cloak to dagger, and suddenly the guys they thought were watching their backs are aiming at them.” ―Kirkus Reviews

The Traitor contains layer upon layer of deceit and deception…plenty of fistfights and explosions…. Coonts's trademark excitement keep[s] the pages turning to the book's ultimate conclusion.” ―

“Vintage Coonts...plenty of action and intrigue.” ―Dallas Morning News on Liars & Thieves

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 6 2007)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000R7PUV0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
This novel reunites Jake Grafton, former Admiral in the U.S. navy and chief protagonist in many Coonts novels, with Tommy Carmellini, former thief who has been blackmailed into working for the CIA in return for his freedom. Most of the action takes place in Paris where the G8 is about to meet.Grafton, now in charge of CIA operations for Europe, becomes aware that the Chief of French Intelligence appears to have deposited large sums into an account at the Bank of Palestine.He puts Carmellini to work to burglarize and plant bugs at the French Chief's residence and that of his mistress. Carmellini is a charming scamp who has a way with the ladies but here he spends much of his time evading the French police and Arab terrorists who want him dead.

As the G8 meeting convenes Grafton and Carmellini know there is a plot afoot to blow up the leaders and they are are scrambling to avert it. They comb the back hallways and attics of Versailles in a rush to avert disaster.

A well written and highly entertaining novel, better than some of Coonts" earlier work.
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a Tommy Carnellini book from Stephen Coonts with a view of the US Military... well written and interesting will hold your interest throughout
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Not one of Coont's better reads. Could not wait to be done this book
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HASH(0xa709fdd4) out of 5 stars For truth and Justice all the way Aug. 2 2006
By Tyler S. Ferguson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Knowing that you have to read in order to write, I find Stephen Coonts writing superb. His command of military structure and knowledge of world events that he weaves into his narration has no equal. The Traitor is the kind of novel that takes you into the back alleys of Europe. No one does this type of adventure better than Coonts.

The two things I like best about the book are the characters and the settings. Mr. Coonts has the uncanny ability to shape and weave a character into a plot that seamlessly holds your interest as you turn page after page. I usually find his books too short, even though the publisher would usually have him cut the pages.

The settings of Europe can't help but draw one into the story. One of the things I like most about Mr. Coonts books are the absolute honesty of Jake Grafton and his other characters. They stand for what they believe in which seems to be in short supply today.

I find books like this far more refreshing than the Da Vinci Code with its secrets and made up plots. A great read.

TS Ferguson, Author of Apocrypha
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa709fe28) out of 5 stars The Traitor; down a different road. Aug. 21 2006
By T. Ballou - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Another boomer from Stephen Coonts. He proves that Jake Grafton can play a great commanding/supporting role as well as the action hero. Tommy Carmenelli continues to develop as a serious character. This book is well edited as well. I could find none of the technical or grammatical glitches so common in otherwise good books today. It's good quality literature and some excitement for the money.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb25a9120) out of 5 stars Who is the Traitor? Oct. 24 2006
By Alex Tang - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Tangle within tangle, plot and counter-plot, rue and treachery, cross and double-cross, true agent, false agent, double agent, gold and steel, the bomb, the dagger and the firing party, were interwoven in many a texture so intricate and yet true. The Chief and High Officers of the Secret Service reveled in these subterranean labyrinths, and pursued their task with cold and silent passion." This quotation by Sir Winston S. Churchill aptly described Stephen Coonts' latest spy thriller, The Traitor.

The plot is about an Al-Queda attempt to blow up the government leaders attending a G-8 summit in Paris. Jake Grafton has moved up from being a top gun pilot in Flight of the Intruder. He is now a retired admiral and on the payroll of the CIA. Jake is the new CIA head of European Ops. The CIA suspected the Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure (DGSE) i.e. French Intelligence has a mole in the top Al-Qaeda leadership and they wanted to have access to this person. So Grafton was sent to Paris and he took along Tommy Carmellini, a CIA `fix it' man along. Carmellini was involved with Grafton in previous Coonts novels when he was an admiral.

There are enough twist in the plots and subplots to keep the reader's head spinning. After a couple of break-ins, buggings, surveillances and a trail of bodies, it was revealed that the spy handler became the `handlee'; there was a reversal of roles. Of course, the plot failed.

The novel was packed with action and fast moving enough to keep the reader interested. However Coonts' characters were rather 2 dimensional. It would be interesting to have more depth to the character of the Al-Qaeda double agent and his DGSE handler. The Islamist terrorists came across as rather stereotyped. It will nice to be allowed to have a glimpse into the mind of these Jihadists. Why do they do what they do? Why the disregard for innocent lives? Why is their faith so strong that they are willing to strap explosives to their bodies and blow themselves up? How do they develop such a faith?

No spy thriller will be complete without its array of technological gadgets. Here, there are the usual audio and video surveillance bugs, computers code breakers and Interlink. Interlink -S is a US government internet network that contains classified information and Interlink-C is the internet network where the US, Britain, Australia and Canada shared intelligence. The best gadget in my opinion is a wireless Taser. This gadget is like a pistol. Instead of shooting a bullet, it shoots a laser beam to mark the target and then a few thousand watts of electricity ride along the beam of light to fried the target!

As usual, Stephen Coonts delivers a good spy thriller and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb25a963c) out of 5 stars His characters are people, not caricatures Jan. 8 2007
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Format: Hardcover
Granted, some of the technical elements are stretched. But his characters are almost real. Coonts's writing style is excellent without much of the over-technicalization that is typical of many adventure writers. Yes, the ending is slightly over the top, but not impossible. Think about 9/11.

Between Jake, Tommy, and Sarah there is good rapport. I felt as though I was watching the action, not merely reading. Their travels around Paris make me want to go there.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb25a9654) out of 5 stars Exciting Book! July 8 2006
By Melvin Hunt - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Maurice Marton,a French government official has a heart attack

om a jet and dies.Mossad is able to obtain paperwork that Marton

is carrying.This paperwork shows that the chief of French(DSGE)

intelligence Henri Rodet has made a sizeable investment in the Bank of Palestine.It is also believed that Rodet has a secret source in Al-Queda.He does not want to share this source with

the United States.The Americans decide to get to the bottom of this situation.

Tommy Carmellina is assigned to Paris to check this situation

out.He is reunited with his old flame Sarah Houston.He is also

joined on this trip by Willie Warner(Willie The Wire).He also discovers the his old boss Jake Grafton is the CIA operations officer in charge of Europe.

Rodet's source,Abu Qasim from Algeria,is a lifetime friend of Rodet.It is now up to Grafton and Carmellini to get to the bottom of this conspiracy.The leaders of the G-8 industrial

powerhouses are due to meet in Oaris.Grafton fear a terrorist assassination attempt.It is up to our heros to figure out who the bad guys really are and put a stop to the evil plan.You

will also be surprised to learn the true identies of the forces

of evil.

This turned out to be a very exciting readable book.