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Under Siege: A Jake Grafton Novel (Jake Grafton Series) by [Coonts, Stephen]
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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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Jake Grafton races against time to extinguish a harrowing terrorist plot in Washington, D.C., and prevent all-out catastrophe from enveloping the nation in this thriller from New York Times–bestselling thriller author Stephen Coonts

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: 3154 KB
  • Print Length: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (Nov. 30 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EKJMS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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As a Tom Clancy fan, I was captivated by the story all the way through up to (almost) the end. It is a monumental and very believable story, with even some kindness for Dan Quale. (I wonder how the writer feels about our current C in C?) The events are riveting, and as far as I know, true to life, if but a slightly bit graphic on the violence. The story is well woven and crafted. I do feel, however, that it may be stretching credulity that a seasoned and naturally skillful hunter could know all the minute details involved in operating in beautiful (?) downtown Washington, D.C., and leaving almost no trail, paper or otherwise. I also find it hard to believe that a person who has operated in total cold calculation for several hundred pages would suddenly take a "pot shot" at someone who had annoyed him, and then after eluding troups in an outdoor setting, get bottled up in an empty sports stadium. Oh well, s___ does happen. And it all is believable and very entertaining for most of the book.
I guess that I feel that the writer had a tremendous story going, and somehow did not 'cash in' on the ending with all the potential he had carefully and artfully developed. I racked my brain for ideas as to how I would end it, and felt that the book would have needed several more chapters (on an already long work) to properly wind it up. We could have had the U.S. invading Columbia, and the Columbians retaliating by smuggling in a "made in Russia" nuke, and blasting Washington D.C. in a grand final bang Holocost, after which the rank and file citizens mount and win a tremendous war of revenge against that country. Or, we could have our hunter make an apparent clean escape to Columbia, only to be betrayed and murdered by the very people he was "servicing".
Anyway, because they don't let me give it a 4.5 star rating, I give it a 4. Good book. Well worth the money. Could be better.
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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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In this gripping story, Colombian drug barons hire suicide commando squads and a trained assassin to take out President Bush. He is hospitalised after his helicopter is shot down, and Dan Quayle steps in to solve the growing problem . . . is that a worse nightmare than drug barons?! The leaders may be out of date now, but considering when this was written one can let Coonts get away with it. The action scenes, including the terrorists causing massacres in the Capitol and on the Washington Metro are first rate; there is always something interesting happening. Add to that political fumblings in the White House as Quayle can't cope(very true to life for its time) and a corrupt lawyer subplot, and you have a tale to rival the very similar 'Clear and Present Danger' by Tom Clancy. Only this one has less technobabble and Coonts once again relies on pacing and readability. Worth reading.
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