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America has pulled out, the war is over. But for Lieutenant Jake Grafton, USN, fresh from two combat cruises and a harrowing shoot-down over Laos, the personal battle is just beginning His country has not welcomed him home with open arms, but with closed minds and closed fists. When his girlfriend's father called h When his girlfriend's father called him a murderer, Jake walked away. But when a stranger in a bar challenged his honor, the man was not so lucky - the guy landed in the hospital.
Jake landed in jail. And Grafton's shore-duty commander, who bailed him out, has devised the perfect punishment for his ace flight instructor: Flying missions over Vietnam was a living hell; now, as a Navy man working side by side with Marines who have no carrier aviation experience, Grafton's about to discover another world of fresh hell.
The Marines may be made of tempered steel and brass balls, but taking off and landing from a slippery flight deck, on a choppy sea in a pitch-black night, there is no margin for error - or for animosity. But he's going to have to learn to live with him They belong to the same society of warriors, they fought in the same war, they drink the same whiskey to toast fallen comrades.
Now they must fly together in the same cockpit, must lock into each other and into their million-dollar machine, and make the split-second decisions which will insure that, tonight, their fellow pilots won't raise a glass to them.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jul 13, Geoff Battle rated it really liked it. Those familiar with the previous or indeed latter Jake Grafton escapades will know what to expect. Intense detail around the military hardware and processes aid the delivery of a traditional action-adventure yarn at sea. In less deft hands such minutiae may disengage the reader from the story however Coonts blends it with ease and produces a technically proficient scenario, utilising the hardware to create compelling danger. Grafton, the rebellious and talented pilot is fascinating and The Int Those familiar with the previous or indeed latter Jake Grafton escapades will know what to expect.
Grafton, the rebellious and talented pilot is fascinating and The Intruders follows his romantic path too, fleshing out his character further. Coonts also introduces a buddy-movie approach to add levity to the danger at sea and this ensures Intruders remains an enjoyable romp from cover to cover. At times, as with many books within the genre, it stretches belief although remains entertaining.
Nov 23, Stephanie Pieck rated it liked it Shelves: This fast-paced sequel to "Flight of the Intruders" was a smooth continuation of the story of Jake Grafton. He is an ace pilot and has the confidence to match that skill. But he's also got a contemplative streak and a romantic streak, neither of which fit well into the cockpit of a fighter jet. Jake has clear ideas about justice and respect, and this story begins when he gets into a bar fight after a man makes a negative comment about another man at the bar who is a veteran and an amputee.
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Jake p This fast-paced sequel to "Flight of the Intruders" was a smooth continuation of the story of Jake Grafton. Jake puts the civilian through a plate glass window and lands himself in jail for the weekend. But his penance doesn't end there: He's sent to train Marine airmen in the finer points of carrier-based flight. Eight months at sea, or in the air over the sea, is more than enough time for Grafton to exercise his doubts and get into a variety of scrapes. Girl trouble, engine trouble, gripes about not getting to fly or having to do the flying on pointless missions As with the preceding book in the series, Jake Grafton does all the things an action thriller hero is expected to do, but he does them while being terrified and questioning himself at just about every opportunity.
While I enjoyed this installment and applaud the author for leaving readers with a perfect setup for the opening of Volume 3, my time with Grafton is at an end. The trouble with a thriller series is that each new book demands a whole new set of harrowing, high-stakes situations for the hero to get through. As the number of books in the series grows, there is always the threat that the thrill will be gone. The natural inclination is to up the ante, making each new story more dangerous, more personally costly. Eventually, there's a tipping point. I've said before that I don't have a high tolerance for fantasy-spinning.
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Usually, this shows up in my avoidance of books with magical swords, talking unicorns, and princes in disguise. I've looked over the plot summaries of the rest of the Grafton series. There are no magical swords anywhere to be found, and Grafton is a character with a lot more depth than many action heroes have.
But when the salvation of nations depends on the singlehanded actions of a character who somehow manages to be the only person qualified for such a salvation project, well Even with that said, Jake Grafton is an intelligent, thoughtful protagonist. Any author who can draw a man with a history degree and a Virginia farm background into a world of spies, crime, and international drama and make the fit feel natural is an ace author who deserves all the bestsellerdom and rave reviews he's gotten.
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Mar 07, Curtis Taylor rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a Sailor's Book. If you have served on an Aircraft Carrier, Aviation Maintenance, or want to know what that life style is like then this is a book for you. It is Carrier Ops during a 70's Westpac. It is from A-6 pilot Jake Grafton and his actions during this cruise. As viewed from the Air, on the Flight Deck, and then down through the ship spaces the Lt. You can see how the Carrier operates as you are taken out of San Fransciso and begin the your Westpac during the new Cold War.
The ports are real, the stories are the authors, and you are there to decide if they are based on true Liberty Calls. The Flight operations brings lots of memories back to this old Master Chief who earned those anchor's in the Western Pacific during this time frame. There is language equal to the '70's fleet Sailor and Marines but the there are those liberty ports Grab your seabag and return to the actions of the Sea from the comforts of your couch.
Oh, this is book 2 of the series of Jake Grafton. There is more to come Oct 17, Nigel rated it it was ok. Still feeling a bit let down by the earlier instalments of the Jake Grafton series. As with book 1 this one felt more like the biography of naval pilot unsure of his desire to remain in the navy rather than a fictional thriller of any kind. All the while is trying to come to terms with the hatred from groups of Americans to the veterans and his love for Callie and whether or not he should pr Still feeling a bit let down by the earlier instalments of the Jake Grafton series.
All the while is trying to come to terms with the hatred from groups of Americans to the veterans and his love for Callie and whether or not he should propose. Having read a couple of the later books in the series I decided to start from the beginning but am starting to regret this as I am still waiting for the whole series to develop. Stephen Coonts finds a way to make peace interesting for Jake Grafton. After surviving Vietnam, Jake finds he doesn't really fit into the civilian world, throws a peacemonger through a plate glass window and gets assigned to teach Marines how to fly A-6s off an aircraft carrier as "punishment.
This book is a bit slow moving, with lots of inne Stephen Coonts finds a way to make peace interesting for Jake Grafton. This book is a bit slow moving, with lots of inner monologue about what Jake wants to be, what will become of Callie, what the point of it is, etc. But there are some good action sequences, and Coonts keeps things moving. Mar 15, Robert rated it liked it. I'm a lover of Naval aviation, so damn near any author of its experience could sell me a book. I read this because I enjoyed "Flight of the Intruder", but it wasn't nearly as well structured or interesting.
Traumatized by the loss of his good friend, Grafton begins to question whether his efforts have been worth it.
He is eventually paired up with Virgil 'Tiger' Cole as his new navigator. Cole, an aggressive veteran with experience over the most heavily defended areas of North Vietnam, becomes aware of Grafton's frustrations, and the two begin to plan an unauthorized mission against a Communist Party center in Hanoi , which will be a serious violation of the restrictive rules of engagement. With the help of one of the Shiloh's intelligence officers, Cole and Grafton locate and plan the mission.
Flying the mission nearly proves fatal due to problems with the A-6's weapons system. Once completed, they don't even know if they successfully hit anything. Grafton's superiors soon learn of the unauthorized strike—there is no way to hide the fact that Grafton's plane was shot at by Surface to Air Missiles , yet no SAM sites were positioned near the target they were supposed to hit. Both Grafton and Cole are prosecuted by the Navy, with a conviction being certain.
The charges are dropped however, as the Richard Nixon administration is about to authorize a massive new air war campaign against Hanoi, " Linebacker II ". The Navy decides that they can't prosecute pilots for flying a mission against Hanoi when the President is about to order an escalation along the same lines. The remainder of the novel follows Grafton's exploits in what became known as The Christmas Bombings.
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He also romances Callie, his future wife. He is shot down during the offensive, and is forced to confront the horror of war on the ground, and the story closes with Grafton being rescued. Jake landed in jail. And Grafton's shore-duty commander, who bailed him out, has devised the perfect punishment for his ace flight instructor: Flying missions over Vietnam was a living hell; now, as a Navy man working side-by-side with Marines who have no carrier aviation experience, Grafton's about to discover another world of fresh hell. It is the extraordinary story of peacetime warriors who are never truly at peace: