- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Dell (September 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440207428
- ISBN-13: 978-0440207429
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 179 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Navy Captain Jake Grafton develops an aircraft known as the Minotaur using Stealth technology and deals with a Defense Department information leak in this techno-thriller. PW commented, "Coonts is most compelling when he focuses on the politics of design and procurement; his comparisons of Navy and Air Force procedures are admirably sharp-edged."
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Fighter-jock Jake Grafton has survived his share of airborne death duels. Now he's grounded. As head of the top-secret Athena Project, he's now in charge of developing the navy's next-generation attack aircraft-a carrier-launched stealth version of the A-6 Intruder. But deep within the labyrinth of the Pentagon, a cunning Soviet network is trashing U.S. security. Behind it is the ultimate spymaster called The Minotaur: his sights are on Jake's aircraft...and his plans are for one last kill.
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The characters, especially at the beginning of the book, we're not realistic. I thought Rita was bi-polar, but no, just poorly written. This is not a story for anyone who appreciates character development.
But if you like a detailed story that keeps moving and isn't easily predicted, this should be right up your alley.
I would still recommend this book to anyone with the caveat that the details should be taken as random fantasy rather than historical fiction.
This is a direct follow-up from the end of "Final Flight" where fighter pilot Captain Jake Grafton deliberately rammed another plane to prevent nuclear Armageddon. After many months Grafton has recovered from his terrible wounds but is still facing up to his mental wounds. His wife Callie despairs that she will ever see the old confident Jake back again.
One day Jake is invited by the Pentagon to take an office job - something of an anathema when he really wants to go back into action. But he soon finds that his new super-top secret job of evaluating advanced stealth fighters and combating espionage is as challenging as being in action.
Grafton's navigator, Toad Tarrington, was not as seriously injured (only one rod in his leg) and is fit for active service. When he hears that Grafton is headed for the Pentagon he decides to follow him and join Grafton's team. There he meets his match with Rita Moravia, a top-gun female pilot who quickly decides that Toad will become the love of her life, and Toad quickly agrees. Toad and Rita feature in several later Jack Grafton books.
A lot of this book focuses on aeroplanes and flying and is very militarily detailed so it may not be everyone's cup of tea. But it does provide an interesting bridge between Grafton the pilot and Grafton the Admiral and intelligence operative in later books.
I got it for $1.99 as a Kindle Daily deal, so I don't feel cheated. I probably would have felt at least a little cheated if I had paid full price.
Its a long book that delves at length into both the Pentagon procurement process that is of course inevitably tied up with politics, and high technology being a force multiplier for the US. Most of this was believable, even if 30+ years later some of the technology discussed (e.g. - active cancellation) still has not come to fruition.
It might well have been a better book if it had just skipped the silly espionage stuff. None of that was believable to me. It was just too convoluted, especially as the book progressed.
I bought it mainly because I remember how much I enjoyed reading Flight of the Intruder, the first book in the Jake Grafton series. This book was fun to read, but not even close to being in the category of a really great book like Flight of the Intruder.