Jake Grafton is back! After flying A-6 Intruders in Vietnam and, seventeen years later, commanding an air wing aboard a super carrier in the Mediterranean, Jake - now grounded - is assigned to the Pentagon where he is in charge of developing the navy's new top secret stealth attack plane, the A-l2.
Faced with political and technical problems at every turn, Jake soon finds himself drawn into the hunt for the Minotaur, a mole hidden in the Pentagon who is giving America's most precious defense secrets to the Russians. The FBI's chief spy-catcher is hot on the Minotaur's trail, or is he? Just who are the traitors in this Byzantine world of technocrats, politicians, and multi-billion dollar defense programs? Four people are dead and a test pilot is near death before Grafton hones in on the shocking identity of the Minotaur - and his even more chilling motive.
Combining authentic details of weapons strategies and stealth technology with an all-to-real story of the international trade in military secrets - and featuring the classic flying scenes that are Coonts' trademark - THE MINOTAUR confirms that Stephen Coonts is a modern master of suspense.
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.''