Grafton and Carmellini must prevent a surprise attack far more devastating than Pearl Harbor in this high octane thriller in Stephen Coonts's The Art of War.
“When it comes to military fiction, Coonts remains on every fan's A-list.”—Booklist
The Chinese dragon is flexing its muscles. As its military begins to prey on neighbors in the South China Sea, attacking fishing vessels and scheming to seize natural resources, America goes on high alert. But a far more ominous danger lurks closer to home: A nuclear weapon has been planted in the harbor at Norfolk, Virginia—site of the biggest naval base on the planet. The target: a secret rendezvous of the Atlantic Fleet aircraft carriers and their battle groups. When the CIA director is assassinated and Jake Grafton is appointed to take his place, Jake gets wind of the conspiracy but has no idea when or where the attack will occur. Meanwhile, a series of assassinations—including an attempt on the life of the President of the United States—shakes the nation and deliberately masks a far more sinister objective. Can Jake and his right hand man, Tommy Carmellini, prevent a catastrophe far more devastating than Pearl Harbor and stop a plot to destroy the U.S. Navy?
“Coonts makes us see, smell, hear, taste, and feel battle.”- Cleveland Plain-Dealer
“Exciting and Realistic—Coonts's best.”—Admiral Jay L. Johnson (Ret.), former Chief of Naval Operations
In bestseller Coonts's superior military thriller, the murders or attempted murders of several high-level Washington, D.C., government officials, including the CIA director and the FBI director, are a major concern for Jake Grafton, who becomes the interim CIA director, and CIA burglar Tommy Carmellini, last seen together in 2013's Pirate Alley. Meanwhile, Chinese agents have planted a nuclear device in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk, Va., close to the U.S. Navy's largest base. Jake becomes aware that the Chinese are planning an attack, but he doesn't know where. The primary story is Tommy's, but Coonts smoothly juggles a large cast of characters, each of whom has a distinct voice. The action builds steadily to a satisfying conclusion. Tommy is damaged yet again, and Jake is still the iron-man leader that series fans could only wish to see in real life. Readers will look forward to Jake and Tommy's further adventures.
An excellent read. About a 4.5. I enjoyed it cover to cover.
The Art of War
I read the first Jake Grafton adventure Flight of the Intruder, while working at the Point Mugu Naval Air Station near Malibu, California around 1988. Probably us Military Types enjoy these stories more than most, some because it takes them back to their early years as a Navy Pilot. Why would a Soldier who fought on the ground and from a helicopter like something about the Sea and the Navy? Because we identify with the daily challenge to be and to do our best, even in the worst possible conditions. For a Warrior, any Warrior, this challenge is what makes life worthwhile. To fight all types of adversity and win, is the greatest achievement any man or women can achieve. Jake always finds a way, no matter what adversity he's faced with. Many of us are still here because we did too. You'll enjoy this book. Get it today.
Jim Welch, US Army Retired
Art of War
An excellent work from Stephen Coonts, in the adventures of Jake Grafton. I wasn't able to put it down once I started reading. I'm already looking forward to the next installment.
A fan since Flight of the Intruder and every other fiction and non-fiction book by Mr. Coonts.