Final Flight (Jake Grafton Series #3)

Final Flight (Jake Grafton Series #3)

by Stephen Coonts

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Overview

The most daring -- and deadly -- terrorist plot of all time is about to unfold aboard the supercarrier USS United States. If it succeeds, the balance of nuclear power will tilt in favor of a remorseless Arab leader. And it looks as if no one can stop it - except navy "jet jock" Jake Grafton. "Cag " Grafton is one helluva pilot. His F-14 Tomcat is one helluva plane. But some of Jake's crewmates have already vanished. A woman reporter who boarded the ship in Tangiers may not be who she claims to be. And Jake may have to disobey a direct order from the President himself for one spine-tingling, hair-raising Final Flight

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440204473
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1989
Series: Jake Grafton Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 389
Sales rank: 253,622
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

As a naval aviator, Stephen Coonts flew combat missions during the Vietnam War. A former attorney and the author of many New York Times bestselling novels, he resides with his wife in Colorado.

Date of Birth:

July 19, 1946

Place of Birth:

Morgantown, West Virginia

Education:

B.A., West Virginia University, 1968; J.D., University of Colorado, 1979

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Final Flight (Jake Grafton Series #2) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this in about three evenings. It held my attention the whole time, though having been in the Navy myself (reserver) it is easy to see how I could be biased. Still, I found it very interesting to see things from the perspective of a fighter pilot. Reading the synopsis on the back of the book, I realize they downplayed the fact that this is a story about an attempt to steal Nuclear weapons off an American aircraft carrier. If I'd known that before starting the book I'd have been very credulous about the story. It turns out that everything flowed pretty well and was essentially believable, so no problems there. I did have a big problem with the ending which will be obvious to those who read the book. Not to give too much away, I couldn't understand why this had to be 'The Final Flight'. With the big letdown ending, I had to lower the # of stars I give the book overall.
DavidLErickson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, as with most, tarted out slow. I felt as if I were reading a Naval Air Primer for all the details lavished on process and activity. But as the story unfolded with multiple plot lines the depth of detail fell off and it became more the kind of novel I prefer.The characters were well endowed with individual characteristics, mannerisms and foibles. There were a couple who seemed sterotypical characatures, which did little to hold my interest, but overall I think Stephen did an excellent job populating this novel.I was a little disappointed how easily the terrorists commandeered a U.S. naval vessel, given the depth of procedural detail offered early on, but I understand that the story could not have unfolded otherwise.The climax was well drawn, though a bit too TVish for me. And, like so many novels I've read of late, the protagonist dies and the aftermath of his demise is given short shrift. The last scene was unrealistic, but did provide some a modicum of closure. Because of the unique nature of creativity, I, as a writer, would have handled it quite differently and added more depth. Though she'd been a significant character in the story, Mrs. Grafton's loss was totally ignored.There were places I felt needed more detail and other less, but overall, I think this was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't believe any one can just easily walk on board a US nuclear CVN without military i.d. Even in the rain. Middle East, that near the shore? I like reading this genre of novels ... don't overdo the wile of our enemies nor demean the alertness of our warriors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without spoiers, I can only say that I am disappointed with the ending, but I should have expected it. Other than that I would have given a full five stars. Coonts should have found a good way to do otherwise,but I guess I can understand why.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exciting story. Great details about all aspects of the navy. Jake makes a great hero. Is he really gone?
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Mike_4-9 More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie "Flight of the Intruder" on the Military Channel's "An Officer and a Movie" and thought perhaps I'd like to read his books. I usually don't like to read books after I've seen the movie so I didn't get "Flight of the Intruder". I didn't realize that I started with "Final Flight" which is the 3rd in the Jake Grafton series. I'm not sure how I missed "The Intruders", the 2nd in the series. Coonts's style is very much like Tom Clancy who does a very good job of explaining a lot of the technical terms and providing background information. Coonts is not as detailed as Clancy which has its upside. It's not as long a read as Clancy but he still presents a good storyline. You have to keep reminding yourself that these "terrorist plot" books are fiction and in some cases a pretty good stretch of reality. I said the book was "a little strange" because, it appears, the lead character, Jake Grafton, is killed off at the end. It's almost like he was intending "FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER", "THE INTRUDERS" & "FINAL FLIGHT" to be a short mini-series of 3 books. I wonder how Jake Grafton will come back alive in the 4th of the series "The Minotaur".
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