The Intruders

The Intruders

by Stephen Coonts


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From New York Times bestseller Stephen Coonts comes the second novel in his Jake Grafton series.

1973. The skies over Vietnam have finally gone silent. 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 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: an eight-month cruise on the aircraft carrier Columbia teaching jarheads—Marines—the nuances of carrier aviation. 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. And men like Marine Captain Flap Le Beau, his bombardier and navigator, have a real gift for pushing Jake's buttons. But he's going to have to learn to live with him...or die trying. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476746494
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 03/02/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 616,669
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Stephen Coonts is the author of innumerable New York Times bestsellers, the first of which was the classic flying tale, Flight of the Intruder. Coonts grew up in the coal-mining town of Buckhannon, West Virginia, and served as a pilot in the Navy. He still enjoys flying and tries to do as much of it as possible. Find out more at

Date of Birth:

July 19, 1946

Place of Birth:

Morgantown, West Virginia


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

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The Intruders 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Davidvoz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Intruders was a very enjoyable read. This book took an unexpected direction in the life of pilots on a carrier and the internal and external struggles that Jake Grafton faces after the Vietnam War. The book moves very smoothly with action through the book and I did not want to put it down. I recommend this book but I would read Flight of the Intruder first.
Sturgeon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿m a little torn with this one. I was expecting (hoping for) a lot more flying adventure in the story but on the other hand, Coonts has given us a much deeper look at the character in this novel. He goes into greater detail of the everyday workings of an aircraft carrier which will be helpful for the average reader.Overall, it is a good story but not a great story. I think the problem is that I have become so used to the `can¿t put it down¿ feeling while reading his books, that this one was a little too tame. Having said that, if this had been my first Coonts book, I¿d be compelled to pick up another one and no doubt would have been surprised at the faster pace.For the Stephen Coonts fans like myself, I have no problem recommending The Intruders, as long as you are looking for more in-depth character development and less shoot `em up ¿ bang bang.
qstewart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For those who are fans of Jake Grafton this is an excellent book to add to your collection. We find Jake shortly after the Vietnam War ended courting his one true love and struggling, during a cruise aboard an aircraft carrier, with a decision on whether to stay in the Navy or not. I learned a lot about the operations on a carrier during peace time and the cycles that the personnel on board go through. I think it is interesting for the technical aspects that Coonts brings into the book. There are a lot of dangers aboard and aircraft carrier and one gets a glimpse of most of them as you read the narrative.I think that Coonts is giving us a glimpse of Grafton's life before the adventurers that we have followed him through. This book gives us a understanding of the make up of the man that we have been following in the series starting with Flight of the Intruder. It gives the reader an insight into the making of an American hero. A very good read.
awilson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Jake Grafton novel, but not one of the goofy thrillers. Sort of a sequel to Flight of the Intruder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read 90% of Stephen Coonts books and they all received a 5 star rating.
DOOY More than 1 year ago
If you have an affinity for flying, military and adventure this book, and so far the series is for you. As an Army aviator myself, I could identify closely with the pictures Coonts painted about a Naval Aviator who faces many challenges that are believable. Keeps you up at night reading to see how the hero survives...
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