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An enigmatic Russian spymaster makes contact with Jake Grafton in the aftermath of the savage attacks on the World Trade Center in New York to give him a warning. A disaffected Russian general has sold four tactical nuclear weapons to the Sword of Islam, a terrorist organisation determined to mount a deadly strike designed to destroy the US as a world power. The goal is nothing less than the final destruction of western civilisation. This time, Jake learns, the foreign terrorists have domestic friends. Someone within America wants the attack to succeed. Fighting bureaucrats and traitors, Jake Grafton is up to his eyes in agents and double agents with time running out as he hunts for the weapons.
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A taut thriller full of action and suspense that will leave you wondering if it might be happening now. Stephen Coonts's sales are increasing with every book. He is one of the few younger adventure thriller writers who can go on to threaten Clancy's dominance. LIBERTY is one of the first thrillers to deal with the post-September 11th world. Coonts is one of the few writers with the credibility and skill to deal with the subject expertly. His previous novel, SAUCER, has been the most successful Coonts novel to date, reaching number 11 in the bestseller charts. All his thrillers received terrifi

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Stephen Coonts is a former naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Vietnam War. His previous novels have been worldwide bestsellers. A former attorney, he resides with his wife and son in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Coonts's Navy hero, Jake Grafton, is called upon by the President to track down four nuclear warheads that were purchased by the international terrorist organization Sword of Islam from a rogue Russian general. Jake assembles a cast of cons and renegade black bag operators who find that the missiles have been smuggled into the United States. During the operation, the crew has to fight corrupt pols and business folks and bureaucrat weenies, as well as the terrorists. There are a few plot twists but a happy (for the good guys) ending. This exciting tale is ably performed by Guerin Barry, whose reading is confident and sufficiently expressive. This is recommended for public libraries, Coonts fans, or those who enjoy action thrillers.-Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Coonts's latest gripping espionage thriller (after America, Hong Kong and Cuba) continues the adventures of Adm. Jack Grafton as he pursues major malefactors. This time, a rogue Russian general has sold nuclear warheads to a Mideastern anti-American terrorist best known for "hacking some tourists to death with a machete" in Egypt. Grafton must identify and locate the terrorist and his cronies before he detonates the weapons in the U.S. The action moves from central Russia and Suez to the American east coast. Readers familiar with the series know that while Grafton's methods trample on the law, the FBI and, especially, the CIA, he will be supported by persons at the highest level of government. Coonts's naval background and his legal education bring considerable authority to the story, and the narrative is loaded with detailed information about terrorist networks, modern weaponry and international intrigue. The plot is so intricate and involves so many characters that readers might lose track of who's who, though Coonts delineates the major players skillfully. The best character is a computer hacker whom Grafton gets released from prison so that she can invade the databases of law enforcement agencies in Washington. The action is slam-bang, and shifts in point of view accelerate the tension. The climax, played out in the recently renovated interior of the Statue of Liberty, is made for the movies. By the novel's end, Grafton is so detested by law enforcement that the only thing for him to do is retire. Readers will hope it's only temporary. Regional author tour. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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