A war-weary Navy pilot confronts the deadly skies of the South Pacific, training Marine pilots and battling Soviets MiGs in the wake of the Vietnam War. Fighter pilot Jake Grafton is adrift following combat in Vietnam. With no place in the States to call home, Grafton sticks to what he knows best: taking on the world's most treacherous skies from the cockpit of a Grumman A-6 Intruder. Now, stationed in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. Columbia, Grafton must teach the Marines aboard the art of flying from an aircraft carrier - a mission that, thanks to the unruly Marine Captain Le Beau, is as joyless as it is dangerous.
But when an unexpected enemy appears from above, Grafton and Le Beau must put aside their differences and work together to save the lives of all onboard.
©2010 Stephen Coonts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Exciting tactical treatment of post Vietnam aircraft carrier operations. Our hero, Lt Jake Grafton, goes on a cruise, worries about his girlfriend, fights pirates and the Soviets while cementing his relationship with a Marine snake-eating bombardier-navigator. Full of Navy jargon, each word well explained. The book is an exciting listen from beginning to end.
"Read if you are interested how Naval Aviation works."
A very good education on what goes in to being a Naval Aviator on deployment.
It is also a must read to understand the Warrior that is Jake Grafton as he progress in his Career. I truly loved the small asides on what it takes to be a true professional warrior in a peace time Navy run by Bureaucrats.
Benjamin L. Darcie does a GREAT job in the Narration he captures the moods perfectly!
My only complaint is as with others is the third act, I would have much rather had the story move to Australia and back home. This is because I enjoyed the story of his inner struggle and daily life, and challenges of Carrier Aviation a lot more than fighting Pirates.
great description of flying. many times to much vulgarity. poor Jake spent years complaining about life .
"As usual. "
I'm a longtime fan and pleased again, as usual. Naval aviation wouldn't exist in my mind without Jake Grafton. And flying would be much less fun without Stephen Koontz.
loved it.good story, very interesting details of carrier aviation. will read it again. well narated.
"lives up to the excitement of the first Novel"
Yea I think I would, I would recommend this audiobook to anybody who has listened to 'flight of the intruders' by Coonts. It picks up the story well and is just as exciting as the first book
Plenty of high flying action, with some extra too. The adventures of Jake and his new BM - Flap, will have you listening non stop for hours
He brings life to the book. His narration of the books really brings out the excitement.
Flap, you never quite know how to take him, but you get the sense that he is a good man and an excellent military man. His past is never fully explained but you know enough to know he is formidable
If you enjoyed "Flight of the Intruders" you will definitely enjoy this one!
"Another great story from Stephen Coonts"
The Jake Grafton series of books are some of the very best, Stephen Coonts always seems to make even the most cynical realize that their are those men and women in the military that are there because they hope to make a difference.
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