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America: A Jake Grafton Novel [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Coonts
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Rear Admiral Jake Grafton, who has appeared in eight previous Coonts novels (most recently Cuba and Hong Kong), returns in America, another techno-thriller from one of the genre's top practitioners. The first couple of pages recount the disappearance of SuperAegis, a satellite that's the cornerstone of a new American-European-Russian anti-missile defence system, on its first, much heralded trial. But Jake Grafton is only on that case for a few paragraphs before the stealth submarine USS America is hijacked on her maiden voyage. The sub quickly lives up to her reputation as the sneakiest undersea vessel in the world by seeming to vanish into the Atlantic. It takes a little while for Grafton to connect the dots between the two military blunders, by which time missiles fired from the America have devastated Washington, frying every electronic circuit in the city, and even burning the White House to the ground. Between looking for the rogue sub, searching for the satellite, and trying to get some answers about the team the CIA trained to steal a Russian sub (and then beached when the mission was cancelled), Grafton's got his hands full.

Stephen Coonts describes the submarine at the centre of the action so lavishly and lovingly that the USS America is much more real--and even more human--than any of his flesh-and-blood characters, including Grafton himself. The mysterious German financier who's at the bottom of it all doesn't get more than a walk-on; he's a cardboard villain, just like the brilliant female computer expert who sets up his crimes. But none of that matters if you like this kind of tale, which combines excitement and action with loads of information about computers, sonar, weapons systems, and stealth technology. America will surface quickly and take a commanding position on the summer bestseller lists. --Jane Adams, Amazon.com

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Rear Admiral Jake Grafton, who has appeared in eight previous Coonts novels (most recently Cuba and Hong Kong), returns in America, another techno-thriller from one of the genre's top practitioners. The first couple of pages recount the disappearance of SuperAegis, a satellite that's the cornerstone of a new American-European-Russian anti-missile defence system, on its first, much heralded trial. But Jake Grafton is only on that case for a few paragraphs before the stealth submarine USS America is hijacked on her maiden voyage. The sub quickly lives up to her reputation as the sneakiest undersea vessel in the world by seeming to vanish into the Atlantic. It takes a little while for Grafton to connect the dots between the two military blunders, by which time missiles fired from the America have devastated Washington, frying every electronic circuit in the city, and even burning the White House to the ground. Between looking for the rogue sub, searching for the satellite, and trying to get some answers about the team the CIA trained to steal a Russian sub (and then beached when the mission was cancelled), Grafton's got his hands full.

Stephen Coonts describes the submarine at the centre of the action so lavishly and lovingly that the USS America is much more real--and even more human--than any of his flesh-and-blood characters, including Grafton himself. The mysterious German financier who's at the bottom of it all doesn't get more than a walk-on; he's a cardboard villain, just like the brilliant female computer expert who sets up his crimes. But none of that matters if you like this kind of tale, which combines excitement and action with loads of information about computers, sonar, weapons systems, and stealth technology. America will surface quickly and take a commanding position on the summer bestseller lists. --Jane Adams, Amazon.com


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 601 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 463 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0312253419
  • Verlag: St. Martin's Press (1. April 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B001QS9TRA
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen für Fans von Technothrillern 20. September 2002
Format:Taschenbuch
nach "Final Flight" und "Cuba" ein weiterer Coonts-Roman, der in meine Bestenliste gehört.
Im Gegensatz zum König des Genres, Tom Clancy, sind die Romane von Stephen Coonts leichter zu lesen, was vorallem daran liegen mag, daß er nicht so ins technische Detail geht - ohne dabei das typische, namensgebende Wesen dieser Büchergattung, den Technothrillern, zu verlieren.
Als Kritikpunkt an diesem Roman mag man anführen, daß er so manch technische Sache einbringt, die bestenfalls noch Zukunftsmusik ist(ein U-Boot weit moderner als die Seawolf-Klasse, EMP-Sprengköpfe etc.), aber man kann es auch als erfrischende Abwechslung ansehen.
Ansonsten bietet dieser Roman wieder den charmanten, weil nicht allzu unrealistischen, Helden Jake Grafton und eine Geschichte, die nicht unter extremen patriotistischen Formulierungen und Charakteren leidet, wie bei manch anderem Autor(Patrick Robinson z.B., dessen Bücher dadurch leider etwas von ihrer Genialität einbüßen).
Für Fans und Freunde des Genres auf jeden Fall eine Empfehlung wert!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another great Jake Grafton story 28. August 2001
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Stephen Coonts and I sprang from the same roots. Both former Vietnam era vets now writing Navy genre books. Although, he is much more sucessfull at this than I. For this reason I have truely enjoyed every Jake Grafton novel that I have read. His descriptions of our Navy, of its people and of its machines are beyond reproach. In this story spy sub USS America, I thought of the USS Jimmy Carter,the real spy sub, goes missing. Usually when a sub goes missing I think of Sontag's Blind Man's Bluff. The thing blew-up, it sank, people died. Not so. Jake learns that a group of CIA operators "spooks" may have swiped the sub. Their target is the White House. (Good choice. If you're trying to hit the broadside of a barn a huge white house would be an easy target. Dont' you think?)The Tomahawk cruise missle is designed to fly through a one meter window and is about 90% accurate on target. With a range of 1,500 miles, a Tomahawk lauched from Cuba would hit its mark. So the shot on the White House was not all that tough. Coonts is a relentless storyteller. If you liked Cuba or Hong Kong you will love this book as well. As a side note. I read a review that said,"...rivals Clancy for fiction-as-realism and Cussler for spirited action." I disagree. Stephen Coonts' writing and storytelling skills stands alone as one of the modern standards to which all genre writers should strive to achieve. Put this one on your must real list.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Für Clancy-Fans 12. Mai 2003
Von RP
Format:Nicht gebunden
Ein weiterer Vertreter aus dem Genre der Techno-Thriller, offensichtlich stark beeinflusst vom Erfolg des Tom Clancy-Universe. Leider fehlen diesem Buch die Charaktere, die die (zumindest ersten) Clancy-Romane so lesenswert gemacht haben. So bleibt einfach nur ein Thriller mit unlogischem Ausgang und einer gehörigen Prise Verachtung für Europa. Liest sich aber dennoch ganz gut, das kann man dem Roman zu Gute halten. Ganz OK, wenn man ein paar Stunden auf Flughäfen totschlagen muss. Mehr aber nicht.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Another Coonts - Another Great Story 28. Februar 2004
Von 500grand
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
As with most other Coonts novels, the story develops a little slowly but picks up speed in the end and culminates in a hot shootout. Not really realistic that the flag officers fight it out themselves but in the end it's fiction. The military techno backdrop makes interresting reading and all the usual characters accompany Jake Grafton through the story. In all: Maybe not the best Jake Grafton Novel (I like Cuba and Final Flight) but certainly a real good one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen America Rocks!!! 2. Juli 2001
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Stephen Coonts does it again! America takes you for a wild ride. The Navy's new stealth submarine is stolen from under their noses and escapes to the depths of the Atlantic ocean. Marine General Flap Le Beau saddles Jake and Toad with the task of finding the missing sub. First a lost military satellite, now a hijacked nuclear submarine. A hopeless situation turns desperate as the missles rain from the sky up and down the east coast of the US. The action is non stop and the plot will keep you guessing. Jake Grafton gets down and dirty in America.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Jake Grafton wears well, like an old shoe 16. September 2005
Von Daniel Berger - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Stephen Coonts does less character development than Tom Clancy. His hero Jake Grafton is thoroughly two-dimensional. He's a regular guy with a nice wife, neither of them drawn with any interesting quirks or depth. He doesn't have notable hobbies or interests. He doesn't have soaring ambitions, having made some bureaucratic enemies who keep him from rising above Rear Admiral. He dreams vaguely of the stereotypical middle-class retirement with his lovely wife. Little attention is paid to what he eats or drinks. A gourmet meal for him is steaks on the barbie. Grafton's jobs always seem to be intricate bureaucratic positions where he's a liaision from someone to someone else, which puts him in place to get into a technothriller plot involving the usual CIA and foreign spy types.

But that's half the book's appeal. Grafton strikes you as an Everyman who rises to the occasion through the qualities he's amassed as a good career Naval officer. His flurries of action are low-tech and plausible; he is resourceful without Coonts' pushing the limits of believability. And he wears well, like an old shoe. His low-key character recedes into the background, allowing you to enjoy the technological marvel of the state-of-the-art American sub that is hijacked, as well the complexity of the plot. Coonts' writing is never flashy or annoying, but quite even. I enjoyed the twists and turns of this one's plot, particularly the complexities created when arch-hacker Zelda Hudson masterminds the sub's hijacking while selling its services to two unrelated crooks for two different reasons at cross purposes with each other.

One of the other reviewers pans Coonts for making the hijackers' captain somewhat sympathetic despite his dastardly mission. I disagree. We spend a whole lot of time with him and would tire of a stereotypical tyrant or megalomaniac. And the novel is more plausible with a captain confronted with convincing his gang - through a combination of strength, logic and violence - to follow him after the fact on a much more dangerous mission than the one they'd signed on for. As a former Soviet sub captain, and as someone originally hired by the CIA at the plot's outset to hijack a sub for him, he would not have been convincingly drawn as a psychokiller or screwball. This is a leader of men who History, in the form of the Soviet Union's fall, has cast upon the streets - his last job was cab-driving in Paris - and who is now given a chance to use his hard-earned skills in a challenging, albeit criminal, mission. We see the action on the sub through his eyes, and so naturally Coonts must make him logical and smart enough to succeed in the sub long enough to make the plot work. Other colorful supporting characters are the knife-throwing Marine commandant, the slick Russian agent Janos Ilin, and my favorite Coonts character, the CIA cat-burglar Tommy Carmellini. I found myself liking hitman Myron Matheny, an aging, meticulous ex-CIA guy who drifted into killing for hire, a guy who can't wait to get out of the business but is forced back into it for one more hit. He comes off as a fiftyish accountant type, all planning and plodding and caution - the reason for his survival so long in a dangerous game. I found myself rooting for him to succeed or at least survive long enough to escape into the crime-free, smell-the-roses life he longs for.

One aspect of the book seems weirdly timely: how Washington and New York are paralyzed by missiles designed to knock out electronic systems. I read this book a week or two after Hurricane Katrina and that resonated significantly with me.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen COONTS AT THE TOP OF HIS TALENT 11. August 2001
Von Kent Braithwaite - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
As a mystery author with my first novel in its initial release, I admire Stephen Coonts and his work. In AMERICA, Coonts is working at the top of his talent. If you like plenty of action, a courageous lead, an ominous villian, some sexy women, and the continued existence of Western Civilization as we know it being on the line, you'll enjoy AMERICA too. U.S.S. America is the ultimate submarine. It vanishes in a hijacking on its maiden voyage, and Jake Grafton must find it. The book opens with satellite going missing, and that fact also plays into a plot that takes several unexpected twists and turns. This novel is also full of loads of technical scientific and engineering information, and it comes close to being the perfect techno-thriller.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen I Think The Man in the Gaberdine Suit is a Spy... 10. November 2001
Von James E. Carroll - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
The next line in the song is "she says his bowtie is really a camera," and throughout this latest novel from Stephen Coonts I couldn't stop thinking about these lyrics from the old Simon and Garfunkel song. This novel reminds me that we have not travelled very far from the days of the sixties when the cold war was at its peak. Sure Coonts has thrown in a bunch of new technological gadgets to make the story contemporary, but it's the same old story - we have it, they want it. The "it" this time is the USS America, the latest, high-tech, ultra-expensive, nuclear submarine that the Navy has just commissioned. It's loaded with the best sonar, the best electronics and the most recent high tech gadgetry that Uncle Sam can buy, including "Flashlight" Tomahawk cruise missiles that release an energy pulse on detonation capable of disabling all things electrical, including automatic doorlocks on cars, commercial airliners' electronics and the White House communications systems; and to the chagrin of the USA, the sub gets hijacked. The hero in all of this is once again Jake Grafton, the naval officer who is connected in all the right places and written about in other Coonts' novels. Jake's character should have been expanded more in this book because if the reader is unfamiliar with Jake from previous novels, then his credibility as someone whom the USA would rely upon at a time of crisis is questionable. Other characters in the story making a return appearance from previous novels like Tommy Carmellini, the CIA operative whose irreverence at the bureaucracy seems believable, cry out for a bigger part. Coonts does, however, move the story along with his concise writing style and plot lines and before you know it, you'll be finished reading this book. If you liked "Hong Kong" and "Cuba" by this author, you'll certainly like this one.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Good - until the ending 6. Juli 2002
Von David A. Coon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
An entertaning book and nicely paced. Until the end that is. The last 100 pages or so are written as if the author got tired of working on the story and simply put a bunch of disjointed, action bites together so the book could be rushed to the publisher. I have read just about every "Grafton" book and this one is the most disappointing. Would not recommend it.`
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