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Hong Kong: A Jake Grafton Novel (Jake Grafton Novels)

Hong Kong: A Jake Grafton Novel (Jake Grafton Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Coonts
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From Publishers Weekly

Last year, Coonts had Cuba teetering on the political edge in his megaseller of the same name. Now it's Hong Kong, in another steadfast speculative thriller. The great city/state is falling out of Communist hands, just a few short years after the Chinese takeover. The revolution is being fomented by the cyberintelligentsia, who have managed to rig computer systems throughout Hong Kong and China so that all vital functionsAthe power grid, airports, oil refineries, telephone systems, etc.Awill collapse at the same time. At the helm of the insurrection is Virgil Cole, the American consul general who used his enormous wealth as a former Silicon Valley exec to finagle the overseas appointment; he views the revolution as a kind of extreme sport. He doesn't, however, anticipate the arrival of Jack Grafton, navy admiral and Washington's go-to guy, who starts prowling around a few days before the revolution begins. Just as Grafton is beginning to figure things out, a criminal gang leader working with the rebels kidnaps his wife. Anyone who's seen Grafton in action before knows that he isn't one to take such personal slights lightly. The final third of the book shows Hong Kong under spectacular siege as the rebels rely on sabotage, cunning and half a dozen fighting robots, called Sergeant Yorks, to subdue the Chinese soldiers. Coonts does a remarkable job of capturing the mood of clashing cultures in Hong Kong, creating some noteworthy secondary characters. These include Lin Pe, the aging owner of a fortune cookie factory who finds solace in writing simple fortunes while the world around her crumbles, and Sun Siu Ki, the Beijing-installed governor of Hong Kong, whose peasant mind simply cannot grasp rebellion. For all its stylish accents, however, the story goes from point A to point B with few detours or surprises. Most readers will likewise rush headlong through this seventh Grafton adventure. Major ad/promo. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Last year he defended the U.S. against a nuclear attack in Cuba; this year Admiral Jake Grafton merely defends one American, his wife, against a Hong Kong gangster. The narrowing of Grafton's focus means he won't be operating his usual panoply of jets and aircraft carriers, but what Coonts reduces in hardware he enhances in intrigue. In Hong Kong to investigate the loyalty of American consul Virgil Cole, Grafton finds a tense city as protests against a failed bank take on anticommunist overtones. Constitutionally indisposed to the circumspect approach, Grafton bluntly confronts Cole with official suspicions that the consul is fomenting the unrest. Almost before the consul can concoct a lie, the aforesaid gangster nabs Grafton's wife, setting up the two agendas that drive Coonts' plot: Grafton's attempt to rescue his spouse, and Cole's sub rosa machinations with Chinese rebels. Grafton's link between the two is the pal he made in Cuba, CIA lock-picker Tommy Carmellini. When not snooping on the consul and other CIA agents, Carmellini buddies up with Grafton, backing him up with that nick-in-time gunplay so critical to any techno worthy of the name. And the techno part of Coonts' yarn is an over-the-top machine, seemingly recruited from Terminator 2. This is an entertaining distraction within its genre's conventions, and credit Coonts with risking his fans' loyalty by setting his hero within a planeless plot--they'll stick with Jake, even when he's on foot. Gilbert Taylor
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 602 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: St. Martin's Press (30. Juni 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003J5UI78
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Too much SciFi .... 6. März 2004
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Can a location be more inspiring than Hong Kong? A figure like Jake Grafton developed through a series of other novels. Now Coonts sends him to Hong Kong in the middle of a developing crisis and he even re-encounters old friends. This MUST BE a good novel.... Unfortunately, the book turns out to be the one exception in the Grafton Series. The Robot SciFi stuff is just TOO MUCH. The Hong Kong Scenery cannot compensate. The only valid reason to read is would be to complete the Grafton Series ....
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Hält leider nicht, was der Anfang verspricht 1. Oktober 2001
Von Ein Kunde
Dieses Buch beginnt als Thriller und macht auf den ersten Blick den Eindruck, hervorragend recherchiert zu sein. Da ich selbst 6 1/2 Jahre in Hong Kong gelebt habe, sind mir Land und Leute geläufig. Kleine Fehler vermag man zu verzeihen. Allerdings entwickelt sich das Buch zu einer schlechten Sci-Fi Farce, im B-Movie Stil. Coonts macht einen ganz entscheidenden Fehler: Er vergisst schlicht den Eastern Harbour Crossing, also den zweiten Tunnel, der Hong Kong Island im Nordosten mit der Halbinsel Kowloon verbindet. Coonts gesamter militärischer Plot fällt damit auseinander. Nach einem guten, spannenden Anfang ist der Rest vergeudete, kostbare Lesezeit.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Better but not his best 30. Oktober 2000
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I truly enjoyed this book. After the first 100 or so pages I couldn't put it down. Much better than the prior novel (Cuba). I found the principal characters generally believable. The robots seemed a bit much at first, but then anything is possible. Perhaps something similar does exist for the military. Looking forward to the next story.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Jake Grafton Makes Smooth Transition Ashore 22. September 2000
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Stephen Coonts proves he is more than equal to the task of maintaining the Jake Grafton character as he ages and moves away from the cockpit and the flight deck. This story harkens back to the tone and the pace that Coonts set with Under Siege, another book that found Jake Grafton ashore. Coonts works in some old characters, an exotic locale and some pretty good observations on the looming political/cultural struggles in China. He also weaves in some good comparisons to present day Hong Kong and life the way it was under British rule. There is enough high-tech stuff here to satisfy the techno-thriller reader, but it is paralleled by some good character portraits and an expansion of the character of Jake's wife, Callie. All in all a very satisfiable addition to the Jake Grafton series.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book 3. Oktober 2000
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See Storyline above.
This, in my opinion,is one of those rare 5 star books. It packs a ton of action with an outstanding locale. You'll actually find yourself cheering for the good guys with enthusiasm. The two different plots in the book are weaved together with a fine touch. Jake Grafton must rescue his wife from a greedy criminal while at the same time rebels are trying to overrun the communists. This is one heck of a good read, and if action is on your list, don't miss this one.
Highly recommended.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fortune cookies and revolution 30. September 2000
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David Poyer, Tom Clancy and Stephen Coonts have made China this season's enemy du jour. This entry involves the least amount of military might, but does utilize a sci-fi robot to carry the day for the revolution that occurs, when big business can't take communism any more. Grafton's task this time is more personal, the rescue of his wife from a gangster. But it somehow seems too easy, though you won't find it hard to keep turning the pages.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen You've kidnapped my wife? How naughty of you! 12. August 2003
Von Rennie Petersen - Veröffentlicht auf
I found this book rather disappointing, even though it did get quite exciting towards the end with the descriptions of how the rebel forces take on the Chinese Army and manage to take over Hong Kong.

My biggest criticism has to do with the way Jake Grafton responds to the kidnapping of his wife Callie by Hong Kong crime boss Sonny Wong. Jake knows that Sonny has Callie locked up somewhere, is having her tortured, and probably intends to kill her when he gets the information he wants and/or gets the ransom he is demanding.

So what does Jake do? He stages a raid on Sonny's restaurant, shooting a guard dead in the process. Jake then confronts Sonny and finishes up by setting fire to Sonny's restaurant. But does he demand his wife released here and now? No! Jake makes various threats to Sonny about what he'll do if Callie is harmed and then walks away!

I found that action so crazy that I spent most of the rest of the book wondering how Jake could be so dumb as to act like that. As a small redeeming feature even Jake wonders how he was so dumb: 100 pages later he's thinking of himself in the third person and saying, "He had his chance last night. He should have stuck his revolver up Wong's nose and told him he was going to blow his f***ing head off if he didn't produce Callie in a quarter of an hour."

Of course Jake eventually learns where Callie is being held captive and stages another raid in which he manages to free her. But still, how could he have been so dumb (and so uncaring?) to not exploit his first chance to get Callie freed?

I also found it somewhat problematic that the "Sergeant York" fighting robots were so advanced. This book is supposed to be a techno-thriller, but these robots were so intelligent and so powerful that it was more like science fiction.

So far I've read two of Stephen Coonts' books and I do intend to read some more despite my disappointment with this one. But one thought keeps returning to me: how does someone with Jake Grafton's flair for disobeying orders get promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral?

Rennie Petersen
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