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When a North Korean freighter carrying a cargo of biological weapons runs aground in international waters off Cuba--Rear Admiral Jake Grafton wants to go aboard, taking just one other man with him. His new chief of staff, Capt. Pascal, is sceptical and suggests that he takes along a half dozen well-armed marines. Jake's reply is patient and succinct: "I don't know what's on that ship ... It just makes sense to have a point man explore the unknown before we risk very many lives. I am going to be the point man because I want to personally see what is there, and I make the rules. Understand?" Had Capt. Pascal been one of the millions of readers of Coonts's previous books about Grafton, he wouldn't have raised the issue. Jake is a take-charge guy, the kind of believable hero trusted by his military superiors (if occasionally viewed as a loose cannon by politicians), and not even the possibility of an all-out war with Cuba is going to make him start playing it safe.

Fidel Castro is very close to death from cancer; his chief aide plans to win the hearts of the Cuban population and gain control of the government by using a 40-year-old secret weapon against an American city. Meanwhile, Adm. Grafton and his carrier fleet have been sent to Guantánamo Bay in Cuba to supervise the removal of some U.S. biological weapons there. Very soon, Grafton and other Coonts' regulars are up to their helmets in action on air, land and sea. Along the way, we meet a large cast of vivid supporting players: a Cuban family whose fate is closely linked to Castro's rise and fall; a CIA agent with the perfect cover--lawyer for giant tobacco companies who want to make cigarettes in Cuba. We also increase our knowledge of military jargon: "strangling the parrot" means turning off a radar transponder.

Cuba is an intriguing and surprisingly compassionate scenario, in which superb scenes of military action alternate with high family drama and political in-fighting. --Dick Adler

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When a North Korean freighter carrying a cargo of biological weapons runs aground in international waters off Cuba--Rear Admiral Jake Grafton wants to go aboard, taking just one other man with him. His new chief of staff, Capt. Pascal, is sceptical and suggests that he takes along half a dozen well-armed marines. Jake's reply is patient and succinct: "I don't know what's on that ship ... It just makes sense to have a point man explore the unknown before we risk very many lives. I am going to be the point man because I want to personally see what is there, and I make the rules. Understand?" Had Capt. Pascal been one of the millions of readers of Coonts's previous booksabout Grafton, he wouldn't have raised the issue. Jake is a take-charge guy, the kind of believable hero trusted by his military superiors (if occasionally viewed as a loose cannon by politicians), and not even the possibility of an all-out war with Cuba is going to make him start playing it safe.

Fidel Castro is very close to death from cancer; his chief aide plans to win the hearts of the Cuban population and gain control of the government by using a 40-year-old secret weapon against an American city. Meanwhile, Adm. Grafton and his carrier fleet have been sent to Guantánamo Bay in Cubato to supervise the removal of some US biological weapons there. Very soon, Grafton and other Coonts' regulars are up to their helmets in action on air, land and sea. Along the way, we meet a large cast of vivid supporting players: a Cuban family whose fate is closely linked to Castro's rise and fall; a CIA agent with the perfect cover--as lawyer for giant tobacco companies who want to make cigarettes in Cuba. We also increase our knowledge of military jargon: "strangling the parrot" means turning off a radar transponder.

Cuba is an intriguing and surprisingly compassionate scenario, in which superb scenes of military action alternate with high family drama and political in-fighting. --Dick Adler


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1035 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 481 Seiten
  • Verlag: St. Martin's Press (4. September 1999)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003JH86GQ
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Alright as succintly as possible I loved my first taste of connts militaristic writings and thought it a deserving epic. The author deals convincingly with a number of political and personnaly emotive issues , but isn't that what fictional writings all about. The sub-theme of the belleagured Cuban peoples plight is uncannily releastic. The book even has Cubas version of the Kennedy family. Yes , the colourful but sad Sedando clann with their hugely varying aspirations serve for intriguing and entralling reading and ultimately are an integral component of the storyline.
Ofcourse we ignore the military theme at our peril. It too is undeniably captivating and surely decisive. The prospect of an explosive clash between the might of the American army and embittered and avengful Cuban counterparts over nuclear armaments is mouthwatering.
Again the Yanks are forefronted by the intrepid and revereant Admiral Jake Grafton co-staring alongside Commander Toad Tarkington. With the black clad and sinister figure of a clandestined CIA agent lurking in the wings this makes for some entertaining stuff.
Put all this in the mixer and Connts presents a thoroughly fascinating although politically delicate fictional fable without focusing excessively on one particular sub-plot.
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It was good to see Jake Grafton back in action. I think some fans will be disapointed because Jake has a bit of a reduced role in this book, Coonts lets a few new characters do most of the dirty work. I thought his use of Grafton was appropriate and refreshing, I mean how much can you really have the Admiral in command of a carrier task force sneaking around and shooting people in alleys.
I enjoyed this book more than the Red Horseman, which struck me as a bit simplistic, but that is just my opinion.
I don't know how to reconcile the story in Under Seige with what happens here, so I won't try to justify it, however, it certainly did not detract from my enjoyment of this book.
Was this book classic Jake Grafton? No, I don't know if I could put it in the same category as Flight of the Intruders or Final Flight. Was it good to see Jake Grafton back in action again? Yes, it was. I thought the writing was pretty solid, and although the bad guys weren't much of a match for Grafton and friends, they managed to throw more than a few curves. The subplots were interesting as well, and there were many interesting characters. Overall, it was an enjoyable book that I read all too quickly, wishing there were more of it to read.
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"Cuba" seemed like it might be an entertaining read, given the current political dynamics and newsmakers. Plus, I thought it would be nice to have another "chapter" featuring Jake Grafton. However, this book didn't really live up to expectations.
As with another reviewer, I also had to put aside the inconsistency with Fidel Castro being knocked off in an earlier Coonts book. Also, as the same reviewer suggested, the notion that this is a "Jake Grafton" book is slightly misleading, given the small percentage of the story that features him.
One of Mr. Coonts' strongpoints is that when he writes action sequences, the read can move very fast. His descriptiveness of flight and combat are also very strong. However, he seems to take forever to get to these assets in "Cuba". I felt the first two-thirds of the book were just short of interminable as he set up the various storylines. Then the assault on Cuba turned out to be quick and enjoyable reading; unfortunately, since it was such a small chunk of the book, it wound up being too short.
The enjoyment I had reading the last 100 or so pages almost made me rate this more positively, until I actually thought about how long it seemed to take to get there. It seemed to me that he could have balanced the action and plot development out a little better. After having almost all action and little to no plot development in his previous book, "Fortunes Of War", it seemed like he swung back too far in the other direction with this one.
I found a couple "loose ends" also in reading this that Mr. Coonts seemed to fail to address (unless he plans a return to this storyline). One was the issue of Castro's videotape.
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Having read all of the Jake Grafton series and other works by Coonts, Cuba was a nice addition to my collection.
One of the potential problems in writing a series about a character is that author needs to avoid making the character a superhero. Coonts does a very good job with Grafton by doing just that. The three recurring characters are not together by plot convenience and the circumstances surrounding their presence near Cuba.
The advantage of how Coonts' writing style is that I never knew if or when one of the main characters might fall victim to the enemy. This raised the tension in the story and kept me interested throughout.
Cuba was well-paced and enjoyable. I disagree with other assessments that this was not a Jake Grafton novel. Grafton may not have been the sole player and indeed played a less significant role than in past books of the series but his presence there gave a familiarity with the characters that allowed the reader to be taken directly to the plot without having to introduce every aspect of every character like he would have had to do if this were not part of a series.
It may not be as deep as some other books, but it was very enjoyable and I would recommend it for any fan of military fiction.
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