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Liberty: A Jake Grafton Novel (Jake Grafton Series) von [Coonts, Stephen]
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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

In Coonts' eleventh novel, the hero is Rear Admiral Jake Grafton, and his assignment--big surprise!--is to stop the unthinkable before it's too late. Written after the September 11 attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, the plot involves a terrorist network that possesses nuclear weapons that may be used against the U.S. Grafton, who works for the FBI/CIA Joint Antiterrorism Task Force, discovers that a Russian general who "doesn't hate America, but loves money" has sold four missile warheads to a group called the Sword of Islam for $2 million. The plot continues through a series of mostly violent encounters in such varied places as Cairo, Florida, and New York City, and on a mysterious freighter, Olympic Voyager. The book's title suggests its conclusion: two men spotted on the balcony of the Statue of Liberty's torch. By the time readers get to that point, they will have enjoyed an exciting romp. Librarians beware. This latest Coonts yarn undoubtedly will make the best-seller lists. George Cohen
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1158 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 545 Seiten
  • Verlag: St. Martin's Press (18. Februar 2003)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003JH86H0
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Author Stephen Coonts has written a dozen books with, "Liberty", the 8th, that feature the character of Jake Grafton. The last book I read by Mr. Coonts was by no means exceptional, but this book is just poorly done. Whether misquoting one of the best-known figures of the 20th Century, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, or just letting generalities slide by when detail is critical, this book is just badly executed. The plot winds around itself and actually shows some promise as you get past the first 90%, the problem, even then, is that the book still has not decided what story it is trying to tell.
One of the reasons is that the book is so opportunistic, cliché, and appears to have been rushed as it was inspired by events of September 11, 2001. This book is fiction, but fiction does not mean that any sense of balance should be tossed for dramatic effect. This book is littered with stereotypes of the worst sort, and absolute disrespect for non-Christian religions. The black hats this time are designated by the fantastically weak name of, "The Sword Of Islam", is that the best the author could invent for the opposition in this book? I was completely unimpressed and disappointed that these persons were repeatedly described as billions of ignorant, uneducated mud hut dwellers, and other names that are unprintable here, and should be beneath a writer of Mr. Coonts' track record. Islam is not the problem the World faces, certain individuals that distort Islam, just as others distort Christianity to justify the murder of people they do not like are the issue, not the religion that is mentioned.
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This book really surprised me. Written shortly after 9/11, one might think that Coonts wrote a quick add-on to the Grafton Series to make use of the public mood. Reading the book, I must say that it's one of the best of the Grafton Series. The slow acceleration of the story so typical in the Grafton Series is non-existent here. The storyline takes unexpected twists and Coonts has a lot of surprises waiting thoughout the book. All the usual characters appear. Coonts tries to provide some background on the islamic terrorists' motivations and while this might be a little simplistic, it certainly is worth reading. Hot Story, Hot Action, Very much recommended .....
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must Read!!!!!!! 1. Januar 2004
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The scariest thing about this book is that it could be happening.Middle Eastern terrorists, The Sword of Islam, have located a corrupt Russian general who is willing to sell nuclear warheads which he is in charge of guarding. Four are delivered which sets in motion a riveting story of their delivery to the United States and the forces which are hunting them down in order to prevent the ultimate catastrophy.
Jake Grafton, a central figure in many of Coonts's book is put in charge of a secret antiterrorism task force by the President
and given powers to use which may be constitutionaly suspect, but necessary nonetheless. When his powers are described to him, Grafton tells the President that "If the press gets this, you'll be impeached and I'll go to prison." The President's response is that "The president has the inherant power to defend the nation. I'm using that power here and now." That pretty much sets the tone for what is to follow.
An interesting melange of characters flesh out the story and set up a tense and gripping situation in New York harbor involving Fleet Week, an armed atomic device on the torch platform of the Statue of Liberty and a desperate plan to avoid disaster. When informed of how Grafton plans to subdue the terrorists, the FBI wryly comments, "You don't have a plan." Maybe not, but it makes for page turning reading.
This tale is as current as tomorrows headlines and as scary as it gets. Let's hope that it never comes to that and remains fiction.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Jake Grafton retires - and does it in style! 8. August 2004
Von Rennie Petersen - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book was written in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy, and is very much influenced by that event. The story is somewhat reminiscent of Tom Clancy's "The Sum of all Fears": terrorists are smuggling nuclear weapons into the USA in an attempt to destroy western society.

I liked this book a lot. It's true that the book is colored by Sept. 11 and by the desire to have a story with real heroes doing heroic things and to paint the Islamic terrorists in as negative a way as possible. But despite this Stephen Coonts created a story that is quite thought-provoking, very scary, and featuring a fair number of "good guys" who are not as lily white as they first appear to be.

Another interesting aspect of the story is the picture that is painted of the political infighting between the politicians and the various organizations such as the CIA and the FBI and the military. Everyone should be working toward the goal of combating the terrorists, but in reality many people are working on their own private agendas.

The story is very complicated with a large number of characters and with several subplots. Unless you have a very good memory I'd recommend that you create a written roster of characters as you read the book, noting vital facts for each person and noting the pages they appear on. Then, when you realize that you're not sure if a character has already been presented or not, it's easy to look in your roster and see.

My roster of characters for Liberty ended up covering four pages with some 45 names on it! It was very satisfying being able to cross off the names of most of the bad guys as they met with violent ends. Of course, some of the good guys also lost their lives. In all, 18 entries in my roster ended with "killed on page xxx"!

In summary, a very exciting book with interesting subplots, unexpected twists in the story and good characters. My only criticism is that the lack of panic in the general population does not seem realistic - my guess is that if it became known that nuclear weapons were being smuggled into American cities that it would result in massive fleeing from the cities to the countryside.

This is the 10th and (presumably) final book in the "Jake Grafton series", with Jake announcing his retirement at the end of the book. Stephen Coonts has started a new series of novels starring Tommy Carmellini, another indication that it's unlikely that we'll see any more "Jake Grafton books".

So far I've read six of these 10 Jake Grafton books, have written reviews for all of the books I've read, and intend to read the remaining books if/when I get a hold of them. In other words, I recommend the series quite strongly.

Rennie Petersen
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Liberty - Another Coonts Masterpiece 9. Februar 2003
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Coonts has done it again. Jake Grafton is back, this time as Rear Admiral Grafton working in Anti-terrorism. Coonts, as always, never fails to keep you enthralled in action as he gracefully switches back and forth between the multiple story-line threads. This book is thrilling and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Just as before, Grafton seems to find a way to get out of a few pretty sticky situations. An awesome book and a great addition to the Jake Grafton Novel Series. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Way to Go Coonts, keep 'em coming please!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Bring all the characters into the 5th Act, then dump 'em 17. August 2003
Von Larry Scantlebury - Veröffentlicht auf
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When I was in the 10th grade, a thousand years ago, Mr. Skolsky was my English teacher. Introducing a few of Shakespeare's tragedies, he would joke that all the characters the venerable bard didn't know what to do with by the end of the 4th Act, he would bring together in the 5th Act and bump them off. Hamlet, Lear, Macbeth, and all the rest of them. Even poor Romeo and Julie. There's an element of that in the Stephen Coonts novels.
Liberty is great. Coonts takes aim at the blustery agencies and they in turn become 'the foolish player[s] who strut and fret their hour upon the stage.' And of course, the xenophobic terorists suffer the same fate at his pen.
The Russians, ever the evil empire, now have their own hero in Janos Ilin, who delivers the horrifying news to the almost John Wayne-like Jake Grafton that there are 4 nukes heading for the US. He exacts a favor from the ever level headed Admiral Grafton, and we are uncertain of it until the last 10 pages. Nice work, Steve, keeping those face cards close to the vest.
There are dozens of characters, good and bad, who populate the first 60 or 80 pages. There are so many characters that several hundred pages later, you have to go back to determine 'who was that guy?' There are assassins, bad guys turned good guys (see Zelda, computer criminal turned Joan d'Arc) and bad guys turned REALLY good guys (see Tommy Carmellini, again, a new hero of tremendous substance.)
The killings are somewat grisly so if that churns your stomach, beware. Heroes abound; love is good; fools are plentiful; and the bad guys suffer righteously ... in the 5th Act.
Stephen Coonts does a great job of bringing the reader up to date with his plot and characters, always well crafted and intricate. In the beginning there are almost too many but it all evens out.
Much more complicated than a beach read it remains overwhelmingly an excellent action novel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Liberty - More American Heroes 17. Februar 2003
Von ROBIN MCCALL - Veröffentlicht auf
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Mr. Coonts continues to write about American heroes who get the job done in spite of adversity. I enjoyed this book so much that I could not put it down, so I finished it in less than 24 hours. Stephen Coonts is an outstanding writer who continues to write about the good guys versus the bad guys, and I am a sucker for this kind of book. Rear Admiral Jake Grafton is back, looking for terrorists who are out to decimate the United States, and he does the kind of superb job that we have come to expect of our American sailors and soldiers who put their lives in harm's way, while sacrificing much of their personal lives.
Because Mr. Coonts was in San Diego signing copies of this book and his older ones, I had a chance to see him and hear him speak. He is a wonderful, warm human being who treats all of his fans as if they are personal friends. He comes across as a genuine person who loves flying, writing, and people. Although I'm sure he would have been a great admiral, he does not give off the same tough image as Admiral Jake Grafton. I assume that Admiral Jake Grafton is modeled after someone else he knows, even though most of us suspect that the Jake Grafton of Flight of the Intruder was modeled after Mr. Coonts.
You will enjoy Liberty and all of Mr. Coonts' other books. They all rate a five. Good reading.
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