The hero of six New York Times bestsellers by Stephen Coonts, author of Flight of the Intruder and Fortunes of War, returns as the United States and Cuba engage in a terrifying game of brinksmanship, a gamble that could break the last military taboo and destroy both countries.
In Cuba, an ailing Fidel Castro lies dying. Across the Straits of Florida, an anxious US awaits the inevitable power struggle, determined to have a say in who controls this strategically invaluable island. And the American President has an added reason for concern: An Arms Control Conference has just begun in Paris and, unbeknownst to either the American public or Cuba, the US has hidden secret weapons inside the American base on Cuba's Guantanamo Bay. But no secret remains one for long, and when one of the Cuban factions finds out about the weapons, the excitement begins.
Only Admiral Grafton, on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Cuba, knows the impending danger. Only Grafton can save America from a disaster that would make the Bay of Pigs look like child's play. In Cuba, Stephen Coonts captures the ominous feel of a tropical powder keg about to explode in a novel filled with the action and drama for which he is famous.
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Others have already covered the deficiencies in the story (the most glaring being the fact that Castro apparently is an immortal, since he's already died once before this book in the Grafton universe). Coonts' earlier works were much more enjoyable to read - it seems in these later Grafton books that he's running out of ideas - perhaps because Grafton was conceived as a fighter pilot - a role that a former fighter pilot like Coonts can write naturally. Not as much expertise went in to the post-flying career of Grafton, and we end up with stilted dialog describing a stilted aging man who has little of the spark that made the younger Grafton so appealing.
The most glaring problem in this digital edition which costs as much as the printed book is that it was obviously scanned in using Optical Character Recognition software. OCR software is not 100% accurate, and so a proofreader must read the scanned version and correct errors. This obviously didn't happen. It's a mystery to...
you have to suspend disbelief for few parts of the book but other than those parts the story if very probable. I wish we could clean up problems this easy in the real world. The author uses one family to tie all the pieces together and that is kind of unusual. I enjoyed reading it.
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...
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