At the height of the Cold War, Captain Jake Grafton becomes entangled in the hunt for a spy selling high-tech military secrets to the Soviet Union. Naval pilot Jake Grafton flies fighter jets with ice water in his veins. But when he's assigned a desk job in the Pentagon as the head of a top-secret stealth bomber program, his nerve is tested as never before. Colleagues die mysteriously, test flights are sabotaged, and the program is threatened at every level. America faces a deadly, catastrophic threat. If Grafton can't infiltrate a web of espionage and counter-espionage centered round the deadly traitor, code-named the Minotaur, embedded in the highest reaches of the U.S. government, he stands to lose much more than just his career. The Minotaur is an exhilarating mixture of cutting-edge aviation, spies, and counter-spies, all set in the complex world of military technology R&D. In this unique espionage thriller written early in his career, Coonts's extraordinary talent is brilliantly displayed.
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We thought Captain Jake Grafton died at the end of "Final Flight" when he deliberately flew his F-14 into a cargo plane carrying stolen nukes. We were wrong - as the first few pages of "Minotaur" make clear. The Minotaur is the codename for a Russian spy blamed for leaking sensitive military secrets to the Russians. Many think the spy a myth, but Jake Grafton - now permanently grounded and assigned a desk in the Pentagon - has to consider the mole real enough. Given control over the Navy's new stealth bomber program, Grafton confronts mysterious accidents and the mysterious death of his predecessor. He must also confront the program's more mundane obstacles - like the fact that it's impossible to design a truly effective stealth plane, and that the most promising design will be edged by the more politically attractive one. While most writers would wax eloquently on the virtues of their techno toys, Coonts looks at the advanced technology aircraft in his book...
I guess I must dare to be different. Unlike everyone else who raves about this book, I found it boring the few times I have read it.
Stephen Coonts is a good author. His book "Flight of the Intruder" may be considered a classic novel of Vietnam; it was even made into a movie. The protaganist in that book, Jake Grafton, became a recurring figure in a series of novels about Naval aviation. The Minotaur is the fourth in the series.
In this book, Jake Grafton has survived a kamikaze attack on a ship carrying a terrorist who tried to capture nuclear weapons from an aircraft carrier (the main plot in the book "Final Flight"). Jake has recovered from his wounds and is dealing with the consequences of his actions. He is a hero to the nation for his actions and was awarded a Medal of Honor. However, the military considers him a renegade officer and would prefer to see him go away. However, because of his noteriety, the Navy was forced to keep him on active duty but made...
This is the sixth Stephen Coonts book I've read, and the first one that I liked so much that I'm giving it five stars. "The Minotaur" combines two main stories that are cleverly interwoven with each other. Story 1: There's a traitor, code named Minotaur, somewhere high up in the Pentagon who is channeling America's top military secrets to Moscow. Amazingly, the Russians don't know the identity of this mole, so not just the FBI but also the KGB are feverishly doing everything they can to find out who this traitor is. Story 2: The U.S. Navy is in the midst of a procurement project to obtain a new attack aircraft to replace the aging A-6 Intruder. The new airplane will be based on stealth technology, including a top-secret device to actively suppress radar reflections. I found the procurement story to be especially interesting. There's a lot of presumably authentic inside information on how the U.S. military handles the procurement of a major weapons system...
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