On a quiet park bench in Manhattan-just miles from the ruins of the World Trade Center-spymaster Jake Janos Illin delivers a chilling secret message to Jake Grafton: A rogue Russian general has sold four nuclear warheads to a radical Islamic terrorist group, the Sword of Islam. The group intends to detonate them in America in the ultimate terror strike, the apocalypse that will trigger a holy war between Western civilization and the Muslim world. After passing Illin’s message to his superiors, Grafton is charged by the president with the task of assembling a secret team to find the warheads before America’s population centers are consumed by a nuclear holocaust.
As he hunts for the terrorists, Grafton soon finds himself up to his neck in power politics, techno-billionaires, money-grubbing traitors, anarchists, and spies. He also discovers that the terrorists don’t all come from the Middle East. They come from places close to home. They masquerade as patriots. Some may even have the president’s ear.
With the survival of Western civilization at stake, Grafton pulls out all the stops. Calling on the assistance of the indomitable Toad Tarkington, and CIA burglar Tommy Carmellini, he raids the prisons to assemble his team while the clock ticks toward Armageddon.
Peopled with the rich, vivid characters that have made Stephen Coonts famous worldwide, Liberty is all action and suspense from the very first page. And it poses the unanswerable question: How far should civilization go to defend itself from its mortal enemies?
About The Author:
One of America's premier authors of action-adventure thrillers, Stephen Coonts broke into publishing in 1986 with his national bestseller Flight of the Intruder, hailed as one of the best novels ever written about flying and the camaraderie of men at war.
A veteran naval aviator who flew the A-6 Intruder during the Vietnam War, Coonts has followed his debut smash with many more novels featuring his protaganist Jake Grafton, each full of the riveting action and page-turning suspense that has gained him a legion of loyal fans.
In addition to his Jake Grafton books, Coonts also has written stand-alone thrillers, a smattering of sci fi and nonfiction, and the Deep Black series, which is co-authored with Jim DeFelice.
Coonts once held jobs as a taxi driver, a police officer, and an attorney.
He was a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1990-98 and was inducted into the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 1992.
In the summer of 2003, Coonts took time out to answer some of our questions.
What was the book that most influenced your life -- and why?
Fate Is the Hunter by Ernest K. Gann. This book convinced me that I wanted to learn to fly. Gann explained the craft of flying so that the reader would understand what it was the pilot did, which allowed him to create tension, suspense, and emotion in the cockpit, something a great many writers before and after him failed to do. I tried to do the same thing in my first novel, Flight of the Intruder and in subsequent flying stories.
What are your all-time favorite books -- and what makes them special to you?
What kinds of movies do you like?
I like cowboy movies, action adventure, and chick flicks.
What are your favorite books to give as gifts?
Dr. Seuss books never go out of style. Buy a handful for every kid you know, and every set of new parents, for Christmas, birthdays, and the 4th of July.
|Book:||Liberty (Jake Grafton Series #10)|
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Number of Pages:||544|
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