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First released almost 35 years ago, The Intruders is the second of Coonts' many novels and it is also the second in the Jake Grafton series. This novel is set just after the Vietnam war. Grafton flew for the US Navy during the war as did author Stephen Coonts. Grafton is a lieutenant in the Navy and 26 years old. He flies the A6 Navy carrier attack jet just as Coonts flew. Coonts was still in the Navy Reserve when he wrote this novel. The novel tends to be somewhat technical concerning airplanes and carrier take offs and landings, but it is also both an adventure story and a love story.
Those familiar with the 18 novel Jake Grafton/Tommy Carmellini series will know that Grafton later enters the CIA and lfinally becomes CIA director.
I've been a huge fan of author Stephen Coonts for many years. Going back and listening to the early novels more than 25 years after first reading them is a real pleasure.
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Exciting tactical treatment of post Vietnam aircraft carrier operations. Our hero, Lt Jake Grafton, goes on a cruise, worries about his girlfriend, fights pirates and the Soviets while cementing his relationship with a Marine snake-eating bombardier-navigator. Full of Navy jargon, each word well explained. The book is an exciting listen from beginning to end.
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