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Hailed as the finest combat aviation novel to emerge from the Vietnam War, Flight of the Intruder spent 28 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list and became one of the top-20 best-selling first novels of all time. An instant classic, the book was translated into more than 20 languages and made into a major motion picture. Its hero, Jake Grafton, became a household name and the star of many more Coonts’ best-sellers. Without question, the strength of the book lies in its flying scenes when Jake Grafton straps himself into the cockpit of his A-6 Intruder. Jake’s love of flying is contagious whether you are hearing the book for the first time or listening to it for the third. No one better captures the world of Navy carrier pilots than Stephen Coonts. An Intruder pilot who flew combat missions off the deck of the USS Enterprise in the Vietnam War, Coonts lived the life he writes about, and he puts readers inside the hearts and minds of the pilots to reveal a world unknown to those outside the naval aviators’ fraternity. Few will forget the book’s final gut-wrenching scene when Jake’s once-innocent love of flying gives way to guilt and frustration and the need to give meaning to the deaths of his comrades.
©1987 Stephen Coonts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Wayne on 07-30-17

Great stuff! War and romance.

Okay, I am an unabashed Stephen Coonts fan. This 1986 novel set in the Vietnam war period features 26 year old Jake Grafton as a US Navy pilot in combat. It is the first novel in the 10 book Jake Grafton series and it was also the first to be released as a movie in 1991.

Frankly, Stephen Coonts' books are of inconsistent quality, but the worst are excellent. Since the beginning of Coonts' Tommy Carmellini series, all books in both series have had Grafton and Carmellini as co-protagonists.

Narration is excellent, but Coonts changes narrators too often in his 38 audiobooks.

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By Adam Morris on 05-09-17

Superb Storytelling!

Where does Flight of the Intruder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audio book is top 10% among all of the ones I have listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

A lot of books start with a good premise that gets lost along the way. Coonts starts, follows through, and delivers an awesome conclusion to a fantastic book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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By I try to give an honest opinion on 11-12-17

I tried got to halfway and gave up, reads like a diary but so boring

I have never given up on finishing a book but I have made an exception with this book. Reads like a diary and so describes separate events that I found to be of no interest to me. Gave up with 5 hours left if I still had a live membership I would have returned for a credit.
The narrator did his best.

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By Philip on 11-20-15

Brilliant and credible.

What made the experience of listening to Flight of the Intruder the most enjoyable?

The knowledge of flying and controlling an A6 Intruder was compelling, yet it did not overshadow the characters or plot.

What other book might you compare Flight of the Intruder to, and why?

Frederick Forsythe does his homework equally well.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

too many to count

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end

Any additional comments?

I can see why the original book remained in the charts for so long when it was first released.

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