Final Flight The most daring and deadly terrorist plot of all time is about to unfold aboard the supercarrier USS United States If it succeeds the balance of nuclear power will tilt in favor of a remorseless Arab

  • Title: Final Flight
  • Author: Stephen Coonts
  • ISBN: 9780440204473
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • The most daring and deadly terrorist plot of all time is about to unfold aboard the supercarrier USS United States If it succeeds, the balance of nuclear power will tilt in favor of a remorseless Arab leader And it looks as if no one can stop it except navy jet jock Jake Grafton Cag Grafton is one helluva pilot His F 14 Tomcat is one helluva plane But somThe most daring and deadly terrorist plot of all time is about to unfold aboard the supercarrier USS United States If it succeeds, the balance of nuclear power will tilt in favor of a remorseless Arab leader And it looks as if no one can stop it except navy jet jock Jake Grafton Cag Grafton is one helluva pilot His F 14 Tomcat is one helluva plane But some of Jake s crewmates have already vanished A woman reporter who boarded the ship in Tangiers may not be who she claims to be And Jake may have to disobey a direct order from the President himself for one spine tingling, hair raising Final Flight

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    1. I carried a more challenging book along on vacation this past week, but once there found I wasn't in the right frame of mind for it. Final Flight was the most appealing title on the small shelf of the resort's library, so I read that instead.The author is a retired Navy pilot and in a position to provide a superabundance of detail about all that's involved with flying jets off aircraft carriers, as well as candid insights about military brass and other things of concern to the good people who le [...]

    2. This is the final book of Jake Grafton series, as the title suggested. Stephen Coonts is as good as ever. The plot is grusome and the scenes are brilliantly described. The sculping of characters are also brilliant, especially the bad guy, Qasi, who reminds me of Cortez in Tom Clancy's Clear and Present Danger. Job well done Mr. Coonts. The only problem is the portraying of each character, not including Jake and Qasi, is not deep enough, leaving a sense of incompleteness. It would be better to kn [...]

    3. Final Flight is an action yarn that is packed with detail. The basic premise centres around a terrorist's attempt to board a new American super-carrier to slip away with the nukes. It's Die Hard at sea. However, Coonts ensures this tale is as close to reality as possible, through good research and detailed characterisation. The build up, which is difficult at times due to the heady amount of acronyms the navy use, sets a solid background for the final two-thirds of the book, which is non-stop ac [...]

    4. A few years have passed, and Jake Grafton is now the CAG (Commander, Air Group) for an aircraft carrier. He still flies occasionally, but as a high-ranking officer, also spends a lot of time on administrative duties. The plot focuses on a middle eastern terrorist named Qazi, who works for El Hakim, which I guess makes him the Bin Laden of the 80s. Qazi and his team are determined to attack the USS United States (what a terrible name, btw) and steal the nuclear weapons on board the ship to alter [...]

    5. A really good geo-political thriller from Coonts. After the opening instalments of the Jake Grafton series which focussed on the normal life at sea on an aircraft carrier, this one has a much stronger plot and is more enjoyable for it. A rogue Arab state plans to infiltrate a US aircraft carrier and to steal nuclear weapons. They conceal weapons and uniforms in hollowed out aircraft engines that are delivered to the dock and taken on board in the normal course of events. Next using the fact tha [...]

    6. One of Stephen Coonts earlier works. If you love aviation, military aircraft, the United States Navy, this book is for you. The plot twists and turns as does Jake Grafton's aircraft during a dog fight.Techically, there are only a couple of aeronautic and aerodynamic scenes which are fanciful. Stephen Coonts' later works are much smoother. For an early effort this is a great read. Recently, I have started re-reading all of Coonts books in order (from the beginning publications)

    7. A certified barn Burner!Don't expect to put this down once you've started. An amazing Navy story told in a startlingly clear voice. Enjoy! đŸ˜€

    8. Stephen Coonts wrote two novels (Flight of the Intruder, and The Intruders) which seem to be primarily about real people, while the other novels he wrote seemed like they were written more or less about cartoon charachters. This is not a bad thing if you know when to take something seriously and when not to. This book is primarily cartoon in nature, Islamic terrorists have a plan to sneak aboard the carrier USS United States and steal a nuclear bomb so that they can deliver it to their parent co [...]

    9. I feel like this book is great with so much drama and tense moments it just feels like you are in the book with him. There are so many tense moments that I was always clenching and not wanting to put the book down. The drama comes in later when one of the main character's lower class men asks a woman out that he thinks is suspicious while she was a reporter that came out to the ship. There is a lot of first person flying with the main character where he destroys a small boat and gets blamed for [...]

    10. jingoism: patriotism in the form of aggressive foreign policy.Wow, was everyone in 1988 scared of terrorists, thinking the US armed forces were the only thing stopping the evil, yet bumbling, communists from taking over the world?As a historical artefact, this novel is second-to-none. Nowhere else have I seen such internalized fear and aggression. Nowhere else have the French been cowardly and childishly impressed by United States military hardware, or bisexual nymphomaniacs practising BDSM; now [...]

    11. This book was like a blast from the past for me. I was in the U. S. Navy/Marine Corps from 1977 - 1993. This book was written in 1988 and centers around a Navy aircraft carrier and its pilots, primarily a Navy Captain named Jake Grafton who was introduced in "Flight of the Intruder". Having served on shipboard before (although never a fixed-wind aircraft carrier) the context of this whole book was pretty familiar to me, and it was enjoyable to get inside the cockpit of the F-14D and the minds of [...]

    12. First selection of Suzanne Holland's new book group. I find it hard to understand why this book was written--the author did painstaking research concerning a fatal training flight in 1942, in which three Air Force navigators and their pilot died. There is no question there were many such fatal crashes, both in training and in action. Far more lives lost in this fashion than in actual fighting.He seems to have a compulsion to explore the brief lives of all these fine young men, and he writes with [...]

    13. Jack Grafton is back, and he is much older. While doing his best to keep himself in the pilot chair, his age makes it hard to make the physical tests. At the same time, a north African state that is absolutely not Libya but happens to have Libyan cities in it plans to make a grab at a carrier. The carrier where Jack Grafton controls the air planes.This novel reminds me a lof of the Steven Seagal movie Under Siege, though I think the movie came later. May it have been loosely based on this book?I [...]

    14. 3.5 stars. I'm a little conflicted by this book. It started kind of slow, but as a fan of JAG, it made it easy to follow along with the main character as he flew an F-14 Tomcat around, and then describing carrier operations. The plot twists increased, and built to a long and drawn out climax. The resolution left me feeling cold, and I didn't enjoy the final resolution, preferring a little closure.

    15. Final Flight (1988) continues the adventures of Jake Grafton as he tackles terrorists. Good F-14 Tomcat action. Am I the only person who noticed the uncanny similarity between this book and a movie released shortly after - "Under Siege" with Stephen Seagal foiling the efforts of terrorists to hijack an aircraft carrier? Probably not, that's Hollywood. Anyway, another ripping yarn from an ex-military aviator and the author of "Flight of the Intruder".

    16. Not as good as the first book with Jake Grafton. I recall this being another book that I read while onboard my first navy duty station, USS ENTERPRISE. It was exciting to read about the planes and pilots, then be part of the life onboard an aircraft carrier at sea. Anyone who like the first will like this one as well; but thank you for not dong a movie.

    17. Glad I came back after 'Hong Kong'. Like most ex-pilots (do 400 private hours really count?)- I nursed fantasies about flying off a carrier but Coonts, on his subject, can write. And fly - apparently.

    18. Spine tingling? Maybe? It was one hellova good Navy book. From the boring administrative details of Navy life, to the smashing conclusion; the book was a fun read. And, as always with a Coonts novel, our hero saves the world for democracy and the American way.

    19. Good, enjoyable read, little too technical at times, clutters the narrative and bogs down the story. This is my first Stephen Coonts book, enjoyed it enough to whet my appetite for more in the series.

    20. Final Flight serves a fine swan-song for Jake Grafton, but takes so long to get to any action you wonder if the attack will ever happen. The painstaking detail is interesting, if you enjoy military airplanes and carriers.

    21. Really great book. Slow at times but worth it for the end! Great job!Really great book. Slow at times but worth it for the end! Great job Mr Coonts I read all the Clancy books. I like Jake more than Jack more depth and complexity.

    22. Nice intro to The Minotaur. Actually read this one third, after Minotaur. Terrorism was always something in Europe and the Middle East and this book portrays all of that, plus the rules of engagement. Excellent book.

    23. This one also made me sweat due to the heat on an aircraft carrier, Jake Grafton series of Stephen Coonts

    24. This is a 1989 book by Coonts and a good story. I have read an earlier book by Coonts but now plan to explore more. I like his writing.

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