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Flight of the Intruder
Flight of the Intruder
Author: Stephen Coonts
ISBN-13: 9780671640125
ISBN-10: 0671640127
Publication Date: 10/1/1987
Pages: 437
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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Great Vietnam war novel from Stephen Coonts. Fast moving and interesting, Coonts writes like Tom Clancy without the heavy technical jargon. Reading this book introduced me to Coonts, and I have now read several. It's no wonder this book was on the Times bestseller list for over 6 months.
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Excellent! If you have ever wondered about flying from a carrier this is for you.
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I liked the book. The movie was lacking.
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This was an interesting read. Coonts really got into the emotions of the pilot. But dont think this is a touchy-feely book, there is enough action to rival Ludlum. Instead of just the hero side, the author gives you the whole picture.
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Bristles with the same authenticity that helped catapult The Hunt for Red October to the top of the best sellers list
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"FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER is to the Vietnam war what the Bridges of Toko-Ri was to the Korean war. Stephens Coonts puts his readers into the cockpit of the A-6 and into the heart of the pilot in a vivid, extraordinary story of courage and determination.
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After too many senseless missions Jake Grafton is an A-6 Intruder pilot ready to explode. With a renegade bombardier, he is set to fly deep into North Vietnam on a hell-bent strike for honor and victory.
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Strong, vivid writing
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Very good. I enjoyed the small details and facts that were worked into th novel and found it very entertaining.
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So much better than the movie!
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Action, politics, and someone who wants to make a difference.
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Jake Grafton is an A-6 Intruder pilot during the Vietnam War who flies his bomber on sorties past enemy flak and SAM missiles, and then must maneuver his plane, often at night, onto the relatively small deck of an aircraft carrier. Former Navy flyer Coonts gives an excellent sense of the complexities of modern air raids and how nerve-wracking it is, even for the best airmen, to technically solve sudden problems over and over, knowing that even a twist of fatea peasant wildly firing a rifle from a fieldcould wipe out the crew. Grafton alternates between remorse over the fate of his unseen Vietnamese victims on the ground and a gung-ho "let's win this war" sentiment that lashes at both policymakers who select less-than-important targets for the dangerous missions and advocates for peace back in the States.
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From back cover: The A-6 intruder pilots--and elite cadre of Navy fliers, rowdy on shore, restless on ship, hunters in the Vietnam skies. Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton is one of the best; a quiet man strapped into the cockpit of a million-dollar killing machine, slamming through the air just beneath the speed of sound. But after too many senseless missions, too many pointless deaths, Grafton is a man ready to explode. Suddenly, with a renegade bombardier named Tiger, he's flying his Intruder deep into North Vietnam, on one last, hell-bent strike for honor--and victory.
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With this well-crafted first novel, the publishers of The Hunt for Red October again demonstrate a sure eye for picking winners in the thriller genre. Jake Grafton is an A-6 Intruder pilot during the Vietnam War who flies his bomber on sorties past enemy flak and SAM missiles, and then must maneuver his plane, often at night, onto the relatively small deck of an aircraft carrier. Former Navy flyer Coonts gives an excellent sense of the complexities of modern air raids and how nerve-wracking it is, even for the best airmen, to technically solve sudden problems over and over, knowing that even a twist of fatea peasant wildly firing a rifle from a fieldcould wipe out the crew. Grafton alternates between remorse over the fate of his unseen Vietnamese victims on the ground and a gung-ho "let's win this war" sentiment that lashes at both policymakers who select less-than-important targets for the dangerous missions and advocates for peace back in the States. The action, though, is realistically detailed and absorbing.
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Published 1986.
This is the story of navy attack pilots during the war in Vietnam. It is also the story of one particular pilot, LT Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton, an A6B Intruder pilot flying off the coast of North Vietnam as part of the Tonkin Gulf "Yacht Club."
This is a first novel by a writer who lived the experiences of his fictional character. When I first read this book about the time the hardcover was first published, I felt as if I was in the ready room with Grafton, Boxman, Razor and the others being briefed before "going downtown" to bomb Hanoi.
The feel for time and place is all here. The descriptions of the life aboard a carrier on station, the shore leave in Subic Bay and Olongapo City all ring true according to my navy veteran friends. As I read, I felt as if I could have been one of the characters Stephen Coonts wrote about.
For a debut novel, this one was extremely well done. It was the entrant to a series that I hoped Coonts would write, and subsequently did. I like Jake Grafton because he is a man all of us could only hope to be. Most of all, he is a man of honor and integrity and this is demonstrated when he decides to put his career (and freedom) on the line by going after a target "downtown" after President Johnson has called a bombing halt over Hanoi and Haiphong.
Another wonderfully drawn character is LCDR Virgil Cole, Jake's B/N (bombardier/navigator). Cole has seen combat before and has the Silver Star. He trusts no one but himself but, does his job magnificently. In the movie version, the casting for this character was brilliantly handled when William Dafoe played the part to perfection.
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I read this book when it first came out, in only a sitting or two, and the storyline and characters still stick out in my mind today. I love Stephen Coonts material, and although this was his first effort, it still stands up as a very well written yarn, and the points he was making about trying to fight a war with our hands tied behind our back still ring true to this day. Just insert Kharzai of Afghanistan in for the Russians, and you'll totally understand the point. So Kudos to Coonts for authoring a book that is still fresh in my mind over 25 years later. It's well worth the time you'll invest, and who knows, it may turn you into a Coonts fan. He's done plenty of good writing since then!
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Bristles with the same authenticity...that helped catapult THE HUNT FOR THE RED OCTOBER to the top of the best-seller lists...Coonts' plots are the real McCoy and his compassion for them sustains his story from the first page to the last...a sometimes exhilarating, often nightmarish tale. The Kirkus Review.

The A-6 Intruder pilots--an elite cadre of Navy fliers, rowdy on shore, restless on ship, hunters in the Vietnam skies. Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton is one of the best: a quiet man strapped into the cockpit of a million-dollar killing machine, slamming through the air just beneath the speed of sound. But after too many senseless missions, too many pointless deaths, Grafton is a man ready to explode. Suddenly with a renegade bombadier named Tiger, he's flying his intruder deep into North Vietnam, on one last, hell-bent strike for honor--and victory!
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havent read it, my son did and enjoyed it