De minotaurus

  • Title: De minotaurus
  • Author: Stephen Coonts
  • ISBN: 9789026971495
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • De minotaurus Jake Grafton voormalig vlieger van A Intruders en ex commandant van de air wing van een vliegdekschip is overgeplaatst naar het Pantagon in Washington Grafton wordt aangesteld als leider van een p
    Jake Grafton, voormalig vlieger van A 6 Intruders en ex commandant van de air wing van een vliegdekschip, is overgeplaatst naar het Pantagon in Washington.Grafton wordt aangesteld als leider van een project voor de ontwikkeling van de A 12, een ultra modern, top secret aanvalsvliegtuig voor de Amerikaanse strijdkrachten, uitgerust met de laatste snufjes op het gebied van dJake Grafton, voormalig vlieger van A 6 Intruders en ex commandant van de air wing van een vliegdekschip, is overgeplaatst naar het Pantagon in Washington.Grafton wordt aangesteld als leider van een project voor de ontwikkeling van de A 12, een ultra modern, top secret aanvalsvliegtuig voor de Amerikaanse strijdkrachten, uitgerust met de laatste snufjes op het gebied van de stealth techniek.Wanneer Grafton al dacht dat hij een vervelend kantoorbaantje zou krijgen, dan komt hij bedrogen uit Er zijn namelijk duidelijke aanwijzingen dat zich een mol in de gelederen heeft genesteld, een waanzinnig slimme figuur die de testresultaten doorsluist naar een vreemde mogendheidTegen wil en dank raakt Grafton betrokken bij de spionage activiteiten en allengs weet hij door te dringen tot de kern van een huiveringwekkend complot.

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    About Stephen Coonts


    1. Stephen Coonts born July 19, 1946 is an American thriller and suspense novelist.Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a small coal mining town and earned an B.A degree in political science at West Virginia University in 1968 He entered the Navy the following year and flew an A 6 Intruder medium attack plane during the Vietnam War, where he served on two combat cruises aboard the USS Enterprise CVN 65 He accumulated 1600 hours in the A 6 Intruder and earned a number of Navy commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross After the war he served as a flight instructor on A 6 aircraft for two years, then did a tour as an assistant catapult and arresting gear officer aboard USS Nimitz CVN 68 His navigator bombardier was LTjg Stanley W Bryant who later became a Rear Admiral and deputy commander in chief of the US naval forces in Europe.After being honorably discharged from duty as a lieutenant in 1977, Coonts pursued a Juris Doctor J.D degree at the University of Colorado, graduating in 1979 He then worked as an oil and gas lawyer for several companies, entertaining his writing interests in his free time.He published short stories in a number of publications before writing Flight of the Intruder in 1986 made into a movie in 1991 Intruder, based in part on his experiences as a bomber pilot, spent 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists in hardcover and launched his career as a novelist From there he continued writing adventure mysteries using the character from his first book, Jake Grafton He has written several other series and stand alone novels since then, but is most notable for the Grafton books.Today Coonts continues to write, having had seventeen New York Times bestsellers out of 20 books , and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife and son.Taken from Learn about Stephen Coonts on the Macmillan website.


    958 Comments


    1. Stephen Coonts is a fabulous translator of aviation-speak into the written word. Minotaur was a little difficult to follow because of the large number of characters. Still a great read and his insight into the Washington DC swamp with regard to procurement is priceless

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    2. Maybe if I read the books before this one I would have liked it better but I’m not sure. I liked nothing about this book. It was long and tedious to get through. Very boring. A big waste of my time.

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    3. This was my husbands book that I read to him when we travel. We both enjoyed the suspense and the intrigue.

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    4. Mixed feelingsThis fast paced, intricate story never got boring, though it did get a bit confusing at times. It got hard to keep track of some of the characters, and some of the details. I found myself rereadind and going back to make sure I had things straight. The characters, especially at the beginning of the book, we're not realistic. I thought Rita was bi-polar, but no, just poorly written. This is not a story for anyone who appreciates character development.But if you like a detailed story [...]

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    5. I really liked this book! This is an early Jake Grafton story, which deals with Grafton's new assignment to the Pentagon. Instead of just pushing papers, Grafton is assigned to choose which of two prototype planes the US Navy will buy. Lots of information about the planes went over my head, but other readers with some knowledge of aviation will find the passages interesting. Grafton tries to find the murderer of his predecessor in the job and a spy who is funneling top secret information to the [...]

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    6. From one of the book boxes that Moem sent to me. This one will stay here untill I've read it. I liked this book. Not the best espionage book I've ever read, but it was okay.What I disliked most, was the fact that I could not quite follow the who did what in the espionage part. The main thread was easy to follow, Grafton and his task to be completed.The spies, the counter spies, the Minotaur. for me they were a bit shady in motives and who did what. But spy business is always a bit shady, so I co [...]

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    7. Jack Grafton (who seems to follow the same career path as Jack Ryan) survived the last book and is put at a desk in Pentagon. His mission, should he choose to accept it, is to figure out the specification for the next navy attack plane (ATA, A-12) while fighting trying to keep everything secret. All this in the middle of the hunt for soviet moles and industry infiltrators.(In real life A-12 was cancelled in 1991 and replaced by F/A-18E/F Super Hornet)In this book the author makes no secret of hi [...]

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    8. "I love the names of the characters in this book - Jake Grafton, Toad Tarkington and Rita Moravia. Jake the main protagonist, Toad the affable almost side-kick and the love interest, stong but feminine - Rita. From the authors own thoughts ""I wanted Rita to be an ace pilot, all business and damn good at her job. Toad, of course, would be drawn to her like a moth to a candle."" Stephen Coonts was born in 1946 and trained as a pilot. After leaving the navy, he retrained as a lawyer and started wr [...]

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    9. Jake Grafton, after recovering from a near fatal F-14 crash is assigned to duty at the Pentagon. As a program manager for the development of a new fighter plate, he is confronted by leaks of classified information, both to competing contractors, and to the Russians. There is some action, a couple of car chases, an airplane crash, and several bodies in the wake of Grafton's investigation. How he manages to uncover the source of the leaks, and move his project to completion is Stephen Coonts at hi [...]

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    10. Weak book. Poorly developed characters. Horribly written female characters. Some characters know how to accomplish things that they would probably never know. This is a wannabe Tom Clancy book. However, while he really enjoys discussing the technical details of the aircraft, he doesn't have the same skill at making it accessible to the average reader. This book wasn't really awful but I am kind of bummed that I spent time to finish it. The few good moments were too few and far between to make it [...]

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    11. Thought I'd try another in the Jake Grafton series. Again, this one was ok, but a little hard to follow some of the secondary characters. Maybe that's because I read it over a period of a few (busy) weeks; maybe it's just that the writing isn't as crisp and the plot isn't as tight as some of his other novels.Either way, a fun read. I'll keep hoping that the Deep Black series becomes available as e-books from my library!

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    12. This was my least favorite Stephen Coonts novel. It moves slower than most and the charachters are not great either. The story is outdated also but what can you do about that? If there is one nice thing I can say about this book, its that Grafton and his family do appear more human in this story then they have in many others.

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    13. This novel in the series involves acquisition, flying, spies and intrigue. One can hardly put the thing down. Jake and Toad test a stealth airplane, which I believe that the Navy cancelled (in real life). Names are cleverly camouflaged, but obvious for the time of writingSecnav Lehman as Lanman, for example. Who would have thought that a staff job could be so exciting?

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    14. I acquired this book by accident & didn't know what to expect. It turned out to be surprisingly well-written, a well-crafted spy story. There was also a great deal of technical information about Navy airplanes & Navy test pilots that I followed only loosely.

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    15. It was a decent book but the pace was a little slow. If you want a fast paced thriller this is not the book. If you want a book that is well laid out and packed with details and some intrigue this is the book for you.

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    16. Nice intrique, I read this one before ??? I remember when the stealth plane was still in the infancy stage, and the stealth toys looked the plane on the cover. Good follow up of the other two Jake Grafton books. Very believable.

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    17. This one has a little more story than The Intruders. It’s all about a new plane developed to replace the A-6 Intruder, and a conspiracy. Our hero Jake Grafton is in the middle of it. If you enjoy aviation, this is probably for you. Otherwise, give it a passokssboch/?p=601

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    18. The most entertaining thing about this book was reading a book written during the Cold War and the mentalities present when it came to technology and the world in 1980. The book was excited until the last 10% of the book and it was too long to have to wait that long.

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    19. Bravery, Dedication to Duty, and SubterfugeA great read with worthy characters pitting their wits against the sneaking undercover agents from Russia. Aiding the spies are Americans selling their country out for lots of money.

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    20. I give this book a low 3 stars. It's too full of politics and technical details about stealth planes to suit my taste. I enjoyed the espionage story, but it didn't seem as well-written as some of Coonts' other Jake Grafton stories. Too much was left unexplained.

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    21. Not as good as the first few books. It was an OK story. Should have been much better.

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    22. It was a little slow compared to Intruders. I was a little disappointed but it is still a good book worth reading.

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    23. Good book, still incorporating some flight scenes, this book seethes with slowly building tension over moles in a secret Navy stealth plane project.

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    24. Not my normal story, but I got sucked in because it was a Kindle Daily Deal. Good story and it was nice to get away from my "normal."

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    25. Not sure who this was supposed to appeal to. Suspect those who love espionage, military action, technology and romance will all be disappointed.

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    26. Not badly written, but low on plot, high on episode. Characters are distinctive but rather thin. Events seem to occur by happenstance. A readable beach book to set aside and forget when you're done.

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    27. Another winner from S. CoontsAnother suspenseful thriller with all the required twists and turns. Well written with lots of flying, spies, and full of intrigue.

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    28. I was an avid reader of military aviation fiction in High School. I remember enjoying the subject matter but do not remember much about the writing style, etc as far as providing a rating.

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    29. I thoroughly enjoyed this Grafton story.It was a page turner.There were times that I was confused about the "why" of a characters' actions but that was explained in due time.

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