Dispatched on a trial run, NASA's SuperAegis satellite has been created as the foundation of an international antimissile defense system. But moments after dispatch, it vanishes.
In the Arctic, two American intelligence operatives are kidnapped while investigating Russian submarines--a constant, covert presence beneath the ice caps. In Washington, ex-Marine Charlie Dean and his team at Desk Three trace the abduction back to the Russian mafiya, who have their sights set on the massive reserves of oil that lie thousands of feet below the ocean's floor. While Dean is sent to the Arctic to rescue the hostages, the beautiful Lia DeFrancesca penetrates a heavily guarded dacha on the shores of the Black Sea. There she learns the explosive truth about Russia and its Arctic oil--one that could cost Dean and his Deep Blackteam their lives...and drive the world's superpowers to the brink of war.
Carmellini is back in this follow-up to Coonts's "New York Times" bestseller "The Traitor," in a plot involving a mysterious poisoning, a beautiful and complicated woman, and an attempt to destroy a brilliant terrorist mastermind.
Dr. James Kegan, a world-renowned scientist specializing in germ warfare, has vanished from his upstate New York home. But this is no ordinary missing-persons case. Kegan has left behind an unidentified dead man with a .22 caliber hole in his skull-and a contact trail that leads to an alleged terrorist cell. Unraveling the mystery is a job for Kegan's best friend, NSA operative Charlie Dean. His mission is to infiltrate the scientist's circle of associates and decipher Kegan's confidential research. Dispatched to cover Charlie is Delta Force trooper Lia Francesca. The trail leads them to the core of a widespread killer fever that's been dormant for centuries-and its link to a virus that's quickly spreading victim by victim. With time running out Charlie and Lia must find Kegan, uncover his secrets, cut a terrorist threat to the quick, and stop the unimaginable outbreak of a new biological nightmare.
Ten military fiction authors reveal in their short novels how war will be fought in the 21st century.
A Secret Service agent is dead, an apparent suicide. A presidential candidate narrowly escapes an assassin's bullet. And Desk Three, a convert branch of the NSA, is searching for a chilling connection deep inside The Republic of Vietnam. Once, Charlie Dean was a Marine sniper in Quang Nam Province. Today he's a Deep Black operator, returning to Vietnam to find the source of some threatening e-mails. Instead, he comes face to face with a man he had once hunted down----and thought he had killed. Back in the U. S. , Deep Black agent Lia DeFrancesca has uncovered the trail of a killer in Dean's path. Now, with every asset, weapon, bug and high-tech magic wand Desk Three can wave, the agents enter a terrifying global race against time. Because ghosts of the past have risen to life. . . to strike a death blow into the heart of the U. S. A.
Admiral Jake Grafton is overseeing a shipment of nerve gas being transferred from a top-secret U.S. stockpile at Guantanamo Bay. But a power struggle inside Cuba has ignited an explosive plot and turned a horrific new weapon on the U.S. Now, Jake must strap himself into the cockpit of a new generation of American aircraft and fly blind in to the heart of an island that is about to blow - and take the whole world with it ...
In a secluded headquarters on the other side of the globe a terrorist mission is underway-a plan to set-off an underwater explosion so great, and with such hellish force, that it could shift the very foundation of the earth's surface causing untold calamity and world-wide disaster. The terrorists call it God's Revenge. A nuclear warhead has gone missing. Small in size, it packs up to ten times the kilotons that exploded over Hiroshima. It's now in the wrong hands, ready to detonate a world war of unfathomable proportions. In the top secret headquarters of the National Security Agency, a small cadre of special agents form Deep Black, designed to bring a techno edge to covert operations and eliminate the cyber threats to world peace. This is Charlie Dean's world-an NSA ex-marine sniper now enlisted to stop the unthinkable. But when his suspicions of a traitor in his shadow become frighteningly true, Dean's race against time could mean the end of the free world.
Deep within the NSA is Desk Three, a top-secret unit of special operatives inserted into the field when the threat is great and the response demands sensitivity and invisibility. Charlie Dean, a former Marine sniper, is a senior officer. With his colleagues Lia DeFrancesca and newcomer Ilya Akulinin, they form the core of a high-tech team known as Deep Black. Off the coast of Africa lie the beautiful Canary Islands, a resort destination of millionaires. Underneath this idyllic paradise is one of the most volatile fault lines in the world. There, an alliance between radical Islamic terrorists and a rogue element of the Chinese government is planning to unleash an act of unimaginable geological terrorism that could devastate the U. S. East Coast, striking it with waves up to a thousand feet high. They plan to set off nuclear devices to precipitate a gigantic landslide that will send a death-dealing tsunami across the Atlantic. In the Central Asian Republic of Tajikistan twelve nuclear warheads, stolen by the Russian Mafia, are about to be smuggled out of the country and delivered into the hands of the conspirators. Charlie and Ilya go on an intercept mission, but before they can retrieve them, the weapons vanish. Meanwhile, in a hotel in New Jersey, a bestselling author is assassinated to prevent the release of his stranger-than-fiction story about an Islamic plot to change the course of history. Lia, Charlies girlfriend, is sent to Berlin to infiltrate the empire of a ruthless Chinese billionaire whose machinations have come to the attention of the NSA. She risks immediate execution if her true identity is revealed. Their paths all converge in the Canary Islands. Unless the Deep Black team intervenes, the islands could be the epicenter of an apocalypse, with millions of lives---and the entire world order---at stake.
A spy plane gathering data on a new Russian weapon is blown out of the sky by a mysterious MIG. Is it an accident or the start of the next world war?
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 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
After too many senseless missions, too many pointless deaths, Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton is a man ready to explode. Now, with a renegade bombardier named Tiger, Jake's flying his A-6 Intruder jet deep into North Vietnam, on one last hell-bent strike for honor--and victory.
It is the near future. Russia is disintegrating; Japan is in economic decline. Some of japann's leaders execute a bold plan to make Japan great again -- the invasion of siberia. As American and Japanese planes once again battle each other in the skies, the world moves closer and closer to the brink! As in all wars, it is the personal courage and honor of individuals, not the grand strategies of politicians, which will decide the fate of nations -- and of the world.
In this action-packed techno-thriller, Jake Grafton is in a roiling and steamy Hong Kong, at the verge of being the fulcrum of change for Communist China, from totalitarian state to democracy.
1973. The Vietnam War is finally over, but for Lieutenant Jake Grafton, U.S.N., freshly returned from two harrowing combat cruises, his own country seems almost as hostile. When his fists get him into trouble, he lands an excruciating eight-month cruise on the aircraft carrier COLUMBIA teaching Jarheads--Marines--the nuances of carrier aviation. As a Navy man working beside Marines without carrier aviation experience, Grafton's about to discover another world of fresh hell. Taking off and landing from a slippery flight deck, on a choppy sea in a pitch-black night, there is no room for error--or for animosity. And while these Marines have Jake wishing he was back fighting the VC, he'll have to learn to live with them. For they must fly together in the same cockpit, must lock into each other and into their million-dollar machines, and make the split-second decisions that hurtle them toward their common goals: excellence and survival.
The world's most effective anti-terrorist force has the tools to monitor every move the enemy makes. They've planted a listening device inside a terrorist's skull, and activated a video spy drone disguised as a bird. But knowing is only half the battle. Multi-lingual, nerves-of-steel agents Charlie Dean, Lia DeFrancesca, and Tommy Karr prowl the winding streets of Istanbul to the crowded airports of America to stop terrorists in their tracks. Hooked into a real-time, high-tech system, this army of three goes head-to-head with the most dangerous people in the world. Al Qaeda is launching a series of devastating attacks against the West and the ultimate strike is aimed at the heart of the USA! In a war where both sides operate in deep disguise, Deep Black must fight a world where betrayal, trust, faith, and doubt collide.
Liars and Thieves is Stephen Coonts as you've never seen him before--a story as chilling as it is unforgettable. Tommy Carmellini, a CIA operative who is unafraid to walk both sides of the law to attain his objective, uncovers a dark conspiracy that leads to the highest levels of the American government-and to a ruthless manipulator who will stop at nothing to keep a decades-old secret. Liars and Thieves opens as Carmellini is sent to post guard duty at a farmhouse in West Virginia's remote Allegheny Mountains, where top government operatives are debriefing a star defector: the ultimate KGB insider, a man with records on every operation and every dirty trick the shadowy intelligence agency has ever run, from Lenin to Putin. Carmellini arrives to find the guards shot dead and a ruthless team of commandos--American commandos--killing everyone in sight, then setting the house on fire. He escapes in a hail of bullets with what seems to be the sole survivor, a stunningly attractive translator who then steals his car, abandoning him, after a deadly mountain car chase. But one other person survived the massacre: The man whose fractured memory holds the KGB's most embarrassing secrets, including something for which someone will kill to keep it quiet. Carmellini teams up with his mentor, Admiral Jake Grafton, and together they track down the amnesiac defector. From there, the hunt is on as they become the target of a lethal squad of killers who can only be taking direction from someone very close to the president. From a bloody ambush at a posh Virginia estate, to assassinations on the decaying streets of inner city Washington, to a makeshift safe house at Grafton's Delaware summer home, no place is outside the ruthless conspiracy's reach. Carmellini and Grafton must learn to tell friend from foe as they fight their way through a poisonous wilderness of intrigue, all the way to a presidential convention in New York City--and to the surprising identity of someone standing on the verge of absolute power who has jeopardized the safety of the entire nation to prevent a dark secret from ever seeing the light of day.
A Soviet mole is riding Pentagon secrets at twice the speed of sound... Fighter-jock Jake Grafton has survived his share of airborne death duals. Now he's grounded. As head of the Top-Secret Athena Project, he's now in charge of developing the Navy's next-generation attack aircraft -- a carrier - launched stealth version of the A-6 Intruder. But deep within the Labyrinth of the Pentagon, a cunning Soviet network is trashing U.S. security. Behind it it is the ultimate spymaster called The Minotaur: his sights are on Jake's aircraft... and his plans are for one last kill.
RECRUITED:A crack team of cover agents.Word is out to ex-Marine sniper Charlie Dean and his team of the National Security Agency: Infiltrate the highest stratum of Peruvian political power and derail a renegade general from acing an election. All Dean has to do is find a way inside an impenetrable bank vault protected by armed guards round the clock-it's all in a day's work for the men and women of Deep Black.
GRAFTON AND CARMELLINI ARE BACK, BATTLING TERRORISTS ON THE HIGH SEAS ALONGSIDE A TOP-NOTCH TEAM OF NAVY SEALS IN AN ACTION-PACKED TALE BY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR STEPHEN COONTS. A luxurious vacation cruise to the exotic locales of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden turns into a nightmare for passengers and crew when their ship is suddenly attacked and captured by a band of bloodthirsty Somali pirates. An initial rescue mission ends in failure, and the decks are covered in blood. Unless they are paid a ransom of $200 million within seven days, the pirates threaten to execute all their hostages. But information gleaned from a captured Al Qaeda operative indicates that there is a far more dangerous conspiracy afoot. Once the ransom is paid, Islamic militants intend to swoop in and slaughter the passengers in an orgy of terror, hoping to provoke a massive American military response that will set the Muslim world aflame. Jake Grafton is assigned to negotiate with the brutal pirate chief while his right-hand man, Tommy Carmellini, and a team of CIA and Navy SEAL operatives mount an undercover operation to save the hostages and keep the United States from being maneuvered into a murderous war.
As the infrastructure of the Soviet Union crumbles before the world's eyes, twenty-thousand tactical nuclear weapons, once under the command of the Soviet military, are up for grabs - and U.S. Intelligence believes they may soon appear on the open market. Rear Admiral Jake Grafton, Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, is dispatched to Moscow. His assignment: ensure that the weapons are destroyed before they disappear into a middle East terrorist pipeline. But Grafton discovers that unidentified American officials want his mission to fail - and will go to any length to stop it. Meanwhile, off the coast of the Canary Islands, the body of British billionaire and media magnet Nigel Keren has been found floating in the sea near his yacht. Grafton's contacts in Israeli Intelligence have evidence he was the victim of a hit squad from within the CIA. It's the kind of knowledge that could prove fatal, but Grafton can't back off: if the freelance operation succeeds, middle east hostility could explode into an international conflagration. The only thing Grafton knows for sure is that he has been targeted for assassination, and the conspiracy is clearly stamped: made in America.
While working in the Sahara desert far from any settlements, a group of people discover a flying saucer that is 140,000 years old. Soon the Air Force of the US has sent a crack team; and Australian billionaire is involved in trying to steal the secrets; and those who find it end up flying it on a trip around the world. How will it all end? Is this the beginning of a new era in our history or just more of the same?
"In Saucer, after discovering the secrets of a 140,000-year-old spacecraft and delivering it to safety in the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian right alongside Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, Rip Cantrell and beautiful test pilot Charley Pine think their days of high-flying extraterrestrial adventure are over. However, that will change in the sequel, Saucer: The Conquest, because someone is using top-secret information about saucer technology, information that comes from the mysterious region in Nevada known as Area 51." Meanwhile, Charley takes up flying space planes to the moon for the French lunar base project. There she discovers a world-threatening antigravity beam. The French kidnap Rip's uncle, Egg, and force him to fly a saucer hidden in Area 51 to the moon. Rip and Charley must steal the first saucer from its new home at the museum and hit the not-so-friendly skies again in order to save Uncle Egg and the world.
Two massive ships are on a dual path to destruction. One is a freighter carrying nuclear materials to Japan; the other, a cruise ship heading for the Mediterranean. Neither will reach their destinations. Two factions--Japanese eco-terrorists and Middle East extremists--have joined forces to infiltrate the ships, incapacitate the crew, and change course toward a common target: The United States of America. In Washington, Charlie Dean and a team of commandos are dispatched on a life-or-death mission to blow the hijackers plot out of the water. Their plan: board the ship unnoticed, pose as ordinary passengers, and overtake the terrorists. But time is running out. The seized ships are crossing the Atlantic with the combined strength of a full-scale nuclear torpedo and New York City is just on the horizon.
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