Flight of the Intruder

ISBN-10: 1591141273
ISBN-13: 9781591141273
Edition: 20th 2006 (Anniversary)
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Description: Also Available in an Audio Edition from Audible viaAmazonIn Flight of the Intruder 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Edition: 20th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 10/1/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386

Also Available in an Audio Edition from Audible viaAmazonIn Flight of the Intruder 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 Stephen 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 fate like a peasant wildly firing a rifle from a field could 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.

Stephen Coonts was born on July 19, 1946 and grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia. He received an A.B. degree in political science from West Virginia University in 1968. He entered the U.S. Navy and received his Navy wings in August of 1969. He made two combat cruises aboard the USS Enterprise. After the Vietnam War, he served as a flight instructor aboard the USS Nimitz. He left active duty in 1977 and received a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1979. He went to West Virginia to practice and later, to Colorado to work as a staff attorney for an oil company. Coonts published his first novel, Flight of the Intruder, in 1986, which was adapted as into a film in 1991. Since then he has written more than 20 books including ones in the Jake Grafton Novel series, Saucer series, Deep Black series, and Tommy Carmellini series. He also published a work of nonfiction in 1992 called The Cannibal Queen and edited an anthology of true flying stories, War in the Air, in 1996. The U.S. Naval Institute honored him with its Author of the Year Award in 1986 for his novel, Flight of the Intruder.

Ward Carroll, a commander in the U.S. Navy with fifteen years of experience in F-14 Tomcats, teaches English & Ethics at the Naval Academy. A consultant to Hollywood on such films as "The Hunt for Red October" & "Flight of the Intruder", he frequently writes for magazines as varied as "Golf World", "Hits", & "Proceedings".

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