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Coming may 14, 2019


Stephen Coonts and master aviation historian Barrett Tillman have teamed up to write a riveting history of the aerial campaign against the most difficult target in North Vietnam, the Dragon's Jaw, the bridge at Thanh Hoa that spanned the Ma River.  For seven long years hundreds of young US airmen flew sortie after sortie against North Vietnam's formidable, overbuilt heavily defended railroad and highway bridge.  Time and again American Air Force and Navy pilots dodged blistering anti-aircraft fire, surface-to-air missiles and enemy fighters, yet many of them were shot down, killed or captured.  The bridge stood as if it were made of kryptonite.  For the North Vietnamese, the bridge became a symbol of their patriotic resistance; for US war planners an obsession; for US airmen a testament to American mettle and valor.

Using after-action reports, official records, and interviews with surviving pilots, as well as previously untapped North Vietnamese sources, Dragon's Jaw chronicles American efforts to destroy the bridge strike by bloody strike, putting readers into the cockpit under fire, as only Stephen Coonts can do.  The story of the Dragon's Jaw is rich in courage and audacity, an epic tale against a determined foe.

Jake Grafton Series


The Jake Grafton Series

These ten novels take Jake Grafton from a young Navy attack pilot flying A-6s during the Vietnam War (Flight of the Intruder) to two-star admiral working with the CIA (Liberty). These novels introduced millions of people around the world to carrier aviation and the modern American military. Although some people like to read them in the order in which they were written, they are all stand-alone novels; you can pick any one and dive into Jake’s world. He isn’t brilliant, has no great insight into the problems of our times, but he has common sense and always tries to do the right thing, regardless of the personal consequences. He’s a hero for our time.

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Tommy Carmellini Series  

The Tommy Carmellini Series

Tommy Carmellini, ace CIA burglar, first appeared in the Jake Grafton novel Cuba as a minor character. He appeared in all subsequent Grafton tales. Coonts liked him a lot, so he got promoted to stardom in Liars and Thieves, which was published in the UK as Wages of Sin. In that book Coonts let Tommy tell his side of the story in the first person; while that jolted a few readers, most readers liked it. Tommy brought a fresh voice to the thriller genre, young, hip, and irreverent. He and Grafton shared the top spot in a variety of novels since: The Traitor, The Assassin, The Disciple, Pirate Alley, The Art of War, Liberty's Last Stand, and The Armageddon File. They are also together in another novel to be published in August 2019, The Russia Account.

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Deep Black Series  

The Deep Black Series

The Deep Black series of co-written novels came about because Coonts couldn’t write quickly enough to fill the demand for his works. If you like fingernail-biting suspense and rock ‘em, sock ‘em action, you’ll love this series about a covert CIA team that fights bad guys all over the globe. Fans of this series say the books are best read in order. Coonts disputes that, since the books were carefully crafted as stand-alone novels. The first eight books in this series were original paperbacks. The ninth was first published in hardcover, then paperback.

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Other Works  

Other Works

This category includes all of Coonts’ miscellaneous scribbles, from the classic Cannibal Queen to his three Saucer tales, including Saucer: Savage Planet which was published April 1, 2014; five anthologies; and a novel written under a pen name, The Garden of Eden by Eve Adams. You ought to get a gander of Steve in a size 14 dress with shaved legs, his outfit when appearing at Eve Adams signings. It’s an extraordinary experience. You'll also want to check out The Sea Witch, three unforgettable tales of men and women at war. 

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