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In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America, spymaster Janos Ilin delivers a chilling message to Jake Grafton--a rogue Russian general has sold four nuclear warheads to a radical Islamic terrorist group, the Sword of Islam, which intends to detonate them in America in the ultimate terror strike, the apocalypse that will trigger a holy war between western civilization and the Muslim world. After passing Ilin's message to his superiors, Grafton is charged by the President with assembling a secret team to find the warheads before America's population centers are consumed by nuclear holocaust.
Grafton soon finds himself up to his neck in power politics, techno-billionaires, money-grubbing traitors, anarchists, and spies as he hunts for the terrorists, who, as he quickly discovers, don't all come from the Middle East.
At stake is the survival of western civilization, so Grafton pulls out all the stops. With the help of the indomitable Toad Tarkington and CIA burglar Tommy Carmellini, he raids the prisons to assemble his team while the clock ticks toward Armageddon.
Peopled with the rich, vivid characters that have made Stephen Coonts famous world-wide, LIBERTY is action and suspense from the very first page. And it poses the unanswerable question, how far should civilization go to defend itself from its mortal enemies?
LIBERTY was the tenth and last of the Grafton series. In future thrillers, Coonts would put both Grafton and Tommy Carmellini in the spotlight as headliners.