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The Chinese dragon is flexing its muscles. As its military begins to prey on neighbors in the South China Sea, attacking fishing vessels and scheming to seize natural resources, the US goes on high alert. But a far more ominous danger lurks closer to home: a Chinese sleeper cell has planted a nuclear weapon in the harbor at Norfolk, Virginia, the biggest naval base on the planet. The target: a secret rendezvous of the Atlantic Fleet aircraft carriers and their battle groups. When the CIA director is assassinated and Jake Grafton is appointed to take his place, he gets wind of the conspiracy, but has no idea when or where the attack will occur. In the meantime, a series of assassinations, including an attempt on the life of the President, shake the country and deliberately mask a far more sinister objective. Can Jake Grafton and his right hand man, Tommy Carmellini, stop the plot to destroy the US Navy?
- ISBN-13: 9781250041999
- ISBN-10: 1250041996
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Publish Date: February 2016
- Page Count: 352
Series: Jake Grafton Novels (Hardcover) #12
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-16
- Reviewer: Staff
In bestseller Coontss superior military thriller, the murdersor attempted murdersof several high-level Washington, D.C., government officials, including the CIA director and the FBI director, are a major concern for Jake Grafton, who becomes the interim CIA director, and CIA burglar Tommy Carmellini, last seen together in 2013s Pirate Alley. Meanwhile, Chinese agents have planted a nuclear device in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk, Va., close to the U.S. Navys largest base. Jake becomes aware that the Chinese are planning an attack, but he doesnt know where. The primary story is Tommys, but Coonts smoothly juggles a large cast of characters, each of whom has a distinct voice. The action builds steadily to a satisfying conclusion. Tommy is damaged yet again, and Jake is still the iron-man leader that series fans could only wish to see in real life. Readers will look forward to Jake and Tommys further adventures. Agent: Deborah C. Grosvenor, Grosvenor Literary Agency. (Feb.)