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Cuba (Jake Grafton #7)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,318 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
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 -- as Castro lies dying -- has ignited an explosive plot, and a horrific new weapon is turned on the U.S. Only Jake on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Cuba knows the impending danger. Only Jake can save Ameri ...more
Paperback, 461 pages
Published May 15th 2000 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published August 5th 1999)
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Sep 08, 2009 Linda rated it liked it
This Coonts novel is in the Jake Grafton series, but takes place before the Grafton/Oregon Files series. It gives us the back story on the characters from the Oregon Files and is a typical Coonts military thriller. I enjoyed the fast-paced story and learned a lot about the history of Cuba under Fidel Castro in the process. My one complaint is that it's not very easy to separate fact from fiction in his books. While that does make for a realistic story, it can be somewhat confusing. This book is ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Lorraine rated it it was ok
I haven't read any books in this genre,spy/action. I decided to read this one 'cos of the talks between the Cubans and Americans to ease relations between the two countries. I wanted to see how an American writer of this genre would treat the subject. Just as I thought. Rah! Rah! America! We can beat those nasty corrupt commies. None of the Cuban characters are trustworthy, either plotting to take over from Castro,or against each other or acting as agents for the Americans. The book is full of a ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it
Good thriller plot overcomes other issues

Just so you'll know, I am reviewing Cuba as an audiobook - I listened to it as an audiobook and as an audiobook it was pretty good, meaning that I never really wondered if there was something else on the radio that was better.

As to the plot - I found it to be especially interesting to have the book focus on the presence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Cuba, considering our current situations in Iran and North Korea and the ongoing search for WMD in Ir
Jun 10, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
Good beach read.
Nik Markevicius
Jan 13, 2013 Nik Markevicius rated it liked it
Cuba is a solid action novel for people who like the genre. I wouldn't say it's for everyone, but it's not trying to be. That's gotta factor in the way, say, a couple looking for a romantic comedy to see in the theater wouldn't consider something like The Expendables.

The tension and suspense are almost always at the forefront of events, and for this kind of novel, that's exactly what a fan wants. Counts knows how to take bi, world-changing action and bring it down to the people involved, on all
Sep 05, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, thriller
It's funny, but the last Coonts book I tried to read, I couldn't get into - this is in the same series, with the same heros, and I loved it. Go figure!

In this one, Fidel Castro is about to die of cancer. Alejo Vargas wants to take his place as dictator of Cuba and has few scruples about how to go about this. Meanwhile, Jake Grafton has been given the task of clearing some biological weapons from the Gitmo base, except one of the ships unloading the stock goes missing and winds up grounded just o
Feb 11, 2013 P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Stephen Coonts for the first time. Plot was okay, a quick read for those who enjoy military thrillers. At least it wasn't more "Islamic Terrorists Attack" (part 6)!

I blame my knowledge of Latin American history, but I had to suspend disbelief quite a bit to go along with this storyline. It seems more alternative history--the second Cuban Missile Crisis. CIA finds out that Cuba is working on prepping ICBMs from the 1960s to be fitted with biological weapon warheads aimed at the southern U
Sep 18, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
Traveling to Cuba is like going back in time. This book was written in 1999, probably on the cusp on when everyone thought that sooner rather than later, Fidel would die and the place would become a free for all. Well, it's now 2012 and if he's dead, they've done a bang up job of hiding it and even though some travel and some minor free enterprise is allowed it's not yet the new Cancun. They deserve the most basic human rights, but do I want to get off the plane and see Starbucks and McDonalds? ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Jack rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, military
I normally do not rate Stephen Coonts books higher than 3 stars. This plot-driven author delivers some interesting stories, but much of the time little else. With "Cuba" I think the fast-paced military thriller story of a Cuba in transition after Castro, with chemical & biological weapons, leadership struggles, crime, deception and war with America is very relevant today. The characters are still pretty true to other Coonts books, incidental for the most part, but Coonts does bring Cuban cul ...more
Michael Alan Grapin
Aug 06, 2014 Michael Alan Grapin rated it really liked it
An interesting *what if* thriller. Fidel Castro is at death's door and several political factions are angling to be his replacement. Several stories are taking place simultaneously and in addition to the political intrigue, there is a major theft in the offing and a serious threat to the well being of the United States. Rear Admiral Jake Grafton is tasked with protecting the U.S. from weapons of mass destruction in an action packed thriller that will have you on the edge of your seats complete w ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: military, action, thriller
#7 in the Jake Grafton series.

Jake Grafton, USN series - In the aftermath of Castro's death, the head of Cuban Secret Police, Alejo Vargas seizes control and decides to attack the US with biologic weapons. Admiral Jake Grafton leads the US forces determined to stop him.
Justin Miller
Mar 30, 2016 Justin Miller rated it liked it
I really liked this book's ending. It did suffer a little bit getting there but I think that is because Coonts is trying to set up the Carmellini character for future books. Since this is a Jake Grafton book, it made the flow suffer some.
Marsha Ward
Perhaps it was because I was listening instead of reading, but I fear this novel rambled around a bit more than was to my taste. I got lost too often.
Mar 19, 2011 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
An action packed book full of MiGs, Tomahawks, weapons, and heroes. It is about how Fidel Castro of Cuba dies before he ever said that he wants to give his place to Octo, his brother in law. Instead, Vargas takes his position and produces biological waepons and launch biological missiles at the US, but US forces manage to invade and stop all but one missile. A Navy warship later shot the missile down at 430,000 feet. Americans use F-117s and JDAMS to blow the guards out from the jail cell holdi ...more
Maureen Bauer
Nov 07, 2014 Maureen Bauer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, action
This was a typical Stephen Coontz novel. It was very technical, very "military". I find myself connecting to the characters whom have appeared in earlier novels by this same author. During a military operation, I found myself being very frightened for the safety of the characters, and the whole scenario involving Cuba at the death of Fidel Castro, was a plausible premise. Unfortunately, these things that happen in a power vacuum COULD really happen in the political climate between the United Sta ...more
Harry Addington
Aug 04, 2015 Harry Addington rated it it was amazing
Discovered I had already rad this one.
Brad T.
Apr 09, 2016 Brad T. rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Enjoyable read
Apr 06, 2014 George rated it really liked it
Exciting, action packed. Jake and Toad save Cuba from the dreaded communists. I guess that's called "nation building?" The book is stimulating, if implausible. Where's my next Coonts book?
Mar 04, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
I liked it in general. The only problem was with the fact that Castro is the man in Cuba in the story. I just had issues with attaching actions to someone who is real and where you know that is not the way things happened or are likely to happen. To me it would have been better to put in place a fictional dictator and then there can be no conflict with things you know versus what takes place in the story.
Nov 04, 2015 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty involved - need to pay attention
Pat Robertson
Dec 28, 2015 Pat Robertson rated it liked it
I would rate it a 3.5. Listened to it.
Jun 12, 2013 Brenda rated it liked it
Shelves: coonts-stephen
This book was okay, not the best, but since I purchased all of the Jake Grafton series, I will continue to read them. Once again, Jake is nothing but an accessory in ths book and of course we are introduced to a new character that will get his own series of books - Tommy Carpinelli.

The book took a long time to get going and when it did, it was over.
Ralph McEwen
Jul 31, 2011 Ralph McEwen rated it liked it
A action pack read. Of course Fidel Castro is dead now and his brother Raul is president of Cuba so the story loses some of its possibilities. All in all this book is still a good story with lots of hi-tech gizmos, hi-powered weapons, good and bad characters. This book is registered at BOOKCROSSING.COM.
Aug 25, 2016 PSXtreme rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Disappointing. Not even close to being possible...high level military members do NOT go out on active ops and participate at the level that these characters do...Admirals and their immediate staff don't lead midnight raids on ships. I'll stick with Clive Cussler and the Dirk Pitt novels.
Apr 27, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
book on tape
loved it!!!!!
If only a Hector S was an option.
I'd have given it ***** if there wasn't so much deep backgrop on Cuba... it seemed like more filler than necessary to the book and I wanted to get back to the story at hand.
Terrific action. Great imagination!!!
Shantanoo Desai
Aug 25, 2012 Shantanoo Desai rated it liked it
Too Many characters in the book, but Coonts keeps the stories real. He describes the modern day Communist Anarchy and rush among the top personnels to rule an Island. The detailing of modern warfare accoutrement acquaints the readers with technology used in battlefields.
Mar 03, 2009 Dave rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not as action packed as I would like for a Jake Grafton series novel but overall it was good. The novel didn't give me that "can't put it down" suspense that most Coonts novels give me. I found myself reading it only when I had a few extra minutes to kill.
Jun 18, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
A light read. The first third is a bit bland. Once the action starts the book is more interesting. This appears to be the initial meeting between Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellino, the latter being a favourite of mine from other books like Traitor and Hong Kong.
May 06, 2011 Jake rated it liked it
Audio book. I liked the Tommy Carmaelini books so I decided to check out a the Jake Grafton series. It was a good story less spy novel than Tomm Carmellini but more Commandos kicking butt. In the book Fidel Castro dies and Jake Grafton destroys all of
Jul 05, 2011 Luckngrace rated it really liked it
This alternative history was a military sizzler. It takes a smart reader to keep up with the technical weaponry talk and military jargon, but the results are well worth the effort. Adventure and thrill-a-minute describe Cuba to a T.
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Stephen Coonts (born July 19, 1946) is an American thriller and suspense novelist.

Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a small coal-mining town and earned an B.A. degree in political science at West Virginia University in 1968. He entered the Navy the following year and flew an A-6 Intruder medium attack plane during the Vietnam War, where he served on two combat cruises aboard the USS Ent
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