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Fortunes of War

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,011 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Four Japanese nationalists storm Tokyo's imperial palace and behead the emperor. Their goal: to invade Russia and conquer oil-rich Siberia in order to dominate the globe. Soon the world explodes in war, as Japan, Russia and the United States go head-to-head in a struggle that threatens total destruction. Now three men from three different nations must meet their ultimate c ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published April 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published April 15th 1998)
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Tim
Jun 17, 2015 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that I have liked some of Coonts stories is the only reason I can foresee this being on my "to read" shelf. Now it can go to the "to trash" shelf. Too long, too boring, too warring. 0 of 10 stars
Regina
May 26, 2015 Regina rated it it was ok
Not quite the page-turner I expected it to be given the premise. That it is somewhat dated now (written 1998, set in its near future I think) is not the issue. Rather, the 'action' is quite slow to develop and never really grabbed me in the way some of my favourite action/thriller authors do. Yes, I was engaged enough to finish the book and see what happened to end the Japanese-Russian war, especially when it threatened to go nuclear. Yes, I wanted to see who would survive and how BUT it was som ...more
KJ
Feb 26, 2011 KJ rated it liked it
Mmmm... With this book I got the feeling that I was listening to a four year old who was going on and on with an unbelievable story and saying, "And then you know what happened? It got cold and rained. And then you know what happened? Gaven ate a dragon fly." It moved very fast and it was like the author is one of those old barrel chested vets (got nuthin but love for ya') who love to talk up the military lingo with fellow vets. Seriously, I felt like I was hanging out with my dad and a fellow A ...more
George
Oct 22, 2015 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
Pages ripped from history...in this case, the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) of pre WWII fame. This time with a squadron of F-22s and some ex and aging fighter pilots versus a new, secret and stealthy Japanese Zero. Exciting read, if a little light on the technology and naive in it's politics. Yes, there's lots of technology in here, it's just not all exactly right. And, to imagine that a(nother) sino soviet war could exist without US intervention? Hmmm? Those concerns aside, it was a ...more
Jessica Brill
This book is about the disalluisoned leaders to two powerful countries trying to do what they think their countrys need by going to war with other. Following both the Russian and Japanese side is quite interesting, as well as seeing the side of the innocent participants of the war from each country. The description of both the workings and warplay of the submarines and fighter jets is great
Justin Miller
Mar 30, 2016 Justin Miller rated it liked it
Like most of Coonts work, it was worth the time to read but won't be super memorable now that I'm finished.
Maciej
Apr 22, 2015 Maciej rated it really liked it
Coudnt stop reading. Story is not as detailed as Clancy did but they are close
Rich Albright
Sep 18, 2015 Rich Albright rated it it was amazing
Page turner
George Hahn
Nov 29, 2015 George Hahn rated it it was amazing
One of Coonts' better ones, even if it didn't include Jake Grafton.
Seth
Jul 09, 2012 Seth rated it really liked it
To the best of my count, this is the tenth novel which I have read by the author. While not my favorite or even second favorite by him, I would say this book sits as the third or fourth best of the ten coonts books which I have read. Even in his novels with less merit, every novel which I have read by him has some.
Graham Bates
It took me way too long to read this book, partly because it has so many characters that I could barely keep up. The action is interesting, but I found myself drawn to the Russian and Japanese characters and had little connection to the American pilots. If you like fictional war novels, this is one for you.
Steve Wilson
Aug 19, 2012 Steve Wilson rated it liked it
Not a bad little book. Coonts knows the technology, and has a great grasp of the politics, too. I tried to really like the book a lot, but just couldn't get into it as much as I would have liked. I still recommend it.
David
May 10, 2010 David rated it did not like it
Just could not get in to it at all. Gave up after 120 pages.
Don Eggert
Jan 31, 2014 Don Eggert rated it really liked it
This is a page turner for sure. Well written tight story.
Chuck
Mar 25, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing
Japan invades Russia. Nuclear war seems imminent.
Harish Kumar
Aug 29, 2011 Harish Kumar rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
gripping..
colleen
Nov 19, 2007 colleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scpl, military, 2006
read 01.02.06
Bill
Mar 19, 2014 Bill rated it it was amazing
Awesome!
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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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