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The Minotaur (Jake Grafton #3)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,769 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The thriller fromNew York Timesbestselling author Stephen Coonts
At the height of the Cold War, Captain Jake Grafton becomes entangled in the hunt for a spy selling high-tech military secrets to the Soviet Union

Naval pilot Jake Grafton flies fighter jets with ice water in his veins. But when he’s assigned a desk job in the Pentagon as the head of a top-secret stealth bombe
ebook, 448 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (first published September 18th 1989)
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Daniel Bratell
Jack Grafton (who seems to follow the same career path as Jack Ryan) survived the last book and is put at a desk in Pentagon. His mission, should he choose to accept it, is to figure out the specification for the next navy attack plane (ATA, A-12) while fighting trying to keep everything secret. All this in the middle of the hunt for soviet moles and industry infiltrators.

(In real life A-12 was cancelled in 1991 and replaced by F/A-18E/F Super Hornet)

In this book the author makes no secret of hi
From one of the book boxes that Moem sent to me. This one will stay here untill I've read it.

I liked this book. Not the best espionage book I've ever read, but it was okay.
What I disliked most, was the fact that I could not quite follow the who did what in the espionage part. The main thread was easy to follow, Grafton and his task to be completed.

The spies, the counter spies, the Minotaur.... for me they were a bit shady in motives and who did what. But spy business is always a bit shady, so I
Thought I'd try another in the Jake Grafton series. Again, this one was ok, but a little hard to follow some of the secondary characters. Maybe that's because I read it over a period of a few (busy) weeks; maybe it's just that the writing isn't as crisp and the plot isn't as tight as some of his other novels.

Either way, a fun read. I'll keep hoping that the Deep Black series becomes available as e-books from my library!
"I love the names of the characters in this book - Jake Grafton, Toad Tarkington and Rita Moravia. Jake the main protagonist, Toad the affable almost side-kick and the love interest, stong but feminine - Rita. From the authors own thoughts ""I wanted Rita to be an ace pilot, all business and damn good at her job. Toad, of course, would be drawn to her like a moth to a candle."" Stephen Coonts was born in 1946 and trained as a pilot. After leaving the navy, he retrained as a lawyer and started wr ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this Grafton story.
It was a page turner.
There were times that I was confused about the "why" of a characters' actions but that was explained in due time.
I like the stories within the story to keep it really interesting. I also like the Technics of flying.
Have not read a lot of the Coonts books and will not rush to read another. It was okay - went from confusing at the beginning but got a little better as it went along.
Bob Conner
Love Coont's books. If you enjoy military thrillers, his works are among the best.
Weak book. Poorly developed characters. Horribly written female characters. Some characters know how to accomplish things that they would probably never know. This is a wannabe Tom Clancy book. However, while he really enjoys discussing the technical details of the aircraft, he doesn't have the same skill at making it accessible to the average reader. This book wasn't really awful but I am kind of bummed that I spent time to finish it. The few good moments were too few and far between to make it ...more
This novel in the series involves acquisition, flying, spies and intrigue. One can hardly put the thing down. Jake and Toad test a stealth airplane, which I believe that the Navy cancelled (in real life). Names are cleverly camouflaged, but obvious for the time of writing...Secnav Lehman as Lanman, for example. Who would have thought that a staff job could be so exciting?
This was my least favorite Stephen Coonts novel. It moves slower than most and the charachters are not great either. The story is outdated also but what can you do about that? If there is one nice thing I can say about this book, its that Grafton and his family do appear more human in this story then they have in many others.
This one has a little more story than The Intruders. It’s all about a new plane developed to replace the A-6 Intruder, and a conspiracy. Our hero Jake Grafton is in the middle of it. If you enjoy aviation, this is probably for you. Otherwise, give it a pass.
The most entertaining thing about this book was reading a book written during the Cold War and the mentalities present when it came to technology and the world in 1980. The book was excited until the last 10% of the book and it was too long to have to wait that long.
I give this book a low 3 stars. It's too full of politics and technical details about stealth planes to suit my taste. I enjoyed the espionage story, but it didn't seem as well-written as some of Coonts' other Jake Grafton stories. Too much was left unexplained.
I acquired this book by accident & didn't know what to expect. It turned out to be surprisingly well-written, a well-crafted spy story. There was also a great deal of technical information about Navy airplanes & Navy test pilots that I followed only loosely.
Rick Wong
Nice intrique, I read this one before ??? I remember when the stealth plane was still in the infancy stage, and the stealth toys looked the plane on the cover. Good follow up of the other two Jake Grafton books. Very believable.
It was a decent book but the pace was a little slow. If you want a fast paced thriller this is not the book. If you want a book that is well laid out and packed with details and some intrigue this is the book for you.
Not badly written, but low on plot, high on episode. Characters are distinctive but rather thin. Events seem to occur by happenstance. A readable beach book to set aside and forget when you're done.
I was an avid reader of military aviation fiction in High School. I remember enjoying the subject matter but do not remember much about the writing style, etc as far as providing a rating.
Good book, still incorporating some flight scenes, this book seethes with slowly building tension over moles in a secret Navy stealth plane project.
Sandee Priser
Not sure who this was supposed to appeal to. Suspect those who love espionage, military action, technology and romance will all be disappointed.
Not my normal story, but I got sucked in because it was a Kindle Daily Deal. Good story and it was nice to get away from my "normal."
Good follow on to Final Flight, though a bit different book. Got a little long in the middle, but finished strong, good book overall.
It was a little slow compared to Intruders. I was a little disappointed but it is still a good book worth reading.
As with all the previous Coonts, relatively accurate and fast paced
Very good action/spy story. I will read some more in this series.
One of my least favorite of the Grafton series.
Jon M
A solid cold war thriller.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Jake Grafton (10 books)
  • Flight of the Intruder (Jake Grafton, #1)
  • Final Flight (Jake Grafton, #3)
  • Under Siege (Jake Grafton, #5)
  • The Red Horseman (Jake Grafton, #6)
  • The Intruders (Jake Grafton, #2)
  • Cuba (Jake Grafton, #7)
  • Hong Kong (Jake Grafton, #8)
  • America (Jake Grafton, #9)
  • Liberty (Jake Grafton, #10)
Flight of the Intruder (Jake Grafton, #1) Under Siege (Jake Grafton, #5) Final Flight (Jake Grafton, #3) Deep Black (Deep Black, #1) America (Jake Grafton, #9)

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