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The Minotaur (Jake Grafton #4)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  2,230 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
From a New York Times–bestselling author: A military pilot is entangled in the hunt for a Cold War spy selling high-tech secrets to the USSR.

Navy 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 bomber program, his nerve is tested as never before. Colleagues start dying
ebook, 448 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Open Road Media Mystery Thriller (first published September 18th 1989)
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Patty Westfall
Apr 27, 2017 Patty Westfall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed feelings

This fast paced, intricate story never got boring, though it did get a bit confusing at times. It got hard to keep track of some of the characters, and some of the details. I found myself rereadind and going back to make sure I had things straight.

The characters, especially at the beginning of the book, we're not realistic. I thought Rita was bi-polar, but no, just poorly written. This is not a story for anyone who appreciates character development.

But if you like a detailed story
Jul 10, 2016 Marcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! This is an early Jake Grafton story, which deals with Grafton's new assignment to the Pentagon. Instead of just pushing papers, Grafton is assigned to choose which of two prototype planes the US Navy will buy. Lots of information about the planes went over my head, but other readers with some knowledge of aviation will find the passages interesting. Grafton tries to find the murderer of his predecessor in the job and a spy who is funneling top secret information to the ...more
Feb 05, 2012 BoekenTrol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to BoekenTrol by: Moem
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
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
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jan 21, 2017 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jake Grafton, after recovering from a near fatal F-14 crash is assigned to duty at the Pentagon. As a program manager for the development of a new fighter plate, he is confronted by leaks of classified information, both to competing contractors, and to the Russians. There is some action, a couple of car chases, an airplane crash, and several bodies in the wake of Grafton's investigation. How he manages to uncover the source of the leaks, and move his project to completion is Stephen Coonts at hi ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
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.
Dec 30, 2013 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
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?
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.
Sep 06, 2010 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rick Wong
Sep 03, 2007 Rick Wong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 20, 2011 Andreas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 10, 2012 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
kenneth  h.  robinson
Bravery, Dedication to Duty, and Subterfuge

A great read with worthy characters pitting their wits against the sneaking undercover agents from Russia. Aiding the spies are Americans selling their country out for lots of money.
Aug 11, 2010 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 13, 2016 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first few books. It was an OK story. Should have been much better.
Sep 08, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a little slow compared to Intruders. I was a little disappointed but it is still a good book worth reading.
Dec 02, 2010 Kristopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, still incorporating some flight scenes, this book seethes with slowly building tension over moles in a secret Navy stealth plane project.
Sep 07, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
Al McPhee
Slow reading for Coonts
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.
Jul 15, 2012 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mal Kindle Lusky
Dec 06, 2015 Mal Kindle Lusky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner from S. Coonts

Another suspenseful thriller with all the required twists and turns. Well written with lots of flying, spies, and full of intrigue.
Jun 04, 2008 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
May 19, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 11, 2014 Stan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 07, 2012 Rendier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Very good action/spy story. I will read some more in this series.
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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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Jake Grafton (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • The Intruders (Jake Grafton #2)
  • Final Flight (Jake Grafton #3)
  • Under Siege (Jake Grafton #5)
  • The Red Horseman (Jake Grafton #6)
  • Cuba (Jake Grafton #7)
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