The Disciple (Tommy Carmellini, #4)
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The Disciple (Tommy Carmellini #4)

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Iran is much closer to having operational nuclear weapons than the CIA believes and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has a plan. With twelve nuclear warheads mounted on twelve missiles, he will make Iran a martyr nation—and lead the world’s Muslims in a holy war.

But the Americans have a secret weapon in a group of Iranian dissidents, including a brother and sister deter...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published December 1st 2009)
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T. Edmund
The Disciple begins well, with one sentence

"God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the united States and Zionism"

That sentence sets a tone of religous bigorty and fanatism and extreme danger. The book fails to deliver after that preamble.

The first chapters are told in 3rd person, and deal with snippets of conspiracy that are hard to grasp and even harder to care about.

The protaganist is introduced in a bluntly cliche manner, he strolls down a s...more
Bob
Jack Grafton, now with the CIA assigns Tommy Carmellini to Iran as a councilor officer in the office attached to the Swiss Embasy. His task is to find proof that Iran is actually working on nuclear weapons and how far along they are. Iranian President Ahmadinejad is being more threatening all the time claiming there is now weapons project. The US and Israel’s Mossad operatives team up to find the information while tensions mount. Ahmadinejad survives an assassination attempt in while in Indonesi...more
Jerome
Wow, this book sucked. The plot sounds good, and after the opening chapter with the Israeli air strike on the Syrian nuclear reactor, I was ready to enjoy a believable political techno-thriller. But it all quickly goes downhill from there. The biggest problem, aside from tedious writing, is that the plot has no basis in reality. Iranian President Ahmadinejad devises an evil plot that is more ludicrous and stupid than it is evil, or believable. Ahmadinejad decides to suddenly launch nuclear missi...more
Josh

My "kill the terrorists" series continues with this book by Stephen Coonts, the follow-up to "The Assassin". This one however did not live up to the high quality and standards of its predecessor.

The author aimed his ambitious way too high on this and couldn't pull it off. Trying to somehow encompass a conflict on a massive scale, he pits Iran vs everybody in a nuclear arms race that I must admit does have parallels to what's happening right now. Alas, if it only happened this way and the bad g...more
Will
Ahmadinejad and Nuclear Iran. Coming to grips with the nuclear aspirations of Syria and Iran, the US President employs a policy of no first strike with Iran, even tho Israel has already made preemptive strikes into Iraq and Syria. The CIA's Jake Grafton deploys Tom Carmellini to Tehran to develop actionable intelligence to try and satisfy the positive proof bet hedgers in Washington. Tom quickly realizes that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a madman who will stop at nothing to goad the US into global war...more
Betsy Ashton
I love Coonts. I love Jake Grafton. I love Tommy Carmellini. I love thrillers. I can even tolerate head hopping between characters, particularly when the action is intense and Coonts wants to show both sides of an encounter. What I didn't love about this book was head hopping into Carmellini's head in first person singular. Had Coonts stayed in third person at all times, I would have rated this four stars. He loses a star for the unnecessary switch to first person.
Roberta
This book was written in 2009. On the first page Publisher Weekly states: "One can only hope the U.S. president, the head of the C.I.A., and the Israeli prime minister will have this book on their nightstands for easy reference in case fiction turns to reality, an all-too-real possibility as evidenced by recent headlines." Fast forward to the current year 2012. Some of the fiction described here is now, in fact, reality - from the happenings in the Strait of Hormuz to Israel considering a preemp...more
Bubba
went fast, wanted to see where he was going with it, liked it more than I thought I would but lots of it was hard to believe. Enjoyed military details more than I imagined. I wouldn't recommend it but it was ok I kept turning the pages
Steve
Overall I liked the book and it was a good thriller. The one thing I do not like in a book like this is when the author chooses real people as characters. Making the president of Iran Ahmadinejad is a mistake in my opinion. It really adds nothing to the book itself because this is fiction so why not just make up a name. When you use a real person then you are putting stereotypes into the character. I have no clue if Ahmadinejad would act as he is described in the book and so I found myself distr...more
Jason Seaver
The latest of Coonts's Grafton/Carmellini adventures is another good one; the only real disappointment being that history has not contrived to make his story of an Iran on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons and ready to use them obsolete, as it seemed to be threatening to a couple weeks ago. Coonts, as usual, uses actual people in several places, including the leaders of Iran, which adds an extra layer of plausibility to the thriller's plot. Things move ahead at a good clip until they've sta...more
Frank
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Steve
a new one for me.
seems to highlight Jake as much as Tommy.
Tommy's exploits in Tehran seem often farfetched and he should have been destroyed oh so many times.
nevertheless, it gets a rare 5 stars from me.
Jennifer
I really like this series but this book took me a long time to read and I didn't enjoy it as much as the others. In fiction, I prefer fictitious characters so the use of Ahmadinejad (Iran's real president) as Mr Evil came across as a bit silly when all the other characters were fictitious. I kept wondering if Mr Ahmadinejad had actually read the book and what would he think of it. The basic storyline was good but just didn't really get going.
Bill Seaby
I got the audio book to enjoy on an 800 mile business trip. It lived up to and exceeded expectations. Coonts' books have entertained me for years, ever since the "Flight of the Intruder," which called on his Vietnam experience flying the A-6.

The characters are well drawn. Carmellini is sardonic, competent and entertaining in his narrative. The use of actual historical figures was interesting and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came alive for me in this novel.

Even though this book was written 4 years ago, ev...more
Peter
A straight forward thriller of the middle east variety...Iran is the villian pure and through...smart CIA folks, brave heroic etc embark on a plan to stop world war III this one between Islam and the west. There is lots of techno-porn...weaponry and blueprints as well as battle plans and so forth...in the end (spoiler alert...can there be such a thing) things work out well...there are some intriguing mind games of the "what-if" kind that are entertaining.
Leo
Iran, Afganistan, Pakistan and all the other stans are hot topic for spy fiction. This one is a thriller from begining to end. The spy in Iran, Tommy Carmelinni, does not get into to much trouble this time even though what he does is risky business. Under the direction of Admiral Jake Grafton everything flow developing in the neutralization of the nuclear warheads and the organization of a new goverment in Iran.
Richard
Jan 20, 2010 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All action lovers; political/spy/war fans.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all his work.
Another view of how the War on Terrorism might turn out. Much of the action takes place in just a few locales, so it could easily be staged as a movie shot right here with a few scenes that might look like Arabian settings.

Mr. Coonts hits all the right spots in covering just a few days of very exciting action. Lots of explosions, last minute rescues, great drama and some collateral damage.
Todd
I thought this book was just OK. I think Coonts went a bit far with with some of the plot lines, but I enjoyed reading about life in Iran. I thought it a bit of a chore to finish it and get on to the next book I wanted to read. I didn't mind his writing style and I may pick up one of his better reviewed books. This was an impulse read as I saw it on the new releases shelf at the library.
Mark
Coonts brings us the 4th book in the Tommy Carmellini series...Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini must endeavor to Iran's efforts to be a "martyr" nation at the behest of wild-eyed jihadi President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who desires to be the Mahdi, the prophesied redeemer of Islam through a Mid-East Nuclear exchange...OK read...not as much fun as earlier works
Jim
This is the 2nd Grafton/Carmellini book I've read by Coonts. He does an excellent job of portraying the human side of the spy/thriller. Nearly all is believable, and it scares one to realize there is too much real in Coonts' tale. Coonts kept me anxious to find out what would happen next, and I had trouble putting the book down.
Peter
this book is a historical fiction. this is a what if novel.the nove had very interesting characters even better than than very good or even better than very very good. characters that are like friends that i know at the end i amk sorry to see leave. the plot is good. this is a book i would recomend to all.
Balthazar Lawson
Barely tolerable military/spy thriller with a bit of a war thrown in. Slow in places and never really got going as it jumped about between a variety of characters and all up a bit confusing. Not good.
Lee
An excellent book by Coonts in this book CIA operative Tommy Carmellini is in Iran trying to find out when and how many nuclear missiles that Iran has. Non stop action as Carmellini and his boos at the CIA Jake Grafton try to stop Iran from launching nuclear missiles all across the Middle East.
Clyn


This book was interesting, but quite violent. The story was a nuclear struggle that ended up involving the US, but not between the US and an enemy. There were enough twists and turns to hold my interest, but in the end it was an entertaining, but forgettable story.
Beth
I'm actually still reading this one... I still love the characters, but this one has been a bit of a pill to read; I actually put it down for awhile and am just picking it up to try again, thinking maybe I just wasn't giving it my full attention. Will edit this after I finish.
Marc Nadeau
This another in the series of Jake Grafton/Tommy Carmellini novels by Stephen Coonts. It offers a good mix of plot, anti-terrorism, military action, spy intrigue, and flying to be entertaining for most of us with a Y chromosome. It is an entertaining read.
Pat Murray
I saw the book on the shelf at the store. The plot description made me buy it. The book was a page turner dealing with what could be an actual historical event. It held my interest andI read it in 2 days. I would read more of his books.
Bob
After the last two Tommy Carmallini books, I thought Coonts may have burned out, but this one brings me squarely back into the fold! Probably the best Grafton novel in a long time! Even brought back a few distant memories of Red Storm Rising!
Jeff Crosby
Average Coonts. While I like the espionage natrue of the Tommy Carmellini stories, this one drags and is less engaging. I suspect that is at least in part because I am tired of Arab terrorists trying to destroy the world with nuclear weapons.
Kristi
THe latest in the Jake Grafton/Tommy Carmellini series. I found the first half confusing, probably because I was trying to read a paragraph here and there over the holidays. Second half was much better and classic Coonts.
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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...more
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