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The Disciple (Tommy Carmellini #4)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  1,669 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
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
Paperback, 608 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published December 8th 2009)
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Ann Amadori
Jan 08, 2017 Ann Amadori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was interesting. It moved along slower than the Vince Flynn books I've been reading but I'll try another one and see how it goes.
Nov 21, 2016 Vanessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really hard to get into. Too many people and plots introduced in a short space of time.
Oct 06, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable pastime. Good author. First one I read was Liberty's Last Stand. Will probably read all of them now.
J. Bookish
The Disciple is a military thriller. Cheers to the obvious. The main protagonist is - kind of - Tommy Carmellini: an American spy working in Iran to uncover the Iranian government's secret nuclear weapons production. I say "kind of" because there are so many other characters who we get about as much face time with as Carmellini, but he is the only character whose sections were written in first-person. Which was weird, in itself. There were a few supporting characters who, in my opinion, were act ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ken Schloman
Sep 22, 2016 Ken Schloman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this is the first novel I have read by the author, I don't really know how it fits with the rest of the novels in the series. That said however, I really liked it. While the author "stretches" a bit. one could take the basic premise of the book from today's headlines and the tensions in the middle east. It is a good story in the political/ techno thriller genre. It reminds me a lot of Tom Clancy's thrillers. I've added his name to my list of authors I want to explore.
Thomas Edmund
Jan 29, 2010 Thomas Edmund rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2012 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Dec 27, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2012 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ken Wyne
Jan 06, 2016 Ken Wyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dad, who is probably the only person I know that has a larger library than me, decided recently that he wanted to thin his library out a bit. He asked me if he could send me some books. So, I told him a few books that I wanted to either finish out a particular author, or a particular series. So, my dad sent me several books that I wanted, as well as sending me two authors I have not read. One was Stephen Coonts. I read "The Disciple." I really enjoyed this book and this author. I am surprised ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2010 Jason Seaver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
A book that could be ripped from the headlines! Except, that cooler heads have prevailed over human history; in this case, the Iranians want to nuke a good part of the world in the name of Jihad. Our heroes Tommy and Jake prevent it. The reader gets the idea that muslims discriminate against women and want to create an islamic state all over the world. The book is well written -- Coonts is a former Naval Aviator and it shows. He should have had some joint duty--the Navy puts it all together, sol ...more
May 16, 2010 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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James F.
Mr. Coonts developed this story line based upon real world events with respect to the nuclear development plans of Iran. The main characters of the story are long-standing protagonists developed in earlier works by Coonts.

This story is another page turner and "can't-put-it-down." The low rating I assigned is based upon my disbelief in the real world having a Jake Grafton who is keeping touch with our world as we know it and with having the intelligence and good fortune in being in the right plac
Bill Seaby
Sep 25, 2013 Bill Seaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
re-read on 2-20-2015. Still a 5 star treat!
Just read "The Courier" by Andrew Britton and there are similarities with the books but I definitely am a fan of Carmelini and do like Grafton, too.
I think Britton is only serious and Coonts brings humor, even in the most dire of circumstances.
Go Tommy.

march 1 2014 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 st
Dec 10, 2010 Peter rated it it was ok
A straight forward thriller of the middle east variety...Iran is the villian pure and 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 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.
Mar 20, 2010 Leo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Feb 03, 2016 Maury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A subtle grittiness that hooks you. This was my first encounter with the main character Carmellini & I must say he is now one of my favorite fictional people. A good guy, but not too good. A compassionate patriot, but thankfully not politically correct. Coonts developed a smart character that you constantly root for, especially in light of the well, all too real, interjected government bureaucracy. I look forward to my next Carmellini adventure.
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.
Jan 20, 2010 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Jun 28, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jan 12, 2010 Todd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war
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.
Oct 04, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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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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