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Death Wave (Deep Black #9)

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Deep within the NSA is Desk Three, a top-secret unit of special operatives inserted into the field when the threat is great and the response demands sensitivity and invisibility. Charlie Dean, a former Marine sniper, is a senior officer. With his colleagues Lia DeFrancesca and newcomer Ilya Akulinin, they form the core of a high-tech team known as Deep Black.

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Hardcover, 390 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Sheli Ellsworth
Feb 01, 2013 Sheli Ellsworth rated it liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
Coonts and Keith take international espionage and terrorism to a whole, new level. Set in Southern Asia and the beautiful Canary Islands, a high-tech US national security team, known as Deep Black, attempts to prevent a worldwide catastrophic nuclear, geological incident.

Operatives are told that ten, suitcase-size nuclear warheads have been stolen by the Russian Mafia. Their mission is to find the weapons before they are smuggled out of Central Asia. The authors manage to eloquently bundle: the
Felicia Lanham
Aug 21, 2016 Felicia Lanham rated it liked it
Shelves: stephen-coonts
Although I understand the point of giving local time and place, I still find it annoying, especially when the the characters are in the same locale. In a movie this information would be in the upper left hand corner of the screen, but in an audio recording, it is very annoying.

I like the new cast members. I guess it just got too hard to keep a 6'7" blonde as a secret intelligence agent.

In previous books the POTUS interacted directly with Rubbins at critical times and was supportive of the milit
Kevin Pedersen
May 21, 2016 Kevin Pedersen rated it did not like it
Shelves: world-tour
This is terrible! It is as terrible as you might think a book called Deep Black #9: Death Wave would be. Boring characters, action sequences with no real stakes, the whole thing wrapped up handily and easily through the Unflappable Might of the US Military. Bonus "know your audience" points for including a scene where an unnamed President who is clearly Obama acts like an idiot, and a few random shots at global warming and "PC culture."

I'll give it this, though. A draw of the book is that it is
Feb 10, 2016 Burt rated it really liked it
This is my first Stephen Coonts read in quite a few years and I did enjoy the return trip, so to speak. As I have done before, when I read an author's new character(s)... new to me at least, getting the latest story first out of ignorance, I plan on picking up the other books in order from #1 and reading through them until/unless I have a couple of consecutive "bad" ones at which point I will once again step away Stephen Coonts, stories.

I very much enjoyed the new characters of Charlie, Lia, and
Barbara ★
Islamic terrorists along with a rogue ex-Chinese military guy is planning a geological terrorist attack that will cause thousand foot high waves that will decimate the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Black ops agents Charlie Dean, Ilya Akulinin and Lia DeFrancesca are deployed to various European countries to locate the missing nuclear weapons that will be used in this attack.

This is an exciting book with a plot that in theory could actually work which makes it a thriller with nasty impl
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Deep Black: Death Wave by Stephen Coonts and William H. Keith is the ninth book in the Deep Black military fiction series. Charlie Dean and his partner, Ilya Akulinin, are both field operators for the National Security Agency's Desk Three Deep Black operations. They have come to Tajikistan to locate twelve suitcase nuclear weapons, as well as figure out the targets for the use of the weapons.

Even though the action jumps around, Coonts and Keith have a header informing us of the location and the
Jun 21, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok
I've been a Stephen Coonts for a long time, immensely enjoying his novels about the Navy career of Jake Grafton. Jake and his people were believable and three dimensional, and you felt as if you'd know them if you ran into them on the street.
This thing, however, has the feel of being lifted directly from a comic book or a video game, with two-dimensional characters you feel absolutely nothing for. They are so smart, so perfect, so daring and efficient, that you soon realize nothing is going to h
May 18, 2012 Ed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like an Xbox video game or a bad Steven Segal movie. The plot is thin easy to follow the dialogue paint by numbers and the outcome predictably constructed. It is then perfect for switching your brain off and reading on the beach, where the many distractions around you can happily keep pulling you away from the story without you ever having to worry about loosing track. I read 300 pages in one day, that's how easy to read and digest it is.

Suspenseful scene follows suspenseful sce
Mar 27, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it
At first I though I wouldn't be able to understand because of the technical jargon of various type secret service agents and I read the first 5 pages and put it down. The next day I began reading again and realized that Coonts does an excellent job of explaining the jargon to me and the more I read the more excited I got by the story and the movement. Not for the feint of heart but definitely not bloody gore either. Written realistically and moves fast. I loved it. The characters are well develo ...more
Bernie Davis
Sep 08, 2011 Bernie Davis rated it liked it
I often pick up books at random - in the excellent "new section" of The superb Marpole branch of the wonderful Vancouver Public Library - one of the great institutions in this very special city. My note beside the book has a check, which means it was an easy, enjoyable read. But, if I said, I can't really remember what it was about exactly - well, there you have it. There are many books like that. Still, some books are worth a gander just for their entertainment value - and evidently Stephen Coo ...more
The latest Deep Black book finds them trying to stop a group of Muslim Terrorists from detonating nuclear bombs in the Canary Islands as they believe this will unleash a Tsunami which will wipe out the Eastern Seaboard. While scientist disagree on how much damage will happen Deep Black jumps into action to stop the event from ever happening. OK read.
May 31, 2014 Ralph rated it liked it
My first by Coonts. I am a fan of this genre but I found this one to be a bit tedious. So, I liked the plot and I liked most of the characters but there was way too much military mumbo jumbo about each op.
Kurt Young
Jan 07, 2012 Kurt Young rated it it was ok
Stephen Coonts is one of my favorite authors. "Under Siege" is an absolutely FANTASTIC book. My first book of the "Deep Black" series sold under his name was disappointing.

I have no idea how much of the writing Coonts did, and how much his co-author did, (William Keith) but "Death Wave" was not very good, leading me to believe this "partnership" was heavily slanted towards Keith writing.

There's no depth to the characters, nor tension to their situation. They're successful in every instance.

The p
Greer Andjanetta
Yet another story of a secret US Counterintelligence group (disliked by the usual NSA, FBI, DHS Depts) which is trying to foil yet another Muslim attack on the US, this time by creating a tidal wave to inundate the East Coast by exploding a series of suitcase nukes in the Canary islands to create a massive tidal wave. The book is interesting enough with its somewhat unique plot, well-enough written to be readable with enough technical detail to give it the appearance of reality.

(One cannot help
Andrew Carter
Feb 02, 2016 Andrew Carter rated it really liked it
Too many hard to pronounce Islamic names and places.....Overall, a pretty good story.
Jim P
Aug 29, 2015 Jim P rated it liked it
Terrorist thriller. Good read. Sometimes a little over the top.
Apr 11, 2015 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good idea but disappointing in execution.
Dec 04, 2015 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miltary, spy
I have read this before, it is a go read.
Mar 13, 2013 Elyse rated it liked it
Shelves: espionage, 2013
Another classic in the Deep Black series.

Interesting concept in terms of terrorists using technology to create what seems to be a natural disaster. I have wondered whether some terrorist organizations might attempt something like this. So, realistic in this sense.

I also like that the main characters are reflective and self-critical with respect to politics, religion, and more. Brad Thor could take a lesson from this on tempering his increasingly non-self-critical and non-reflective right-wing ex
Feb 19, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jim by: Previous novel.
Another good novel.
Mar 03, 2011 Leo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cia
NSA agents are hunting for 12 suitcases containing nuclear devices in Tajikistan. The nukes were shipped but intercepted by pirates. A USA ship came to rescue with NSA agents on board and they only found 2 of the suitcases. The rest were in the island of La Palma where the bad guys were drilling to plant the devices cutting the island in half producing a sunami effect that would engulf the entire east coast. The plot flows with sometimes unreal action but very entertaining.
Mar 30, 2014 Rod rated it it was ok
Not great, ok read,a little hokey. His earlier stuff was better. Must be running out of ideas.
Sep 09, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
This was OK for me, however, if you are into the secret/special ops and CIA agents going into secret missions this is the book for you and series for you. The only part I didn't like was all the miliary jargin and lingo. If I knew more about the kinds of guns or special things used in these type of operations I may have been able to get into the book more. It was good, but this would be something easier for me to watch as a movie vs. reading in a book.
Jan 31, 2015 Terri rated it liked it
Rick Fisher
Sep 23, 2013 Rick Fisher rated it liked it
2.5 of my least favorite Stephen Coonts novels...nowhere near as good or exciting as the amazing stories with Tommy Carmellini as the hero.
I slogged through this one. It seemed like forever before things got moving. Im wondering if maybe Mr. Keith had more of a hand in this one than SC. Recommend only to the hard core Coonts fans...lector caveo...prepare to be disappointed.
Feb 17, 2014 John rated it really liked it
Great read especially if you love espionage style books. Great page turner and enjoyed the fine details of the characters. weapons and geography that go into making this book. Will definitely be reading more of Stephen Coonts books
Mar 31, 2011 Larry rated it liked it
Your basic Coonts, not great, interesting and yet yet a bit on the shallow end of the pool. This is the first and apparently most recent of the Deep Black series I've read. The library here doesn't have any others, and since this is good enough to borrow for free but not buy, I suspect the last of the series I'll read.
Sep 18, 2012 Larry rated it really liked it
I had actually read this book earlier this year. A very interesting story. Coonts is a good writer with his beginnings during the Vietnam War. He is an ex Navy pilot. If you are looking for a new author to read I highly recommend his books, which are primarily military oriented.
Apr 18, 2011 Marcia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audio-cd
When radical Islamic terrorists and a rogue element of the Chinese government plot a geological attack on a major fault line, Lia travels to Berlin to infiltrate a ruthless billionaire's operation at the same time a best-selling author is assassinated.
Jul 23, 2013 Stephen rated it liked it
This is the first book from Stephen Coonts that I have read. It was like a lot of other spy thrillers that I have read but that is not a bad thing. I liked the characters and some of thier flaws. I plan to read some of the other Deep Black books.
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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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