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The Armageddon File

(Tommy Carmellini #8)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,058 ratings  ·  89 reviews
The next exciting thriller from New York Times bestselling author Stephen Coonts!

Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini race to solve the mystery of a potentially stolen election before Americans' faith in our democracy, sovereignty, and federal government become completely undone.
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Published November 6th 2017 by Regnery Fiction
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Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
No Mas. The last Coonts book for me. 0 of 10 stars
Sharon Beers
Coonts has become an alt right conspiracy theorist, a la Sean Hannity. No more of his books for me.
Ed Lazar
Jan 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book received so many rave reviews by respected sources I had to get it. What a mistake. Not sure if all were suffering from "Emperor's New Clothes" syndrome, or just didn't read past the first few chapters, but they were far too generous. The action (an important part of the genre, right?) literally stopped less than half way through the book. After that it was "all talk", simply rehashing the last Presidential election drama, instead of morphing it into something really clever. I quit ...more
Ron Hartley
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
While this book will not win any prizes, I found it humorous in many areas as well as a quick and easy read.

If you are politically liberal, or even socially liberal... this may not be the book for you.

the story is culled from the current media and headlines, and while the names have been changed, it is obvious who these characters are.

crooked elections
crooked politics
bad guys Galore

not a bad book to read on vacation or in a cold Winter's Night.
Tim Kent
Dec 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Write a story; leave politics to the professionals

Good characters, flow and storytelling. But the heavy, and unnecessary, reliance on current politics down to the character names just became another propaganda piece. I couldn’t finish it. I’m sure Trump loves it, the rest of us are left with an eye roll.
Doug Davies
May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Will whoever is holding the real Steven Coonts captive please release him? The person who wrote this novel pretending to be him is terrible. Please let him go so we can enjoy the quality stories he used to write.
Michael Travis
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Nothing compares to The Flight of the Intruder. Coonts tries to be relevant with the times, but I found his characters, names corny as spinoff from our current administration.
Darryl S Rich
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have loved Stephen Coonts novels since the Flight of the Intruder with both Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmelli characters and their stories. However, the author has chosen to use this story to prophesize his ultra-right political views. Although the names have changed, the story clearly is about the Trump-Clinton election. Coonts tells the story an attempt of election-fraud by Democrats during campaign that backfired due to heroic efforts of a professor. He directly calls Democrats as fascists ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Despite a lot of murders, The Armegeddon is a timely, 'fun' read.
As in his 2015 novel Liberty's Last Stand, Stephen Coonts writes a timely tale with tongue in cheek.
Characters have names and backgrounds similar to current political figures in the US. In this book, a loud, pompous Republican candidate for President has pulled a big upset by defeating the progressive Democrat candidate Secretary Hinton. The new President's Chief of Staff is Reem Kiddus!
The story is about CIA Director Jake Grafton
Gerard R. Baumann
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Political polemic

I’m a huge counts fan ! Read Flight of the Intruder as a former Naval Aviator! His subsequent novels were interesting and well done ! HOWEVER , the last two have been pro Trump, anti Clinton excursions. Fundamentally don’t disagree with the latter motivation , but miss a good book , well written ! The last two have been obvious propaganda ! Regrettably !
Travis Jackson
Coonts succeeds once again.

It's been a while since a new release to continue the saga, but this will help fill the void for a few days. Unfortunately, it's then up to another wait; hopefully not another year and a half.

There is a new President and ripped from real life recent headlines is a suspicion of voter fraud and other countries trying to mess with our elections. It can be a little rough at times switching back and forth from the third person narrative to Tommy Carmellini in the first
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mr. Coonts did his usual superb story telling with Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini. I normally enjoy historical fiction as I can learn a great deal about real history in a comfortable story. However, I thought this was a bit over the top with the political correlation to our 2016 presidential election. I mean, the losing candidate was named Cynthia Hinton. The president's chief of staff was named Reem Kiddus (Reince Priebus anyone?). I guess using real names, even in a work of fiction, would ...more
Liza Gusarova
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An interesting book with unusual twist

After first few chapters I became less and less enthusiastic about the book because,frankly, I am really bored with that never-ending rigged Presidential election story.
However, the plot of The Armageddon File suddenly changed into something fresh and unexpected, the story took a new turn and became a true pleasure to read.

And Tommy Carmellini wit and humour is superb as usual!
Roger Schaap
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a excellent read. Some of today's power players would fit some of the characters in this book. You could not mistake that this book was using some of today's news as a plot line for this book. This book started off fairly fast and got going strong by chapter 2. I found it was extremely hard to put this book down. Even though this book was shorter than most of his books it was every bit as good.
Similar to Coonts last book this follows current events with a election rigging plotline and characters relating to current politicians, Trump, Hillary and George Soros. Like the last one this was just tolerable at best. Okay story but with the current climate and people in it it seemed to be more of a political point than a story.
Bill Donhiser
Another fine fast action packed Tommy Carmellini/Jake Grafton adventure. This time it is election fraud and global socialism. I enjoyed this book it was fun but it reminded me a little more of something written by Oliver North than Stephen Coonts
Apr 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
too much right wing nonsense. no more from this author.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Oh my gosh, 5 great big stars for the utter laugh out loud nerve of Stephen Coonts.

When I opened The Armageddon File I expected typical Jake Grafton/Tommy Carmellini hijinks in the world of spies and America's enemies.

Whoo boy did I get that wrong. Coonts went head on into the 2016 election and the claims of vote tampering. How he got away with barely disguised names (Cynthia Hinton, former senator, former Secretary of State and wife of an impeached former President with a corrupt 'Hinton
Keith Nagel
Not up to Coonts normal quality. Chock full of nonsense, such as accusing Democrats and “left wingers” of supporting Nazis and tearing up the Constitution.

Left wing Nazis? Coonts needs to study basic political science.

Really about put it away without finishing at that point. Stephen, shut off the Faux News and return to the reality based world!
Brian's Book Blog
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Very Realistic Political Thriller

The Armageddon File tells a story of election fraud… but it’s not just about election fraud. It goes so much deeper. Deep enough that murder is on the table to cover it up. So deep that the CIA isn’t even sure who funded it all.

I was really happy with the storyline and the way that this story developed. I have not read any of the other Carmellini books, but I might look into them after this. He was a combination of a lot of other thriller and mystery characters
Jud Hanson
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The presidential election is over and America is stunned by the result: an outspoken entrepreneur who has never held elected office has handily beaten a seasoned politician. The new president-elect promises great change and his message struck a chord with the public. His victory may not be as amazing as it seems, however, when allegations arise that a foreign power may have interfered with the integrity of the voting process. CIA Director Jake Grafton tasks Tommy Carmellini with determining if ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coonts
Did someone tamper with the presidential election outcome? This book uses aliases, but they're so thinly veiled no one will miss that they're talking about Obama, Trump, Clinton, Sanders and Soros.
It starts with a man arrested for having child porn on his laptop. One of his co-workers turned him in. He asks to talk with the FBI to cut a deal. He claims to be part of a group that tampered with the voting machines. But before the FBI can interrogate him, he is assassinated in the jail. Tommy
Carolyn Wagner
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
At first I thought I wouldn't be able to finish this book, with all the cliches and terrible writing. (What male CIA agent walks outside and thinks about the rain "softly caressing his cheek"???) Then I took the view of it being written as a bad dime-store detective story, and that made it tolerable. I was only mildly surprised that he didn't refer to his girlfriend (who loves him, and he loves her, we were reminded multiple times) as "doll." Yes, the storyline is ripped from the headlines. Yes, ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mirroring the current political situation in the US, this book gives an alternative version of how a presidential election could be rigged. It has a convoluted plot, interesting characters and lots of fast-paced action. I especially liked how bits of common everyday life (who is going to pay for towing charges or how much insurance will be reimbursed for a destroyed car, e.g.) are mingled with the complicated story line. I also enjoyed how Jake Grafton and Tom Carmellini make an effective, ...more
Nan Williams
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This came right from the history of the 2016 US election – the names were changed, but the events and activities were historical. It was a very interesting surmise of what could very well have happened.

The book was well written and credibly written although it was fiction. I haven’t read any other reviews yet and don’t really know what to say except that I enjoyed it.

For some reason I’ve not read Stephen Coonts in a long time. I’ll certainly put him on my list of authors to search out.
George Miller
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Story!

Tommy Carmellini, my favorite spy, and Jake Grafton, the worlds greatest spy master, team up for a story ripped from today’s headlines. The richest man in the world tried to fix an American election, but the wrong candidate won.

Thinly disguised from the headlines, this is a story about the last presidential election. Liberals (Progressives) won’t like this book. It hits to close to home, but if you have an open mind and a suspicious heart, you’ll love “The Armageddon File”.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun read. I enjoyed this book much more than his previous #17 Liberty's Last Stand although both are inspired by current events. The Armageddon File was fast paced, concise with satisfactory spy action.
Joseph M. O'Connor
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was OK

Not as good as some other of Coonts' efforts. Better than the best efforts of some other authors. Tommy Carmellini is Tommy Carmellini. And Mr. Coonts stays true to that the book. Whether or not that personality is my kinda guy is irrelevant. He's the star of the show, and that is that.

As silly as it sounds, I think the ease with which Carmellini's character kills is a total turn-off. But as I said... That is as it is.

I just, At this instant, realized what impressed me so negatively
Sattik Deb
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Coonts opens with a boilerplate disclaimer, "This is a work of fiction, peopled by and involving foreign and domestic companies, institutions, organizations, and activities-private, public, and government-that are products of the author's imagination." If that were truly the case, Coonts could have gotten more creative with his imaginary scenario. The book is about hypothetical election rigging in a hypothetical presidential election of 2016. So it's not possible, then, that the "liberal ...more
Jeff Bailey
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stephen Coonts did a superb job telling with Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini. You could not mistake that this book was using some of today's news as a plot line for this book. I like writers that take story lines out of reality and then tell a fictional story of what really happened. I do the same thing. The Armageddon File had one of the best and most surprising endings for a thriller that I’ve encountered in a long time. Stephen Coonts continues to be one of my favorite authors and The ...more
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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

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