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Fortunes of War

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,374 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
The assassination of Japan's emperor by a squad of fanatical Japanese nationalists becomes the first step in a sinister plot to seize control of oil-rich Siberia, and it is up to Air Force colonel Jack Cassidy and his squadron to thwart the conspiracy.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Press
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Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that I have liked some of Coonts stories is the only reason I can foresee this being on my "to read" shelf. Now it can go to the "to trash" shelf. Too long, too boring, too warring. 0 of 10 stars
Todd Hickman
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
Overall, I liked the book. I thought some of the situations were unlikely, but not too far from the realm of possibility. The technology seemed plausible. I thought the idea that the USA would fail to develop advanced technology because of uninformed budget cuts was highly likely. The thought that some other nation would, in turn, take our technology that we developed and then use it against us--well, that seemed alarmingly possible. The characters were not developed in any depth, but were adequ ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The action was awesome, aviation lingo made me feel like I was flying in the cockpit with Bob Cassidy, Jiro Kimura and all the other pilots and I felt like I was living in the submarine with the Russian crew. This is my second book by this author. I have a few more on my bookshelf that was in a box of books donated to me in 2014
Greg Cheshier
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
The last of the book was a 4 while the rest was a 1 or 2. The build up to the finale was too drawn out for me. I almost quit it half the way through.
Mmmm... With this book I got the feeling that I was listening to a four year old who was going on and on with an unbelievable story and saying, "And then you know what happened? It got cold and rained. And then you know what happened? Gaven ate a dragon fly." It moved very fast and it was like the author is one of those old barrel chested vets (got nuthin but love for ya') who love to talk up the military lingo with fellow vets. Seriously, I felt like I was hanging out with my dad and a fellow A ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not quite the page-turner I expected it to be given the premise. That it is somewhat dated now (written 1998, set in its near future I think) is not the issue. Rather, the 'action' is quite slow to develop and never really grabbed me in the way some of my favourite action/thriller authors do. Yes, I was engaged enough to finish the book and see what happened to end the Japanese-Russian war, especially when it threatened to go nuclear. Yes, I wanted to see who would survive and how BUT it was som ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Pages ripped from this case, the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) of pre WWII fame. This time with a squadron of F-22s and some ex and aging fighter pilots versus a new, secret and stealthy Japanese Zero. Exciting read, if a little light on the technology and naive in it's politics. Yes, there's lots of technology in here, it's just not all exactly right. And, to imagine that a(nother) sino soviet war could exist without US intervention? Hmmm? Those concerns aside, it was a ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To the best of my count, this is the tenth novel which I have read by the author. While not my favorite or even second favorite by him, I would say this book sits as the third or fourth best of the ten coonts books which I have read. Even in his novels with less merit, every novel which I have read by him has some.
Graham Bates
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
It took me way too long to read this book, partly because it has so many characters that I could barely keep up. The action is interesting, but I found myself drawn to the Russian and Japanese characters and had little connection to the American pilots. If you like fictional war novels, this is one for you.
Jessica Brill
This book is about the disalluisoned leaders to two powerful countries trying to do what they think their countrys need by going to war with other. Following both the Russian and Japanese side is quite interesting, as well as seeing the side of the innocent participants of the war from each country. The description of both the workings and warplay of the submarines and fighter jets is great
Steve Wilson
Not a bad little book. Coonts knows the technology, and has a great grasp of the politics, too. I tried to really like the book a lot, but just couldn't get into it as much as I would have liked. I still recommend it.
George Hahn
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Coonts' better ones, even if it didn't include Jake Grafton.
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Japan invades Russia. Nuclear war seems imminent.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coudnt stop reading. Story is not as detailed as Clancy did but they are close
Jan 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just could not get in to it at all. Gave up after 120 pages.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don Eggert
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a page turner for sure. Well written tight story.
Harish Kumar
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Justin Miller
Like most of Coonts work, it was worth the time to read but won't be super memorable now that I'm finished.
Rich Albright
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page turner
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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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