Pirate Alley: A Novel

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Macmillan, May 7, 2013 - Fiction - 310 pages
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Grafton and Carmellini are back and joined by the Navy SEALs to battle terrorists on the high seas in Pirate Alley, an action-packed tale by New York Times bestseller Stephen Coonts

A luxurious vacation cruise to the exotic locales of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden turns into a nightmare for passengers and crew when their ship is suddenly attacked and captured by a band of bloodthirsty Somali pirates. An initial rescue mission ends in failure; the decks are covered in blood.  Unless they are paid a ransom of $200 million dollars within seven days, the pirates threaten to execute all their hostages.  But information gleaned from a captured Al Qaeda operative indicates that there is a far more dangerous conspiracy afoot.

Once the ransom is paid, Islamic militants intend to swoop in and slaughter the passengers in an orgy of terror, hoping to provoke a massive American military response that will set the Muslim world aflame.  Jake Grafton is assigned to negotiate with the brutal pirate chief while his right hand man, Tommy Carmellini, and a team of CIA and Navy SEAL operatives mount an undercover operation to save the hostages and keep the U.S. from being maneuvered into a murderous war.


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Good plot, lots of action. - Goodreads
Interesting subject matter and a pretty good plot. - Goodreads
This was definitely a page turner and hard to put down. - Goodreads
The plot is well-structured, smooth and continuous. - Goodreads

Review: Pirate Alley (Tommy Carmellini #5)

User Review  - Linda Vanderbloom - Goodreads

Terrific book. This is a story of Somalian pirates, Navy Seals, CIA, international government interaction (or lack of). It begins with the hijacking of a cruise ship by Somalian pirates and is about ... Read full review

Review: Pirate Alley (Tommy Carmellini #5)

User Review  - Larry - Goodreads

Coonts is one of my guilty pleasures. The bad guys always lose, the USA always wins. Read full review

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STEPHEN COONTS is the author of sixteen New York Times bestselling books that have been translated and published around the world. A former naval aviator and Vietnam combat veteran, he is a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of colorado School of Law. He lives in Colorado.

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