Liberty: A Jake Grafton Novel

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Macmillan, Feb 18, 2003 - Fiction - 352 pages
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On a quiet park bench in Manhattan---just miles from the ruins of the World Trade Center---spymaster Jake Janos Illin delivers a chilling secret message to Jake Grafton: A rogue Russian general has sold four nuclear warheads to a radical Islamic terrorist group, the Sword of Islam. The group intends to detonate them in America in the ultimate terror strike, the apocalypse that will trigger a holy war between Western civilization and the Muslim world. After passing Illin's message to his superiors, Grafton is charged by the president with the task of assembling a secret team to find the warheads before America's population centers are consumed by a nuclear holocaust.

As he hunts for the terrorists, Grafton soon finds himself up to his neck in power politics, techno-billionaires, money-grubbing traitors, anarchists, and spies. He also discovers that the terrorists don't all come from the Middle East. They come from places close to home. They masquerade as patriots. Some may even have the president's ear.

With the survival of Western civilization at stake, Grafton pulls out all the stops. Calling on the assistance of the indomitable Toad Tarkington, and CIA burglar Tommy Carmellini, he raids the prisons to assemble his team while the clock ticks toward Armageddon.

Peopled with the rich, vivid characters that have made Stephen Coonts famous worldwide, Liberty is all action and suspense from the very first page. And it poses the unanswerable question: How far should civilization go to defend itself from its mortal enemies?

 

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Interesting and disturbing premise, but predictable.

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Contents

A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER ONE
7
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER TWO
18
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER THREE
32
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER FOUR
52
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER FIVE
69
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER SIX
90
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER SEVEN
109
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER EIGHT
126
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER SIXTEEN
289
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
306
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
325
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER NINETEEN
345
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER TWENTY
362
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER TWENTYONE
384
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
400
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
417

A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER NINE
148
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER TEN
171
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER ELEVEN
193
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER TWELVE
208
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER THIRTEEN
230
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER FOURTEEN
246
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER FIFTEEN
271
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
431
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
454
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
471
A Jake Grafton Novel CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
504
A Jake Grafton Novel POSTSCRIPT
509
A Jake Grafton Novel THE ASSASSIN
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Former naval aviator Stephen Coonts flew combat missions during the Vietnam War. A graduate of West Virginia University and a former attorney, Coonts is the author of many New York Times bestselling novels, including The Disciple and The Assassin, which have been translated and republished around the world. He lives in Nevada with his wife and son.

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