America

America

Book - 2002
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Dispatched on a trial run, NASA's SuperAegis satellite has been created as the foundation of an international anitmissile defense system. But moments after dispatch, it vanishes. Rear Admiral Jake Grafton fears something worse than a grave malfunction - he suspects sabotage.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2002, c2001
ISBN: 9781250050861
Characteristics: 454 p. ; 18 cm

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billmacrotarian
Sep 09, 2015

America was my first exposure to a Coonts techno-thriller. The danger with techno-thrillers is that they can become out of date very quickly or they are too far-fetched for the willing suspension of disbelief. Also, many thrillers that involved terrorism became obsolete in 2001 when America was published. However, America does not fall into either of these traps. Given the premise that a satellite system could be hacked and a brand new submarine stolen; all works reasonably well. My biggest problem was the failure of an assassination attempt on series hero Jake Grafton. The author relied on dumb luck. Also, bringing civilian wives along for the climactic scene at sea wouldn’t happen. However, the sub versus sub battle and climactic scenes more than made up for those flaws.

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marquessa
Sep 26, 2013

Very good read. Let's hope we can keep an eye on computer geeks out to prove a point or make a buck in a vulnerable world. Fans will continue to respect Jake Grafton and the America he loves. Basically Coonts does it again!

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rahmmie
Feb 16, 2011

Entertaining, well-written, even if the plot stretched the limits of credibility

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