Books by Stephen Coonts

Stephen Coonts is one of America's premier authors of action-adventure thrillers. He broke into publishing in 1986 with his national bestseller, Flight of the Intruder, hailed as one of the best novels ever written about flying and the camaraderie of men


THE ARMAGEDDON FILE by Stephen Coonts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2017

"If you believe a criminal lost the White House in 2016, give Coonts' (Liberty's Last Stand, 2016, etc.) latest a try. But be warned: it won't make American literature great again."
Tommy Carmellini returns in this thriller based on the 2016 presidential election. Read full book review >
LIBERTY'S LAST STAND by Stephen Coonts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2016

"This bilge is a middle finger in the face of most Americans, but if you happen to think Barry Soetorobama is the devil incarnate, then by all means buy it. The government knows where you live, though, so keep that AR-15 loaded and by your nightstand."
An action-packed thriller and political rant featuring series standbys Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini. Read full book review >
PIRATE ALLEY by Stephen Coonts
Released: May 14, 2013

"Thriller lovers will enjoy this one for its fast pace, colorful locale and satisfying conclusion. There's never a doubt as to which side will win, of course, but Coonts takes us on a heck of a good ride."
A swashbuckling thriller from Coonts. Read full book review >
THE TRAITOR by Stephen Coonts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 2006

"The Coonts method (Liars & Thieves, 2004, etc.) has always been slam-bang, seek-your-George-Smileys-elsewhere, but here the action seems forced, and gratuitous, leaving the storytelling punchless."
The G-8 schedules a sit down, al-Qaeda vows a blow-up and once again, the would-be Batman (Jake Grafton) and Robin (Tommy Carmellini) come to the aid of their country. Read full book review >
LIARS & THIEVES by Stephen Coonts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 2004

"A tired spot-the-mole Washington story, laden with too much gunplay and unconvincing twists. The flyboy thrillmeister hits a grounder."
Skirt-chasing burglar-turned-CIA black bagman Tommy Carmellini (a minor figure in Cuba, 1999) has his first solo adventure, with Coonts's hero Rear Admiral Jake Grafton in a supporting role. Read full book review >
ON GLORIOUS WINGS by Stephen Coonts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"For armchair pilots, love at first flight."
The flyboy talespinner takes a break between bouts of aerial combat (Liberty, 2003, etc.) to assemble 23 novel excerpts, stories, and pop fragments for those with their hearts in the clouds. Read full book review >
VICTORY by Stephen Coonts
Released: May 1, 2003

"Goes off like an ammo dump."
Sequel to Coonts's giant editorial effort Combat (2001), which featured ten original long works of military/technothriller fiction. Victory, with many of the same authors, does much the same for WWII, although none of its ten authors fought in that conflict, and few, aside from Harold Robbins, were even born (Coonts was born in 1946). Read full book review >
LIBERTY by Stephen Coonts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"Plodding, simple-minded post-9/11 thriller that rarely thrills."
In this latest us-against-them from Coonts (America, 2001, etc.), terrorists are once again trying to smuggle nuclear weapons into the US. Read full book review >
SAUCER by Stephen Coonts
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 12, 2002

"Funny, featherweight frolic reminiscent of the we-found-a-spaceship-in-our-backyard SF juveniles of the 1930s."
The premier purveyor of flyboy thrillers (Combat, 2001, etc.) varies his formula with a comic, feel-good SF adventure that reads like a Disney made-for-TV movie. Read full book review >
AMERICA by Stephen Coonts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"Coonts's action and the techno-talk are as gripping as ever."
The theft of a SuperAegis antiballistic-missile satellite launches this latest Jake Grafton technothriller from Coonts (Hong Kong, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
COMBAT by Stephen Coonts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

"CARRUMPH!"
Ten original novellas dish out military/technothriller fiction. Read full book review >
HONG KONG by Stephen Coonts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 12, 2000

"High-tech gimmickry, kitchen-sink plotting, stick-figure characters. For devoted fans only."
It's the near future, and China's grip on Hong Kong goes slack—not unlike Coonts's latest. Read full book review >
CUBA by Stephen Coonts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 1999

"An overplotted slog of snarling Latinos and everything-you-never-needed-to-know about Cuban social history—until the shooting starts and Coonts delivers some of his best gung-ho suspense writing yet. (325,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Coonts, military-combat thrillermeister, pits his series character, Jake Grafton, against a power-mad Cuban bureaucrat armed with Soviet ICBMs aimed at the US. Read full book review >
FORTUNES OF WAR by Stephen Coonts
Released: May 12, 1998

"Coonts's best yet. ($300,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
The veteran flyboy tale-spinner (The Intruders, 1994, etc.) rewrites the near-future-war formula—with splendid results. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"This cavil apart, a generous selection of martial aeronautica, and an ad hoc history of the way of the warrior pilot."
A glorious medley celebrating heroes of yesteryear's aerial wars, compiled and annotated by the author of Flight of the Intruder (1986), etc. Coonts scoured the voluminous annals of military aviation, from WW I through Vietnam, collecting more than two dozen pieces detailing varied aspects of combat aloft. Read full book review >
THE INTRUDERS by Stephen Coonts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A good thing, since the book certainly won't keep them awake. (First printing of 225,000; author tour)"
Picking up where they left off in Flight of the Intruder (1986), Coonts and his inimitable Navy flyboy, Lt. Read full book review >
THE RED HORSEMAN by Stephen Coonts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1993

"Chalk up another red, white, and blue ace for the author and his jet- jockeys."
Rear Admiral Jake Grafton, aviator-hero of Coonts's Under Siege (1990), etc., now saves the world from potential Armageddon- -and gets to meet Boris Yeltsin and Saddam Hussein in the bargain. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 1992

"Yet the descriptions of flight and the portrait of an America seemingly trapped in a time-warp are arresting. (Eight page photo-insert—not seen.)"
The record of a flight, in the summer of 1991, to each of the contiguous 48 states in a WW II-vintage biplane trainer, by bestselling novelist Coonts (Flight of the Intruder, etc.). Read full book review >