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Stephen Coonts

(Stephen Paul Coonts)
USA (1946 - )

aka Eve Adams

Stephen Coonts is the author of 14 New York Times bestsellers, the first of which was the classic flying tale, FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER.
Born in 1946, Stephen Paul Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a coal-mining town of 6,000 population on the western slope of the Appalachian mountains. He majored in political science at West Virginia University, graduating in 1968 with an A.B. degree. Upon graduation he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and began flight training in Pensacola, Florida.
He received his Navy wings in August, 1969. After completion of fleet replacement training in the A-6 Intruder aircraft, Mr. Coonts reported to Attack Squadron 196 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He made two combat cruises aboard USS Enterprise during the final years of the Vietnam War as a member of this squadron. After the war he served as a flight instructor on A-6 aircraft for two years, then did a tour as an assistant catapult and arresting gear officer aboard USS Nimitz. He left active duty in 1977 and moved to Colorado. After short stints as a taxi driver and police officer, he entered the University of Colorado School of Law in the fall of 1977.
Mr. Coonts received his law degree in December, 1979, and moved to West Virginia to practice. He returned to Colorado in 1981 as a staff attorney specializing in oil and gas law for a large independent oil company.
His first novel, FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER, published in September 1986 by the Naval Institute Press, spent 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists in hardcover. A motion picture based on this novel, with the same title, was released nationwide in January 1991.
The success of his first novel allowed Mr. Coonts to devote himself full time to writing; he has been at it ever since. He and his wife, Deborah, enjoy flying and try to do as much of it as possible.
Mr. Coonts' books have been widely translated and republished in the British Commonwealth, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, China, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Serbia, Latvia, and Israel.
Mr. Coonts was a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1990-1998. He was inducted into the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 1992. The U.S. Naval Institute honored him with its Author of the Year Award for the year 1986 for his novel, FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER. Mr. Coonts and his wife, Deborah, reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Genres: Thriller


Grafton and Carmellini
1. Liars and Thieves (2004)
     aka Wages of Sin
2. The Traitor (2006)
3. The Assassin (2008)
4. The Disciple (2009)
5. Pirate Alley (2013)
6. The Art of War (2016)
7. Liberty's Last Stand (2016)

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"The fighter pilot's war - you love it and hate it at the same time, and Mark Berent writes it that way."
Countdown (1990)
(Kirk McGarvey, book 2)
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"A red-hot suspense thriller that will curl your hair."

Final Approach (1990)
John J Nance
"A taut high-tech mystery that could have been written only by an airline industry insider."

The Gulf (1990)
(Dan Lenson, book 2)
David Poyer
"The best military adventure writing to come along in years!"

China Dome (1995)
William H Lovejoy
"Red hot!"
Rising Wind
Rising Wind (1996)
Dick Couch
"Great entertainment... A hard-as-nails action-adventure that will keep you riveted to your chair."
Until the End
Until the End (1996)
Harold Coyle
"Coyle puts you in the ranks with a musket in your hand and bullets whizzing around your ears."
Check Six!
Check Six! (1998)
Bob Norris
"The best flying story to come along in years."

Night Trap (1998)
(Alan Craik, book 1)
Gordon Kent
"Flying, spying and dying - NIGHT TRAP is the real straight Navy stuff. Better strap yourself to the chair for this one. I loved it."

The House of Pain (1998)
Franklin Allen Leib
"A classic legal thriller about a rip-off gone wrong. Sex, money, guns, and blood, this book hits with the impact of a .45 slug."
Seawolf (2000)
(Arnold Morgan, book 4)
Patrick Robinson
"Robinson is one of the crown princes of the beach-read thriller."
Saigon Express
Saigon Express (2000)
(John Winter, book 2)
John Templeton Smith
"This guy is good."

Last Light (2001)
(Nick Stone, book 4)
Andy McNab
"The best suspense thriller writer to put pen to paper since Alistair MacLean."
The Shadows of Power
The Shadows of Power (2002)
(Kent 'Rat' Rathman)
James W Huston
"Move over, Tom Clancy and Dale Brown - make room at the bar for James Huston."
The Silent Men
The Silent Men (2002)
(Jackson Monroe, book 1)
Richard H Dickinson
"A terrific war novel chock full of suspense, sweat, blood, and corpses... The Silent Men is the real deal."
Cyclops One
Cyclops One (2003)
(Andy Fisher, book 1)
Jim DeFelice
"White-Hot action... Jim DeFelice may be the best technothriller writer doing it today."
Liberia (2003)
(Joint Task Force, book 1)
David E Meadows
"David Meadows is the real thing."
The Keeper's Son
The Keeper's Son (2003)
(Josh Thurlow, book 1)
Homer Hickam
"Homer Hickam is the best natural storyteller I've read in years."
Tidal Rip
Tidal Rip (2003)
Joe Buff
"The creme de la creme of submarine thrillers."

Assured Response (2003)
(Scott Dalton and Jackie Sullivan, book 3)
Joe Weber
"Chilling and credible . . . An ominous, nightmarish scenario of how World War III could happen."

Sleeper Cell (2005)
Jeffrey Anderson
"Anderson has done his homework. Sleeper Cell is chilling."

KLLRS (2008)
(John Hardin, book 3)
Phil Bowie
"Good, solid, fast-paced adventure fiction from a guy who knows how to write."

Instinct (2010)
(Chess Team Adventure, book 2)
Jeremy Robinson
"If you like thrillers original, and chock-full of action, you are going to love Jeremy Robinson's Chess Team. Instinct riveted me to my chair."

Ghost Country (2010)
(Breach, book 2)
Patrick Lee
"WOW! Double Wow! Starkly original, Ghost Country by Patrick Lee will make Asimov and Heinlein cheer with the angels. The techno-thriller meets sci-fi, and the result is mind-blowing."

Rockers (2011)
Thomas Fitzsimmons
"Fitzsimmons is a worthy successor to Ed McBain."

The Nuclear Terrorist (2014)
Robert Gleason
"I was awestruck. Regardless of your political affiliation, you must read this book."

Weapon of Vengeance (2014)
(Weapon of Vengeance, book 1)
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"A gripping terrorism thriller by an anti-terrorism professional."

Assassin's Game (2014)
(David Slaton, book 2)
Ward Larsen

Killers (2015)
Howie Carr
"Howie Carr knows Boston from the sewers down. A black masterpiece."

Fatal Thunder (2016)
(Jerry Mitchell, book 5)
Larry Bond
"you gotta read this book!."

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