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Dispatched on a trial run, NASA's SuperAegis satellite has been created as the foundation of an international antimissle defense system. But moments after dispatch, it vanishes. Rear Admiral Jake Grafton fears something worse than a grave malfunction--he suspects sabotage...

The USS America --the world's most technically advanced nuclear submarine--is launched on its maiden voyage. Then shortly after steaming out of harbor, the unthinkable happens. Pirated by terrorists, America disappears beneath the roiling waves of the Atlantic, its Tomahawk warheads aimed directly at the United States...

An ingeniously calculated war has been waged--but the rouge enemy is far more insidious than Jake Grafton ever imagined. His mission: ferret out the core group responsible, overtake the stealth sub, and destroy it. But times is running out, and the race is on for Grafton to blow the covert operation out of the water before an entire nation is brought to its knees.

Publisher: St. Martin's
ISBN: 9780312982508


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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 The danger with techno-thrillers is that they can become out of date very quickly or they are too far-fetched for the willing suspension of disbelief.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.

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!

Feb 16, 2011

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

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