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Authors: Stephen Coonts


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“Vintage Coonts...plenty of action and intrigue, with the added benefit of a new lead character.”

—Dallas Morning News


—Publishers Weekly
(starred review)


“Frighteningly realistic.”


“Gripping…Coonts's naval background and his legal education bring considerable authority to the story, and the narrative is loaded with detailed information about terrorist networks, modern weaponry, and international intrigue…the action is slam-bang.”

—Publishers Weekly


“The master of the techno-thriller spins a bone-chilling worst-case scenario involving international spies, military heroics, conniving politicians, devious agencies, a hijacked nuclear sub, lethal computer hackers, currency speculators, maniac moguls, and greedy mercenaries that rival Clancy for fiction-as-realism and Cussler for spirited action . . . [Coonts] never lets up with heart-racing jet/missile combat, suspenseful submarine maneuvers, and doomsday scenarios that feel only too real, providing real food for thought in his dramatization of the missile-shield debate.”

—Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

“Fans of Coonts and his hero Grafton will love it. Great fun.”

—Library Journal

“Coonts's action and the techno-talk are as gripping as ever.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Thrilling roller-coaster action. Give a hearty ‘welcome back' to Admiral Jake Grafton.”

—Philadelphia Inquirer


“Move over, Clancy, readers know they can count on Coonts.”

—Midwest Book Review

“The author gives us superior suspense with a great cast of made-up characters…But the best thing about this book is Coonts's scenario for turning China into a democracy.”

—Liz Smith,
New York Post

“A high-octane blend of techno-wizardry [and] ultra-violence… [Coonts] skillfully captures the postmodern flavor of Hong Kong, where a cell phone is as apt as an AK-47 to be a revolutionary weapon.”

—USA Today



“Will be enjoyed by Coonts's many fans…Coonts has perfected the art of the high-tech adventure story.”

—Library Journal

“Coonts does a remarkable job of capturing the mood of clashing cultures in
Hong Kong

—Publishers Weekly

“Filled with action, intrigue, and humanity.”

—San Jose Mercury News


“Enough Tomahawk missiles, stealth bombers, and staccato action to satisfy [Coonts's] most demanding fans.”

—USA Today

“[A] gripping and intelligent thriller.”

—Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

“Perhaps the best of Stephen Coonts's six novels about modern warfare.”

—Austin American-Statesman

“Coonts delivers some of his best gung-ho suspense writing yet.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Dramatic, diverting action…Coonts delivers.”



Fortunes of War
is crammed with action, suspense, and characters with more than the usual one dimension found in these books.”

—USA Today


“A stirring examination of courage, compassion, and profound nobility of military professionals under fire. Coonts's best yet.”

—Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)

“Full of action and suspense…a strong addition to the genre.”

—Publishers Weekly


“Extraordinary! Once you start reading, you won't want to stop!”

—Tom Clancy

“[Coonts's] gripping, first-person narration of aerial combat is the best I've ever read. Once begun, this book cannot be laid aside.”

—The Wall Street Journal

“Kept me strapped in the cockpit of the author's imagination for a down-and-dirty novel.”

—St. Louis Post-Dispatch


“A comic, feel-good SF adventure...[delivers] optimistic messages about humanity's ability to meet future challenges.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Tough to put down.”

—Publishers Weekly

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Stephen Coonts' Deep Black: Payback

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The Traitor

Liars & Thieves




Hong Kong


Fortunes of War

Flight of the Intruder

Final Flight

The Minotaur

Under Siege

The Red Horseman

The Intruders


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War in the Air


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Coyote Bird

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Havana Strike

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Cyclops One


With Dale Brown:

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Nerve Center
(Dale Brown & Jim DeFelice)

Razor's Edge
(Dale Brown & Jim DeFelice)







Written by Stephen Coonts
and Jim DeFelice


St. Martin's Paperbacks







This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously.




Copyright © 2008 by Stephen Coonts.

Excerpt from
The Assassin
copyright © 2008 by Stephen Coonts.


All rights reserved.

For information address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York,
NY 10010.


ISBN: 0-312-93700-8

EAN: 978-0-312-93700-3


Printed in the United States of America


St. Martin's Paperbacks edition / June 2008


St. Martin's Paperbacks are published by St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010.


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The National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Space Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Council, and Marines are, of course, real. While based on an actual organization affiliated with the NSA and CIA, Desk Three and all of the people associated with it in this book are fiction. The technology depicted here either exists or is being developed.

Some liberties have been taken in describing actual places and procedures to facilitate the telling of the tale. Some details regarding the President's security have been omitted and other fictionalized in the interests of actual security.


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Chapter 50

Chapter 51

Chapter 52

Chapter 53

Chapter 54

Chapter 55

Chapter 56

Chapter 57

Chapter 58

Chapter 59

Chapter 60

Chapter 61

Chapter 62

Chapter 63

Chapter 64

Chapter 65

Chapter 66

Chapter 67

Chapter 68

Chapter 69

Chapter 70

Chapter 71

Chapter 72

Chapter 73

Chapter 74

Chapter 75

Chapter 76

Chapter 77

Chapter 78

Chapter 79

Chapter 80

Chapter 81

Chapter 82

Chapter 83

Chapter 84

Chapter 85

Chapter 86

Chapter 87

Chapter 88

Chapter 89

Chapter 90

Chapter 91

Chapter 92

Chapter 93

Chapter 94

Chapter 95

Chapter 96

Chapter 97

Chapter 98

Chapter 99

Chapter 100

Chapter 101

Chapter 102

Chapter 103

Chapter 104

Chapter 105

Chapter 106

Chapter 107

Chapter 108

Chapter 109

Chapter 110

Chapter 111

Chapter 112

Chapter 113

Chapter 114

Chapter 115

Chapter 116

Chapter 117

Chapter 118

Chapter 119

Chapter 120

Chapter 121

Chapter 122

Chapter 123

Chapter 124

Chapter 125

Chapter 126

Chapter 127

Chapter 128

Chapter 129

Chapter 130

Chapter 131

Chapter 132

Chapter 133

Chapter 134

Chapter 135

Chapter 136

Chapter 137

Chapter 138

BOOK: Conspiracy
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