I am reading the series about Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini. The are just plain great works. They just get better and better with each book. I'm knocking down one a week.
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I read Flight of the Intruder about the time that I read Dale Browns Flight of the Old Dog. I followed both series but I think I faded out on Coonts about the time Cuba came out. I do not remember if I read it or not.
I do remember that Flight of the Intruder was an amazing book, It sucked me in and I could not put it down.
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I read a good number of the Jake Grafton books from the start, since I wanted to get into Naval Aviation. We even had some of the last A-6 Pilots & BNs in flight school as instructors when I went through in the 90s and in the F-14 community the Intruder still had a huge impact as the Tomcat took up a lot of the Strike / CAS roles the A-6 did. I learned to fly VERY low in the F-14 from some A6 pilots.
I think I stopped with "The Red Horseman", but may have to take up Coonts novels again.
I always liked both Coonts and Brown. I got hooked on the Grafton novels after reading Flight of the Intruder. I happened to be reading that one years ago on a "red eye" flight and was sitting next to a guy who I had noticed was carrying a briefcase with Naval Aviator wings embossed. He saw what I was reading and we struck up a conversation. Turns out he had flown combat tours in Vietnam and he made a comment with a raised eye, that there much more truth than fiction in that novel.
He gave a lecture at school and I still have a signed copy of Flight of the Intruder. Good stuff.
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I really enjoyed the first few Jake Grafton novels but like some of you, I lost track around "The Red Horseman" or maybe "Cuba." I haven't read any of them since then but may try to pick them back up again sometime soon.
I enjoyed the first couple of Dale Brown books, too, but I missed a couple and by "Fatal Terrain," I baled out on them, too.
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Funny, considering how distant I am, both physically and culturally, i've followed the same path.
Read most of Coont's stuff. Larry Bond, Clancy and some Brown.
Also Ian Slater's ground based mostly WWIII series. All back in the day.
At some point and/or when they started adding co-writers or adding spin offs, i lost interest.
Coont's was one of my favorites.
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