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Stephen Coonts weaves three unforgettable tales of men and women at war, with the sort of dramatic military action and undercover technology for which he is known.  Included in this collection are:

 

The Sea Witch…

 

When young Dauntless dive-bomber pilot is sacked for reckless behavior, hes reassigned to a Black Cat squadron as the co-pilot of a giant Catalina seaplane, The Sea Witch.  Hes thrown into a whole new world, where a Catalina carries five tons of bombs, a half-dozen machine guns, and a crew that walks a fine line between valor and a death wish.

 

A daring night bombing mission against Rabaul forces the crew of The Sea Witch to band together as never before.  Each man will soon find out what hes made of..and not everyone will make it back alive.

 

The 17th Day…

 Seventeen days…the average life expectancy of a British Aviator during WWI. 

 

Last three weeks, and you were practically a veteran. 

 

Paul Hyde dropped out of college  to join the Royal Flying Corps, looking for a grand adventure.  And grand it was, or so he assured himself when planes were crashing all around him. 

 

Today is his seventeeth day.  Will be he be able to beat the odds?

 

Al Jihad…

 

Charles Dean is retired from the military, determined to be done with that part of his life.  But when Julie Girard, the daughter of his old commander, seeks him out, he cant say no to a simple lunch.

 

What she has in mind isnt quite so simple.

 

She wants Dean to help her kill the terrorists who murdered her parents.  She offers him three million dollars and the chance to avenge his commanders death. 

 

But all is not as it seems, and before long Dean and Girard must use all their skills just to stay alive...

 

This novella collection gathers these three evocative tales from New York Times bestselling author Stephen Coontsinto one cohesive volume.  Here is Coonts doing what he does best--writing about men and women at war.

Review:

"This collection of two novellas and one short story from bestseller Coonts (Flight of the Intruder) will delight anyone who relishes tales of brave men facing deadly odds in the sky. Set in the South Pacific during WWII, the title novella features a nameless ensign who must learn his new job fast after joining a squadron of PBY Catalinas, seaplanes that fly risky night missions against Japanese ships. In 'The 17th Day,' so named because the average life expectancy of a British aviator in WWI was 17 days, a Canadian pilot in the Royal Flying Corps survives death time after time aloft, all in a single day. In the second novella, Al-Jihad, set in the present, an ex-Marine, against his better judgment, agrees to go after some terrorists in the middle of the Sahara. Like all the other heroes in these stories, he winds up fighting for his life. The author's preface will resonate with aviation buffs. Agent: Deborah C. Grosvenor, Kneerim & Williams Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Three unforgettable short stories of dramatic military action and undercover technology from Stephen Coonts. 

al-Jihad: An ex-Marine sniper and a military pilot team up to kill the terrorists who murdered the pilots parents. But out in the Libyan desert, all is not as it seems, and these two must use all their skills just to stay alive....

The Sea Witch: What happens when you load a Catalina flying boat with five tons of bombs, a half-dozen machine guns, and a crew that walks a fine line between valor and suicide? In the Pacific theater of war, the Japanese Navy is about to discover the answer....

The 17th Day: Previously published in Berkleys First to Fight, today is the day statistics say our World War I aviator hero will not survive....

About the Author

STEPHEN COONTS is the author of sixteen New York Times bestsellers that have been translated and published around the world.  A former naval aviator and Vietnam combat veteran, Coonts is a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Colorado School of Law.
 

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James Casto, July 29, 2012 (view all comments by James Casto)
Stephen Coonts loves to fly. And he loves to write.

Fortunately for him, the West Virginia native has been able to combine both his passions, writing a whole shelf of high-flying best sellers, beginning with “Flight of the Intruder,” published in 1986.

Born in Morgantown, Coonts grew up in Buckhannon. Graduating from West Virginia University in 1968, he joined the Navy, where he learned to fly and spent two years piloting A-6 Intruder bombers over Vietnam and Laos. When he left the Navy, he earned a law degree at the University of Colorado and became a lawyer for an oil company. But he still had an itch to write.

Divorced in 1984, he says he found himself with “plenty of time and no money.”' So he sat down and wrote a novel based on his Vietnam combat experience. When he finished his manuscript and started sending it to publishers, 34 of them turned it down. Finally, an obscure military publishing house, the Naval Institute Press, agreed to publish it.

“Flight of the Intruder”' spent 28 weeks on “The New York Times” best-seller list. That success allowed Coonts to put his legal career aside and devote himself full time to writing. He’s been hard at it ever since, publishing 16 “New York Times” best-sellers that have been translated and published around the world, in virtually every language you can think of.

His latest book, “The Sea Witch,” is a collection of three novellas. In a brief Preface, Coonts promises readers that the three involve “airplanes, adventures, life and death in the sky” and you don’t have to read many pages before you realize he’s more than made good on that promise.

The setting for the title story (for my money, easily the best of the three tales) is a squadron of PBY Catalina flying boats that’s playing havoc with the Japanese in the Pacific at the height of World War II. Ordinarily, the giant, ungainly planes were used for search and rescue missions or pressed into service as transports. But, as Coonts notes in his Preface, a few Catalina squadrons painted their planes flat black, making them all but invisible at night. That enabled these Black Cat squadrons to sneak up on Japanese warships and freighters virtually undetected until they unleashed their bombs and depth charges.

Against that real-life background, Coonts introduces us to a fictional young dive bomber pilot who’s been booted out of his previous squadron for reckless behavior. He’s been demoted to a Black Cat squadron and he’s not happy about it but resolves to make the best of things. As the story unfolds, his first flight aboard the Sea Witch turns out to be its last. A daring mission forces the young pilot and the rest of the crew to band together as never before. Before the mission is over, each man finds out what he’s made of ��" and not all of them live to tell the tale.

Coonts says the second story in the collection, “The 17th Day,” comes from his long-time fascination with World War I aviation. “I have always wanted to write a novel about WWI aviators, but is hasn’t happened yet.”

The story’s title comes from a grim statistic: In 1915-16, the British military projected the average life expectancy of an aviator at the front at 17 days. Some went down in flames on their first day in combat. A lucky few of them flew and fought for as long as a year before being rotated back home. But the average was two weeks and three days.

Coonts writes about Paul Hyde, an American who has dropped out of college to fly for Britain’s Royal Flying Corps. Hyde, we learn, was looking for adventure. What he found was death, as planes crashed all around him every day. We meet the young American on his 17th day of flying. The obvious question: Will he be able to beat the odds?

The gritty realism of the book’s first two stories easily outshines the comic book stuff of the third, titled “Al Jihad.”

Charles Dean put in 30 years in the Marine Corps and became perhaps the best sniper in the Corps. But now he’s retired and determined to be done with that part of his life. Then the daughter of his former commanding officer shows up with an intriguing proposition for him. It seems she wants to avenge the deaths of her parents at the hands of Islamic terrorists -- and she’s intent on enlisting his help.

She says what she has in mind will be simple enough. All they two have to do is steal a Marine Corps tilt-wing V022 Osprey, a transport that can take off and land vertically, and then fly it to the terrorists’ remote desert hideout, blow them to kingdom come and fly back home. Not surprisingly, things turn out to be not quite that simple.

This reader’s advice: Enjoy the first two stories in this collection, skip the third one and then hope that Counts somehow finds the time to write that novel about WWI in the air.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765332318
Author:
Coonts, Stephen
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
Thrillers/Military
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20131029
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This collection of two novellas and one short story from bestseller Coonts (Flight of the Intruder) will delight anyone who relishes tales of brave men facing deadly odds in the sky. Set in the South Pacific during WWII, the title novella features a nameless ensign who must learn his new job fast after joining a squadron of PBY Catalinas, seaplanes that fly risky night missions against Japanese ships. In 'The 17th Day,' so named because the average life expectancy of a British aviator in WWI was 17 days, a Canadian pilot in the Royal Flying Corps survives death time after time aloft, all in a single day. In the second novella, Al-Jihad, set in the present, an ex-Marine, against his better judgment, agrees to go after some terrorists in the middle of the Sahara. Like all the other heroes in these stories, he winds up fighting for his life. The author's preface will resonate with aviation buffs. Agent: Deborah C. Grosvenor, Kneerim & Williams Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Three unforgettable short stories of dramatic military action and undercover technology from Stephen Coonts. 

al-Jihad: An ex-Marine sniper and a military pilot team up to kill the terrorists who murdered the pilots parents. But out in the Libyan desert, all is not as it seems, and these two must use all their skills just to stay alive....

The Sea Witch: What happens when you load a Catalina flying boat with five tons of bombs, a half-dozen machine guns, and a crew that walks a fine line between valor and suicide? In the Pacific theater of war, the Japanese Navy is about to discover the answer....

The 17th Day: Previously published in Berkleys First to Fight, today is the day statistics say our World War I aviator hero will not survive....

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