Synopses & Reviews
Deep within the NSA is Desk Three, a top-secret unit of special operatives inserted into the field when the threat is great and the response demands sensitivity and invisibility. Charlie Dean, a former Marine sniper, is a senior officer. With his colleagues Lia DeFrancesca and newcomer Ilya Akulinin, they form the core of a high-tech team known as Deep Black.
Off the coast of Africa lie the beautiful Canary Islands, a resort destination of millionaires. Underneath this idyllic paradise is one of the most volatile fault lines in the world. There, an alliance between radical Islamic terrorists and a rogue element of the Chinese government is planning to unleash an act of unimaginable geological terrorism that could devastate the U.S. East Coast, striking it with waves up to a thousand feet high. They plan to set off nuclear devices to precipitate a gigantic landslide that will send a death-dealing tsunami across the Atlantic.
In the Central Asian Republic of Tajikistan twelve nuclear warheads, stolen by the Russian Mafia, are about to be smuggled out of the country and delivered into the hands of the conspirators. Charlie and Ilya go on an intercept mission, but before they can retrieve them, the weapons vanish.
Meanwhile, in a hotel in New Jersey, a bestselling author is assassinated to prevent the release of his stranger-than-fiction story about an Islamic plot to change the course of history. Lia, Charlies girlfriend, is sent to Berlin to infiltrate the empire of a ruthless Chinese billionaire whose machinations have come to the attention of the NSA. She risks immediate execution if her true identity is revealed.
Their paths all converge in the Canary Islands. Unless the Deep Black team intervenes, the islands could be the epicenter of an apocalypse, with millions of lives---and the entire world order---at stake.
Coonts and Keith employ a laundry list of familiar elements in their ho hum third Deep Black thriller (after Deep Black: Sea of Terror): suitcase nukes an evil Arab jihadist who calls himself "the Jackal" a female agent who's captured and must withstand heinous torture. Series hero Charlie Dean one of the National Security Agency's Deep Black senior field operators and his partner Ilya Akulinin have come to Tajikistan to chase down the nukes. Charlie and Ilya are in constant communication with the Deep Black ops center at Fort Meade Md. via a transceiver imbedded in bone behind their ears. This back and forth play by play lends interest but it also means if the agents stumble into trouble they have resources that allow them to get out of danger far too easily. Suspense such as it is is heightened primarily by a character going out of transmission range. (Feb.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"Coonts and Keith employ a laundry list of familiar elements in their ho-hum third Deep Black thriller (after Deep Black: Sea of Terror): suitcase nukes, an evil Arab jihadist who calls himself 'the Jackal,' a female agent who's captured and must withstand heinous torture. Series hero Charlie Dean, one of the National Security Agency's Deep Black senior field operators, and his partner, Ilya Akulinin, have come to Tajikistan to chase down the nukes. Charlie and Ilya are in constant communication with the Deep Black ops center at Fort Meade, Md., via a transceiver imbedded in bone behind their ears. This back-and-forth play-by-play lends interest, but it also means if the agents stumble into trouble, they have resources that allow them to get out of danger far too easily. Suspense, such as it is, is heightened primarily by a character going out of transmission range. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Praise for the electrifying bestsellers of STEPHEN COONTS
DEEP BLACK: DEATH WAVE "Coonts and Keith take international espionage and terrorism to a whole, new level.... The story has all the elements of a best-selling thriller."
--Portland Book Review
“Coonts carefully builds his plot using a wide cast of characters, from insider Iranian spies to cutting-edge aircraft pilots and government officials both high and low. Hardly a page passes without nerve-stretching tension or flat-out action. One can only hope the U.S. president, the head of the CIA, and the Israeli prime minister will have this book on their nightstands for easy reference in case fiction turns to reality, an all-too-real possibility as evidenced by recent headlines.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The action moves swiftly to its Hollywood ending.” —Publishers Weekly
THE TRAITOR“In bestseller Coontss assured new international thriller, Tommy Carmellini, the sardonic, laid-back CIA agent who became a star in 2004s Liars and Thieves gets a shot at the big time.”—Publishers WeeklyLIARS & THIEVES
“Vintage Coonts...plenty of action and intrigue, with the added benefit of a new lead character.”—Dallas Morning News
“Excellent.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Gripping…Coontss 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
“Coontss action and the techno-talk are as gripping as ever.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Thrilling roller-coaster action. Give a hearty welcome back to Adm. Jake Grafton.” —The 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 Coontss scenario for turning China into a democracy.”—Liz Smith, The New York Post
“A high-octane blend of techno-wizardry [and] ultraviolence…[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 Coontss 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 [Coontss] most demanding fans.” —USA Today
“[A] gripping and intelligent thriller.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Perhaps the best of Stephen Coontss 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.”—Booklist
FORTUNES OF WAR
“Fortunes of War is crammed with a 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. Coontss best yet.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Full of action and suspense…a strong addition to the genre.” —Publishers Weekly
FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER
“Extraordinary! Once you start reading, you wont want to stop!” —Tom Clancy
“[Coontss] gripping, first-person narration of aerial combat is the best Ive ever read. Once begun, this book cannot be laid aside.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Kept me strapped in the cockpit of the authors imagination for a down-and-dirty novel.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A comic, feel-good SF adventure...[delivers] optimistic messages about humanitys ability to meet future challenges.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Tough to put down.” —Publishers Weekly
"Coonts and Keith take international espionage and terrorism to a whole, new level.... The story has all the elements of a best-selling thriller."
--Portland Book Review
A renegade government and a terrorist cell have gained access to nuclear artillery shells that they intend to detonate in the Canary Islands to cause a massive landslip that will crash on the eastern seaboard. Only Charlie Dean and his team at Desk Three can help avert catastrophe.
In the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa lies the volcanic island of La Palma. It has been reported that the possibility of an earthquake or volcanic eruption along the southern ridge of the island could cause a landslip of a vast block of rock, megatons in size, into the sea. The result would be a devastating tsunami across the Atlantic Ocean striking the U.S. East Coast with waves up to 1,000 feet high.
Desk Three is tracing the theft of Russian nuclear artillery shells from a military storage bunker in Tajikistan. Dean and Desk Three track the shells to a Chinese cargo ship and, ultimately, to La Palma. An Islamic terror group plans to detonate these warheads deep within lava tubes and caves inside the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma. The simultaneous detonation at different points along the rift may trigger the feared landslip.
Dean and Lia carry out operations in China and the Canaries to stop the plan--a scheme that encompasses renegade political factions and powerful terrorist cells, and that highlights a highly controversial theory that has been gathering attention in headlines and in the scientific community. This is a thrilling installment of the Deep Black series, drawn from real-life headlines and depicting a story that's frighteningly close to reality.
TWELVE NUCLEAR WARHEADS: MISSING
In Central Asia, a dangerous shipment has vanished. Twelve nuclear warheads—with a combined power greater than the Hiroshima bomb—have been stolen by a deadly new alliance of international terrorists. Their plan: Use man-made weapons to trigger a devastating natural catastrophe—the largest tsunami the world has ever seen…
ONE GLOBAL DISASTER: UNLEASHED
Enter Deep Black: a secret unit of the NSA led by former Marine sniper Charlie Dean. With his hand-picked team of special ops, Dean follows the terrorists trail to the Canary Islands. But time is running out. In hours, the warheads will be detonated and a thousand-foot wave will rise. In its path of destruction lies every city on Americas eastern coast …
“Coonts knows how to write and build suspense. . . a natural storyteller.”—The New York Times Book Review
“The master of the techno-thriller.”—Publishers Weekly
Visit Stephen Coonts Web site at: www.coonts.com
In Central Asia, a dangerous shipment has vanished. Twelve nuclear warheads—with a combined power greater than the Hiroshima bomb—have been stolen by a deadly new alliance of international terrorists. Their plan: Use man-made weapons to trigger a devastating natural catastrophe—the largest tsunami the world has ever seen…Enter Deep Black: a secret unit of the NSA led by former Marine sniper Charlie Dean. With his hand-picked team of special ops, Dean follows the terrorists trail to the Canary Islands. But time is running out. In hours, the warheads will be detonated and a thousand-foot wave will rise. In its path of destruction lies every city on Americas eastern coast
About the Author
As a naval aviator, STEPHEN COONTS flew combat missions during the Vietnam War. A former attorney and the author of fifteen New York Times bestsellers, he and his wife reside in Colorado. Visit his Web site at www.coonts.com.
Deep Black co-author William H. Keith has written nearly eighty books over the past twenty-five years. His novels, published under the pseudonyms Ian Douglas and H. Jay Riker, are geopolitical thrillers with an emphasis on the Marines and submarine warfare. A veteran of the Navy, he lives in western Pennsylvania.