Synopses & Reviews
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?
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.
"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.
“Coonts knows how to write and build suspense . . . a natural storyteller.”--The New York Times Book Review
“The Sea Witch is a triple play of classic Stephen Coonts tales: No one writes more forcefully of warriors whose missions and dreams take flight. It's always a treat to have Coonts in print again, but this book's one of a kind.”--Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at Gettysburg and The Officers' Club
“Great entertainment comes in threes. Stephen Coonts, the master of the military suspense thriller, delivers you three nights of fevered page-turning in three terrific novellas, set in three amazing periods of American history. Don't miss it.” -- William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Annapolis and The Lincoln Letter
“Stephen Coonts has an absolute lock on the secret of good story telling: He knows interesting people in harm's way so well that the reader has no choice but to care for them. And in the case of The Sea Witch and other stories in this fine collection, its obvious he knows airplanes just a well. My only disappointment was that the stories ended--I wanted more.”--David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of Abyss
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 The Disciple, The Assassin, and the Deep Black and Saucers series, among many other bestsellers that have been translated and published around the world. He is also the editor of four anthologies, Combat, On Glorious Wings, Victory and War in the Air. A former naval aviator and Vietnam combat veteran, he is a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Colorado School of Law.