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4.19047619047619 out of 54.19047619047619 out of 54.19047619047619 out of 54.19047619047619 out of 54.19047619047619 out of 5 4.19 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Coonts Narrator: Benjamin L. Darcie Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jake Grafton Series Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781480524163
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Hailed as the finest combat aviation novel to emerge from the Vietnam War, Flight of the Intruder spent twenty-eight weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and became one of the top twenty best-selling first novels of all time. An instant classic, the book was translated into more than twenty languages and made into a major motion picture. Its hero, Jake Grafton, became a household name and the star of many more Coonts’ bestsellers. Without question, the strength of the book lies in its flying scenes when Jake Grafton straps himself into the cockpit of his A-6 Intruder. Jake’s love of flying is contagious whether you are hearing the book for the first time or listening to it for the third.

No one better captures the world of Navy carrier pilots than Stephen Coonts. An Intruder pilot who flew combat missions off the deck of the USS Enterprise in the Vietnam War, Coonts lived the life he writes about, and he puts readers inside the hearts and minds of the pilots to reveal a world unknown to those outside the naval aviators’ fraternity. Few will forget the book’s final gut-wrenching scene when Jake’s once-innocent love of flying gives way to guilt and frustration and the need to give meaning to the deaths of his comrades.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A first novel of impressive power and authenticity.”

    Washington Post

  • “No book has ever opened the world of naval aviators like this. Once you start reading you won’t want to stop.”

    Tom Clancy

  • “Packed with action, emotion, suspense, and tragedy, Flight of the Intruder offers profound and gripping insight into the lives and loves of naval carrier pilots.”

    Clive Cussler

  • “When he is flying, Jake’s exhilaration is contagious; his instincts meld with the controls of his aircraft, and is life-or-death decision sharpen his senses.”

    New York Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 arthur | 5/16/2016

    " Great book. The end differs from the end in the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenajo | 2/17/2014

    " I thought this book was excellent. I was completely caught up in the story, but I have some background since my father was a pilot and flew in Korea. I listened to the book on my MP3 player, downloaded from the library. By using voices 'on the radio' the story has the feel of actually being in the cockpit. The descriptions made me feel like I was landing on the deck of a carrier and flying over Vietnam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/17/2014

    " One of the more memorable books to come out of that difficult conflict. In a way it captured the essence of the difficulty facing those who were thrown into a battle they did not understand and yet were forced to fight within tight confines. As a thriller it certainly lived up to the hype. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/11/2014

    " Stephen Coonts' first novel is full of first-rate flying sequences that should appeal to anybody in the military or who is strongly interested in military fiction. The scenes with the outspoken commander are also very good. The rest of the writing borders on mundane. This book also assumes that you are well versed on military lingo and slang, as it seldom translates any for the layman reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrei Arias | 2/7/2014

    " I saw the movie, and I immediately wanted to read the book. i don't regret! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Rieves | 2/1/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Kaufman | 1/24/2014

    " Loved the characters, the plot, the planes! What more can I say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/21/2014

    " This book was pretty good, but it's SO So technical. I think a pilot wannabe would just love it though, or perhaps a war buff. A 50's something female like me probably doesn't fit the demographics for which this novel was intended, lol. In spite of that, however, it's not a bad thriller, especially if you gloss over all the technical details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.C. Musgrove | 1/18/2014

    " Coont's first book. I really think this is his best book in the Jake Grafton series. A Vietnam war era fight pilot story with all the bells and whistles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jed Mallen | 1/18/2014

    " simply the best airplane book i've read bar none. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oliver Rabacal | 1/11/2014

    " Jake Grafton is one hell of a pilot. I had sweated out due to the hot combat plane actions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darren | 1/10/2014

    " Good book to read while camping on the Sunshine Coast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 1/8/2014

    " A brass tacks story of flying in Vietnam. Made more interesting b/c the author was there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 12/30/2013

    " The first Jake Grafton book--Intruders in Vietnam Nam. A powerful read that brought back memories and said some things about that war. Where is book #2 ? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Rueger | 12/14/2013

    " This is one of the best Vietnam thrillers out there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Wong | 12/11/2013

    " Nice book, let's you know one person's perspective of the Vietnam conflict. It was unpopular with many people. It was a quick read and details in the book were very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Larson | 12/9/2013

    " Nice descriptions of flying a jet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Morano | 10/20/2013

    " I read this years ago, and just re-read it. One of the best...I only wish it had really happened...Uncle Ho deserved one right down the pickle barrel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 9/15/2013

    " Very good book, I was surprised at how different the book was from the movie. Obviously a lot of material was left out to keep the movie from being several hours long but they also changed parts of the plot as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trainreq | 7/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this one. Much better than the movie. A decent story written well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ugik013 | 7/13/2013

    " very entertaining, vietnam war from the bird's eye view "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Poppoon | 2/11/2013

    " Excellent tale of Vietnam pilots. Very authentic look into the stress of combat in that controversial war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mj | 1/8/2013

    " Good action & interesting. Learned a little about Vietnam era Navy pilots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bevan | 11/8/2012

    " I had a good time reading this book, the action didn't stop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Shinstock | 10/16/2012

    " And oldie, but a goodie. Great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 5/20/2012

    " This was a good book, I enjoyed it, not as much as I would have liked. I truly hope that the rest of the series is a little better...at least for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manny | 12/18/2011

    " Loved the book, loved the movie, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 10/10/2011

    " literally made my heart race "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Austin | 9/11/2011

    " I couldn't get into it, even though the concept was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 shar | 6/16/2011

    " Lot of detail about life on an aircraft carrier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Csrabb | 5/12/2011

    " This is an excellent book. There is only one problem with the story. I have to sleep some time today. I was up all night riveted to the book until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 12/28/2010

    " literally made my heart race "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 12/26/2010

    " This is one of the best Vietnam thrillers out there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 12/21/2010

    " One of my favorite books of all times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 12/16/2010

    " the technical descriptions of flying a fighter jet got this book an extra star. so far i dislike the story and all the characters in it. really having trouble finishing this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 11/4/2010

    " Starts slow but finishes great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/31/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book a number of years ago. The setting of the book is during the Viet Nam war. The book goes on to tell the story of the brave pilots who flew the Intruder to provide support to ground forces during the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mj | 7/23/2009

    " Good action & interesting. Learned a little about Vietnam era Navy pilots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jed | 7/15/2009

    " simply the best airplane book i've read bar none. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shar | 2/16/2009

    " Lot of detail about life on an aircraft carrier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 11/19/2008

    " I like all his books, but this one is by far the best! "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Coonts

Stephen Coonts is the author of over a dozen New York Times bestselling novels, the first of which was the classic flying tale Flight of the Intruder. His books have since been translated and published around the world. A former naval aviator, Coonts flew combat missions during the Vietnam War and later served as a flight instructor. He received his law degree in 1979 and moved to West Virginia to practice, returning to Colorado in 1981 as a staff attorney specializing in oil and gas law for a large independent oil company. He now lives in Nevada and writes full time.

About the Narrator

Benjamin L. Darcie has been on the stage since he was six years old, performing in everything from musicals to Shakespeare. He drifted from the stage to the screen, acting in and directing short films, as well as doing voiceover work and narration for trailers, films, and audio books. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.