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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (630 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Coonts Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tommy Carmellini Novels Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781593979607
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From Stephen Coonts comes a novel of high octane excitement, featuring Tommy Carmellini in his most dangerous mission yet: The Assassin.

In the finale of Coonts's last novel The Traitor, the ruthless and brilliant Al Qaeda leader who nearly succeeded in blowing up a meeting of the Group of 7 in Paris slipped the noose and escaped. But Abu Qasim has another trick up his sleeve: he has offered to pay a the Mafia a fortune to help him bring New York to its knees.

The CIA learns that something is up and a worried president sends his best—Jake Grafton and his secret weapon, Tommy Carmellini. Tommy is soon in grave danger as he tries to piece the deadly puzzle together. Set amidst ticking bombs and flying bullets, the stakes have never been higher. Will Tommy put it all together in time t stop the disaster? Or will the terrorists set events in motion that will leave America reeling?

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dennis Boutsikaris packs his presentation with a dazzling variety of accents and characters of both genders. However, he is at his best as Carmellini. Boutsikaris provides a unique vocal identity with an expression and tempo that match Tommy's wiseacre attitude. With just a little imagination, listeners get the feeling they are sharing a beer with Carmellini while Tommy tells his fascinating story. It doesn't get much better than this. AudioFile on The Traitor, Winner of the Earphones award for truly exceptional presentations

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 2/20/2014

    " The story was well developed and drew me into a late night of reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew | 2/12/2014

    " Yeah, it's got Jake Grafton, and quite a bit of him. Yeah, it's got action. But it just doesn't have the intensity and feel of the best Jake Grafton stories (Under Siege, Final Flight, Hong Kong, Cuba, Liberty, etc.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debrah | 2/10/2014

    " ok but didn't live up to the first two Carmellini stories, which is a real shame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 2/6/2014

    " This was a great spy/intelligence fiction book. I really enjoyed the first person perspective of one of the main characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marty | 1/31/2014

    " Maybe I've just read too many of this kind of book but this one struck me as a plot just ticking along without anything to pull you inot the story. It didn't earn my interest. Not even enough to try to figure out details in the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 1/23/2014

    " Very good read. I find myself getting more involved in this story than most. I walk away thinking about this one everytime I put the book down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom Riley | 1/20/2014

    " started it, but put it down. Not up to the standards of his previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/7/2014

    " I enjoy this series and really liked this book. There was a good amount of suspense and the characters were well done. The ending was surprising. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milton Moon Louie | 12/21/2013

    " Action book. The villains did lot of killing. But it seem the good mastermind predicted most of the moves. And the main villain was killed. (OPL) B "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine Barry | 12/12/2013

    " I am currently listening to this audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 12/9/2013

    " Better beginning than usual, ending a little predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne Throop | 12/5/2013

    " Have read Stephen Coonts books for years. Usually have a military and espionage story line. Liked the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 12/2/2013

    " We enjoyed listening to this on our drive back from Reno. It had a thrilling ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 11/30/2013

    " The last (that I'm aware of) Jake Grafton novel. Decent, and it was nice to catch up with some "old friends," but there really wasn't anything at all new here to make it stand out. "Serviceable" comes to mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler | 10/29/2013

    " pretty standard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 10/16/2013

    " Liars & Thieves "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 10/2/2013

    " This was my first Coonts and will be the first of many. I found it to be riveting, well-plotted, well-written and full of interesting and colorful characters. Well worth your time and effort! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 6/14/2013

    " I was not impressed with the writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kina | 12/31/2012

    " Enjoyed it very much as a book-on-tape to help the miles go by on a recent road trip. It is not my normal genre to read, but great for keeping one awake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 12/9/2012

    " Holes in the plot. Enjoyable but predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Wright | 1/23/2012

    " Excellent book. Some of the names are a bit difficult to follow, but I enjoyed the story and will likely listen again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 1/8/2012

    " Not much here but excessive violence. 2 of 10 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/5/2012

    " Pretty good thriller. Coonts is excellent at these kinds of stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/3/2012

    " A great escape from the world. I kept having to remember to breathe. Exciting, fast moving techno-thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 11/6/2011

    " Full of action and suspense! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 9/19/2011

    " This is a typical but pretty good cia book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Holmes | 8/30/2011

    " This is another in the Jake Grafton series (starts with Flight of the Intruder). It is action packed, fast moving with, of course, violence. There is even some sex. I recommend Stephen Coonts works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 7/31/2011

    " Even though fiction, this novel and those of the type make one thing clear, the war on terrorism is a fact of life that is here to stay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 The | 5/15/2011

    " A great thriller which keeps you in suspense from the first to the last page. Loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. This is really a Tommy Carmellini book but Jake Grafton is in the book a lot so I guess it goes in the Jake Grafton series. Overall a pretty good book, not Carmellini's best but good enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 4/10/2011

    " I like this author Just started reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walter | 12/30/2010

    " Good characters, Coonts tends to write very moral characters Carmelini is an exception to this. He's a thief. I love outside protagonists. The 1st person portion of the narration rings true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/10/2010

    " The last (that I'm aware of) Jake Grafton novel. Decent, and it was nice to catch up with some "old friends," but there really wasn't anything at all new here to make it stand out. "Serviceable" comes to mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 10/20/2010

    " A great escape from the world. I kept having to remember to breathe. Exciting, fast moving techno-thriller. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve | 9/3/2010

    " SOOOOOOOOOOOO boring. I probably stumbled into the middle of a series, but the protagonist was SO lame, it wasn't even worth finishing. Anybody want it?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 8/24/2010

    " Have read Stephen Coonts books for years. Usually have a military and espionage story line. Liked the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marty | 4/18/2010

    " Maybe I've just read too many of this kind of book but this one struck me as a plot just ticking along without anything to pull you inot the story. It didn't earn my interest. Not even enough to try to figure out details in the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 4/8/2010

    " This is another in the Jake Grafton series (starts with Flight of the Intruder). It is action packed, fast moving with, of course, violence. There is even some sex. I recommend Stephen Coonts works. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom | 1/17/2010

    " started it, but put it down. Not up to the standards of his previous books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/27/2009

    " This was a good read. It had a lot of action & it had it's funny parts. This was outside the box from what I usually like to read so it was a nice surprise. "

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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

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.