During the Vietnam War, attack pilot Jake Grafton, struggling with his conscience and trying to find meaning to all the senseless death and destruction, decides to plan an illegal bombing raid into the very heart of Hanoi.
Stephen Coonts, b.1946 inWest Virginia. He received a BA in political science from West Virginia University in 1968. He entered the U.S. Navy and received his Navy wings in 1969. He made two combat cruises aboard the USS Enterprise. After the Vietnam War, he served as a flight instructor aboard the USS Nimitz. He left active duty in 1977 and received a law degree from the University of Colorado, School of Law in 1979 and subsequently worked as a staff attorney for an oil company. Coonts published his first novel, Flight of the Intruder, in 1986, for which The U.S. Naval Institute honoured him with its Author of the Year Award and which was adapted as a film in 1991. Since then he has written more than 20 books including ones in the Jake Grafton Novel series, Saucer series, Deep Black series, and Tommy Carmellini series. He also published a work of nonfiction in 1992 called The Cannibal Queen.