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Title:
Hong Kong : a Jake Grafton novel
Author:
Coonts, Stephen, 1946-
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Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., [2001]

©2000
Physical Description:
522 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781568959856
Format :
Book

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Visiting Hong Kong with his wife, Admiral Jake Grafton is expecting a chance to unwind. But soon Grafton is caught up in seismic political stirrings that threaten the freedom of the province, and possibly the world. A series of political murders shakes Hong Kong's power structure to the core. Then, when the Communist-led government shuts down a faltering bank and answers subsequent rioting with bloody reprisals, mainland China's future in the coveted city seems anything but certain. The paranoid regime acts quickly, shutting down newspapers, arresting reporters, interning anyone who looks suspicious. When Jake Grafton's wife is kidnapped by armed assailants, the battle-tested admiral must penetrate the ominous conspiracy that threatens to destroy millions of lives.


Author Notes

Stephen Coonts was born on July 19, 1946 and grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia. He received an A.B. degree in political science from West Virginia University in 1968. He entered the U.S. Navy and received his Navy wings in August of 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. He went to West Virginia to practice and later, to Colorado to work as a staff attorney for an oil company.

Coonts published his first novel, Flight of the Intruder, in 1986, which was adapted as into 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 and edited an anthology of true flying stories, War in the Air, in 1996. The U.S. Naval Institute honored him with its Author of the Year Award in 1986 for his novel, Flight of the Intruder.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Last year he defended the U.S. against a nuclear attack in Cuba; this year Admiral Jake Grafton merely defends one American, his wife, against a Hong Kong gangster. The narrowing of Grafton's focus means he won't be operating his usual panoply of jets and aircraft carriers, but what Coonts reduces in hardware he enhances in intrigue. In Hong Kong to investigate the loyalty of American consul Virgil Cole, Grafton finds a tense city as protests against a failed bank take on anticommunist overtones. Constitutionally indisposed to the circumspect approach, Grafton bluntly confronts Cole with official suspicions that the consul is fomenting the unrest. Almost before the consul can concoct a lie, the aforesaid gangster nabs Grafton's wife, setting up the two agendas that drive Coonts' plot: Grafton's attempt to rescue his spouse, and Cole's sub rosa machinations with Chinese rebels. Grafton's link between the two is the pal he made in Cuba, CIA lock-picker Tommy Carmellini. When not snooping on the consul and other CIA agents, Carmellini buddies up with Grafton, backing him up with that nick-in-time gunplay so critical to any techno worthy of the name. And the techno part of Coonts' yarn is an over-the-top machine, seemingly recruited from Terminator 2. This is an entertaining distraction within its genre's conventions, and credit Coonts with risking his fans' loyalty by setting his hero within a planeless plot--they'll stick with Jake, even when he's on foot. --Gilbert Taylor


Publisher's Weekly Review

Last year, Coonts had Cuba teetering on the political edge in his megaseller of the same name. Now it's Hong Kong, in another steadfast speculative thriller. The great city/state is falling out of Communist hands, just a few short years after the Chinese takeover. The revolution is being fomented by the cyberintelligentsia, who have managed to rig computer systems throughout Hong Kong and China so that all vital functionsÄthe power grid, airports, oil refineries, telephone systems, etc.Äwill collapse at the same time. At the helm of the insurrection is Virgil Cole, the American consul general who used his enormous wealth as a former Silicon Valley exec to finagle the overseas appointment; he views the revolution as a kind of extreme sport. He doesn't, however, anticipate the arrival of Jack Grafton, navy admiral and Washington's go-to guy, who starts prowling around a few days before the revolution begins. Just as Grafton is beginning to figure things out, a criminal gang leader working with the rebels kidnaps his wife. Anyone who's seen Grafton in action before knows that he isn't one to take such personal slights lightly. The final third of the book shows Hong Kong under spectacular siege as the rebels rely on sabotage, cunning and half a dozen fighting robots, called Sergeant Yorks, to subdue the Chinese soldiers. Coonts does a remarkable job of capturing the mood of clashing cultures in Hong Kong, creating some noteworthy secondary characters. These include Lin Pe, the aging owner of a fortune cookie factory who finds solace in writing simple fortunes while the world around her crumbles, and Sun Siu Ki, the Beijing-installed governor of Hong Kong, whose peasant mind simply cannot grasp rebellion. For all its stylish accents, however, the story goes from point A to point B with few detours or surprises. Most readers will likewise rush headlong through this seventh Grafton adventure. Major ad/promo. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Hong Kong in the immediate future is the scene for Coonts!s (Cuba) latest thriller. China is ripe for an anti-Communist revolution, and it explodes while Admiral Jake Grafton is in Hong Kong on a fact-finding assignment. While most previous Grafton novels have revolved around military actions, Hong Kong deals with spies, murder, kidnapping, and treachery. When the revolution erupts, the rebels use cyberwarfare to paralyze the Chinese government!s computers and gain access to traditional weapons. A real distraction is the use of Terminator-type combat robots to turn the tide for the rebels. Since these automata don!t exist (yet), they should not play a role in a novel that purports to be based on fact, and they spoil what could have been a compelling novel about a people!s struggle for freedom. Despite its flaws, this book will be enjoyed by Coonts!s many fans. For general collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/00.]"Robert Conroy, Warren, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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