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America

A Jake Grafton Novel
Narrated by: John Kenneth
Series: Jake Grafton, Book 9
Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
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Publisher's Summary

When an experimental nuclear submarine is hijacked in broad daylight, only Admiral Jake Grafton stands between the deadly cargo and its intended target: Washington D.C.

Hundreds of people have gathered to watch the launching of the USS America - our newest and most sophisticated nuclear submarine. Then, the unthinkable happens: armed men emerge from the tugboat that is leading her to sea, board the submarine, and man her controls. Half of the men onboard are slaughtered and half are put out to sea. Before nearby destroyers can react, the sub disappears.

Admiral Jake Grafton is resting at his Delaware beach house when he is asked to find out who has stolen his submarine and why. He learns that a rogue CIA group, originally trained to steal Russian technology during the Cold War, may be behind the operation. And soon it becomes clear that, whatever their purpose, they mean business: within hours a missile launched from the submarine destroys the top floor of the White House, and a second missile fells an airliner carrying 283 passengers. Now the race is on to find out where the submarine is, who is behind the nightmare scenario and - most critically - how to stop it.

Take another thrill ride with Jake Grafton.
©2004 Stephen Coonts (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Perennial bestseller Coonts never lets up with heart-racing jet/missile combat, suspenseful submarine maneuvers and doomsday scenarios that feel only too real." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Coonts's action and the techno-talk are as gripping as ever." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Thrilling roller-coaster action." ( The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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  • bonnie
  • 18-08-2009

Trite turnout from seasoned writer

Perhaps this book falls so short because Coonts published it prior to 911. The book treats the electronic devastation of NYC and DC as if they are merely inconveniences, without ever exploring the consequences that we too well learned in September of the published year. Characters are shallow and some of the conversation simplistically inane .. not what I'd expect from a writer who's been around as long as Coonts. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this reader again, either. Overall it was pretty disappointing.

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  • Scott
  • 13-06-2010

Bad narration

slow starting and the narrator makes listening to this a real chore

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  • Johnnie Walker
  • 20-08-2009

Painfully Poor Prose

I rarely give a book a rating this low in part because I usually rely on others to vet a book before I purchase it. Wrong strategy on this one, however.

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  • Willywat
  • 29-05-2020

One of the best

I stumbled upon Jake Grafton many years ago and have been a fan ever since. I kept seeing America among the Audible “books” but not within my II Barry. Surely I had “read” it. But I ultimately checked my old collections of CD’s and was astounded it was not there either. I bought it and, wonderful to tell, did not recognize a bit of it! It i one of the best of the Grafton books — and that is an excellent oeuvre for any writer.

Now, I hope I can find another bit of serendipity to “read” featuring another favorite character: wouldn’t it be great to stumble upon an unread, but canonical, Poirot or Nero Wolfe or Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes.

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  • rwalsh
  • 29-09-2019

Jake Grafton is now Foghorn Leghorn

I love Stephen Coonts books. The last was Michael Richard. Great...now it sounds like Tom Clancy. Not bad at all. Then we get John Kenneth. He must not have listened to any of the previous books. So, Jake Grafton is now a Southern gentleman that sounds like the giant rooster from Looney Toons. Not good.

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  • Tracey Turgeon
  • 19-10-2018

Great story,poor editing

Stephen Coonts has written a great story as we have come to expect of him. The editing of this audio book is the poorest I can remember. Some short pauses as the story shifts between scenes allow the reader to follow the change would have made a world of difference here. Keep them coming Stephen Coonts!

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  • MJCEW
  • 02-07-2018

Great book, new narrator

I’ve been listening to the Jake Grafton series in order. Benjamin L Darcie was the narrator for 6 of the 8 books I’ve listened to, John Kenneth did a great job, but it’s hard to not hear the voices Benjamin Darcie gave the characters.

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  • George
  • 27-04-2014

Exciting

The plot revolves around a stolen US submarine and a diverted satellite...an implausible idea, but exciting. The characters include our hero Jake, with some help from Toad and Carmelini. The Russians and some international businessmen are the bad guys. It all unfolds over 14+ hours and keeps the listener on the edge of his seat. Gotta find the next book in the Grafton series.

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  • Bob
  • 13-12-2011

Not His Best

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The characterizations and mechanics of operating the submarine were generally really good. The book was worth listening to.

If you’ve listened to books by Stephen Coonts before, how does this one compare?

This was not one of his best. He generally excels at describing people in difficult and ambiguous situations. His details related to military equipment are spot on. Where this one falls short is in the

What three words best describe John Kenneth’s voice?

Great European Characterizations

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  • Pete
  • 31-05-2010

America

Great book...super interesting. I'm a Stephen Coonts fan...you won't be disappointed.