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Stephen Coonts
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9 May 1991
In an explosion of terror, America's worst nightmare comes true when Colombian suicide squads hit the streets of Washington. With its power and communications systems blown apart, the city is plunged into turmoil. Captain Jake Grafton and the Joint Chiefs of Staff have to face the challenge.


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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (9 May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006470629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006470625
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,710,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IT’S A KILLER’S GAME, AND THE DRUG BARONS KNOW ITS CRUELLEST MOVES

In a stunning explosion of terror, America’s worst nightmares come true when Colombian suicide squads hit the streets of Washington. They have gone to war, and will destroy everything and everybody in their path.

With its power and communications systems blown apart, the city is plunged into turmoil. In the Pentagon, Captain Jake Grafton and the Joint Chiefs of Staff face the most deadly challenge ever to threaten America.

But while confusion and chaos rule the streets, a ruthless hunter, serving an unknown master, has his own catastrophic mission. He will not rest until he has wiped out the whole cabinet, starting with the President himself …

“Nobody does it better than Stephen Coonts. He’s unsurpassed at creating a story that bristles with intrigue, excitement and surprise”
CLIVE CUSSLER

“A terrific novel … a hell of a story . Coonts gives the idea some special twists and tells it with pulse racing excitement”
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

About the Author

After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in political science, Stephen Coonts embarked on a career as a pilot in the US Navy. Flying A-6 bombers in Vietnam and Laos, he earned a number of Navy commendations, including the distinguished Flying Cross. His bestselling novels include ‘Flight of the Intruder’, ‘Final Flight’, ‘The Minotaur’ and ‘Under Siege’. A former attorney, Stephen Coonts lives in Boulder, Colorado.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A non-techno thriller with people-like people 14 May 2004
Format:Paperback
Under Siege is the fourth or fifth (depending on which way you put them in order) book that Stephen Coonts has written about his fictional hero Jake Grafton. It's a good read, both because it explores a scary scenario about what could happen if Columbian drug lords terrorized Washington DC in the same way they terrorize Columbia, and because it details the lives of some very believable people who are involved in the conflict.
Unlike some of the later Jake Grafton books, Under Siege doesn't feature much in the way of high-tech weaponry. Instead, it features a large cast of characters from all walks of life and describes them in ways that make them seem real and allow us to empathize with them.
This book is a thriller, of course, and the story is certainly suspenseful and exciting. A Columbian drug lord has been extradited from Columbia to the USA and awaits trial in Washington DC. In the hopes of forcing the Americans to release him, he institutes a war of terror against Washington DC on several levels. Soon there are assassination attempts on the President and several other key government figures, innocent people are being gunned down left, right and center, bombs are exploding in public places and the city is blacked out when the electrical system is destroyed.
How will the politicians, the police, the military and the ordinary residents of Washington react to this? Stephen Coonts has his suggestions, some of which are rather surprising, and this keeps you reading as the level of terror increases and the story unfolds.
Stephen Coonts is good at describing people and their relationships. Here's a passage I found especially appealing:
"You love a woman for many reasons. A goddess she seems when you are young.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 18 Mar 2013
By SAS
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I first read this book years ago, and found the paperback recently, this prompted me to buy the Kindle version, this is the first book I have read in the series, or by the author and enjoyed it so much I am planning to purchase his other books soon.

The story was enjoyable and the main characters were well developed, some of the secondary characters did feel a bit flat, but it never distracted from the book.

Having not read the rest I was not able to follow some of the small plot points, but again it was secondary info and points so it never distracted from the novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could be a TV hit 22 Jun 2014
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It is a fast-paced read, not dissimilar to TV series 24 Hours. I also enjoyed his book called Pirate Alley
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4.0 out of 5 stars Readable Adventure 14 Jun 2014
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I tend to like books with a military background and this suits me fine - even the American style! The main character also seems to work as he gets older, a bit like the Clancy novels although to quite as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 24 May 2014
By Alex
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Really good book. Great character development. Quite different as not the usual Jake Graften book but that made it even better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit 25 Mar 2014
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Drawn out and long winded for my tastes. I find myself struggling to justify this as a Jake Grafton book. He feels like a character that floats around the book rather than the focal point of the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Kindle 9 Mar 2014
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Bought as part of a series to re read on my Kindle. I had bought the book a few years ago in paperback and wanted to read it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jake and Toad win again 19 Feb 2014
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Jake and Toad strike again. Interesting story about the drug epidemic in USA at the time. Thankfully it was never as bad
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