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Washington, DC : Regnery Fiction, [2019]
323 pages ; 24 cm
"CIA officer Tommy Carmellini pursues a murderous, international financial conspiracy that leaves a trail of death and corruption, extending from a small bank in Estonia, to the highest reaches of the Kremlin, to the halls of the Congress, and perhaps even to the CIA itself"-- Provided by publisher.
9781621576600 (hardcover)
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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. <p> 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. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Tommy Carmellini (Male), CIA agent, Former burglar; now works for the CIA; investigates financial conspiracy that threatens the Untied States and maybe the president
Jake Grafton (Male), Admiral, Married, Vietnam veteran, Tommy's mentor
CIA agents
Political corruption
Russia - Europe / Eastern Europe / Asia
- United States
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Bestseller Coonts uneasily mixes classic thriller action and partisan axe-grinding in his ninth thriller featuring CIA director Jake Grafton and Jake's stalwart aide, Tommy Carmellini (after 2017's Armageddon File). When Jake learns that a tiny bank in Estonia has been laundering money, possibly hundreds of billions of dollars, he sends Tommy to investigate. Tommy gets on the trail of Russian multibillionaire Yegan Korjev, a Putin crony, whom Jake approves for rendition to a safe house in Utah for interrogation. The money-laundering operation they uncover ensnares politicians, philanthropists, investors, and criminals in a complex plan to destabilize Western society with "imaginary money." Coonts is on sure ground when handling assassination attempts, shoot-outs, plane attacks, and investigative field work, and Tommy's world-weary persona shines, but the long rants against community organizer Saul Alinsky and the evils of liberalism will have less conservative readers skimming the pages for a return to the action. Longtime Coonts fans who share his political leanings will best appreciate this outing. Agent: Deborah C. Grosvenor, Grosvenor Literary. (Aug.)

  Booklist Review

Coonts' latest novel to feature Jake Grafton concerns a financial conspiracy with ties to Russia. Grafton's friend, CIA officer Tommy Carmellini, learns of a small bank in Estonia that handles so much money on a daily basis that it must be serving as a front for money laundering. That money corrupts more than just the employees of the bank, beginning with the Russians who funnel the funds and extending to members of the U.S. government. Carmellini and his allies have an uphill battle to uncover the truth, and it appears to be a fight they can't win, at least not without the help of Grafton, now the head of the CIA. The story moves along at a brisk pace, with plenty of intrigue, which will please thriller fans. From time to time, however, Coonts tends to push his conservative political agenda at the expense of the narrative, and that may alienate some readers. Still, his large audience will be excited about the return of Grafton and Carmellini.--Jeff Ayers Copyright 2019 Booklist
The new political thriller from bestselling author Stephen Coonts, author of Flight of the Intruder and Liberty's Last Stand . <br> <br> Burglar-turned-CIA-officer Tommy Carmellini finds himself assigned to a French-led European Anti-Terrorism Task Force after Islamic extremists attack and burn a wing of the Louvre Museum in Paris. He is soon hunting the kidnappers of American and European youth who use the ransoms to fund war on western civilization. This shadowy group has big plans--an assignation and terror campaign leading to the conquest of Europe.<br> <br> With the help of his mentor Jake Grafton, Carmellini has always managed to foil his enemies before--but defeating "Satan's Army" will be his most difficult challenge.<br> <br> Perhaps, he suspects, an impossible one.
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