Stephen Coonts

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Stephen Coonts (born July 19, 1946) is an American thriller and suspense novelist.

Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a small coal-mining town, and earned a B.A. degree in political science at West Virginia University in 1968.[1] He entered the Navy the following year and flew an A-6 Intruder medium attack plane during the Vietnam War, where he served on two combat cruises aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). He accumulated 1600 hours in the A-6 Intruder and earned a number of Navy commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. (His navigator-bombardier was LTjg Stanley W. Bryant, who later became a Rear Admiral and deputy commander-in-chief of the US naval forces in Europe.)

After the war Coonts served as a flight instructor for A-6 aircraft for two years, then did a tour as an assistant catapult and arresting gear officer aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68). After being honorably discharged from duty as a lieutenant in 1977, Coonts pursued a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at the University of Colorado, graduating in 1979. He then worked as a lawyer for several oil and gas companies, pursuing his writing interests in his free time.

Coonts published short stories in a number of publications before writing Flight of the Intruder in 1986. That book, based in part on his experiences as an A-6 pilot during the Vietnam War, spent 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists, and later (1991) was made into a movie. This launched his career as a novelist, and he continued writing adventure-thrillers, most of them based on the main character from his first book, Jake Grafton. Coonts has also written several other series and stand-alone novels, but is best known for the Grafton books. In 1992, he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni at his alma mater, West Virginia University.[2][3]

Today Coonts continues to write, having had seventeen New York Times bestsellers (out of 20 books). He lives in Colorado with his second wife, Deborah Jean.[4] He is divorced from romantic mystery novelist Deborah Coonts.

Bibliography[edit]

Jake Grafton Series[edit]

Note: The list below represents Stephen Coonts' suggested reading order.[5]
# Title Publication Date ISBN Notes
1 Flight of the Intruder 1986 0-87021-200-1 filmed in 1991
2 The Intruders 1994 1-59114-128-1
3 Final Flight 1988 0-385-24555-6
4 The Minotaur 1989 0-440-20742-8
5 Under Siege 1990 0-671-72229-8
6 The Red Horseman 1993 0-671-74887-4
7 Cuba 1999 0-312-20521-X Also featuring Tommy Carmellini
8 Hong Kong 2000 0-312-25339-7 Also featuring Tommy Carmellini
9 America 2001 0-312-25341-9 Also featuring Tommy Carmellini
10 Liberty 2003 0-312-28361-X Also featuring Tommy Carmellini
11 Pirate Alley 2013 0-312-37284-1 Also featuring Tommy Carmellini

Tommy Carmellini Series[edit]

Note: The list below represents Stephen Coonts' suggested reading order.[6]
# Title Publication Date ISBN Notes
1 Liars and Thieves 2004 0-312-28362-8 Also known as: Wages of Sin
2 The Traitor 2006 0-312-32359-X
3 The Assassin 2008 0-312-99446-X Also featuring Jake Grafton
4 The Disciple 2009 0-312-37283-3 Also featuring Jake Grafton
5 Pirate Alley 2013 0-312-37284-1 Also featuring Jake Grafton

Saucer Series[edit]

# Title Publication Date ISBN
1 Saucer 2002
2 Saucer: The Conquest[7] 2004
2 Saucer: Savage Planet 2014

Deep Black Series[edit]

# Title Publication Date ISBN Co-authored with:
1 Deep Black 2003 Jim DeFelice
2 Biowar 2004 Jim DeFelice
3 Dark Zone 2004 Jim DeFelice
4 Payback 2005 Jim DeFelice
5 Jihad 2007 Jim DeFelice
6 Conspiracy 2008 Jim DeFelice
7 Arctic Gold 2009 William H. Keith
8 Sea of Terror 2010 William H. Keith
9 Death Wave 2011 William H. Keith

Others[edit]

As editor[edit]

  • The 17th Day (1999)
  • Combat (2001)
  • Victory (2003)

Non-Fiction[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Author Journal About Page from Author Webpage. Accessed 31July2013.
  2. ^ Coonts Entry at the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Accessed 31July2013.
  3. ^ Class Years Entry at the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Accessed 31July2013.
  4. ^ Biography from Author Webpage. Accessed 31July2013.
  5. ^ "Reading Order of the Jake Grafton Series as Suggested by The Author". 
  6. ^ "Reading Order of the Tommy Carmellini Series as Suggested by The Author". 
  7. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Saucer-Conquest-Stephen-Coonts/dp/B0009B2WUQ/

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