We sit through all this action and craziness to be left with nothing. An air force pilot named Frank Allen who had been briefly introduced earlier in the story tries to rescue them, but his plane also is shot down and he dies. But when a stranger in a bar challenged his honor, the man was not so lucky--the guy landed in the hospital. If you wAnt to know what he did, read the book. He's done plenty of good writing since then! As a pilot, I enjoyed being able to recognize a lot of the technical aspects as well, but that was really just for me. If you want to know what it's like to do a carrier landing or take ground to air missile attacks this book will do just fine. I haven't seen the movie, though now it's more on my radar than it was before, but I'm looking forward to getting to this book's sequel.
However, there is a series of ten books following this character. Advertisement He expresses his frustration to his commanding officer, played by , but Glover talks tough and won't listen to complaints. Jake's love of flying is contagious whether you are hearing the book for the first time or listening to it for the third. Fortunately, I had a anniversary edition that included a short postscript that gave us a small glimpse of the fate of all of our heroes. But he's also got a highly developed sense of what's right, what he feels, and how his actions may have consequences that he doesn't intend.
A vicious war is being fought on the ground, but in the skies above, life is perhaps even more precarious; especially for those flying the A-6 Intruders just above the treetops. Having served with an A-6A squadron aboard an aircraft carrier during that time, I can attest to the authenticity of the colorful experiences described both in and out of combat. The material is so well sourced and written that it's easy to follow, and the explanations for the technical aspects of the aircraft, carrier life, and tactics are easy for anyone to follow. The movie replicates the mission very accurately. Unfortunately, I can't get my dad to read it or see the movie, due to his as yet unresolved personal issues with his experience. Nothing surprising happens in the movie, but this can be comforting if you just want to watch an old-fashioned aerial combat movie.
Easily one of my favorite novels. It really felt authentic, and that authenticity raised my opinion of this novel. Reading the plot summaries of some of the later entries in the series only confirms I don't have much tolerance for seemingly generic thrillers that involve simultaneous terrorist attacks, presidential assassination attempts, and the abduction of the main character's wife. Coonts' writing brought me inside Jake's A6 and I felt that I was being catapulted off the carrier alongside of him. He trusts no one but himself but, does his job magnificently.
Admittedly, I've never been a big fan of the Intruder, but this novel gave me a new appreciation for them. Flight of the Intruder falls smack dab in the middle-of-the-road category to me. From the good-natured raillery of the ready room to the shared dangers in the air to the manic release from combat stress in the bars of the Philippines, the airmen's special brand of camaraderie--the one stabilizing force in their otherwise precarious lives--is described here as only an insider could. The storyline is ok but fairly predictable. From back cover: The A-6 intruder pilots--and elite cadre of Navy fliers, rowdy on shore, restless on ship, hunters in the Vietnam skies.
The first in the hugely popular Jake Grafton series, it also marked the beginning of Stephen Coonts' career as a bestselling author. With extraordinary realism he straps the reader into the cockpit of an A-6 to experience the fear and exhilaration of life at full throttle: thrilling cat shots off a carrier. Cowboy will appear in the sequel. The remainder of the novel follows Grafton's exploits in what became known as The Christmas Bombings. I'll be checking my library for them It takes a lot of guts to be a fither pilot, and probably even more to do your flying from the deck of a ship: short runways, getting fired into the air by a catapult, and the knowledge that any mistake could land you in the insatiable and unforgiving sea.
The protagonist is neither good nor bad; but a real person caught in a messy situation with conflicting duties to his job, country, himself, and humanity. Few will forget the book's final gut-wrenching scene when Jake's once-innocent love of flying gives way to guilt and frustration and the need to give meaning to the deaths of his comrades. But then the movie loses its way. This book was written in 1989. Without question, the strength of the book lies in its flying scenes when Jake Grafton straps himself into the cockpit of his A-6 Intruder. The various artists enhanced the book and the audio processing made the radio conversations totally realistic.
In fact, I admit I was so invested in Jake and Tiger that when the story abruptly ended I was left wanting. You will learn about how an innocent love of flying turns into guilt and frustration over seemingly meaningless actions in Vietnam. Not in context, but in story telling. Navy aviator Jake 'Cool Hand' Grafton and his bombardier-navigator Morgan 'Morg' McPherson are only too aware that each flight could be their last. The movie was a disapointment for me. It is a photogenic plane and considering its role and accomplishments in the war, it deserved this movie.
The book is mediocre in that it seems like the author is working a checklist: pilot suffers personal loss when his bombardier is killed--check; pilot gets a girlfriend--check; pilot disobeys orders in very, very bad way--check; pilot gets shot down and injured but saves the day through personal heroism--check. The scenario has been well researched and conveys the culture and emotions well. It's a little darker than most buddy movies - the buddies keep having to be replaced when pilots are killed - and it has the germ of an idea to it. Coonts has done a great job as the novel has endured for so many years. The last plane lost, to ground fire on a ground support mission, was piloted by Lt. He has flown in missions over Hanoi at least twice, and his favorite missions are those against missile sites.