America was my first exposure to a Coonts techno-thriller. The danger with techno-thrillers is that they can become out of date very quickly or they are too far-fetched for the willing suspension of disbelief. Also, many thrillers that involved terrorism became obsolete in 2001 when America was published. However, America does not fall into either of these traps. Given the premise that a satellite system could be hacked and a brand new submarine stolen; all works reasonably well. My biggest problem was the failure of an assassination attempt on series hero Jake Grafton. The author relied on dumb luck. Also, bringing civilian wives along for the climactic scene at sea wouldn’t happen. However, the sub versus sub battle and climactic scenes more than made up for those flaws.
Very good read. Let's hope we can keep an eye on computer geeks out to prove a point or make a buck in a vulnerable world. Fans will continue to respect Jake Grafton and the America he loves. Basically Coonts does it again!
Entertaining, well-written, even if the plot stretched the limits of credibility
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