Stephen Coonts seems to have a crystal ball on his desk that
provides him with the material for whatever subject he chooses to
visit in his most recent novel. Of course, Coonts is not a fortune
teller; he is simply possessed of the ability to believe that which
he sees in front of him, analyze it and extrapolate. Indeed, it is
in much the same manner that his long-running Jake Grafton
character functions. Call it an informed guess, but the result is
edge-of-the-seat, page-turning reality presented as fiction.
THE DISCIPLE, Coonts’s latest novel, brings together
Grafton and his protégé, Tommy Carmellini, once again for
an excursion into the heart of the darkness of the Middle East.
Carmellini, a retired jewel thief turned reluctant CIA operative,
has a skill set that serves him well in whatever situation Grafton