Stephen Coonts is the author of THE DISCIPLE, THE ASSASSIN, and the Deep Black and Saucers series, among many other bestsellers. His first novel, the classic flying tale FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER, spent more than six months at the top of The New York Times bestseller list. A motion picture based on the book was released in 1991. His novels have been published around the world and translated into more than a dozen languages. In 1986, he was honored by the U.S. Naval Institute with its Author of the Year Award. He is also the editor of four anthologies: COMBAT, ON GLORIOUS WINGS, VICTORY and WAR IN THE AIR. Coonts served in the Navy from 1969 to 1977, including two combat cruises on the USS Enterprise during the last years of the Vietnam War.