Deep Black: Death Wave

Deep Black (Volume 9)

Stephen Coonts and William H. Keith

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In Central Asia, a dangerous shipment has vanished. Twelve nuclear warheads—with a combined power greater than the Hiroshima bomb—have been stolen by a deadly new alliance of international terrorists. Their plan: Use man-made weapons to trigger a devastating natural catastrophe—the largest tsunami the world has ever seen…

Enter Deep Black: a secret unit of the NSA led by former Marine sniper Charlie Dean. With his hand-picked team of special ops, Dean follows the terrorists’ trail to the Canary Islands. But time is running out. In hours, the warheads will be detonated and a thousand-foot wave will rise. In it’s path of destruction lies every city on America’s eastern coast


Praise for Deep Black: Death Wave

Praise for the electrifying bestsellers of STEPHEN COONTS
"Coonts and Keith take international espionage and terrorism to a whole, new level.... The story has all the elements of a best-selling thriller."
--Portland Book Review


“Coonts carefully builds his plot using a wide cast of characters, from insider Iranian spies to cutting-edge aircraft pilots and government officials both high and low. Hardly a page passes without nerve-stretching tension or flat-out action. One can only hope the U.S. president, the head of the CIA, and the Israeli prime minister will have this book on their nightstands for easy reference in case fiction turns to reality, an all-too-real possibility as evidenced by recent headlines.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“The action moves swiftly to its Hollywood ending.” —Publishers Weekly


“In bestseller Coonts’s assured new international thriller, Tommy Carmellini, the sardonic, laid-back CIA agent who became a star in 2004’s Liars and Thieves gets a shot at the big time.”—Publishers WeeklyLIARS & THIEVES

“Vintage Coonts...plenty of action and intrigue, with the added benefit of a new lead character.”—Dallas Morning News

“Excellent.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“Frighteningly realistic.”—Maxim

“Gripping…Coonts’s naval background and his legal education bring considerable authority to the story, and the narrative is loaded with detailed information about terrorist networks, modern weaponry, and international intrigue…the action is slam-bang.”—Publishers Weekly


“The master of the techno-thriller spins a bone-chilling worst-case scenario involving international spies, military heroics, conniving politicians, devious agencies, a hijacked nuclear sub, lethal computer hackers, currency speculators, maniac moguls, and greedy mercenaries that rival Clancy for fiction-as-realism and Cussler for spirited action… [Coonts] never lets up with heart-racing jet/missile combat, suspenseful submarine maneuvers and doomsday scenarios that feel only too real, providing real food for thought in his dramatization of the missile-shield debate.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Fans of Coonts and his hero Grafton will love it. Great fun.”—Library Journal

“Coonts’s action and the techno-talk are as gripping as ever.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Thrilling roller-coaster action. Give a hearty welcome back to Adm. Jake Grafton.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer


“Move over Clancy, readers know they can count on Coonts.”—Midwest Book Review

“The author gives us superior suspense with a great cast of made-up characters…But the best thing about this book is Coonts’s scenario for turning China into a democracy.”—Liz Smith, The New York Post

“A high-octane blend of techno-wizardry [and] ultraviolence…[Coonts] skillfully captures the postmodern flavor of Hong Kong, where a cell phone is as apt as an AK-47 to be a revolutionary weapon.”USA Today


 “Will be enjoyed by Coonts’s many fans…Coonts has perfected the art of the high-tech adventure story.”Library Journal

“Coonts does a remarkable job of capturing the mood of clashing cultures in Hong Kong.”Publishers Weekly

“Filled with action, intrigue, and humanity.”San Jose Mercury News


“Enough Tomahawk missiles, stealth bombers, and staccato action to satisfy [Coonts’s] most demanding fans.” USA Today

“[A] gripping and intelligent thriller.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Perhaps the best of Stephen Coonts’s six novels about modern warfare.”Austin American-Statesman

“Coonts delivers some of his best gung-ho suspense writing yet.”Kirkus Reviews

“Dramatic, diverting action…Coonts delivers.”—Booklist


Fortunes of War is crammed with a action, suspense, and characters with more than the usual one dimension found in these books.”—USA Today

“A stirring examination of courage, compassion, and profound nobility of military professionals under fire. Coonts’s best yet.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Full of action and suspense…a strong addition to the genre.” —Publishers Weekly


“Extraordinary! Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop!” —Tom Clancy

“[Coonts’s] gripping, first-person narration of aerial combat is the best I’ve ever read. Once begun, this book cannot be laid aside.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Kept me strapped in the cockpit of the author’s imagination for a down-and-dirty novel.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch


“A comic, feel-good  SF adventure...[delivers] optimistic messages about humanity’s ability to meet future challenges.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Tough to put down.” —Publishers Weekly

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Stephen Coonts and William H. Keith

  • As a naval aviator, STEPHEN COONTS flew combat missions during the Vietnam War. A former attorney and the author of fifteen New York Times bestsellers, he and his wife reside in Colorado. Visit his Web site at www.coonts.com.

    Deep Black co-author William H. Keith has written nearly eighty books over the past twenty-five years. His novels, published under the pseudonyms Ian Douglas and H. Jay Riker, are geopolitical thrillers with an emphasis on the Marines and submarine warfare. A veteran of the Navy, he lives in western Pennsylvania.

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Deep Black: Death Wave

Deep Black

Stephen Coonts and William H. Keith



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