Stephen Coonts' Deep Black: Payback

Deep Black (Volume 4)

Stephen Coonts and Jim DeFelice

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A crack team of cover agents.
Word is out to ex-Marine sniper Charlie Dean and his team of the National Security Agency: Infiltrate the highest stratum of Peruvian political power and derail a renegade general from acing an election. All Dean has to do is find a way inside an impenetrable bank vault protected by armed guards round the clock–it’s all in a day’s work for the men and women of Deep Black.

A violent political coup
But things get complicated when Dean and company discover the renegade general’s second plot. The military madman’s ruse—a nuclear weapon he claims is in the hands of Marxist guerillas, a bomb that only he can rescue…and control.

A devastating terrorist plot.
When the general and his plot are exposed, the NSA concludes the greatest threat is over. But in fact, it’s only just beginning…


Praise for Stephen Coonts' Deep Black: Payback

"Frighteningly realistic." --Maxim on Liberty

"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 on Liberty

"This 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 rivals 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) on America

"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 on Hong Kong

"Coonts knows how to write and build suspense. . . this is the mark of a natural storyteller" -- The New York Times Book Review on Flight of the Intruder

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  • Stephen Coonts and Jim DeFelice

  • JIM DEFELICE is co-author of the New York Times best-selling series, Stephen Coonts’s Deep Black. He has also written several other thrillers, including “Threat Level Black,” published in 2005.

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Stephen Coonts' Deep Black: Payback

Deep Black

Stephen Coonts and Jim DeFelice



St. Martin's Paperbacks