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The novel Flight of the Intruder written by Stephen Coonts is both realistic and historical fiction This is the riveting novel of Americas powerful high-tech A-6 Intruder attack planes and the men who flew them in Vietnam during the war The main character of this book Lieutenant Jake Cool Hand Grafton finally decides to do things his way on the riskiest mission of them all Lieutenant Jake Grafton is a member of an A-6 squadron on an aircraft carrier sailing near the Vietnam coast Jake constantly flies night bombing missions over North Vietnam At the start of the story Jake along with his other squadron mates is frustrated by the way the war is being fought Risking your life to bomb a suspected truck park which looks just like any other part of the jungle or mud flats labeled boat yard seems hardly worth it to Jake Jakes buddy and bombardier Lieutenant Morgan McPherson is killed on one of these pointless missions and soon replaced by Virgil Tiger Cole a cynical weapons officer on his third tour of duty Jake finds Cole as an ally for a mission that would mean something Together Cole and Jake ponder the notion of one unsanctioned mission downtown to Hanoi also known as SAM City the capitol city of North Vietnam Once they drop eight bombs on the city and witness countless secondary explosions the pilots come back to the aircraft carrier and are faced with many conflicts The characters of this book are faced with many conflicts throughout the plot One significant conflict is man versus society Jake is pressed against the government in the views of winning the war Jake believes that the only way America can win the war is if the government will stop holding them back from trying to win the war He thinks that the government should let them bomb
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