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Stephen P. Coonts

Born in Morgantown and raised in Buckhannon, Stephen Coonts graduated from West Virginia University in 1968 with an AB degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, where he majored in political science, with minors in English, history, and economics.

He immediately went into the United States Navy and was designated a naval aviator in August, 1969. He made two combat cruises to Vietnam in the final years of that war flying A-6 Intruders from the deck of USS Enterprise. He left active duty in 1977 and attended the University of Colorado School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in West Virginia and Colorado.

In 1986 his first novel, Flight of the Intruder, was published and spent 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He has been a professional novelist ever since, with 26 books to his credit, 16 of them bestsellers. He is also the co-author of an additional nine novels. His latest novel is Saucer: Savage Planet. His works have been translated into 26 languages and published around the world.

He and his wife, Deborah Jean Coonts, reside in Colorado.