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Coup d'Etat (A Dewey Andreas Novel) Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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The wait is over—Ben Coes, whose debut Power Down was called “the must read thriller of the year” (Vince Flynn) is back and at the top of his game with a mesmerizing new novel
Wanting only a peaceful, obscure life, Dewey Andreas has gone to rural Australia, far from turbulent forces that he once fought against. But powerful men, seeking revenge, have been scouring the earth looking for Dewey. And now, they've finally found him - forcing Dewey to abandon his home and to fight for his life against a very well armed, well trained group of assassins.
Meanwhile, a radical cleric has been elected president of Pakistan and, upon taking power, sets off a rapidly escalating conflict with India. As the situation spins quickly out of control, it becomes clear that India is only days from resorting to a nuclear response, one that will have unimaginably disasterous results for the world at large. With only days to head this off, the President sends in his best people, including Jessica Tanzer, to do whatever it takes to restore the fragile peace to the region. Tanzer has only one viable option - to set up and execute a coup d'etat in Pakistan - and only one man in mind to lead the team that will try to pull off this almost unimaginable task in the nerve-wrackingly short time frame, Dewey Andreas. If, that is, Jessica can even get to Dewey and if Dewey can get out of Australia alive...
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BEN COES is the author of critically acclaimed Power Down. He is a former speechwriter for the George H.W. Bush White House, worked for Boone Pickens, was a fellow at the JFK School of Government at Harvard, the campaign manager for Mitt Romney’s run for governor in 2002, and is currently a partner in a private equity company out of Boston. He lives in Wellsley, Mass.
- ASIN : 0312580762
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; First Edition (September 27, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780312580766
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312580766
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.47 x 1.61 x 9.48 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #821,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ben Coes, as an author, has improved in this novel over the first in the series, although not quite up to the latest book, it is still very enjoyable.
If you are going to read this series of books - do so in order of publication, as the books do build on the prior installments. Although, I must say the author brings the new reader up to speed fairly quickly without a full rehashing of all of the prior story line.
This series centers around the character of Dewey Andreas - a former Ranger/Delta operative, that has tried to avoid that world, but keeps getting dragged back into it. In this installment, he has gone to one of the remote "stations" (ranches) in Australia to get away from the results of the first book in the series - he remains there unmolested for a year - while the father of the key terrorist he killed in the first book hunts for him. Needless to say, they find him (otherwise there would not be much of a story). He is warned by his sometimes girlfriend, and eludes the terrorists, and is then dragged into the India/Pakistan war that has started. Enough of the plot line - if you like complicated plot lines this one is pretty good - a bit more straight forward than the superb plot in the first book, but still decent.
Unlike the first book in the series which had a high number of firearm errors, I really only found one that stood out - the author mentions that one of the terrorist bodyguards is carrying a "Glock 33 .357 Magnum". The Glock 33 is actually chambered for the .357 SIG round. The SIG round was developed in the 1990's to give a semi-auto pistol similar stopping power to that of a revolver firing a .357 Magnum round, but the correct designation is 357 SIG.
At times one must suspend reality and to just go along with the plots in these books, the characters, although they bleed, and scar, it never seems really slow them down.
I also don't like how the men hunting Dewey sound like American boys sitting around a bar table. If they are part of a "cell", why do they speak in such horrible ways. After all the books and movies I've encountered with these types of characters, never have they spoken as they do in this book. So much cussing and women bashing. It does a disservice to the characters and leaves the book blah.
I'm going to continue listening but it's a little painful. I don't like this narrator. The same narrator from Book 1 should be kept throughout the series to keep consistency.
This is the second novel in this series and yes, some of the ‘bad guys’ from the first book, “Power Down” are featured in this one but we have an array of new wretched villains. Many of the good guy characters are present in this one along with some interesting new ones.
A new President has been elected in Pakistan, a religious nut job, who immediately drops an atomic bomb on India in an attempt to ramp up his fight against the infidels. If India responds by obliterating Pakistan, which they are capable of doing, they in turn will be destroyed and China and the United states will be drawn into the fray...to the destruction of all.
It is decided that the only way out of this mess is to ‘remove’ the president of Pakistan, i.e. kill him, and replace him with a more moderate leader. Who is to do this deed; this most dangerous need which must not fail?
Our stone cold killer, former Ranger and DELTA, Dewey Andreas, now working hidden on a ranch in Australia is the only solution...this is one hard guy!
Not only must Dewey deal with the assignation of a well guarded world leader, but he must also avoid being captured and tortured by an Arab billionaire and Jihadist who still holds a major grudge against Dewey for killing his son...yet another wretched dirt bag.
The action in this one is almost non stop. Yes, as with all action thrillers the reader must put their credibility sensors on hold for a bit, but let’s face the fact that this is a fictional work meant to entertain and not a manual of how to take out a world leader without getting killed yourself. It is fiction; a story, a tall tale and it is well written and a lot of fun to read if you like this sort of thing. I found the body count to be pleasingly high.
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When a fragile peace breaks down between Pakistan and India, the United States is forced to intervene. When a rapidly escalating war threatens to engulf the entire region, the president must find a way to shut it down immediately―or else face total destruction for the world at large.
With the clock ticking and Pakistan in the hands of a religious radical willing to do anything and risk everything to achieve his deadly plan, there is only one man with the skills and experience to infiltrate the live war theatre and successfully execute a nearly impossible, unbelievably daring plan. His name: Dewey Andreas. His mission: to remove the Pakistani president from power. Now all the White House has to do is find him…before time runs out.....
After the dramatic ending of “Power Down,” Andreas has left the United States, looking for some peace and quiet working on a ranch in rural Australia, far from the turmoil. But Fortuna’s father, Aswan, is seeking revenge for the death of his son and is using all his vast resources to track down and kill the man responsible for his son’s death – Andreas. And now, Hezbollah assassins hired by Aswan have found him, forcing Andreas to fight for his life against a well-armed and well-trained group of killers. After violently avoiding capture and dispatching most of the assassins, Andreas is ready to flee Australia......
Andreas is a wonderful action hero – strong, courageous, confident and trained in dozens of ways to kill a man. He embodies the best of what we want our soldiers and our heroes to be. It’s no surprise that Coes worked in the White House under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Returning villains, returning heroes, an array of great characters, a lesson in history, a lack of sleep as I read and read to finish this fast paced, action packed rollercoaster of a action thriller.
An epic of a story, as his first book was, Coes keeps the standard and story telling to an immaculate pace,With two great main characters in Dewey Andreas and Jessica Tanzer.
Love these books. Five stars