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“Heart-pounding...Coes is a master.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Coes delivers his best effort to date...full-throttle action.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“An exceptional American hero story.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Fiction that's frighteningly plausible and has the feel of authenticity on every page.” ―Nashua Inquirer
“Exhilarating...You will want to take a stress test before reading Eye for an Eye. There are any number of suspenseful scenes between the covers.” ―Bookreporter.com
“My favorite novel in at least a decade. The writing was inherently masculine, brilliantly crafted.” ―Elizabeth Backney, Huffington Post, on THE LAST REFUGE
“Action, international intrigue, romance--it doesn't get any better.” ―San Jose Mercury News on THE LAST REFUGE
“The Last Refuge is a winner, and it will keep readers turning the pages.” ―The Associated Press
“Another winner from a writer who is a rising star among the ranks of the literary world's most successful authors of the international thriller.” ―The Nashua Telegraph on THE LAST REFUGE
“Fantastic... a terrific follow-up on [Coes's] first two suspenseful books.” ―Bestsellers World on THE LAST REFUGE
“It's a thriller. It's current, and the excitement keeps going…” ―The Daily Oklahoman on THE LAST REFUGE
“High concept meets high octane in this brilliantly executed thriller. Envision Clancy, Forsyth, and le Carré all writing in their prime...then kick in the boosters. Coup d'État is fantastic and Ben Coes blows the competition away!” ―#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor
“This exciting sequel to Power Down explores an all-too-plausible conflict...the plot sizzles with action, and the details have an authentic ring that put this thriller a cut above the pack.” ―Publishers Weekly on COUP D'ÉTAT
“Will keep you up at night--first with the titillation of a great read, then with dread that Ben's plot might not be all that imaginary. A sumptuous dessert for a thriller reader.” ―Brian Haig, author of The Capitol Game, on COUP D'ÉTAT
“Power Down is terrific! With a gripping story, compelling characters, a relentless pace, and nerve-wracking suspense, Power Down is one of the must-read thrillers of the year. Don't miss this debut of novelist Ben Coes and the introduction of Dewey Andreas--you'll devour this one and wait anxiously for their return.” ―Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Pursuit of Honor
“Coes pumps new heat, blood, and flat-out action into a well-worn premise--terrorists are out to break America by attacking its energy resources--in his frighteningly plausible thriller debut.” ―Publishers Weekly on POWER DOWN
“I loved Power Down! It's a fresh, exciting thriller and the action scenes are big, vivid and authentic, at times even breathtaking. An impressive debut for Ben Coes. I was blown away.” ―David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Creepers and creator of Rambo
“A ripping thriller from an exciting new novelist. Power Down kept me glued, turning the pages. Lots of action, a terrific hero, and a slimy villain--thrillers don't get any better.” ―Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Disciple
“Power Down marks the emergence of a major new talent in the political thriller genre--no small feat in a field already packed with big names like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and David Baldacci. In terms of sheer entertainment value, author Ben Coes and his hero, the unusually but memorably named Dewey Andreas, are easily and immediately competitive with the very best the thriller field has to offer.” ―Fiction Addict
“One of those rare, glue-in-your-seat books. Sit down, pick it up, and start reading. You aren't going anywhere for anything until you finish it.” ―Bookreporter.com on POWER DOWN
- ASIN : B00AW75V82
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; Reissue edition (July 9, 2013)
- Publication date : July 9, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 5521 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 433 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,787 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This one picks up pretty much where ‘The Last Refuge’ left off although this time the primary bad guys are the Chinese; in particular one really evil guy high in the Chinese government.
These books, this one included, are almost completely plot driven and what a drive it is. The Amazon description gives a pretty good summation as do a number of other reviews here so I won’t do the same due to the risk of unintentionally throwing in spoilers – something I despise in reviews.
This one, like the past three novels, is an absolute page turner from cover to cover. The body count is extremely high and very satisfactory. I am always tempted to compare the work of Coes to that of Brad Thor but it is different. Coes writes on a more visceral level although I enjoy these two authors and am quickly gaining an appreciation for this genre; a genre I ignored for years – my loss.
One thing I will note and indeed, find rather remarkable in this sort of work is the sheer tragedy or series of tragedies that make up Dewey’s life. Hade these things happened to me I seriously doubt if I could function. I know this is fiction but the author does it well and you can actually feel some of Dewey’s pain as the stories unfold. This is some skillful writing and story telling. It is further remarkable in that Coes is more in to plot than character development – amazing.
Note which really has nothing to do with the work: I note that a number of people have complained about technical flaws, grammar, syntax, punctuation and such. I note that most of these come from the Kindle version. The review here is from the hardback paper edition and while editing (in all modern books) is not what it was 30 years ago, I personally found few errors. Don’t know why there is a difference.
Anyway...this was a good read and I have already ordered the next in the series.
This particular adventure has Dewey pitted against the head of the Chinese intelligence services - one should be able to guess who wins in the end even before purchasing this book.
However, there are things that bug me when I read these books - things that the proof readers should have caught - for example the author uses (page 204) "bring" when he should have used "take" (NO THEY ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE!), another is when (page 277) where he uses the singular "was", when he should have used the plural "were".
Then there are the things that even a small amount of research, or basic knowledge should have caught - page 231 has Tacoma punch in a code into the digital lock - and then in the next paragraph, the author tells us that there is an iris scanner on the same door - which is it??. Another one page 265) is the author mixes up the DEFCON levels - thinking that DEFCON 5 is the highest, when it is actually the lowest level. Another is when Dewey crashes the Mercedes AMG E63 sedan (page 408) - and is upside down following the crash - no mention of the many, and I mean many, air-bags that would have filled the inside of the car. The author just has Dewey hanging there by his seat belt. (By the way the author is correct about the superb brakes on the E63's - even if you don't plunk down the extra $10K for the ceramic ones, the standard AMG brakes are superb!)
The author also has Dao, an undercover assassin, do a five second field strip of a rifle in front of the gun store clerk - no trained agent would ever call attention to themselves by doing the field strip that quickly, even if they could. That is illogical.
But, one does not read this type of novel and expect it to be free of all illogical and proofing errors.
Thus, even given those issues - still a fun book to read.
Dewey Andreas is a super-powered American superhero, similar to the Jason Bourne character. He’s in love and will soon marry a gorgeous woman. Aaaaand I knew where the storyline was headed, and soon the mah jong tiles began to fall—rather beautifully, I must admit.
In thrillers, I don’t expect a lot of atmosphere or milieu, but the plot and characters should have some semblance of reality. Example: In Chinese tradition, the surname is always first, followed by the given name. But the author never calls Fao Bhang or General Xu Qingchen by their surnames. It’s like calling General Dwight Eisenhower by his given name: Dwight.
As for General Xu, I doubt he’d eat a sandwich for lunch—maybe fried pancakes, steamed buns, dumplings or some kind of noodle dish.
As I said, I am open-minded whilst reading books in the thriller genre. However, there is a point in this plot line that I stopped reading to prevent my brain from leaking.
WARNING: SPOILER BELOW! SPOILER! SPOILER!
In order for Dewey to complete his mission, he passes as Chinese by using a silicon mask, hair dye, and shaving off his body hair. However, he needs serious medical attention in Beijing, so am I to believe that a Chinese doctor, paramedic or nurse would NOT know he’s a fraud?
After a break, I carried on reading, managed to suppress disbelief, and made it through the book. Overall, I enjoyed reading “Eye For An Eye.”
Top reviews from other countries
book quality bordering on fine
no dustjacket as advertised so price halved-no fuss
good author/good read