Eye for an Eye: A Dewey Andreas Novel, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In Ben Coes' latest, Eye for an Eye, Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey - and inflicts a horrifying loss.
When Dewey uncovers the identity of a mole embedded at a high level in Israel’s Mossad, it triggers a larger, more dangerous plot. The mole was the most important asset of Chinese Intelligence, and Fao Bhang, head of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), responds to the discovery and brutal elimination of the mole, by immediately placing a kill order on the man responsible - Dewey Andreas.
Once he learns who is probably behind the attack - and why they are after him - Dewey goes rogue, using all of his assets and skills to launch a counterattack. Andreas must now face the full weight and might of the MSS, Chinese Intelligence, and the formidable Fao Bhang, if he’s to achieve his one last goal: revenge on a biblical scale, no matter the odds or the armies that he will have to fight his way through.
Andreas - former Army Ranger and Delta - is a man of great skills and cunning. His opponent, Fao Bhang, is ruthless, determined, and with no limit to the assets at his disposal. In this conflict, there are only two possible outcomes. And only one Dewey Andreas.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 18 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||July 09, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,101 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#146 in Political Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#541 in Terrorism Thrillers (Books)
#963 in Political Thrillers (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2020
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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.
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.”
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.