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The Island: A Thriller (A Dewey Andreas Novel Book 9) Kindle Edition
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CIA operative Dewey Andreas is America's last line of defense when terrorists take over Manhattan, targeting the U.N. and the President himself in The Island, the latest in this New York Times bestselling series by Ben Coes.
America is about to face the deadliest terrorist attack on it's soil since 9/11. Iran has been planning a revenge attack for years, with three goals in mind. Bring America to its knees. Assassinate the popular U.S. President J. P. Dellenbaugh. And neutralize their most successful agent, Dewey Andreas.
The first pre-emptive attack against Dewey Andreas fails but it worries the head of the CIA enough that he sends Dewey out of town and off the grid. But as intelligence analysts work as fast as they can to unravel the chatter on terrorist networks, Muhammed el-Shakib, head of Iran's military and intelligence agency, launches a bold strike. When the President arrives in New York to address the U.N., embedded terrorist assets blow up the bridges and tunnels that connect Manhattan to the mainland. Taking control of the island with it's hidden forces, they race to the U.N. in search of Dellenbaugh and to launch an even deadlier attack that will wreak unimaginable destruction on the country itself.
While a shocked country struggles to mount a counter-attack, a hopeless, outmanned and outgunned Dewey Andreas sneaks onto the island of Manhattan to fight a seemingly impossible battle.
"All thrillers should be as good as this one, which is why I highly recommend it. Coes will know what I mean when I suggest you keep an eye out for it." --Bookreporter
"Opens with a resounding bang -- literally -- and never lets up from there...no question that this is his finest work to date." --The Real Book Spy
About the Author
- ASIN : B08FYX4NJP
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin (August 17, 2021)
- Publication date : August 17, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2886 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 422 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 125014082X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,367 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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An ambitious Iranian plot bigger than 9/11 is about to start against New York City. It will include an attack on President J.P. Dellenbaugh. The CIA gloms that something is up but Dellenbaugh won’t stand down from a scheduled UN speech.
The plot also includes the assassination of Dewey Andreas - as a diversion and also as revenge for his own attacks against Iran, including the assassination of one of their top terror promoters.
You don’t need a crystal ball to predict how things unfold. Particularly not when romance bells gently ring between the surly Andreas and the entrancing, aristocratic and otherwise unreachable Jenna Hartford, on loan to the CIA from MI-6. Jenna needs a date for her father’s 70th birthday party - which, of course, is on a yacht in New York Harbor - to keep her grandchildren-seeking mother quiet.
Andreas will be in New York when the terrorist plot launches? You pity the fools. Dewey, in his hilarious counterpoint with a girl whose father is a Sir and owns a yacht big enough to have its own skeet-shooting range, notes it’s the first time he’s been on a yacht when he was invited, rather than wearing a wetsuit and carrying a machine gun.
Jenna and Dewey share something more somber: she lost her husband and Dewey his fiance to terrorist attacks intended for them. Both have since avoided romantic involvement.
Of course, when Andreas walks by her office and stops in - clothes torn and him dripping blood on her carpet, having just aced out three Iranian hitmen, needing 17 stitches but insisting it's nothing - you know she’ll be a goner. How could she resist?
Dellenbaugh is one of my favorite techno thriller presidents. A former NHL star who in the Oval Office has a bust of Gordie Howe along with ones of Lincoln and Washington, he distinguished himself by how much time he spent in the penalty box for fighting. Andreas deserves no less a commander-in-chief. I want John Goodman to play him in the movie. Dellenbaugh will, of course, need to be rescued by Andreas, but Coes lets him drop the gloves to get in a few shots of his own.
I probably don’t give credit enough to Coes for convincing detail, both in operator weaponry and procedure and also, here, in complex computer wizardry. It occasionally borders on the incomprehensible - as an NSA analyst or CIA white-hat hacker Igor manipulate “metadata” - but that’s its nature. There’s a stunning presentation of the Federal Reserve’s underlying computer system using futuristic technology and I’m curious how much of this is true.
There were some plot jumps, characters who were in one spot, then a page later, a completely different place. Weapons changed models after being already described. And there was a key plot point that was ignored in the final stretch (bars lowering and closing off the ground level of a certain building at the end randomly disappeared). Also, there is not a "manual fire" mode on weapons. There is Safe, Semi-auto, and full-auto.
It was a fun read but waaay too distracting catching all the errors.
The story is wild and wooly. The Iranians are out for revenge, world domination, mayhem and general chaos. They begin with an attempt on Dewey’s life in his favorite Georgetown restaurant and then proceed to an attempt to kill the POTUS and destroy the Federal Reserve mechanisms for international capital flow. Since the POTUS is going to deliver a blistering speech at the UN, the Iranians decide to turn Manhattan into a bona fide island by sealing all of its tunnels and blocking all of its bridges. They will then sow the seeds of destruction by not only encircling the UN with firepower, controlling the air via Russian surface-to-air missiles, but creating chaos by having roving bands of terrorists combing the streets of NYC, shooting civilians.
One caveat: if you are squeamish concerning the flow of blood and the splatter which often accompanies it, best to move on to some cozy in which the cat solves crimes in an English village in the Cotswolds.
The action is nonstop; Rob Tacoma figures in the story in an important way; the ensemble D.C. cast is intact and the book is simply unputdownable. I had planned on a nice weekend read, say 125 pages or so each day. That plan failed after page 1. Bottom line: goodbye, Saturday (but what a Saturday).
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All the usual stuff with a Dewey novel, plenty of action, a lot of subterfuge and the usual small surprises
I hate reviews that give too much away, so I try not to, which can lead to vagueness. However the reason I struggled with this story more than the previous Coes novels, is that the whole premise of 500 terrorists in Manhattan, going undetected for years is just to much of a stretch. Other bits are out there, but it's fiction, so go with it
Thoroughly enjoyed the book, Dewey is the man to follow and if you haven't read any of his previous books, please do asap, well worth the effort.
We are all looking forward to his next adventure.
Thank you Ben.