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The Island: A Thriller (A Dewey Andreas Novel, 9) Audio CD – Unabridged, August 17, 2021
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Ari Fliakos is an actor with experience in television, radio, film, theater, and voiceovers. His narration of Seth Patrick’s Reviver won an Audie for paranormal fiction. He has narrated Black Site and Tier One Wild by Dalton Fury, as well as Gangster Squad, The Inquisitor, and Shotgun Lovesongs. On screen, he is best-known for his roles in Law & Order, Pills, and Company K.
- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (August 17, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1250802407
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250802408
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.13 x 1.03 x 5.99 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,592,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.