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Introducing a major new thriller writer - in the vein of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor - and an electrifying character, Dewey Andreas.
A major North American hydroelectric dam is blown up and the largest off-shore oil field in this hemisphere is destroyed in a brutal, coordinated terrorist attack. But there was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas.
Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun. While the intelligence and law enforcement agencies scramble to untangle these events and find the people responsible, the mysterious figure of Alexander Fortuna - an agent embedded into the highest levels of American society and business - sets into play the second stage of these long-planned attacks. The only fly in the ointment is Dewey Andreas - who is using all his long-dormant skills to fight his way off the platform, then out of Colombia and back to the U.S., following the trail of terrorists and operatives sent to stop him.
Power Down is a gripping, compelling debut thriller from a powerful new author, an amazing talent certain to join the ranks of the genre’s finest writers.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 22 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 28, 2010|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #6,231 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#85 in Political Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#215 in Terrorism Thrillers (Books)
#455 in Political Thrillers (Books)
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This book was a real page turner. I'm an avid bookworm and can burn through an average book in 2-3 hours. The mark of a great book, in my weird little world anyway, is based on whether I can put it down or not. This one was the latter - I started reading it Monday night after I'd finished a James Rollins book and was looking to start something else before bed (though it was already 2am). I read until 3 and then, to my great dismay, couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.
Real life got in the way on Tuesday so it wasn't until that evening that I was finally able to pick the book up to read further. Started around midnight and finished around 2am. That time flew by in a heartbeat. One minute it was 12:20 and the next it was 2:15 and I was done. The sounds of the world faded away (although maybe that's because all normal people were in bed?) and I was sucked into the world that Ben Coes created. I traveled with the different characters from the cold of the Labrador Sea to the life sucking humidity of Havana, Cuba. I looked down upon the action on the oil rig in the Capitana Territory. I felt the fervor of the terrorist and my heart pounded as I crept along with those out to stop him. Totally believable and for that reason, terrifying in the possibility of what could happen in this country of ours.
This book rates a solid 10. I could have wept bitter tears of the brokenhearted upon finishing this book and realizing that this was the author's first and I would have to wait until September (SEPTEMBER - do you know how far away that is?!) for the sequel. At this point I'd settle for a bedtime story by this guy. Anything to satiate my hunger for more from this master of suspense and action and everything that makes for a fabulous read. But even I, with my action book addiction, realize that bitter tears are maybe a bit of an overkill at this point...
For now, I shall content myself with Vince Flynn. According to many reviews here, he's just as great. Although I fail to see how *any* author can possibly outdo Ben Coes.
Did I mention that I really really REALLY loved this book? :)
The protagonist of POWER DOWN is Dewey Andreas, a former member of Delta Force who is now tackling the tough task of running an oil rig off the coast of Columbia. When terrorists attack his rig, Andreas is forced to fight back with a vengeance, and he is quickly drawn into the unfolding plot to cripple America's energy infrastructure.
The plot moves forward consistently, and at a great pace. Andreas is a likeable character - tough, smart, resourceful and courageous, he is both emotionally wounded and incredibly resilient. Andreas is reluctantly forced to play the hero here, but God help anyone who stands in his way of accomplishing his goals. In short, you do NOT want to find your name on his "to do list."
I also thought Coes did a good job in painting his antagonist, Alexander Fortuna, as a multi-faceted character and not just some cardboard jihadist cut-out. In particular, I think the story behind Fortuna's initial introduction to the terrorist plot serves to provide readers with a certain degree of empathy for his predicament.
I decided to pick up this book for three reasons:
1. I wanted to read a thriller by an up-and-coming author I had never heard of;
2. It came highly recommended by New York Times-bestselling author Stephen Coonts - a man who knows a lot about great thrillers, and a fellow West Virginian whose opinions I hold in high regard; and
3. The Kindle version was attractively priced at $2.99.
I'm very happy I took a chance on this book, and I began reading the sequel (COUP D'ETAT) immediately after finishing POWER DOWN. Thanks in part to his marketing strategy in lowering the price for the Kindle version of POWER DOWN, Ben Coes has added yet another reader to his loyal fan base, and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
Fast paced action, an unnerving plot that is only too likely in today’s global scenario. A series of terrorist attacks takes down two major energy sites - a major dam in Canada supplying hydro power to the Eastern seaboard and one of the largest offshore oil platforms - more attacks as the FBI, the CIA and Andreas Dewey race to find the mastermind and stop what could be some of the most devastating attacks on US soil.
If you love action, a must read.
Both are cut from the same cloth. If you are a reader of terrorist books, then this is a must read for you.
Thankful I have 7 more of Coes books to read.
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Well firstly I have to get a few statements out !!
After one book Ben Coes has gone to my list of favourite authors...
This is the largest book I have ever read in number of pages at 640 pages...
This is one of the best books ever read, and an epic story...
This book is full of fantastic full detailed characters, good and bad...
The start of the Dewey Andreas books, but many more great personalities that deserve great credit in this book...
Introducing a major new thriller writer--in the vein of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Lee Childs, Tom Wood, Mark Dawson --and an electrifying character, Dewey Andreas...
Full of military antics, espionage, and a believable storyline that keeps the reader turning pages well into the night....
Power Down was one of the most amazing books I have read in a long time. I absolutely LOVE how Ben Coes tells a story, builds the characters, teases you with great chapters and sub plots.
This book is full of page turning action, suspense and gripping story.
A major North American hydroelectric dam is blown up and the largest off-shore oil field in this hemisphere is destroyed in a brutal, coordinated terrorist attack. But there was one factor that the terrorists didn't take into account when they struck the Capitana platform off the coast of Colombia--slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform--and that was the Capitana crew chief Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun.
While the intelligence and law enforcement agencies scramble to untangle these events and find the people responsible, the mysterious figure of Alexander Fortuna--an agent embedded into the highest levels of American society and business--sets into play the second stage of these long-planned attacks. The only fly in the ointment is Dewey Andreas--who is using all his long-dormant skills to fight his way off the platform, then out of Colombia and back to the U.S., following the trail of terrorists and operatives sent to stop him.
Power Down is a gripping, compelling debut thriller from Ben Coes, a powerful new author, an amazing talent certain to join the ranks of the genre's finest writers!!
Loved this book, five stars, now waiting on my kindle, book number two in the series..
It was therefore a pleasant surprise to find that Power Down is a far more complex affair, a more than a one-man revenge mission. Whilst Dewey Andreas' adventures do form the core of the book there are plenty of other characters who get a significant amount of focus, and the story isn't just Andreas cracking bad-guy heads.
In fact the book feels more like a techno-thriller than a straight action piece. Amongst the shoot outs and fist fights there are some quieter scenes within the halls of the FBI and inside some large corporations that are smartly written and feel plausible. The plot as a whole is a nicely convoluted affair, with some decent twists and turns. The eventual outcome remains uncertain until relatively close to the end.
Coes also manages to inject some unexpected elements into the story and avoids some obvious cliches. Dewey himself, whilst not the most charismatic hero, is at least a nicely reluctant lead who is unwillingly dragged into events and tries for much of the book's length to extricate himself from the affair entirely. Coes also avoids shoehorning any sort of romantic subplot for Dewey into proceeding, for which I was grateful and came as a pleasant surprise.
Not everything he does includes works however, and this does have some clunky moments that a more experienced author might have avoided. The key bad guy is the major duff note in a cast who otherwise feel pretty believable. Neither he nor his back story ever really come off a remotely plausible, and the book suffers for this. A less OTT character (and fewer scenes of him effortlessly picking up Russian models at parties with charisma we are repeatedly told about but which never really leaps off the page) would have worked better.
The plotting also stumbles from time to time. Coes has to work hard to keep Dewey involved in the story, to the point where he has to throw plausibility out of the window entirely. Its one thing for the FBI to keep Andreas around as a witness; another entirely to believe that they would let him take part in the raid of a master terrorist's lair when the fate of the USA is at stake just because he fancies a bit of personal revenge. With everyone otherwise acting in a relatively believable fashion this sort of wild flight of fancy to keep the hero in the game stands out like a sore thumb.
However, overall Power Down isn't a bad debut. Its certainly good enough to deserve four stars and to make me add the next Dewey Andreas adventure, Coup d'Etat (Dewey Andreas) , to my wishlist. The jury is still out on whether Andreas has the potential as a leading man to carry a continuing series but I'm willing to give him another shot based on this first outing.