Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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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|Audible.com Release Date||September 28, 2010|
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#4,847 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#71 in Political Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#160 in Terrorism Thrillers (Books)
#347 in Political Thrillers (Books)
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Now that I have discovered Dewey Andreas, I plan to read all of Coes' books, although as I found out, no need to read them in order - Coes has written them in a way that each stands alone. With Power Down, you get the full back story on Andreas but you can jump in any time and not feel lost. If you haven't yet discovered Coes/Andreas, now is the time to start.
The action would be non-stop but for some overly long descriptive passages and word for word dialogue of meetings of government people, from the president on down, which don't add a lot to the story. This is a strong four star book for those who enjoy an action thriller.
The author has improved his skills over the 8 book series - I gave book number 8 a five star rating, this one only got a four star rating, as I have seen how good he can be.
First off, one has to understand that is book is not a serious piece of literature - it is fun reading, so just accept that going in. Secondly one must accept that our hero, Dewey Andreas, is just barely short of Superman - he can get shot, stabbed, and generally beat up and within 24 hours can be running a marathon - get used to it - that is the way this series reads. If you cannot suspend your belief for the period of time you are reading these novels, then don't try.
The author (Ben Coes) does a superb job of crafting his plots. They are intricate and detailed.
This starts off the series with Dewey running a huge offshore oil rig that is supplying 9% of the oil used by the US - yes, I know - just suspend that belief again. The rig is attacked, as are other US infrastructure targets. The plot, centers around the capture (well at least the killing) of those terrorists.
There are a couple of things that do not make sense - one of the key components of this particular terrorist group, is the organization and long term planning - but, they have one of their key members, who knows the extent of the entire operation (Esco) on the rig, where he is vulnerable to interrogation. No, that does not make sense - each cell in a network is kept separate, and those in the cell should only know what they need to know for their particular job. But, it is the presence of Esco on the rig, and the possibility that he has told Dewey the long term plans that forms the basis for much of the action.
There is also a continuity issue in this first book - Dewey carries a Model 1911 Colt .45 Semiautomatic pistol, yet the author in several cases calls it a revolver. No, the 1911 is not a revolver. He also has Dewey at one point putting his gun in his belt, under his shirt, and then later - has him putting in into a shoulder holster - and this is during one outing, without our hero returning to his hotel room, where he might have had a shoulder holster.
One glaring error, to those familiar with firearms is when a CIA operative is described as carrying a "silenced Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum". You do not put a sound suppressor on a revolver (the gases will escape between the cylinder and the barrel, thus negating any impact of the suppressor. You might put a sound suppressor on a semi-automatic pistol, but S&W does not make any such pistols in .357 Magnum.
Another error I spotted was one of the terrorists uses a PO Box to receive his packages in the mail - and the FBI says the guy that rented the PO Box, pays in cash and there is "no contact info on the guy". That is just plain wrong - the US Postal Service requires identification and a physical address, before they will rent you a PO Box. Before an author sets up such an item as a key plot element, the author should check out what is actually required, in this case to rent a PO Box.
One glaring math error is when one of the terrorists, who works an eight hour shift where one of the bombs has been set, says that there is a one in three chance (probability of 33%)of the bomb being set off remotely while he is at work - Wrong! There are three 8 hour shifts per day - 7 days a week - that makes 21 shifts per week - of which he works 5 - thus the chances are 5 in 21 or a probability of 24%, not 33%.
It is these types of things that bothered me, even though the plot was great, to knock it down to a four star rating. However, if you are going to read the series - start with this one, just know that they get better, as the author's skills improve.
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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..