The Last Refuge: Dewey Andreas, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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With time running out to stop the nuclear destruction of Tel Aviv, Dewey Andreas must defeat his most fearsome opponent yet.
Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, New York, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of the Iranian secret service, who smuggle Meir back to Iran, where he is imprisoned, tortured, and prepared for a show trial. What they don’t know is that Meir was in New York to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation.
Meir had been tipped off that Iran had finally succeeded in building their first nuclear weapon, one they were planning to use to attack Israel. His source was a high-level Iranian government official and his proof was a photo of the bomb itself. Dewey Andreas, a former Army Ranger and Delta, owes his life to Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. Now, to repay his debt, Dewey has to attempt the impossible - to both rescue Meir from one of the world’s most secure prisons and to find and eliminate Iran’s nuclear bomb before it’s deployed - all without the help or sanction of Israel or America (at the near certain risk of detection by Iran).
Unfortunately, Dewey’s first moves have caught the attention of Abu Paria, the brutal and brilliant head of VEVAK, the Iranian secret service. Now Dewey has to face off against, outwit, and outfight an opponent with equal cunning, skill, and determination, with the fate of millions hanging in the balance.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 34 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||July 03, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #10,840 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#180 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
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The plot of this book was more straight forward, and thus to be honest, not as interesting, as the other books in the series - so far. It is for this reason, I knocked the rating down from the five star rating, I gave Coup d’état (the second book in the series). That and the number of errors found throughout the novel.
In this novel, our hero goes up against the government of Iran and their nuclear program. That is all I will say about the plot, but one must remember this was written (2012) before the real world Iranian Nuke deal (2015), so if the reader is reading this novel now, it is necessary to put one’s mind back to those days.
A few other comments in the order that they struck me.
Page 207 (paperback) has one of those interesting conflicts - in one place the author writes "at CIA" and another he writes "the CIA". The first is the manner in which those in the intelligence community refer to the agency, the second is the manner in which those "not in the business" refer to the agency. It is strange to see both uses in one book, much less on the same page.
Page 209 has an improper use of the word "bring", the author should have used the word "take". A common error in today's USA - but, it should have been picked up in proofing.
Page280, the Azadi Grand Hotel is not in downtown Tehran, as it states in the novel - it is in the norther suburbs of Tehran. Also, there is no bar, (page 282) as alcohol was banned in 1979. Also, there is no Jean-Luc, as the various restaurants that predated the 1979 revolution are all gone. Especially missed is Chetniks, near the old US Embassy - but, when one ate there, you had to remember that each booth was wired for sound by the SAVAK - we used to joke to each other to be sure to speak clearly and into the flowers on the table.
Probably the most jarring error in the novel (page 324) was when the author had Dewey don a "hijab" to pass as a local man! Men do not wear hijabs, women do.
On page 347 the author has one of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards carrying an Uzi sub-machinegun. The Uzi is an Israeli gun - and thus would never be carried by a member of the IRG.
I expected better of Ben Coes in terms of the research for this novel.
But, if you are reading the series - you have to read this one to keep up with the running plot line that moves from book to book.
Dewey more or less saves the world again...or at least Israel as he foils the insane plot of insane leaders in Iran who plan to sneak an atomic bomb into Tel Aviv via water. At the same time, this really vile group of leaders has captured the grandson of Golda Meir after grabbing him from U.S. soil and executing two U.S. citizens. This young man happens to have been the Israel Special Forces leader who saved Dewey’s life in the last novel. They torture this young soldier and plan a public execution.
The U.S., due to a rather misled and wimpy president, is unwilling to do anything to stop the atrocities. Not so Dewey who forms a special unit and goes in more or less on his own to rescue his friend and stop the mass destruction of not only Israel, but also of Iran itself due to the fact that Israel will retaliate in full measure and fact is while Iran has only one workable bomb; Israel has many.
The action is non stop and pretty violent. There are a number of sub stories going on at the same time, each almost as exciting as the primary.
While some of the action requires the reader to suspend their credibility a bit here and there, the overall premise of the story is quite believable. There are no super secret evil scientists plotting to destroy the world...only evil regular men.
I enjoyed this one and look forward to the next.