I really like international thrillers that have strong protagonists. Check and check on both counts for Ben Coes novel. There are lots of really interesting characters in this book. Unfortunately, Mr. Coes spends way to much time trying to develop characters in his book that are really rather dull and uninteresting at the expense of his strong characters. Dewey is an interesting character, Alex is not and yet the author spends endless hours trying to make Alex something other than a cardboard cut out villain. I thought of a comic book villain like Snidely Whiplash while the author told the Alex's story. Terribly one dimensional. The heroes, Dewey, Jessica, and even Marks get lost in the shuffle while the author tries try to build up the arch villain. The entire storyline was forced. I also found the plot to be very disjointed. I will skip the next installments. There are a lot better authors out there, Vince Flynn, Brett Battles, and Tom Clancy write much better stories than this. Their characters are also much better developed as well.
This book seems to have little credibility and it is as if the author watched a bunch of second rate action TV shows as 'research' before he wrote it. The action scenes are improbable and inaccurate while the characters are caricatures of movie caricatures. I managed to get past the first 10 minutes with revolution and suffered through another hour only to skip through chapter after chapter looking for good writing or dialogue or character development. I returned it without completing it. I rarely do this.
This book rates right up there with the best. The performance was outstanding. If you enjoy thrillers this is one you don't want to miss.
It was my most favorite!!
It started with action right off the bat and continued all the way through the book!
No favorite scenes, loved them all!
I am a Brad Thor and Vince Flynn fan but Ben has become my number one favorite Author. He can't write them fast enough. After listening to the first book I had to listen to them all!!!!!
Best of the genre that I've read.
Most of the better ones in this field still can't avoid a kind of comic book melodrama, but Coes largely sidesteps the cliches and keeps most of the action realistic.
Great narration as well. Peter Hermann does a fantastic job.
Retired. Mom with 4 grown boys. Addicted to audio books also a news junkie. Favorite genres are Sci-fi, prepping, space and apocalyptic.
I have to admit that I re-started three times. I could not get into it. I'm not one to quit a book and I am so glad. Give it a few chapters and it becomes a book you won't want to put down. It was very exciting. It was much better than I expected after reading some of the bad reviews. I thought the narrator was terrific and made a good book even better. His different accents were excellent. It was very clear as to which character was talking. I would definitely recommend this book. I'm anxious to find another of his books to listen to and hopefully with the same narrator.
As a huge fan of Mitch Rapp and Scot Harvath, I can say that Dewey Andreas has also gained a new fan! It's hard not to compare but this was an incredibly well written story! I can't wait to dive into the rest of the series.
Sort of - very promising start but quickly devolves into endless subplots, detailed histories of minor characters, and - my god - pages and pages and pages of boardroom meetings. I often forgot what was going on because Coes takes long and meaningless tangents.
He's competent but has a habit of exhaling loudly after each sentence.
Great story but the authors knowledge of firearms and tactics needs some work.
No problem at all with the narrator.
Yes. A little slow at the beginning but it was needed to set up the story. Hopefully the follow up books will be a little faster into the actual story.
Author needs to do some research on tactics and firearms. Author apparently doesn't know the difference between a "magazine" and a "clip". Also, doesn't know that law enforcement doesn't stand in front of a door or a car trunk when they are searching it for suspects. Ben could use some instruction from people like Brad Thor on how to research a topic to make it realistic. Vince Flynn was also very good at this.