Either the author has forgotten or not read the previous book Power Down, or I have a serious case of amnesia. This second book and reading suffers from a number of inconsistency issues:
First (and most annoying) this book references an intense sexual attraction between two of the lead characters, Dewey and Jessica, making several detailed references to their affair. Yet, in Power Down Dewey and Jessica had no such relationship, no photo was taken with the President, as Dewey skipped the hospital and town before anyone could give it to him.
Second, the reading of Jessica in Power Down is clearly with an Irish accent while in this reading she is given an American one.
Third, the writing style and character build here seems inconsistent (and not of the same quality) to Power Down. Did Ben Coes write this book? Here, Dewey is portrayed as cavalier, not taking the danger he faces seriously (note the comments Jessica makes when he returns her call for the first time)...yet this is precisely the motivation given to him in Power Down and the very reason that drove him to skip town and head to Australia - the furthest place he could find.
And fourth, the characterisation of the bad guys out to get him is comical and inconsistent with the respect offered them in Power Down. Here they are portrayed as argumentative idiots, hating each other almost more than Dewey - without any back story justification.
No, its just turned me off this series. Big disappointment as Power Down was a great read (with the exception being that it references local police as being armed with M60s instead of M16s)
Not Peter Hermann
I am struggling to finish listening to this book.
I have narrow genre interests and mostly gravitate to thrillers. Mostly espionage & crime thrillers. Flynn, Clancy, Connelly, Thor, Baldacci
I cringed everytime Coes used the word nozzle for a gun barrel. I don't think he ever used the word barrel. Does he have an aversion to the word? Also, apparently blood doesn't flow, it courses. Blood coursed from every orifice in this book. So irritating.
I know I am being a bit hypersensitive, but continual and exclusive use of nonstandard words is annoying.
That being said, I enjoyed the storyline. Not a great story, but a good one. This is my second Dewey Andreas book by Ben Coes. Might be my last.
I love books!
My second book by author Ben Coes, the second book in the series. The US along with the Rand Corp and others I'm sure, are always studying different world conflict scenarios, thinking though the scenarios coming up with issues, outcomes, all that the scenarios would entail. I'm guessing the author to some extent at least knows of these scenarios and this book is one of them. Along with the US, Indian, Pakistan, China, Lebanon, and Israel all play a part in this non-stop action packed thriller with super agent Dewey Andreas at the heart of the action. There seems to be no regard for loss of life in these types of books. And, sometimes the scenarios seem a bit far fetched but not completely. I would hope these scenarios would never play out but you never know. At least this author tells a good story of fiction that keeps you entertained.
This might just be the best book I have ever read. The action never stops. The plot is so intricate and so well conceived it is unbelievable. I can't believe this is only his second book. I can't get enough of Dewey Andreas. Kudos Ben Coes.
In all the world? Only one guy to do this job? Nobody younger, quicker, without a price tag on their head? I enjoyed "Power Down" because it moved in a logical manner. This one left me wondering what was the author thinking? He should have created a different person for this book. And what happened to Jessica's accent?
Great follow-up to the first book. Very believable plot with non-stop action. You won't put this one down until the end. Can't wait to read the next in the series. Look out Mitch Rapp, you have a contender!
found I had to rewind a couple times along the way to follow what was going on
the last few chapters when the story was coming to an end and started making sense
I think it was more the story then the performance.
wish I wouldn't of wasted the money. should have waited until i could have rented it from the local library.
In Coup d'Etat, Ben Coes has written another fast-paced, exciting adventure for Dewey Andreas, the protagonist first introduced in Power Down. Although it is not a necessity to listen to Power Down first, you will get a lot more out of Coup d'Etat if you start from the beginning. David de Vries gives a fantastic performance making the character's easy to identify and follow throughout the story. If you enjoy Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, David Hagberg, Mark Greaney, you will quicly get caught up in Coup d'Etat.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
This is my second book by Ben Coes, and I just ordered the next one in the Dewey Andreas series. If you listen to be entertained, this writer gets it. And you will enjoy the journey. He serves up a healthy dose of action flavored with a modest sprinkling of intrigue. The bad guys are well financed, tough as nails and committed to their missions. Dewey has to bring his A game and that suits him just fine. He's good at his trade, and the bad guys learn this the hard way. The situation that causes the initial conflict is plausible enough given the current political tensions in the middle east. This story would make a good movie.