This actually is a bit of a continuation from his first book "Power Down Dewy" But I had listened to it first. It works either way without having to figure much out, but if you have both you'd be better off listening to the first book first.
I wont go into a lot of detail, but I think Ben Coes really hit on something with just how easy something that starts out minor can escalate into countries going into a war that might bring the entire world into it. That's a pretty scary idea, and with some of the actual players in the same place as the book.....It's damn scary to think something like that could be possible. I know that's totally vague, but I really don't want to say much more without giving too much away.
Let me say this...I'm a trucker and this was a good listen that helped me chew up several hundred miles. Some compared this series to the Mitch Rapp series....I can see that, but where that series pretty much takes you on a roller coaster of action from early on this series goes deep into several aspects of what is going on....So you get the action, but you also get a bit of journalistic view of what's happening behind the scenes....
This has been one of the best books I've listened to in a good while.I love Vince Flynn but have listened/read all of his and so I am constantly looking for other similar authors. This is Coes second book and I am excited for his third book and any future books he will write! Sometimes the political side of things can be boring in books but Coes makes even those parts very exciting in here. The narrator does a good job of keeping you captivated and using different voices for people with the same accents.
I was a bit disappointed in this book. The author set a super high standard in his first book "Power Down", which I thought to be one of the best books of this genre ever written. There is an interview between Governor Mitt Romney and Ben Coes at the end of the book, and Mr. Romney stated something that I have also noticed in many spy/military action thrillers, which is that many authors don't bother to do their homework and they make allot of "little mistakes" (Romney) and he goes on to praise Mr. Coes for being diligent in getting the minor facts straight which allows the listener to "suspend disbelief" when asked to accept something major in the story that might be borderline believable. Power Down was an outstanding example of that kind of discipline. I said to myself at the time that the real test will be if the author can continue to meet the standards he has set when his publisher is after him to produce....and do it now!....Well, unfortunately, I feel that Mr. Coes failed somewhat in that respect.
One of the "little things" that was so blatant in this book that just bugged me throughout the entire book was the authors reference to the muzzle or barrel of a gun as being a "Nozzle"! The definition of nozzle is a device designed to control the flow of FLUID! What are they killing each other with? Water guns? Maybe that's being picky, but it only took me about three seconds to Google that little common sense fact, surely the author or the publisher should have caught that if they weren't is such a big hurry to get to print. There were several other "big mistakes" that in my opinion made the story just a little too unbelievable....especially expecting the listener to believe that the United States of America would actually do what is done in the ending without major international repercussions.
That being said I still gave the book an overall four stars, and a large part of that was because of the outstanding job of the audio performer, David de Vries. Although I can't say that I would place the tone of the readers voice as being in my top 5 favorites (George Guidall comes to mind) I have to say he was especially good with Indian accents and did a decent job with Australian and Israeli accents as well. In the end I would have to say that overall I enjoyed the book, and I will probably get the third book in the series, which hopefully will be written with a little more of the intellectual discipline of the first.
Hard to judge. Don't really read print copy any longer. Prefer the recorded versions because they allow me to consume more books than ever before.
Dewey killing Hassan Fortuna
Dewey, of course.
close to the top.
Even the rather slow sections have some quick action to them. keeps you interested in the story line
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
Oh yes! I do suggest you listen to Book 1 first.
Very much so!
I like the way he does the male voices. Everyone sounds different and great with the foreign accent.
Where every place needs onetime or another.
This was a great listen and Ben Coes is a great author. I look forward to checking out his third book.
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Rarely do I give 5 stars but this book was a non stop listening.
Yes, the more I listened, that better it got
Am a de Vries fan now.
Very good. It was not up to Flynn or Thor standards but I enjoyed the story.
When Dewey kills the terrorist on the plane.
Excellent ability to alter his voice for characters.
No. It was good but took some time getting into it.
The time frames for the Coup were unrealistic and could not be carried out in real life.
The particular attention to minor details adds to clarify the story and enhance the mental picture
narrator did a good job, but compared to the narrator of the first book who made Dewey sound like a snarling pit bull, which by the way matched his character perfectly, this narrator made Dewey sound like a kid...not quite as menacing as I think the author intended.