Not at all.
I like this genre, and the series... But really! Totally predictable plot! So Sophomoric!
Excellent book and another reason (besides Brad Thor) that I am frequently seen with earbuds firmly implanted. When Ben Coes and Brad Thor come out with books on the same day...???? Well, that's just not spreading the wealth out over time !!
In this fourth installment of the Dewey Andreas series, Mr. Coes wraps intrigue, Chinese politics, romance and Dewey's take-no-prisoners approach into one excellent package. I'm doing my usual "no spoiler" review, but Dewey goes on some serious rampages in this novel: well justified and no holds barred. My only critique is with the narrator that read me the novel -- I'm almost ready to put Coes on the list of books (James Rollins too) that must be physically read because the narration was really bad. When Dewey is speaking to himself to keep his morale high, the narrator groaned and grunted like.... Well, it wasn't a good narration. It was bad enough that I took away a star from the novel as a whole -- which I LOVED.
The story never stops moving. As events unfold, they do so with logical purpose and credibility. Some thrillers leave me saying "that's not even remotely possible," but Coes's writing is step-by-step, country-by-country, event-to-event. And all at a non-stop pace that leads to me being very anti-social for the 14 hours or so when I was listening. Great novel. Read the first three books first !!
BLUF (Bottom Line Ip Front) It's way to early in this spy series for the author to revert to such a cliche spy storyline.
Story: The title pretty much says it and without giving it away, you can probably guess what's going to happen in the first few chapters. I know I did, yet I was hoping against hope that the auther wouldn't go with such a cliche route for his storyline. Especially since I was very excited with Ben Coes forst book "Power Down." I thought it was well written and a very unique storyline that I hadn't seen approached before. Since then his books have gotten more and more predictable and have quickly fallen into the "vanilla" spy genre. I'm not sure if he's trying to make publisher dealines or what, but effectively I could have written the storyline to this novel and I'm not creative in any way. Mr. Coes spend a lot of words describing weapons by name, yet he employs them in a capacity they aren't rated for (A dragonov sniper rifle, effective at 1600m, come on!). To me these are all sins of hurried work, and coupled with a lackluster plot, he's now on my list of authors to read when I've got nothing else.
Narrator: At least the publisher kept the same narrator and Mr. Hermann delivers again. Great job.
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Hands down, Dewy. Coes does a great job of character development. so you really get to know Dewy. He is just a no nonsense dude. But he is also methodical and cunning. Just a really fun character to get know.
Listen to them in order. They get better as the series goes on.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Dewey is "serious business". He does not play around. You cross a line and he does not care about sleep, food or life. He will make you pay. He will not be denied vengeance for the horrible terrorist act he finds unbearable. I totally enjoyed this listen. Lot's of detail: history, weapons, tactics, logistics, etc. This was a winner! Enjoy!
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Dewey Andreas has rapidly become one of my favorites! Each of his books have been fast paced, over the top, kill or be killed roller coaster rides. This time he takes on the head of China's Ministry of State Security in a war that will end badly for a number of people. Straightforward action from start to finish provide another entertaining offering from Ben Coes, and the narration from Peter Hermann helps bring Dewey to life.
Fun ride, but … yes some of the story line is predictable, some of the details are inaccurate. The inaccuracies of ‘common’ knowledge diminish my ‘trust’ in the authors accuracy regarding subjects I don’t know (like I don’t know guns or knives so must trust the author to do his research). Since Mr. Coes fails to do complete research (for example, any New Englander knows you don’t make maple syrup around Thanksgiving – hello, that is a spring time activity when the sap starts running.) And any horse person knows that you can’t tell a mare from a stallion by size nor would most horse owners keep and ride a stallion and a mare as a husband and wife riding horses. And how chauvinistic that the husband's horse is a stallion and the wife's horse a mare - come-on this isn't 1940. Really makes me wonder what else is totally wrong which is a distraction from an otherwise decent story.
I really enjoy the books I read and hear!
Has me on the edge of my seat and can't wait for the action! Waited a long time for this book and so far no surprise.