When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the United States is forced to intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately - or risk the likelihood of a new global war.
A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack. India is on the verge of launching their own nuclear response, one that will have unimaginably disastrous results for both the United States and the world at large.
With only one chance to head this off, the president of the United States sends in his best people to do whatever it takes to restore the fragile peace to the region. With the clock ticking and Pakistan in the hands of a religious radical willing to do anything to destroy India, there remains only one viable option: to execute a coup d’état in Pakistan.
There is only one man with the skills and experience to infiltrate the live war theater and remove the Pakistani president from power. Only one man the White House can trust. His name: Dewey Andreas. Now they have to find him before time runs out.
From the author of the critically acclaimed thriller Power Down comes the latest ripped-from-the-headlines novel featuring his indelible and indomitable protagonist, the unforgettable Dewey Andreas.
Also listen to Power Down.
©2011 Ben Coes (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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 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.
World Champion Parallel Parker
I don't usually read action books - detective, mystery, action, romance, all have formulas and are completely predictable. But then, I think that's why we enjoy them - temporary retreat from reality. I enjoyed it even more when "The Brink" came on, redoing the plot as a satire.
Power Down was a much better story.
More research would have made Coup d'Etat better.
Names were wildly inaccurate. This is India / Pakistan NOT Dubai or Iran.
I lived in India during the the 1971 war and remember the air raid sirens waking us up in the middle of the night warning us about Pakistani planes. The story brought back memories and has the potential to be excellent with some changes.
A character like Dewey would certainly stand out in this area of the world and easily taken out by a sniper in the middle of a war between two countries where almost everyone is 5'6". ;)
No comparison to Mitch Rapp who could blend in and could live among the locals while hunting bad guys.
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