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.
I enjoyed Power Down by the same author so decided to get this one as well. No regrets. The same semi super-hero main character (Dewey Andreas) from Power Down is in Coup D'Etat and once again he takes us on a wild ride that kept me listening at all hours. The plotline is excellent, characters are perfect for the plot and the pace is nice and fast, just how I most enjoy listening. Definitely recommend for thriller lovers. Plenty of action!
I really enjoyed the first book "Power Down" - and Dewey Andreas did not let us down. Dewey is not our typical protagonist he has these moments where you see his soft side but then he flips that switch and he becomes scary bad. Only thing I think drew away from this was the reader - you could hear him breath in right before he spoke after a while I did not notice it but it was distracting at first.
Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!
Great follow up to the first book, READ THE FIRST BOOK FIRST. One NOTE TO THE AUTHOR, guns do NOT have NOZZLES!! I suspect this is an editorial mess up, they have barrels, and muzzles but NOT nozzles. The editor uses this word exclusivley throught both Andreas books and its drivin me NUTSO! Of course our hero kills all the bad guys and sits and stews about the injustice of the world and woe is me crap. Please, stop with the tortured warrior stuff, nobobdy buys it and if they hated it so much, THEY'D QUIT!
Definitly in the Top 10% which is saying something, since all I read or listen to are political thrillers.
Ben Coes is clearly a man that does in depth research before writing his books. This is the second book in the Dewey Andreas series. Andreas is the hero that was introduced in Coes first book of the series Power Down, where Andreas is a supervisor on an Oil Rig off South America when terrorists attack and destroy the platform, throwing the hero into action to protect his country (the United States) and seek revenge. In Coup d?????tat, Andreas is "Called to Action" by the President of the United States, who following the events of the previous book, now sees Andreas as a National Asset and the only man that can carry out the mission. Andreas, leading a quiet life on a ranch in Australia, is tasked with overthrowing the corrupt leader of Pakistan before he drops another nuclear warhead on India.
Like most people, I am not clear on all of the inter-relations and workings of the various Middle East groups and governments. What Ben Coes describes and paints in this book, certainly "feels" right and because of that, the reader is almost immediately sucked in to the idea that a corrupt leader brought to power in a nuclear State like Pakistan really could drop a bomb on a nuclear India and throw the world into irrevocable war.
If there is a criticism, I would have to say it is in the unnecessary detail that at some points causes the story to labor (just a bit) and distracts from the action. For example, it seems our hero, Dewey Andreas, cannot get into a shootout with anyone without a full catalog description of the weapons everyone is using including Manufacturer, Model, sub-models, iterations of the weapon not involved in the battle but available if one were to have wanted it, the ammo, rate of fire, etc. etc. etc. Now I like detail, but at some point, I found myself just wanting a nice simple good guy bad guy shootout.
That said, all of the details, be they true or fiction I don't know, seem to be plausible if not true. The cause and effect of the various action choices seem to be realistic, and the flow of the story is so seemingly possible that one wonders if the story plot is actually drawn from real plans once uncovered by intelligence people somewhere.
Good, fun, thought provoking story.
I can see why Vince Flynn and others say Cole is a new author to watch. This is one of the best action/espionage books I've read in a long time. It is non stop action and yet not like a video game. It is believable,scary and very exciting all at the same time. I'm really looking forward to reading anything else that Cole writes in the series!! If you like Ludlum, Flynn and other books like them, you will absolutely love this one! Don't miss it!!!!
I liked the book, just not as much as Coes first effort, Power Down. I like the main character (think Mitch Rapp or Jack Reacher if you listen to this genre); but felt he was a bit less gritty in this book vs the first in the series. Secondly, the first book did a nice job of providing insight to an industry I knew little about (the energy industry) and I like when books are well researched and informative. This book didn't attempt to weave any historically accurate or real modern day politics into the story; which in itself is fine but it is something I appreciate. All in all enjoyable but if there is a third book in the series I hope it is closer to Power Down than Coup D'Etat.
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.
Power Down, Coes' first book--riveting, exciting, almost non-stop action.
Dewey Andreas is a character in the mold of Jack Reacher from Lee Childs, Mitch Rapp from Vince Flynn, and John Wells from Alex Berenson--morally superior guys fighting for justice and always in the thick of a problem, but with special skills: CIA assasins, ex-Seals, and Military Police investigators. They can be hard to keep apart, as fans of this genre know, but they can be counted on to beat any number of bad guys eventually, save the girl/country/world, and even make mistakes once in awhile to keep them (almost) human. Dewey is the best of the bunch, in my view, and both of the Dewey Andreas books are superbly exciting with just enough believable current events to make them very hard to put down.
I love espionage and detective thrillers but will listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
First Strike is not listed yet in "Coming Soon" at Audible, but I'm certain the audiobook will be released on June 28, 2016.
2010 was a banner year for espionage thrillers as Ben Coes and Mark Greaney released their first novels. Both authors are now in the top tier of espionage thriller authors with their Dewey Andras and Gray Man novels respectively. I have previously reviewed 3 of the Dewey Andras series including Book 1, Power Down. This review is for Book 2, Coup d'Etat.
I love all of the novels in this series, but this one is my favorite. Dewey Andras is trying to avert all out nuclear war between Pakistan and India as a conventional war wages. The suspense is intense and Andras' life is constantly on the line. Novels simply do not get better than this!
David de Vries narrates well, but I was happy to see Peter Hermann return for the rest on the novels in this soon to be 6 novel series.
Highly recommended without any reservation!
No but I still enjoyed it!
Excitement, intrigue, action.
It was adequate. But it felt more like listening to a documentary and not a performance.
Yes but I don't want to spoil anything.
It would be hard to follow the excellent "Power Down." This one is still good, just not as good as the last.
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