Deep within the Pentagon, a covert multibillion arms-for-influence program was created. The objective was to protect the United States and its allies from terrorist acts by secretly enabling a handpicked man to emerge as the most powerful leader in the Middle East. But the charismatic Tristan Nazir double-crosses America, twisting the program for his own violent ends to create ISIS. Now America is at great risk.
Elite operative Dewey Andreas is sent to Syria to retrieve details about the source of ISIS' funding, but his cover is blown midoperation, and chaos erupts in the streets of Damascus. Trapped and outnumbered, Dewey manages to send proof of the awful truth - unknown at even the highest levels in the government - that ISIS' munitions were indeed provided by America itself.
This information arrives in time to for the US to cut off a final arms shipment before it reaches ISIS. But the vicious Nazir is far from finished. He launches a bold strike into the heart of America, sending a terrorist cell to take over a dorm at Columbia University, capturing hundreds of college students as hostages. For every hour that the shipment of weapons is withheld, the terrorists will publicly execute one student. The potential loss of life is intolerable. A frontal assault is impossible. Releasing the shipment is unthinkable. There is nowhere to turn.
In a situation with no solutions, there remains only one option: Dewey Andreas.
©2016 Ben Coes (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
I have listened to all of the Dewey Andreas series and this was the best one ever. I could not quit listening. It was full of twists and turns, different stories happening all over the world, but all tied together. It was his best thriller ever. I will recommend this to all my friends as a great summer read. Can't wait for the next one!
I'm only about 1/2 way done with this book and had to write a review in defense of some ratings that were left early on. I don't know how anyone could have left poor ratings early this morning only hours after the release of this book with no explanation why. I was really expecting a DUD!
I must say this (in my opinion) and again I'm not done, is probably the best in the Dewey Andreas series. Since I started listening this book has captured my attention and won't let go. I have refused to answer my phone because I don't want to stop listening. IT'S THAT GOOD!
I'm not going to recap the story since you can read the summary yourself and to state anymore that that would spoil this fantastic book for someone else. The action is nonstop and believable. I think it is obvious from the writing that the author has experience in combat situations and his writing demonstrates this. I am so impressed with this book I just can't say enough about it.
Peter Hermann did a Fantastic job narrating this as well as the other books in this series.
In my opinion this is probably the BEST action packed book so far this year!
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I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Congratulations, Shelley, you got the first review of this wonderful book! First Strike is Ben Coes' sixth novel in the Dewey Andras series. Every one has been terrific, but this one is special in the amount of sheer suspense it delivers. First Strike is a must read page turner that should not be missed. Peter Hermann does a wonderful job of narration. I RECOMMEND this book without reservation.
International Travel. Where are we going next?
Narrator one of the best in the industry. Love the interactions between characters during tense times
The type of book makes my long walks very enjoyable. I think people do think that I am nuts when suddenly they hear me laughing or pumping a fist up in the air. GO Dewey:-)
Dewey Andreas belongs right there with the likes of Mitch Rapp, John Wells, Gabriel Allon Scot Harvath, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers. ALL GREAT!
Tell us about yourself!
Twists and Turns.
Being Stuck Alive in that tunnel, WOW, great story!
As always, great narrator
Dewey, a human being ???? A real person with feelings??
No complaints here. Met my expectations. I am excited to read the next one. I would love a spin-off series with Cole Meir as the protagonist.
Very good story line. Very thought provoking to anyone who thinks that this can never happen here. I was a little disappointed at how the story came to the final conclusion very quickly. I expected more interaction between Duey and the extremists. can not wait for the next installment.
Dewey comes through again. This book was fourteen hours but I barely noticed the passing of time. The action started around chapter three and never let up.
I would recommend this book but I suggest that anyone who can should read the book for themselves. The narrator really ruined the enjoyment of the book. He had a problem with too much saliva. He swallowed constantly from about a third into the book until the end. It was annoying and sometimes nauseating. The acoustics were not good either. It seemed as though they decided to read the book in someones kitchen rather than a sound room. It ruined what was really a very good book.
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