Introducing a major new thriller writer - in the vein of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor - and an electrifying character, Dewey Andreas.
A major North American hydroelectric dam is blown up and the largest off-shore oil field in this hemisphere is destroyed in a brutal, coordinated terrorist attack. But there was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas.
Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun. While the intelligence and law enforcement agencies scramble to untangle these events and find the people responsible, the mysterious figure of Alexander Fortuna - an agent embedded into the highest levels of American society and business - sets into play the second stage of these long-planned attacks. The only fly in the ointment is Dewey Andreas - who is using all his long-dormant skills to fight his way off the platform, then out of Colombia and back to the U.S., following the trail of terrorists and operatives sent to stop him.
Power Down is a gripping, compelling debut thriller from a powerful new author, an amazing talent certain to join the ranks of the genre’s finest writers.
BONUS AUDIO: includes a conversation with the author and Mitt Romney.
©2010 Ben Coes (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
"Coes pumps new heat, blood, and flat-out action into a well-worn premise--terrorists are out to break America by attacking its energy resources--in his frighteningly plausible thriller debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"With a gripping story, compelling characters, a relentless pace and nerve-wracking suspense, Power Down is one of the must-read thrillers of the year." (Vince Flynn, New York Times best-selling author of Pursuit of Honor)
Unsettling - Racing - Gripping
The overall tension of the sitution
It scared me to think that there is probably a thread of truth running through the story that is happening right now in our free American society
This was a total departure from what I would normally reay but I loved it.
The writer had me hooked from the beginning. The amount of detail provided from all the characters was excellent, it was not just about Dewey. The context actually helps one understand the world better.
Very well written suspense field story Coesdoes a fantastic job of building up to a climactic point and growing it out just the right amount. Characters are very believable. Should make folks think twice about not being in favor of big data collection by our government.
Maybe. The narrator wasn't anything special, though he did an excellent job overall. The story of the book wasn't all too original, but I did enjoy it. The plot was more intricate than most, which kept it interesting and well developed, but most of the book wasn't about the main character, Dewey Andreas. It was easy enough to follow all of the characters, which speaks to a book well-written and narrated, but I find I prefer stories which follow the main characters more closely.
The narrator did a commendable job of keeping the voices distinct for each character, but there wasn't anything particularly special about them.
Not a movie, the storyline is too complex. It would be better if it was made as a TV series in line with what "24" was.
While I enjoyed the book and narration, I'm not sure if there's anything here compelling enough to get the next book in the series.
I really like international thrillers that have strong protagonists. Check and check on both counts for Ben Coes novel. There are lots of really interesting characters in this book. Unfortunately, Mr. Coes spends way to much time trying to develop characters in his book that are really rather dull and uninteresting at the expense of his strong characters. Dewey is an interesting character, Alex is not and yet the author spends endless hours trying to make Alex something other than a cardboard cut out villain. I thought of a comic book villain like Snidely Whiplash while the author told the Alex's story. Terribly one dimensional. The heroes, Dewey, Jessica, and even Marks get lost in the shuffle while the author tries try to build up the arch villain. The entire storyline was forced. I also found the plot to be very disjointed. I will skip the next installments. There are a lot better authors out there, Vince Flynn, Brett Battles, and Tom Clancy write much better stories than this. Their characters are also much better developed as well.
This book seems to have little credibility and it is as if the author watched a bunch of second rate action TV shows as 'research' before he wrote it. The action scenes are improbable and inaccurate while the characters are caricatures of movie caricatures. I managed to get past the first 10 minutes with revolution and suffered through another hour only to skip through chapter after chapter looking for good writing or dialogue or character development. I returned it without completing it. I rarely do this.
This book rates right up there with the best. The performance was outstanding. If you enjoy thrillers this is one you don't want to miss.
It was my most favorite!!
It started with action right off the bat and continued all the way through the book!
No favorite scenes, loved them all!
I am a Brad Thor and Vince Flynn fan but Ben has become my number one favorite Author. He can't write them fast enough. After listening to the first book I had to listen to them all!!!!!
Best of the genre that I've read.
Most of the better ones in this field still can't avoid a kind of comic book melodrama, but Coes largely sidesteps the cliches and keeps most of the action realistic.
Great narration as well. Peter Hermann does a fantastic job.
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