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)
The sequences of the book are organized and succinctly told, giving the story a great flow. The characters are well developed, without going to the extreme just for words-sake, and am happy to say (possible spoiler alert!) I'm excited and hopeful for Dewey to come back!
This story has so many realistic nuances in today's political realm and is so entertaining. If you even remotely like this genre, this book won't disappoint.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to start but once it got going, it really moved along. A little over the top, but that is to be expected with a one man wrecking crew. Like a roller coaster, once up to speed, the action is non-stop until the end.
Peter Hermann did a good job with the narration. A couple accents here and there but overall a good job.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
First, the narrator. Peter Hermann was perfect. His low key, quiet way of presenting makes the suspense more sinister. Next, the hero. Dewey Andreas is Jack Reacher on steroids. I cannot wait to listen to the next book. (In fact I am already listening to it.)Third, the story. Not only exciting from beginning to end but very informative about the energy situation in this country.Great new author and hero!
Complex main character captured perfectly by Peter Hermann.
I was disappointed that the second book in this series changed narrator. I'm sure it's a great book, but Peter Hermann nails Dewey Andreas. I am enjoying Last Refuge, the third in this series, even more than the first. Hoping for a fourth!
At first, I didn't think I was going to like this narrator, but I did end up getting into his style by the end.
Very good listen. I'm a big fan of Mitch Rapp and now of Dewey Andreas too. I have now read all of the Dewey Andreas series and they are all excellent. The two series are the same genre, but different enough to be interesting. I hope there are more to come in this series.
I work in industrial sales and Mr. Coes' initial chapters about the incidents on the oil platform just didn't fly with me. What company would entrust a billion dollar oil platform to messed up vet who had to rule the facility with brute force? That just doesn't happen in real life; yes, there are tough guys in the oil field business, but executives and owners don't allow lower and middle management that kind of freedom. Also, the hydro plant didn't seem real. I have been in many hydro facilities and to think the owner would be on-site and assisting in operations is simply unbelievable. That doesn't happen in the real world. I just couldn't get into the novel after that. I have put in the effort, keeping it and repeatedly listening, but just not getting into the story. I just couldn't lose myself in the story.
Plot development was agonizingly slow.
Mr. Hermann is so laid back that I think twice, but I believe I would try again.
Speed it up for heaven's sake.
Premise: good. Plot development: too slow for my taste. Sorry, but I just couldn't get into it.
This book needs an editor. Reading entire chapters that develop the back story of a character that gets killed and then has no impact on the plot is tiresome. Lots of interesting bits here, but equally there are side stories that an editor should help the author see are unnecessary. Coes has lots of potential if he can learn to focus on the plot.
I smile at books more than I smile at people. Unknown
I decided to do a freeform style review because I thought it would be best to cover the Dewey Andeas series in one fell swoop.
There are a couple of things that I'd like to point out. Number one, this is a trilogy. It won't hurt to read the books out of order, but I'd strongly advise you to read them in order.
Secondly, for any fans of action/military thrillers, this is a fantastic series with an EXCELLECT narrator. Dewey Andreas is a certified bad ass; a cross between Mark Greaneys, Court Gentry, and Vince Flynns, Mitch Rapp. Ben Coes even threw in a tad bit more romance than the afore mentioned novels, but make no mistake-this is a far cry from a romance novel. However, the brief love scenes are a brief reprieve from the gruesomeness and gore of the action sequences.
And lastly, each of the books in this series are full of action, fast paced-once the scene is set, and just plain old exciting! I never wanted to stop listening to these books. It was like a drug; I walked around for days with my earphones in until I finished the last book. And now that I'm done I just want more!
A little about the narrators: Peter Herman narrates the first and last books in the series and David de Vries narrates the second. Usually I get kind of attached to the narrators who I first listen to in a series. In this case, there are only minor differences that would probably go unnoticed if you don't read the novels back-to- back. Both narrators do an incredible job. They do great accents, they have pleasant voices and they don't have any weird bad habits thats some narrators do regarding their speech patterns and dramatization.
I'd like to add that my personal favorite in the series is book 3, The Last Refuge. I really like Kohl Meir. I would really enjoy seeing him and Andreas work together again or even to see him as a recurring character.
To sum it up, buy the series. You won't be disappointed.
Well thought out plot, this is the first Ben Coes book I've read. I'll certainly be back for more. Coes is every bit as capable as Vince Flynn or Brad Thor. There are a few errors in the performance i.e. being chased by a Van in one paragraph and a Sedan in the next, but those distractions are minor. Hermann is an excellent narrator, I love the Scottish accent.
Was a bit overly dramatic reading some of Dewey, Liked the narrator of Coes's next book better.
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