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)
A book lover with varied interests: history, political and technical and economic thrillers, mysteries, crime dramas, futuristic fantasy.
Power Down was the best political thriller I have read recently. Intense energy follows every thread from the Capitana platform outside of Columbia to the city of Long Beach into the White House and beyond. The physical and intellectual strength and stalwart dedication of Dewey Andreas makes one thankful that such a warrior is watching America's back. The book was thoroughly researched. Each detail thrusts the reader into the action. Psychological warfare against an intractable enemy is a major theme and a potent inducement to keep reading. I can't wait to read Coup D'Etat. (I'm not sure what the politician's interview of the author at the end of the book is supposed to do. I recommend skipping it.)
The narrator has a voice that is so remarkable, that you never want to stop listening. The story line draws you in making you want more. Excellent and well written.
It took a full 2 hours for me to get into the plot of this book. Then, I was almost half way through before I figured out who the main character was. I liked the theme of the book, but I found the climax, anti climatic. Way too much happened before it happened. Then there was another hour involved in the resolution. I found the book way too long. It was as if the author wanted to put everything he ever thought of in this book, just in case there wasn't a second one. Coes must have attended the Dickensian school of writing. It one word was sufficient, he uses 5.
This book was awesome from start to finish. It was fast paced and had a great plot with strong underlying stories. I hope Coes writes a sequal.
Good listen! Mostly believable and entertaining. I agree with the rest that gave it 4 stars.
I love the Lee Childs Jack Reacher ex-MP character and Alex Berenson's ex-CIA John Wells, but Ben Coes' Dewey Andreas is that and so much more. He is a hard-fighting, almost-impossible-to-kill ex-Ranger and Delta, but with depth, and humanity.
You never fear that Andreas will lose in the end, of course, but Coes writes with superlative action-thriller skills that keep your heart racing. Terrifically topical story of spies, moles, Arab terrorists, oil, bombs, and great unsung heroes. And Coes knows his energy background well, since it's his own background.
And simply the best narrator of any action novel I've heard on Audible in the decade I've been listening. Huge recommendation for fans of the genre.
Ok, never wrote a review and been a member 6 years. This one is worth the time to write about. Vince Flynn is one of my favorites so when he recommended, I decided to give it a chance. Ben Coes is good, this is excellent book - as Mitt Romney says at end, the dialog is always believable - plot holds you to end. Ben - get working on your next book!
In regards to a past review, yes it may be a bit unblelieveable at times, but thats what fiction is. This is a story as good as Vince Flynn writes and Im looking forward to the next story with Dewy A. that Ben Coes is sure to write.
Please write another book!! I'm on the edge of my seat. This book starts slowly, leaving readers to want the story to move along faster. However, you just wait, the action picks up and is well worth the wait! I love this book, and I am eagerly awaiting another one, so hurry up Mr. Coes!
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