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Power Down Audiobook

Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil 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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    exercise guru 09-08-14
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    "I loved this book, until the end when the story..."
    Where does Power Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    lower end, I prefer authors like child, patterson, clancy, flynn...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    the story was great, but the plot was over the top, the fact that so many terror attacts could happen at once, even that was plausible, but then how indestructible the "anti-hero" was.. because over the top and I pretty much wanted to stop listening except that I fast forwarded to hear the end. It just wasn't realistic, how someone could take out the FBI, then jump from a high rise and survive... unrealistic


    What does Peter Hermann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is an awesome narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it made me angry that I had to listen to the over the top ending of what was a great book for the first 2/3 of the book


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    JP Washington,, DC USA 08-23-14
    JP Washington,, DC USA 08-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Where's the beef?"

    I expected more from this book given the positive reviews on audible. Very slow start. The plot revolves around the use of force and computers to find and to beat the terrorists -- I hoped for more in the way of espionage, planning of ops or strategy. There is virtually none of that. Also some of the characters are cartoonish -- the tough as nails patriotic CEO, for example. The reader does a serviceable job but has a hard time with accents. In a discussion between an Irish woman and a South American man (I think he was supposed to be South American), the accents seemed to bleed into each other. I won't be reading any more by this author.

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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 08-06-14
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 08-06-14
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    "It's good to have another espionage character"

    Sometimes time seems to stretch while waiting for favorite authors to publish the next book. So this gives us another character to follow which is great in my opinion.

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    Doug Highland Park, IL, United States 07-15-14
    Doug Highland Park, IL, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2011

    Author of the Reno McCarthy and Harry Cork Series

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    "As Fast and Deadly as a .45 Slug"
    If you could sum up Power Down in three words, what would they be?

    Research, plotting and pacing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Power Down?

    Dewey's defense of the oil platform.


    What does Peter Hermann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He understands the plot and, more importantly, gears his narration to the author's pacing. Unfortunately, where the author's dialog is overblown, Hermann's emphasis is too. As a result, the fury shown by some of the characters is overplayed almost to the point of being funny.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not all at once, no. However, I listened to significantly long parts of it while driving, even made excuses to run errands if I happened on an exciting scene.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a terrific read even if it tips a little over the top at times. And one technical glitch glared out at me: given the author's apparent knowledge of weaponry, I was really surprised when a character fitted a silencer onto a .357 magnum revolver. Silencers don't work on revolvers.

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    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 07-02-14
    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 07-02-14

    Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!

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    "Good story but too long!"

    I enjoyed the first book with Dewey Andreas and will listen to another. The story was well written but lost a star for the length. I feel this story could have been shortened from it's 16 hours as it sometimes felt that it was never going to end!

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    Lawrence Durango, Colorado 06-08-14
    Lawrence Durango, Colorado 06-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Ben Coes/Dewey Andreas have a new fan!"
    Any additional comments?

    This whole series has kept me attentive during my 2 1/2 hour daily commute. Fresh ideas for a low key hero and a great cast of characters. Peter Hermann is a fantastic narrator. I highly recommend all of these books. I look forward to the next one.

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    Edward 05-06-14
    Edward 05-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "great plot no need for all the gore"
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    the story was very good; the detailed gory scenes distracted from the general enjoyment and sensationalized a plot that was fine without it. Get a new editor

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    Robert Ross 04-04-14
    Robert Ross 04-04-14
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    "Conspiracy Thrill with a silly hero"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. The first half of the book is a serious downer. Standard formula involving the bad guys consistently out foxing everyone causing catastrophic harm to the western world. The hero is so one dimensional and uninteresting that the listener cannot take him seriously


    Could you see Power Down being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    hardly


    Any additional comments?

    This one of a series revolving around this hero character. I would avoid the series based on this book

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 03-05-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2016

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "More well rounded than thrilling"

    Power Down” is more of an action adventure book than what I would call a thriller. The book goes into a lot of background and plot development which is nice but it’s at the expense of some action. When the fights on, it’s good but when it’s not, the can drone on for a little bit.

    The writing is excellent and the plot is interesting but it can be a bit silly at times. For example near the end the terrorist goes on and one about why he’s doing what he is. Year of conviction and teachings engrained into him and then Dewy says one hokey line and all of a sudden the terrorist completely changes his mind.

    If you’re looking for a page turning thrill a minute where the hero is constantly under the gun (more of what I was looking for) you might want to look elsewhere but if you’re looking for something a bit more balanced with a lot of (right leaning) back room political dealing I’d recommend that you give this a try.

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    Ben beverly hills, CA, United States 02-24-14
    Ben beverly hills, CA, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic book poor narrator but worth the listen"
    If you could sum up Power Down in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, fast, accurate


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dewey Andreas, a man going about his day as the boss of an oil rig, pulled into a series of terrorist attacks simply for trying to save his men. He is a real hero, a real man, out to save his country, a country that disavowed him.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Hermann?

    George Guidel. With Hermann, there was very little difference between voices, and he cannot do a female voice to save himself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, I wouldn't say I was moved. I was glued to my headphones wanting to know what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very accurate book, the different locations are described in detail, I could almost go as far as it sounds like the author has personally visited every location in this book. I also admired the face that the author did not have to resort into having the main character injured beyond what is humanly possible to establish his credibility.

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