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)
As a Flynn & Thor fan, I didn't have great expectations for this book--but I found myself on the edge of my seat many times. The plot was fast moving and unexpected and our hero character well described and with enough flaws to be realistic. I'll admit I listen to audible books when I can't sleep and too many times I found myself laying in bed more wide-awake than when I started listening because the plot was so captivating. Can't wait to start listening to the rest in the series! Btw--I liked the reader. Some of the reviews nearly scared me off. Good with character accents too.
Great story well written, shows why our nation needs a strong military with individuals who believe in duty honor country.
Say something about yourself!
A decent plot, believable characters and anything approaching character development.
No, he reads as if he's telling you the world's best kept secret
Start with Dewey Andreas and just keep on reaping.
This was a truly terrible book, a complete waste of a credit.
If Brad Thor and Vince Flynn had a baby... Or more precisely if their famous characters Mitch Rapp and Scot Harvath had a kid, and then they brought him up from childhood to be a killer, he'd probably end up Dewey andreas
Fast paced, action-packed and high body count. Narrator was pretty good, even didn't mind his foreign accents (tho I don't think Arabic accents roll the R's as much as he did...). Good characters, Dewey especially - need more of him! Definitely worth buying book #2.
Great book. Cora mixed finance, terrorism, and patriotism. I have been looking for an authors like Vince Flynn and he fits the mold.
Say something about yourself!
The story line that events portrayed in the book could easily come true in todays open borders and massive influx of Muslims into America under the State Department Diversity program, allowing 60K Syrians refugees to enter America this year alone. Reading this book will make you ask yourself "What if:
Some parts were slow, especially when it took a chapter back 30 years (I skipped that one) but was on the edge hoping the government characters moved quicker.
The chapter that only three entered the terrorist residence was lame as anyone knowing tactics would know they would have moved with a full team. However, it kept the suspense moving for another two chapters
This is a difficult review to make, as I have to disagree with most other reviewers. Like the majority of readers/listeners I found in this book some great material but there are flaws that I just couldn't ignore.
This work is typical of the genre, action packed and with a captivating story. It explores how the energy industry is vital to our lifestyle and how a determined and capable group of terrorists can wreak havoc in it. The reaction of functionaries in the different government agencies that are involved – and there are many - is particularly well described and in quite believable terms, although not always in a positive light. Following the bloody money trail leads to ably descriptions of the internal work of financial institutions. The result is scary. The hero is complex and likable, too close to a super-hero for my taste, while the bad guys are, well, very-very bad.
However, I had issues with this book. While it is accepted that in this type of fiction the reader has to suspend disbelief, there are limits. The plot holes, technical mistakes and absurd exaggerations are too many to ignore. From the description of the oil field platform and its work conditions to international air travelers with no luggage and carrying weapons it all turns a bit cartoonish. Towards the end it was so distracting that I just didn’t care any more about the story or the characters. It is unfortunate that the editors didn’t help the author with a reality check.
The narrator, although not my favorite, does a fine job with the material. My only minor complaint is with the exciting passages that are a bit overemphasized. On the plus side, his inflections and voice tone make it easy to determine who is talking at all times.
In summary, I see a lot of potential in Ben Coes but I will wait some time before reading another book from him to see how he evolves. Meanwhile, I will keep searching for authors that continue the tradition of the likes of Vince Flynn and Tom Clancy.
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