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Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1 | [Ben Coes]

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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    Odar Sweden 07-30-12
    Odar Sweden 07-30-12
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    "Great thriller but the narration ruined it!"

    Ben Coes introduces a great character and has written a story just as good as the very best by Vince Flynn. The narrator though ruined the book by overemphasizing emotions and lacking the skils for foreign accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta San Jose, CA, United States 07-30-12
    Roberta San Jose, CA, United States 07-30-12
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    "Good, but not as good as Vince Flynn."
    Where does Power Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Okay. Story a little far fetched. I have another Ben Coes to read, "The Last Refuge". I have high hopes for it. We'll see.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The sinking of a nuclear bomb in the sea just didn't make sense.


    What about Peter Hermann’s performance did you like?

    Good delivery.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Hilton Head Island, SC, United States 07-30-12
    Barb Hilton Head Island, SC, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good but drags..."

    This is a very good book except it seemed to drag on a lot. The story line was very good, but there was too much added to it. We found ourselves saying that we just wanted the story to move along. We probably will not listen to another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 07-25-12
    Bonny 07-25-12
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    "Not finished the listen yet"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    After the first few chapters, I'm trying to decide whether to finish. The reviews are great and I'm a big fan of Flynn and others in this genre. But the early narration is so bad I don't think I can take it.


    What didn???t you like about Peter Hermann???s performance?

    Slow delivery. No difference between the characters. No difference in Dewey whether he's talking to crew or reminiscing about his son. Very flat and monotone.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The reviews had been so exciting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Leawood, KS, United States 07-23-12
    Jason Leawood, KS, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Disgruntled ex military bad ass saves the world"

    You've read Vince Flynn or Mitch Rapp so you know the character. The lead is Rapp except instead of wandering the back roads of America looking for towns to rescue he's working on an oil rig. He's Flynn except instead of being a bad ass working for the government he's a bad ass not working for the government. Reluctant heroes with super military training. Good main characters though some depth is needed.
    The story in this book though is better than the Rapp books and in line with the Flynn books. International terrorists with a plot to destroy America have a plot that only our disgruntled reluctant hero can stop. Fast paced and good story telling with characters we can keep or toss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gene 07-22-12
    Gene 07-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome first read. Watch out Vince Flynn"
    What made the experience of listening to Power Down the most enjoyable?

    Great storyline, fantastic narrator and overall good job by Ben Coes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dewey Andreas might become the new Mitch Rapp


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

    Excellent Narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David santaquin, UT, United States 07-19-12
    David santaquin, UT, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I found this book overrated"
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    This book started out with promise, but in the end was disappointing. With a good book i don't want it to end. With this book I found myself anxious for it to end. Too many holes in the plot and the details. Too much graphic violence for me. The author seemed to look for any and every opportunity to drop the F-bomb. This is much easier than using words and language to describe a characters anger, frustration, etc.
    No, I wouldn't recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andy west valley city, UT, United States 07-11-12
    andy west valley city, UT, United States 07-11-12
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    the back ground it gave you a clear idea who all the playings are and their history.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    some what


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    yes very much so


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    It was to over the top you can see whats going to happen before it happens


    Do you have any additional comments?

    good book I enjoyed it like I said the story line seemed predictable, and bit over the top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    greg STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, United States 07-08-12
    greg STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Stick to writing and stay out of politics!"
    Would you try another book from Ben Coes and/or Peter Hermann?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a great story, well written, fast and exciting.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There was a interview with the author done by Mitt Romney.

    Its not that I don't like Mitt, but I pick these books up to escape politics not to hear more from our politicians (this interview is not political!) but using him makes it political


    Any additional comments?

    I would not hesitate to recommend this book to a friend and the only reason I gave this a 1 overall was due to the interview mentioned above.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Austin, TX, United States 07-08-12
    Carl Austin, TX, United States 07-08-12

    What is most important to me is the story, the characters and the pace. These reviews are rated "Dude".

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    "Dewey Does Bad guys"
    What made the experience of listening to Power Down the most enjoyable?

    Its just nice to find another good character that kicks ass


    What did you like best about this story?

    guy minding his own, then all hell breaks loose.


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

    well, he did not make me want to stop listening so that is a plus in my book


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

    yeah, not many men can perform surgery on themselves and not cry like a little girl.


    Any additional comments?

    good dude book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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