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)
My only complaint about this book is that the narrator speaks very slowly at the start. He warms up as the story warms up, and at that point, this novel becomes fast-paced and exciting. The story is tight and interesting and deals with very topical issues.
Some small warnings: 1) the torture scenes are pretty graphic and also frequent in the second half of the book. 2) injuries of all kinds are also handled graphically.
At the end of the novel, the primary hero and primary villain take on superhero/super-villain qualities, and that might be irritating, but I thought that was in line with the genre.
Expect more in this series. The very end of this book sets up a next one.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Story had complexity, intrigue, and excitement. Unfortunately, I could not enjoy this audio book as much as I might, had it been narrated by someone other than Peter Harmann, who seemed to be a graduate of the "Humphrey Bogart" voice-over school. Over exaggeration of the tough guy intones was distracting. It was one constant string of angry tough guy emoting. Further the female characterizations did not convey any semblance of being a woman. Finally the lead character's voice was bleeding over to other characters voice characterizations; hence, it seemed like a bunch of "Humphrey Bogart" characters with different names. It seemed as if the narrator was aware of his shortcoming and tried to at least attempt to mask it with the female FBI character by giving her an Irish accent. That attempt failed. Ben Coes, the author, could have scored a better audio book performance result, in my opinion, had he sought out George Guidall as the narrator.
I have probably listened to 300 books in the last couple of years or so. I've read many great ones but this book is probably the single most incredibly real and best book I have ever listened to. The reality and possibility of it are very real and believable. I cannot say enough great things about this book. In the beginning I thought the narrator was a bit bland but that soon changes. As time passes the narrator really does do an incredible job. In fact I hope he does others for this same author. You will not be able to put this down. It's a good thing I use an iPod. If I listened in my car I would have been driving until the gas tank was empty. I will definitely read this book again in the future. The ending indicates a possible follow up book but don't know if this author can follow this easily. It is truly astounding and the characters are very real and human with strengths and frailties. Buy it and get into it as quickly as you can.
BLUF - Not quite a Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp Novel but an awesome start and I'm anxiously awaiting the next book.
Plot: I was a little concerned at first because the book didn't grab me until about two hours in but after that it was one heck of a ride. Since the summary referenced Vince Flynn I was expecting that type of storyline where the book follows one main character and you pretty much see everything from their eyes. While Dewey Andreas is the Mitch Rapp equivalent this book was written from many different points of view and I didn't get the feeling (until maybe the very end) that this might/could be a series. Yes, as one "critic" wrote this is an American vs Arabic style book, however it has a different spin and I can't fault the author for his choice. Without getting into the politics it would be like writing a book about the Nazi's after WWII. No one is implying that all Arabs are terrorists just like everyone knows not all Germans were Nazis. It's just a book tailored to times we live in.
Narrator: This is the first book I've listened to with Peter Herman and I felt he did a good job. Good voice inflection/changes for the different characters though some of his foreign accents could use a little work. Something that will hopefully come with more Ben Coes novels!!!
Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!
Althought the main character is somewhat of a mix betwen Jack Bauer and Mitch Rapp he's still fairly believable. One NOTE TO THE AUTHOR, guns do NOT have NOZZLES!! I suspect this is an editorial mess up, they have barrels, and muzzles but NOT nozzles. The editor uses this word exclusivley throught both Andreas books and its drivin me NUTSO! I love the hard core action, pretty good plot twists and the no holds barred description of muslamic terrorists and fanatics. A little cartoonish in the dialogue etc. as is to be expected and apparently Delta Force guys are super human,...allegedly. Great use of his Gerber knife, love it!
Must listens: Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series. Anything by James Lee Burke. Joe Finder's Paranoia, Power Play, Company Man. Lonesome Dove. Prince of Tides. Gillian Flynn.
I love suspense, but I have grown tired of the super hero novels where one man is far smarter and tougher than everyone else. Thankfully, Power Down features a dangerous, deeply flawed hero with more than one weakness. He is believable.
The story is relevant to our time and really clever. I found it remarkably unique, never a dull moment and well read.
Seems like an unpolished first attempt at writing an action novel. Character development was average. I did not feel connected to any of the characters. I just bounced around from one action scene to the next. Probable would have helped with a better narrator. I could not wait to finish the book. A sure sign of a 3 or less star book that I would not recommend. Maybe a follow-up book with a top rate narrator would make me come back to this author. Too many good books in this category to recommend this book to anyone I know. Lastly to the author, please don't list the model number of every armament used in the book. Try to keep momentum going within the action of the scenes.
Dewey Superman! If it is fast paced action you want Power Down has got it, but the torture scenes are just over the top for my taste.I thought the narrator did a great job. The idea of a giant corp. that would free us from foreign oil is a great one if you could really find two men such as the men portrayed here. The secret cells and their mission was just down right scary and more than possible. I would have given it 4 Stars except the 'wet work' was just way toooooooo wet.
The first 20% of this book is a little slow. The slow pace of the narrator doesn't help. Once it gets going, however, it is excellent. I look forward to the author's next book.
I really loved this book! The narrator did an absolutely great job! I do agree that it started a bit slow but turned into a real page turner. I found myself staying up until almost 4am so I could finish it. We all have different criteria for what we like. As thrillers and mysteries go, this is right up there on top for me. I had just finished Tom Clancy's new book before starting this one. Power Down blew Clancy's book away!! I highly recommend it and can't wait for Cole's next one.
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