By Ben Coes
St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover In Stores Now, Paperback releases April 24
Following in the footsteps of giants like Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn, Ben Coes burst onto the publishing scene in 2010 with “Power Down,” which Flynn described as “One of the must-read thrillers of the year.” Coes and his “Power Down” hero, Dewey Andreas, are back in fine form in Coes’ latest thriller, “Coup d’Etat.”
In “Power Down,” ex-Delta Forces Andreas foiled the evil plot of millionaire Alexander Fortuna, with the help of the President’s National Security Adviser Jessica Tanzer.
After the dramatic ending of “Power Down,” Andreas has left the United States, looking for some peace and quiet working on a ranch in rural Australia, far from the turmoil. But Fortuna’s father, Aswan, is seeking revenge for the death of his son and is using all his vast resources to track down and kill the man responsible for his son’s death – Andreas. And now, Hezbollah assassins hired by Aswan have found him, forcing Andreas to fight for his life against a well-armed and well-trained group of killers. After violently avoiding capture and dispatching most of the assassins, Andreas is ready to flee Australia.
A radical cleric has been elected president of Pakistan with the help of Fortuna, and quickly sets his country on a path of escalating violence with its rival neighbor, India. When Pakistan drops a nuclear bomb on a remote Indian village, it appears the conflict is about to escalate into a global conflict. With India pondering a nuclear response, U.S. officials convince them to wait 24 hours before retaliating.
With no other option in sight, Jessica turns to the one man they can count on to help launch a coup in Pakistan. Andreas hand-picks his three-man team and covertly infiltrates Pakistan, fighting militants and sneaking through the country in search of the man who has been selected as the new president of Pakistan.
Andreas is a wonderful action hero – strong, courageous, confident and trained in dozens of ways to kill a man. He embodies the best of what we want our soldiers and our heroes to be. It’s no surprise that Coes worked in the White House under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. His vision of an American hero is straight out of the 1980s, which is not something I mind at all.
The story Coes tells is one that could easily be making real headlines sometime in the near future. But Coes doesn’t get bogged down in the political intrigue. Rather it sets a nice backdrop for the non-stop action that kept me reading.
In the crowded genre of military thriller, Coes adds some new twists and new wrinkles that makes his books stand out above the crowd. I am looking forward to his third novel featuring Andreas, “The Last Refuge” which is scheduled to be released July 3.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give “Coup d’Etat” a 4.5.
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