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“High concept meets high octane in this brilliantly executed thriller. Envision Clancy, Forsyth, and le Carré all writing in their prime…then kick in the boosters. Coup d’État is fantastic and Ben Coes blows the competition away!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor


“This exciting sequel to Power Down explores an all-too-plausible conflict…the plot sizzles with action, and the details have an authentic ring that put this thriller a cut above the pack.”
Publishers Weekly


“Will keep you up at night—first with the titillation of a great read, then with dread that Ben’s plot might not be all that imaginary. A sumptuous dessert for a thriller reader.”—Brian Haig, author of The Capitol Game

Power Down

Power Down is terrific! 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. Don’t miss this debut of novelist Ben Coes and the introduction of Dewey Andreas—you’ll devour this one and wait anxiously for their return.”—Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Pursuit of Honor

“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

I loved Power Down! It’s a fresh, exciting thriller and the action scenes are big, vivid and authentic, at times even breathtaking. An impressive debut for Ben Coes. I was blown away.”
—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Creepers and creator of Rambo

“A ripping thriller from an exciting new novelist. Power Down kept me glued, turning the pages.  Lots of action, a terrific hero, and a slimy villain—thrillers don't get any better.”—Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Disciple

Power Down marks the emergence of a major new talent in the political thriller genre—no small feat in a field already packed with big names like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and David Baldacci. In terms of sheer entertainment value, author Ben Coes and his hero, the unusually but memorably named Dewey Andreas, are easily and immediately competitive with the very best the thriller field has to offer.”—Fiction Addict

“One of those rare, glue-in-your-seat books. Sit down, pick it up, and start reading. You aren’t going anywhere for anything until you finish it.”—

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 “exciting… sizzles with action…A cut above the rest.”
Publishers Weekly

When a fragile peace breaks down between Pakistan and India, the United States is forced to intervene. When a rapidly escalating war threatens to engulf the entire region, the president must find a way to shut it down immediately—or else face total destruction for the world at large.


With the clock ticking and Pakistan in the hands of a religious radical willing to do anything and risk everything to achieve his deadly plan, there is only one man with the skills and experience to infiltrate the live war theater and successfully execute a nearly impossible, unbelievably daring plan. His name: Dewey Andreas. His mission: to remove the Pakistani president from power. Now all the White House has to do is find him…before time runs out.

“Will keep you up at night…a great read!”
Brian Haig, author of The Capitol Game

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Product Details

  • Series: A Dewey Andreas Novel (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312580766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312580766
  • ASIN: 0312580762
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ben Coes is the New York Times bestselling author of: POWER DOWN, COUP D'ÉTAT, THE LAST REFUGE, and EYE FOR AN EYE. INDEPENDENCE DAY, Coes's highly-anticipated 5th thriller featuring Dewey Andreas, hits bookstores May 26, 2015.

Ben's books are also published in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and India.

Ben worked at the White House under President Reagan and was a White House-appointed speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of Energy at the height of the Gulf War. He served as campaign manager for Mitt Romney's successful run for Governor of Massachusetts and was a Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Ben graduated from Columbia, where he won the Bennett Cerf Memorial Prize for Fiction. He lives in the Boston area.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on October 14, 2011
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In a thriller so realistic that events could have been taken from a futuristic doomsday report, nuclear war is a heartbreath away from killing millions.

A new president has been elected in Pakistan. Omar El-Khayab, a radical cleric, has benefited by receiving millions of dollars from militant, Aswan Fortuna. Fortuna hopes that his puppet El-Khayab and the president of Iran would work together to strike against Israel, the United States of India.

Fortuna also has an insane hatred for Dewey Andreas for a past action against Fortuna's son.

Dewey is in Australia, working on a ranch. He wants nothing more than to lead a normal life. However, the para-military wing of Hezbollah has unleashed killer teams searching for him and know that he's somewhere in Austraila.

Pakistan and India have been bitter enemies since Pakistan became a nation. In the land between the two countries, a minor incident between two Pakistanian soldiers and the residents of a small village quickly escalates into a conflict with India. Hot headed Pakistanians over-react and soon the nations are at each other's throats in a possible all out war.

The situation quickly gets out of control as India seems more than ready use their full arsenal of nuclear weapons against Pakistan.

U.S. fears that if India retaliates, it could bring China and then the U.S. into the conflict. There seems no viable solution until one of the straticians recommends a Coup D'Etat. Dewey is asked to get a small unit together and carry this out.

The suspense is terrific as Dewey must stop militants and get to the person selected to be the new President and then to do what is necessary to remove the current militant from office.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2011
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Power Down, the first book featuring Andreas Dewey by Ben Coes, was very good; and his sequel, Coup D'Etat is even better. It kept my eyes glued to the pages from beginning to end; and by the time I got to the second half, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see what happened next.

I won't spend time in summarizing the book's plot, which can be obtained from reading Amazon's product description. What I want to say, that I hope will be important in helping to decide if this book is for you, is that Coup D'Etat, like its predecessor, continues to effectively pump new blood and flat-out action and surprises into the well-worn sub-genre within the thriller category, in which a group of terrorists threaten the safety of the U.S and/or its allies. Further, Coes has improved his character development and narrative skills from his debut book. In particular, Coes succeeds in more fully dimensionalizing his hero Andreas Dewey -- former Ranger and Delta. Dewey is all you can want in a hero, yet Coes doesn't allow him to come across as incredible and impossible of making a mistake. His successes do come with "a price" -- both for himself and those who work along side him.

Despite the potential danger to those associated with Dewey, I am all ready to volunteer to go out with him on his next mission. To those of you who enjoy heavily plot driven, plausible thrillers in the tradition of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, I'd highly recommend Coup D'Etat to you. While Coup D'Etat can be fully enjoyed without having first read Power Down, it would probably be a good idea to read these two books in sequence.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tom McGee VINE VOICE on October 16, 2011
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One of my favorite authors, Vince Flynn and my favorite reviewers, bobbewig recommended Ben Coes novel Coup D'état, so I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did. In fact, within minutes of reading this book, I ordered Coes debut novel, Power Down.

Coes is one of those authors whose descriptive writing is so exquisite that the reader sees the action in the mind's eye. That action is fast and furious! So fast that this fully developed 466-page riveting thriller left me longing for another.

Dewey Andreas is the crème de la crème of action hero's. On hiatus, a needle in a hay stack, living on a station (ranch) in the outback of Australia his arch-enemy, Aswan Fortuna, the major player who holds the purse strings of the world's most vehement terrorist organizations spends outrageous sums of money scorching the earth to find and exact vengeance on his son's killer--Dewey Andreas and is closing in on him.

Meanwhile, in an ancient mortar and stone isolated Indian border town, Yagulung, a place unaltered by time, two Pakistani soldiers arrive looking for food, drink and a good time. Their actions trigger escalating events between the two countries that leads to insane, radical Jihadist cleric, Pakistani President Omar El-Khayab's nuclear annihilation of a town of over eight thousand Indian residents.

Indian President Ghandra prepares a nuclear counter attack that would not only turn Pakistan into a vast plain of glass, but would also cause alliances to crumble, pitting United States against China in a nuclear war that would destroy life as we know it on this planet.
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