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Power Down (A Dewey Andreas Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Ben Coes
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Book Description

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 Ben Coes, a powerful new author, an amazing talent certain to join the ranks of the genre's finest writers.

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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. One target is Capitana, an American oil rig located in the Pacific off the coast of Colombia. Rigger gang chief Dewey Andreas, a former Delta officer, fights back and succeeds in saving many lives, but the oil platform is destroyed. At the same time, Canada's Savage Island Project, the largest hydroelectric dam in North America, is blown up, killing hundreds and destroying a vital link in the U.S.'s energy production. Behind these schemes and with many more to come is Manhattan billionaire Alexander Fortuna, who will stop at nothing to destroy America, a country he was taught as a child to loath. Abetting Fortuna is a despicable traitor, Vic Buck, director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service. Readers will eagerly await Coes's next effort and hope for Dewey Andreas's return.
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"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

"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

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  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 637 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312580754
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P8PEL4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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118 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st Class Thriller! First in a Series? August 6, 2010
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I don't expect too much from new thiller authors. It just seems like these novels are so often churned out by formula and tend to concentrate on page-turning action at the expense of proper plotting, characterization, setting, etc. Even some of the old "pros" succomb to this. But Ben Coes has written an absolutely terrific action-thriller novel.

Does it have action? Definitely! Is it a page-turner? You bet. But it also has near flawless plotting that builds the suspense and lets the reader know the characters, truly caring what happens to them. There are edge-of-your seat chase scenes, but they are balanced with a realistic plot that is extremely plausible in our current age. It combines the horror of terrorism (and the body count is quite high) with the financial markets, and with the US infrastructure power systems as targets. The idea of a terrorist group of a different stripe and with different motivations is a welcome change to the landscape of thriller fiction. The author has certainly done his homework, whether it comes to off shore oil platforms, electricity grids, or the ins and outs of hedge funds. And the character of Dewey Andreas, former Army Ranger and Delta, has all the makings of a new Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, or Dirk Pitt.

This novel will be available in the US in October 2010. It's complete in this one volume but the epilogue clearly leaves room for sequels. If so, I will be among the first in line to get the next book!
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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It seems that since Tom Clancy took a major vacation from writing (although in fairness he is releasing his first full novel co-written with another author later this year), there has been a large chunk of new authors who have stepped up hoping to assume the crown as the new Techno-Thriller King. Since Clive Cussler has resorted to co-writing these days as well, it isn't him...many can make a good argument that Brad Thor or Vince Flynn are in the running (and in all honesty, my money is on Brad) along with the likes of Jack DuBrul, and AJ Tata certainly ought to be considered, too (although IMO Mr. Tata has earned the title free & clear) comes Ben Coes out of virtually nowhere with a new twist on an otherwise quite tired and oft-used premise of America being attacked (again) by terrorists. So how is this one different?

First off we get an attack on an off-shore oil rig, right there we see a pretty different change of scenery (however in all fairness, Jack DuBrul had a similar attack on a rig in Charon's Landing), and not just a change, but a very relevant and realistic one, too. From the detailed description of weapons, technology and character development, I see a very bright future indeed for Mr Coes. 9/11 taught us that coordinated attacks on America or our interests not only CAN happen, but will continue--if not for the tireless work of those in intelligence gathering and of course, our brave men & women serving to protect our freedoms all over the world. But what if, against all odds, an attack actually happened as described here in Power Down? I was blown away at how utterly plausible this story was--and more than a little frightening, too.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In the tradition of Flynn not Clancy October 13, 2010
This novel wasn't bad. It flows like a Flynn novel, at least for the first 200 pages before it slows down. That's when I started to have problems with it. There are a lot of meetings with a lot of characters that brainstormed and hashed out ideas that could have been summarized rather than taking pages upon pages to inform us. If you read thrillers you know meetings like this take place but you don't need to know every single thing that is said in them. I thnk Coes was trying to introduce a character (Tanzer) that is going to be major player in future novels but way too many meetings. This slowed the novel down considerably and took a long time before it picked up again.

Dewey Andreas is your typical hero in the sense he's handsome (never an ugly hero), ex special forces, can do just about everything. He's a reluctant hero, doesn't want to be a part of the solution but his pride and patriotism gets the best of him. I think of the Godfather part 3 when Al Pacino says everytime I think I'm out, they pull me back in. It looks like Dewey is going to be dragged into the war whether he wants to or not. I like heroes like this (who doesn't) but I like someone I can more relate to like the family guy Jack Ryan was.

Overall, if you like thrillers and the United States you will probably enjoy this. This is his first novel and it was good enough I'll check out his next one after he writes it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up for Power Down! August 24, 2010
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I debated 4 stars or 5 for this one because it's true that these characters could've been more nuanced; ultimately, I went with the 5 stars because, for these times we're living in, I just plain thoroughly enjoyed characters who thumbed their noses at political correctness. If we're stuck in real life with powerful people unwilling to make courageous decisions, at least it's refreshing to have some heroes and heroines in fiction who aren't afraid to kick ass and take names in extreme circumstances. Not unlike the Mitch Rapp novels (Vince Flynn), the main characters don't sit around debating the morality of their actions. When the threat level goes to red, racial profiling comes up and nobody suggests forming a congressional committee to study the matter. (That certainly reminds you this is a work of fiction!) I loved the settings in this book, especially in the beginning where we're taken into the workings of an offshore oil facility and a massive hydroelectric dam, and I also thought the plot was completely (and eerily) plausible. 5 stars from me and I'll be looking forward to seeing these characters again in the future!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Page Turner!
Although some miraculous survivals by the main characters, Mr Coes weaves a very interesting, believable story. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Irish 70
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Coes
This Author is outstanding! His books are truly enthralling, and they keep you hanging on! Can't wait until the next one comes out. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Txbrat
5.0 out of 5 stars queenie
Great book, creative, spell binding. Have now bought all of Ben Coes's book! Highly recommend these books and look forward to new books!
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Hostler
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Great book. exciting action. Couldn't put it down at the end. haven't read one of his books that I haven't liked. Always action packed!
Published 1 month ago by swimmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Power Down
First Ben Coes novel I've read. Good book, lots of action. Andreas is out of the Jack Reacher, Scot Harvath, Mitch Rapp mold. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda Schoonover
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought it was just for men
Made myself read past the beginning thinking it was a man's book. Then, I couldn't read it fast enough trying to keep up emotionally. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Princess
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is a hard-to-put-down novel!! It grabbed my full attention at page one and didn't stop until the end. Great read!
Published 1 month ago by zippydog
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Galore
Fast pace, good read.Everything you should want in an action book. Plenty of action, good story line and very hard to put down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alfred J. Pau
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Coes
Great page turner. Really well written. I will buy more of Ben Coes' books. Any suggestions for more?
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Published 2 months ago by Kathryn Naso
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
Ran through this book in record time. It's a fast paced international thriller of momenteuos proportions. Read more
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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 June 3, 2014.

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