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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

“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.” ―Bookreporter.com

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Product Details

  • Series: A Dewey Andreas Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312580754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312580759
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hello and welcome to my Amazon author page.

I can remember the moment when my first book appeared on Amazon and I was so thrilled, I couldn't believe it. I called my wife and started yelling over the phone (she hung up on me). Well, many books later, I can tell you that I am still just as thrilled. And I'm deeply grateful to all my readers who have discovered me through Amazon or who come here to find my books.

I'm the New York Times bestselling author of five books: POWER DOWN, COUP D'ÉTAT, THE LAST REFUGE, EYE FOR AN EYE and INDEPENDENCE DAY. They're all international thrillers that star Dewey Andreas, a former special forces soldier from Castine, Maine.

I've been busy finishing up my 6th book in the series, FIRST STRIKE. FIRST STRIKE comes out June 28, 2016 and I hope you'll pre-order it.

You can learn more about me at BENCOES.COM or on FACEBOOK. We run a lot of contests with great prizes and you can sign-up for my newsletter.

Please make sure to pre-order your copy of FIRST STRIKE today!

All my best,

Ben

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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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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)...now 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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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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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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