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From Publishers Weekly

In Coes's latest thriller, Israeli special forces commander Kohl Meir is kidnapped in New York City and transported to an Iranian prison. The kidnapping is all part of an Iranian plan to deploy a nuclear weapon in Tel Aviv. And when the politically astute, plain-thinking United States president suffers a fatal heart attack and is replaced by a naïve vice president, it's up to former Army Ranger Dewey Andreas to save the day. Narrator Peter Hermann—who ably creates a range of accents and dialects for the book's international cast—delivers an appropriately gruff, hard-boiled delivery. But the unrelenting grimness of his narration creates such a downbeat mood that even Andreas's astonishing accomplishments fall a bit short of triumph. A St. Martin's hardcover. (July) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“One of the strongest recommendations for the audiobook version of Coes’ thriller is reader Peter Hermann, whose voice versatility provides distinct personalities for all the principal characters.” – Newark Star-Ledger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Series: A Dewey Andreas Novel (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250007151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250007155
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 1.4 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,943 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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4.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Beverly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2012
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In a word, riveting! This spectacular suspense novel is set in our present times. The plot involves key political players: the U.S., Iran, Israel, and China, all with their own agendas--some obvious and sanctioned, while others are dangerous and unauthorized.

No one is playing by the rules. At stake is the destruction of Israel, a nuclear war, and the cuckolding of world leaders. Time is running out and the few who take charge of a clandestine operation question whom to trust, even among themselves.

Author Ben Coes expertly spins a tale of intense suspense. Both the plot and the people are the far flung highways on a world map. From this initial introduction, these seemingly unconnected people, places, and events are channeled ever closer, until ultimately, they are bottlenecking toward the same exit. Who will get there first? Who will die? Who will win?

Characters are well developed. Coes' protagonists and antagonists are multi-dimensional, as the reader sees them in both their personal and professional lives. Each is imbued with his and her own distinct voice. The reader is privy to each one's thoughts; helping us to see these characters in their various shades of gray. This makes them believable and we grow to loathe or love them.

Narrative is sparse and Coes provides just enough to describe settings and characters. Yet, there is enough to clearly develop the reader's imagination. Coes knows how to deliver back story and thoughts via dialogue that is informative but, succinct.

This absolutely riveting novel is packed with a plausible plot, captivating characters, and sustained suspense. The Last Refuge, nearly 400 pages, is a true page-turner. When you find yourself growing cold with fear and holding your breath as you read, you just know this one's a winner!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada on July 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Political shenanigans... I love them in my fantasy and a good conspiracy theory is always entertaining. Also Bond, James Bond or spies are cool. That's why it's surprising that I don't read more political thrillers or spy novels. I guess you only have so much time (and resources) to devote to reading and it's easy to gravitate to that which you know. So I was delighted when I was asked to review Ben Coes' latest novel The Last Refuge, his third Dewey Andreas novel. Besides, with a main character called Dewey, the librarian in me couldn't resist!

Dewey Andreas is a likeable character. He isn't your regular Joe, being an ex-Delta operative and having just been rescued from captivity after assassinating the Pakistani President, but he's accessible to the reader. And that's a good thing, because - surprisingly, seeing how much I love Mark Lawrence, George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie - I had a hard time with the casual violence in this book. And it's not just the bad guys who kill indiscriminately, Dewey gives as good as he gets. I found it shocking, perhaps because it's set in the real world and not a secondary one - I can't quite figure out why - but it troubled me more than it usually does. What scared me too was the description of the TLA agencies' practices. I know this is fiction, but the agency practices described have to be based at least a little in fact and that is quite scary. I never imagined it was such a Wild West in terms of going off the grid and killing enemy operatives.

I found the sides very black and white. The other good guys with larger roles, Jessica, the National Security Advisor, and Calibrisi, the CIA director, are quite likeable as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Kohl Meir has come to New York to recruit Dewey Andreas to help him complete a very secret mission. Meir had been tipped off that Iran had finally succeeded in building their first nuclear weapon, one they were planning to use to attack Israel. His source has seen the bomb.

Before they can meet Meir is kidnapped off the streets of Brooklyn by the Iranian Secret Service. They transport him back to Iran where he is imprisoned and tortured and now must stand trial. The trial is just for show. When found guilty he will be sentenced to death by firing squad.

Dewey Andreas, a former Army Ranger and Delta, owes his life to Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. He is honor bound to save the man that saved his life. Even if the prison where he is being held is a fortress that makes a rescue virtually impossible. He is also on a quest to get rid of the nuclear threat posed by Iran. With a little help from his friends he sets off on his most dangerous mission yet.

I must first say this is my first Ben Coes novel and while part of a series it reads satisfactorily as a stand alone, but there are several references to events in previous books.

This book is quite the tale of covert operations and the author has taken a little creative liberty is some protocol issues and definitely shows his feelings about the people of Iran. Formerly a campaign manager for Mitt Romney back in 2002, I find the plot timely and its release a bit politically generated as Mitt Romney wants to wage war against Iran as soon as he is elected, which I pray never happens.

With those issues aside the book is a thrilling page turner with many twists and turns. There are several characters to keep track of at first but soon the story starts to flow.
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