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Independence Day: A Dewey Andreas Novel by [Coes, Ben]
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“My favorite novel in at least a decade. The writing was inherently masculine, brilliantly crafted.” ―Huffington Post

“Action, international intrigue, romance--it doesn't get any better.” ―San Jose Mercury News on The Last Refuge

“Another winner from a writer who is a rising star among the ranks of the literary world's most successful authors of the international thriller.” ―The Nashua Telegraph

“Ben Coes has created a hero who ranks with the protagonists in a Vince Flynn or Brad Thor thriller . . . The Last Refuge is a winner and will keep readers turning the pages.” ―The Associated Press

“Envision Clancy, Forsyth, and le Carre all writing in their prime . . . then kick in the boosters.” ―Brad Thor

About the Author

BEN COES is the author of the critically acclaimed Power Down, Coup d'Etat, The Last Refuge, and Eye for an Eye. He is a former speechwriter for the George H .W. Bush White House, was a fellow at the JFK School of Government at Harvard, and is currently a partner in a private equity company out of Boston. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1509 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (May 26, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 26, 2015
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H6EJSC4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved it! Our story starts with Dewey a distressed and almost broken man. We recall his fiancé was murdered in the last installment of the saga of Dewey Andreas. Our story involves Russian mobsters, hackers, a prima ballerina, Navy Seals, the CIA, and a plot to bomb us on July 4th. Ben Coes ability to weave such an involved plot in such a realistic and plausible way speaks to the fact that as an author, he is really hitting his stride. I literally couldn't put the book down. Coes ranks right up there with the late Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn, as well as Brad Thor in the best of the genre. I couldn't recommend it more.
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I would ask those of you who selectively delete books that are over a certain page count --- say, 300 --- to break tradition for INDEPENDENCE DAY. Like its namesake holiday, it is explosive from beginning to end and one of those rare titles that is so much fun that you wish it would never end.

INDEPENDENCE DAY, the fifth Dewey Andreas novel by Ben Coes, commences some 30 years in the past with a tragic vignette that provides the motivating force behind what occurs in the present. The premise is simple enough. An enigmatic, genius-level Russian computer hacker named Cloud plans to launch an up-close-and-personal nuclear attack on the United States on the Fourth of July. How he gets hold of the material to do so is but one of many elements that makes INDEPENDENCE DAY a rocket ride of a book, as is the manner in which the United States government slowly becomes aware of the plot and tries to play catch-up against an adversary who is at least three steps ahead of it before the government even knows that it’s in the fight of its life.

Dewey Andreas, a former Delta Force member who is now a black-ops go-to guy for the CIA, is the obvious choice to stop Cloud. However, he is still reeling physically and emotionally from the events of 2013’s EYE FOR AN EYE. When a (relatively) minor operation almost goes south because of a Dewey freeze-up, the decision is made to temporarily take him off the roster. Dewey is hardly one to quietly go off to therapy and sit still when the time comes to stand up and be counted. He takes off on a mission of his own, and all too quickly finds himself to be the most wanted man in Russia.
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Some action books have lulls. Done correctly they can build suspense and add to the excitement of a good book. Ben Coes seems to have done so without the lulls. Action packed from beginning to end. Great to see Dewey Andreas back in fine form. Very enjoyable read.
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Not as good as I had hoped. Writing this review, I don't really remember the ending of the book, but I do recall finishing it. While not a memorable as Power Down or Coup De'Tat, Independence day was a good read. I liked the beginning with a history of Dewey and how he developed into the person he is, but I just don't remember much more beyond that from Independence Day. Does this make it a bad book, not at all. I got my entertainments value from it, but it just doesn't stand out like other Dewey Andreas novels.
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I have read all of Ben Coes' books and I was NOT in love with this one. Here is why. First, there seems to be a new theme to writing thrillers, make them as confusing as possible with as many characters as possible. Mr. Coes succeeds there. Second, throw in as many acronyms and confusing computer language as you can...knowing full well that your reader has no idea what you are talking about...and have it go on for pages. Mr. Coes succeeds there. This was an annoying book. Why? Because it is a great idea that with some editing could have been terrific. Books do not have to be long to be good. They can just be good. Was Mr. Coes paid by the word? I know how very difficult it is to write a book that starts well and stays strong throughout. I know it is hard because it is so rarely done. But if you write a shorter book that is edited well, you have a shot. Sorry Ben, I was NOT impressed with this book and I found it tedious and silly.
When the motorcycle crashed at 160 miles and hour and the driver walked away from the crash, I knew we were in the land of the Three Stooges.
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To me, this was a rather pedestrian effort. I read "Eye for an Eye" a week ago and enjoyed it much more, save for the cliched way Dewey Andreas got involved. And maybe I would have enjoyed "Independence Day" better had I not just read Nelson DeMille's "Radiant Angel," which is also about a nuclear attack on US soil.

Ben Coes' books are good, and Dewey Andreas is a decent protagonist. But he's gotten a little too one-dimensional and ridiculously invincible.

This book centers around a Russian child progeny, nicknamed Cloud, who sees his parents murdered by Americans at a young age. This leads him on an effort to hit back at the US using his skills as a cyber terrorist. This book relied far too heavily on computers and seemingly ridiculous high-tech gadgetry. So much so that if often overtook the story a bit.
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