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The Last Refuge: A Dewey Andreas Novel Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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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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Dewey more or less saves the world again...or at least Israel as he foils the insane plot of insane leaders in Iran who plan to sneak an atomic bomb into Tel Aviv via water. At the same time, this really vile group of leaders has captured the grandson of Golda Meir after grabbing him from U.S. soil and executing two U.S. citizens. This young man happens to have been the Israel Special Forces leader who saved Dewey’s life in the last novel. They torture this young soldier and plan a public execution.
The U.S., due to a rather misled and wimpy president, is unwilling to do anything to stop the atrocities. Not so Dewey who forms a special unit and goes in more or less on his own to rescue his friend and stop the mass destruction of not only Israel, but also of Iran itself due to the fact that Israel will retaliate in full measure and fact is while Iran has only one workable bomb; Israel has many.
The action is non stop and pretty violent. There are a number of sub stories going on at the same time, each almost as exciting as the primary.
While some of the action requires the reader to suspend their credibility a bit here and there, the overall premise of the story is quite believable. There are no super secret evil scientists plotting to destroy the world...only evil regular men.
I enjoyed this one and look forward to the next.
The third Dewey Andreas novel is just as good as the second, which was much better than the first! Mr. Coes is clearly evolving his art. In this installment, you have the same geopolitical thriller action with a great cast of characters and a fast moving plot that will keep you engaged and not wanting to put this down. It's particularly good because the author manages to introduce plot twists and character development and it never gets old in this story. The action is fast paced as Andreas infiltrates Iran, punishes the bad guys and manages to avert disaster.
If you read the second one, you'll enjoy this one. A word of caution: the author has now placed Andreas at the center of three major global plots -- the last two featured two nasty country presidents along with evil henchmen in plots threatened global stability. While it does stretch credibility that a single man would experience this once in in a lifetime, Dewey gets two! It raises the question: what in the world will you do for the fourth book? It seems we would run out of rogue countries at some point! However, thus far, it's a real pleasure and easy to suspend belief! Great work!
It's like Coes gears you up in the beginning of the book for the ride of your life and I'll tell you, you better put your seatbelt on grab the oh sh@t handles and hang on because your in for the ride of your life with the rest of the story!!
There is action, danger, lots of gun fights, intrigue, and of course Dewey always has a few tricks up his sleeve.
I highly recommend this book and series. The Last Refuge is a great book Kudos and Thanks go out to Ben Coes. Thanks for sharing your talent~Your Faithful Reader
The Last Refuge picks up right after the conclusion of Coup D'Etat, the second book in the series. Iranian agents have kidnapped an Israeli commando (Kohl Meir) and transported him back to Tehran, where he is being held and tortured in the notorious Evin Prison while awaiting a show trial for murder. Dewey owes his life to Meir's bravery, and he feels honor-bound to attempt to rescue him from almost certain execution at the hands of the Iranians.
The story unfolds at a brisk pace, as the Iranians have just achieved their goal of building a nuclear weapon and the regime wants to unleash it on Israel as quickly as possible. Moreover, although Andreas knows about the existence of the Iranians' new weapon, the suspected presence of a mole within the highest ranks of the Israeli government forces him to largely keep that knowledge to himself. Thus, as he maps out an operation to free Meir and thwart the Iranians' plan to strike a nuclear blow against Israel, Andreas is forced to work outside America's traditional covert ops framework, relying on his own cunning and logistical support from a pair of patriotic private contractors.
Coes is at his best here, using his gift for descriptive writing to paint vivid scenes that serve as a great backdrop for the story. Andreas is a fearsome and determined protagonist who conceives creative, out-of-the-box solutions to the problems he encounters, which helps keep the plot twisting in unexpected directions at times.
In sum, I greatly enjoyed The Last Refuge and I highly recommend it.