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The Last Refuge: A Dewey Andreas Novel Hardcover – July 3, 2012

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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 (384 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Like "Power Down" and "Coup-D'état" I found Ben Coes' "The Last Refuge" to be thrilling action packed novel that I could not put down.

Coe masterfully paints a vivid and believable tale based on real world fears and issues. Iran is as determined to destroy Israel as Israeli's are determined to survive. Iran denies that it desires to produce nuclear weapons while it clandestinely works on a plan to build and use that bomb on Israel.

Israel's record is to respond in kind or preemptively strike those who want to destroy them.

Some American politicians are beginning to question an absolute alliance with Israel over their bordering Middle East foes.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Well, in this case, Iran has a well-protected nuclear bomb and deranged leaders who intend to use it sooner than later to annihilate Israel.

In an attempt to quell tension and improve American diplomacy in the Middle East, the naive newly installed President of the United States is determined to change policies bending to Iranian demands for the President to meet on Iran soil with their Supreme Leader for that purported reason. All of this, in spite of the fact that the Iranian Secret Service just murdered two American citizens and kidnapped Golda Meir's grandson, a heroic Israeli Commander Kohl Meir on American soil and transported him back to an impenetrable prison where he is tortured, given a mock trial and is scheduled to be publically executed in Tehran.
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