Title: The Last Refuge
Author: Ben Coes Giveaway is at the bottom.
Review: I love political thrillers and this is a good one. I haven’t read the other two in this series and if I get the time I will go back and read those, but it is not necessary to have read them to enjoy this book, Number 3. The characters are a bit over the top and larger than life, but if they have lived the lives they portray then it is necessary to be that way to stay alive. The authors dislike of Iran is apparent in this book, but also he lets you know that there are good people even among the worst of the worst. Good people live everywhere and so do bad, every country, every race, every gender and every socioeconomic situation.
The main character, Dewey, is a kick-butt- ask questions later kind of guy who is living on the edge since losing his family. He takes no prisoners and drinks more than he should, but with his flaws he is more real, to me anyway. The other character’s. and there are lots of them, add to the authenticity of the story and the drama. There is a bit of sex, but a very small amount and the language is strong in some of the more seasoned killer type characters. I could have done without some many F-Bombs. This is an adult novel for sure.
The pace was fast and I kept turning the page wondering how they were going to save Israel and the hostage. A great thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, or pillow in my case, I love to read in bed. If you enjoy political thrillers/mysteries you will love this book and most likely the series. Ben Coes had done a fabulous job of placing the reader right in the middle of the action. I gave it only 4 stars because the language and the sexual situations may not be for everyone.
Publisher: Expected publication: July 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 19th 2012)
Quick Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Why I Read It: I love mystery/political thrillers.
Where I Obtained the Book: sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: With time running out to stop the nuclear destruction of Tel Aviv, Dewey Andreas must defeat his most fearsome opponent yet.
Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, New York, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of the Iranian secret service, who smuggle Meir back to Iran, where he is imprisoned, tortured, and prepared for a show trial.
What they don’t know is that Meir was in New York to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation. 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 was a high-level Iranian government official and his proof was a photo of the bomb itself.
Dewey Andreas, a former Army Ranger and Delta, owes his life to Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. Now, to repay his debt, Dewey has to attempt the impossible ---to both rescue Meir from one of the world’s most secure prisons and to find and eliminate Iran’s nuclear bomb before it’s deployed---all without the help or sanction of Israel or America (at the near certain risk of detection by Iran).
Unfortunately, Dewey’s first moves have caught the attention of Abu Paria, the brutal and brilliant head of VEVAK, the Iranian secret service. Now Dewey has to face off against, outwit, and outfight an opponent with equal cunning, skill, and determination, with the fate of millions hanging in the balance.
Author Biography: BEN COES worked at the White House under President Ronald Reagan and was a White House appointed speechwriter at the height of the Gulf War. He was campaign manager of Mitt Romney's victorious run for Governor of Massachusetts and was a Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ben lives in the Boston area with his family.