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The Last Refuge: A Dewey Andreas Novel (edition 2012)

by Ben Coes

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The Last Refuge by Ben Coes

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    On Wings of Eagles by Ken Follett (Hedgepeth)
    Hedgepeth: A true account of infiltrating Iran to free Americans held hostage
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A rip roaring page turner of a book, like one of those popcorn summer movies ( )
  dougcornelius | Oct 4, 2016 |
This is one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time (at least since the Lion's Game (Nelson DeMille)). This is the first book I read from Mr. Ben Coes and I will look forward reading his "Coup d'Etat" and "Power Down" and future ones to come. The author was brilliant on creating the environment for his story. The plot is simple. An ex-Army Ranger and Delta, Dewey Andreas, owns his life to Kohl Meir, the grandson of Golda Meir, who is an Israeli Special Forces commander and saved Dewey in a high risk operation. Meir goes to New York to meet Dewey and before their meeting Meir is abducted by Iranian secret service and is conducted to a security prison in Iran. Meir wanted to meet Dewey to tell him about a nuke designed by the Iranians to destroy TelAviv. Dewey now has a mission to find the bomb and save Meir, with no help from Americans or Israelis. Abu Paria is the head of VEVAK, Iranian Secret Service and an Islam fanatic. He will try to stop Dewey.

This book was brilliantly written by Mr. Ben Coes and published by St. Martins Press in July 2012. I recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader who loves an excellent thriller. Very entertaining reading, it took me almost 13 hours to read the entire book.

The author was kind enough to provide me a book for reviewing through his Marketing Manager, Lizzie McQuillan. Thanks to both for the opportunity they gave me to review this wonderful book. ( )
  rmattos | Jan 23, 2016 |
Let's summarize: a gifted but troubled former Special Ops soldier with authority issues is called out of retirement by an honest member of a corrupt Washington bureaucracy to organize a clandestine operation of immense danger against cruel and swarthy opponents. Mayhem ensues, and the spillage of many bodily fluids. Women find him irresistible after the mission's success, as they did before, but he wasn't having any of it then.

This describes something like the minimum conditions of the genre (political thriller? military thriller?), which has dug a rut as deep as the western novel during the Louis L'Amour era. We read them because the template reinforces a view we want to hang on to about the world, or about America, or about ourselves, though, so these books serve their purpose if they meet the minimum conditions with brisk pacing, original plots, and believable action. This one meets those requirements just fine, thank you. ( )
  steve.clason | Feb 4, 2013 |
"The Last Refuge" is not as strong as Ben Coes' first two books, but still good. And his recurring protagonist, Dewey Andreas, is starting to mold into what many recurring protagonists in the thriller genre become--rather one-dimensional, bad-ass killing machines.

"The Last Refuge" picks up where "Coup D'etat" left off--with the abduction of Kohl Meir, an Israeli black ops agent who saves Dewey's life. Dewey must now not only try to rescue Meir, who's been kidnapped by Iranians, but also stop the delivery of Iran's first nuclear weapon to Tel Aviv.

What fallows is a pretty typical, generic thriller. Good writing and nice action sequences, but just not up to par with the intensity of Coes' previous two novels. ( )
  Jarratt | Jan 2, 2013 |
Good plot (I seem to be reading a lot of thrillers regarding Iran nuclear capabilities, which just shows how writers try to quickly leverage political news), fast action, easy read. On the other hand, stereotypical, almost cartoonish characters, spoil the enjoyment of reading this novel. But then, who knows, maybe it is indeed so black and white in that world. ( )
  everfresh1 | Dec 20, 2012 |
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With the help of leaked information from high-level officials inside Iran and dissidents from groups outside the country, a former SEAL and an Israeli commando devise a high risk, high stakes plan that will allow them to find and hijack a devastating device before it is deployed.… (more)

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