Eye for an eye

Ben Coes

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Coes, Ben. Dewey Andreas novel.
Suspense fiction
New York : St. Martin's Press 2013.
First edition
Physical Description
422 pages ; 25 cm
Main Author
Ben Coes (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Coes delivers his best effort to date in this thriller starring Dewey Andreas, a maverick agent whom the alphabet agencies rely on to get the tough jobs done. After helping unmask an Israeli traitor secretly working for the Chinese, Andreas becomes a target, with the head of China's state security launching a full-out campaign against him and vowing not to stop until the American is a stain on the ground. The fight becomes personal for Andreas, and he will exact revenge even if it means going rogue from his usual allies to get the job done. The bullets fly, and the death toll is huge, but in the midst of all the chaos, there is a hero the reader truly cares about. The story line would have made a perfect setup for a season of the television series 24, what with terrorists on the loose and a Jack Bauer character out to save the world and extract a pound of flesh that is undeniably owed him. Highly recommended for fans of full-throttle action and writing that fits its subject perfectly. The ending clearly paves the way for another Andreas novel, and it can't come fast enough. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In Coles's fourth novel featuring superagent Dewey Andreas (The Last Refuge; Coup d'Etat; Power Down), the bodies start piling up almost immediately as Andreas focuses on a new enemy: China. The Chinese are angered when Andreas kills one of their top agents, and they plot revenge. When their murderous actions hit close to home, Andreas takes matters into his own capable and deadly hands. His target is Fao Bhang, the head of China's state security. Andreas does not take prisoners, ask permission, or read people their rights—he simply goes for the jugular. VERDICT It's very simple—those who liked the author's previous action-filled and over-the-top thrillers will like this new title, while new readers who are able to suspend credulity will enjoy the slam-bang blood-soaked action. Andreas is about as subtle as a sledgehammer, and some will think the story of one man's vendetta against China implausible. It is, but novels featuring Dewey Andreas are best counted among life's guilty pleasures. [See Prepub Alert, 1/14/13.]—Robert Conroy, Warren, MI [Page 95]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Coes's heart-pounding fourth Dewey Andreas thriller (after 2012's The Last Refuge) finds the ex–Delta Force member still fighting the world's baddest bad guys and coming away bloodied but on top. Fao Bhang, China's minister of state security, decides to have the American killed while he visits Argentina, but the mission goes awry, resulting instead in the death of someone close to Dewey. Bhang exerts diplomatic pressure to escape any official consequences for his actions, so Dewey strikes out on his own to exact revenge. The CIA and MI6 try to recruit him for their plan to terminate Bhang, but Dewey refuses, as this time it's personal. Coes is a master at creating extended scenes of intense mayhem, and Dewey is a hero who will have patriotic readers standing in their seats cheering. An ambiguous ending leaves readers with a frightening question: will Dewey live to fight again? Agent: Nicole James, Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Earning powerful international enemies for his role in thwarting a series of terrorist attacks, Dewey Andreas is targeted for assassination after uncovering a high-level intelligence asset.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Earning powerful international enemies for his role in thwarting a series of terrorist attacks, Dewey Andreas is targeted for assassination after uncovering a high-level intelligence asset and barely survives a hit attempt that compels him to go rogue and pursue justice against a corrupt head of China's state security. 100,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In Ben Coes' latest, Eye for an Eye, Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey—and inflicts a horrifying loss.When Dewey Andreas uncovers the identity of a mole embedded at a high level in Israel's Mossad, it triggers a larger, more dangerous plot. The mole was the most important asset of Chinese Intelligence, and Fao Bhang, head of China's Ministry of State Security (MSS), responds to the discovery and brutal elimination of the mole, by immediately placing a kill order on the man responsible—Dewey Andreas. Dewey is tracked to Argentina, where he is on vacation with his fiancée, Jessica Tanzer, a U.S. National Security Advisor. A top-level kill team is sent in quickly and quietly, but their attack fails to take out Dewey. The collateral damage, however, is both horrifying and deeply personal. With nothing left to lose, Andreas is determined to have his revenge. Once he learns who is probably behind the attack—and why they are after him—Dewey goes rogue, using all of his assets and skills to launch a counterattack. Andreas must now face the full weight and might of the MSS, Chinese Intelligence, and the formidable Fao Bhang, if he's to achieve his one last goal: revenge on a biblical scale, no matter the odds or the armies that he will have to fight his way through. Andreas—former Army Ranger and Delta—is a man of great skills and cunning. His opponent, Fao Bhang, is ruthless, determined, and with no limit to the assets at his disposal. In this conflict, there are only two possible outcomes. And only one Dewey Andreas.