First strike

Ben Coes

Book - 2016

"The violent terrorist group ISIS has launched a major military campaign to take over Syria. But as they commit more and more public atrocities, their sources for ammunition are drying up. However, their charismatic and tyrannical leader, Tristan Nazir, has a major card left to play, which will get a new secret shipment of arms underway. Dewey Andreas is sent into the field to meet Mallory, the Milan CIA station chief who has explosive proof about the source of the terrorists group's o...riginal funding. While ISIS operatives take out both Mallory and his source, Dewey escapes with the proof the group's original munitions were provided by a black-ops program from deep within the Pentagon itself. The program unravels in time for the arms shipment to be stopped before it reaches its destination. But Isolda isn't finished. He launches a bold strike into the heart of America, sending a team to take over a dorm at Columbia University, capturing nearly 500 college students as hostages. Among those hostages is CIA Director Hector Calibrisi's daughter, Daisy. For every hour that the shipment of weapons is delayed, the radicals will publicly execute one student. A frontal assault will result in untold number of dead students. Sending the shipment will give Isolda and his followers the means to capture Syria and its resources, creating a terrorist run nation. In a situation with no solutions, there remains only one option Dewey Andreas"--

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Series
Dewey Andreas novel ; 6
Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
471 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250043177
1250043174
Main Author
Ben Coes (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Coes delivers another outstanding novel featuring Special Forces hero Dewey Andreas. Saving the world has ramifications, and Andreas is about to find that out firsthand. He is sent to Syria to discover the source of funding for ISIS, and he barely survives an attack that reveals a horrible truth: the money and weapons behind the incident came from the U.S. Then, in an effort to stop a shipment of arms to terrorist Tristan Nazir, Andreas is forced to organize a tactical strike on a dorm at Columbia University. The alternatives are grim: allow the weapons to be shipped, and the terrorists will leave. If the government refuses, there will be a lot of bodies to bury. The students do have one glimmer of hope: Andreas. The pages fly, and the surprises are numerous. Coes is one of those few authors who knows how to turn the world of black ops into compelling, realistic fiction, and he's getting better and better. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bestseller Coes piles disaster on top of disaster in his melodramatic sixth thriller featuring CIA operative Dewey Andreas (after 2015's Independence Day). Several years in the past, Mark Raditz, the deputy U.S. secretary of defense, decided to invest $2 billion from a secret fund in Tristan Nazir, a jihadist who wanted to create a Muslim state based on the American political system, in the hope that Nazir will bring some stability to the Middle East. That gamble backfired, as Nazir ended up the leader of ISIS. Things get even worse for Raditz in the present when Nazir takes Raditz's ex-wife and daughter hostage and demands a massive resupply of weapons in return for their safety. Meanwhile, Dewey goes on a perilous mission inside Syria to hook up with an American consulate official; the official is in touch with a highly placed source within ISIS who claims that the terrorist group has been funded and armed by the U.S. Fans of the Die Hard movie franchise will find the swift pacing and escalating threats and complications to their taste. 125,000-copy first printing; author tour. Agent: Nicole James, Chalberg & Sussman. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When hundreds of American college students are taken captive by a radical Islamic group that demands a massive arms shipment in return for the hostages' safety, Dewey Andreas obtains volatile proof that the group has been secretly funded by a Pentagon black-ops program. By a New York Times best-selling author.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"The violent terrorist group ISIS has launched a major military campaign to take over Syria. But as they commit more and more public atrocities, their sources for ammunition are drying up. However, their charismatic and tyrannical leader, Tristan Nazir, has a major card left to play, which will get a new secret shipment of arms underway. Dewey Andreas is sent into the field to meet Mallory, the Milan CIA station chief who has explosive proof about the source of the terrorists group's original funding. While ISIS operatives take out both Mallory and his source, Dewey escapes with the proof the group's original munitions were provided by a black-ops program from deep within the Pentagon itself. The program unravels in time for the arms shipment to be stopped before it reaches its destination. But Isolda isn't finished. He launches a bold strike into the heart of America, sending a team to take over a dorm at Columbia University, capturing nearly 500 college students as hostages. Among those hostages is CIADirector Hector Calibrisi's daughter, Daisy. For every hour that the shipment of weapons is delayed, the radicals will publicly execute one student. A frontal assault will result in untold number of dead students. Sending the shipment will give Isolda and his followers the means to capture Syria and its resources, creating a terrorist run nation. In a situation with no solutions, there remains only one option Dewey Andreas"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When hundreds of American college students are taken captive by a radical Islamic group who demands a massive arms shipment in return for the hostages' safety, Dewey Andreas obtains proof that the group has been secretly funded by a Pentagon black-ops program.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A radical Islamic group has taken 500 American college students hostage, demanding a massive arms shipment in return for their safety, and only Dewey Andreas stands in their way.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Deep within the Pentagon, a covert, multi-billion arms-for-influence program was created. The objective was to protect the United States and its allies from terrorist acts by secretly enabling a hand-picked man to emerge as the most powerful leader in the Middle East. But the charismatic Tristan Nazir double-crosses America, twisting the program for his own violent ends to create ISIS. Now America is at great risk. Elite operative Dewey Andreas is sent to Syria to retrieve details about the source of ISIS’s funding but his cover is blown mid-operation and chaos erupts in the streets of Damascus. Trapped and outnumbered, Dewey manages to send proof of the awful truth—unknown at even the highest levels in the government—that ISIS’s munitions were indeed provided by America itself. This information arrives in time to for the U.S. to cut off a final arms shipment before it reaches ISIS. But the vicious Nazir, is far from finished. He launches a bold strike into the heart of America, sending a terrorist cell to take over a dorm at Columbia University, capturing hundreds of college students as hostages. For every hour that the shipment of weapons is withheld, the terrorists will publicly execute one student. The potential loss of life is intolerable. A frontal assault is impossible. Releasing the shipment is unthinkable. There is nowhere to turn… In a situation with no solutions, there remains only one option—Dewey Andreas.