The Russian

Ben Coes

Book - 2019

After the break-up of the Soviet Union, some of the most hardened and capable criminals came to the United States. Over the past two decades, they have created a vicious and fearless underworld, breathtaking in its violence, disturbing in its efficiency, and destructive to society at large. With conventional law enforcement methods unable to stem the tide, the President issues top secret Executive Order 12-4b3 creating a small, deadly team to take on this fight behind the scenes--a kill team. Th...e head of the CIA's Special Operations Group, Billy Cosgrove, is picked to head this group and he, in turn, asks Rob Tacoma to be his deputy. Rob Tacoma--former Navy SEAL and former CIA agent--has a special reason to agree. Tacoma was raised by his grandparents after his own parents were killed by the Russian mafia. But before Tacoma can even start, Billy Cosgrove is found murdered in his own home, as a warning from the Russian mafia itself. Now Tacoma is in charge of the team and they have their first mission, to achieve the near impossible: find and neutralize the mob boss behind Billy Cosgrove's death. To do so means taking on practically an army in a battle where there are no rules and no limits.

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New York : St. Martin's Press 2019.
First edition
Physical Description
352 pages ; 24 cm
Main Author
Ben Coes (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The opening pages of this fine spy thriller can jolt one, just for a delirious moment, into thinking that Ian Fleming is among us again. A superspy guns his Italian sports car through Washington, D.C., trading it later for a Ducati 1199 Panigale. The villain surveys his corrupt world from a sailboat built by McConaghy Boats out of Sydney, Australia. The name brands give way soon to a world far meaner than James Bond's. The collapse of the Soviet Union has loosed Russian crime syndicates on the world, and early on we learn how they handle opposition: in two well-wrought scenes, popular politicians are executed in public. This calls for ex-SEAL Rob Tacoma, recruited by the CIA to kill the killers and bring down their handler. Bond's license to kill is upped here to permission to kill anyone who gets in the way. Readers should be patient with the head-hopping—too many points-of-view—in the beginning, and wait for the ramped-up display of Tacoma's raw skills as an assassin, which are on full display in the finale. For those who still enjoy the kind of cordite-fueled adventure in which a good guy wipes the floor of bad guys. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Taking a break from his New York Times best-selling Dewey Andreas novels, Coes introduces Rob Tacoma. Rob has been picked as deputy by Bo Coll, head of the CIA's Special Operations Group, who is organizing a team to counter the breathtakingly violent Russian mafia. Rob's parents were killed by the Russians, then so is Bo, which means gloves-off conflict. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

This nifty thriller from bestseller Coes (Bloody Sunday) introduces private operative Rod Tacoma, a former Navy SEAL and friend of the author's series hero, Dewey Andreas, who makes a cameo appearance. A faction of the Russian mob carries out two high-level assassinations—of a Republican senator and a Democratic governor, both leaders in the fight against the Russian mafia—as a warning to the U.S. government to get out of their business. The CIA forms a special kill unit to go after the Russians. After a pair of assassins kill the original team leader, Tacoma takes over the operation. The odds are stacked against him because the Russians own a traitor in the government, the senior California senator, who keeps the bad guys apprised of the operation from its very inception. In the exciting climax, Tacoma goes hand-to-hand with the Russian mob boss. Authentic tradecraft and top-notch action scenes propel the plot. Coes continues to more than hold his own in a crowded thriller field. Agent: Nicole James, Chalberg & Sussman. (July) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When criminals from the former Soviet Union establish a vicious underworld in the U.S., former Navy SEAL and CIA agent Rob Tacoma conducts a top-secret mission to neutralize the mob boss behind the murder of a CIA Special Ops leader.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"This new series has me very excited." —Brad Thor As the brutal Russian mafia becomes the most powerful and deadly criminal enterprise in the U.S., it’s up to covert operative Rob Tacoma to fight back, in a new series by New York Times bestseller Ben Coes.Ruthless, clever, and unbelievably violent, the Russian mafia has rapidly taken over the criminal underworld in the U.S. and law enforcement has been unable to stem the tide. When a powerful Russian mob family declares war by publicly executing two high-profile American politicians, the message is unmistakable – opposition will be met with overwhelming deadly force. With no other viable options, the President creates a clandestine assassinations team to find and eliminate the unreachable men running this deadly criminal operation.The CIA recruits two Tier 1 operators – former Navy SEALs Billy Cosgrove and Rob Tacoma. But before they can even get started, the Russians act – murdering Cosgrove in his own home. Now Tacoma is on his own against an organization with endless resources and no boundaries. Step one requires the near impossible - find and kill the hidden mob boss behind Cosgrove’s death. To do this, he’ll have to take on an army in a battle where there are no rules and no limits.