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Power Down (Dewey Andreas #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  5,690 ratings  ·  453 reviews
After terrorists hit NA hydroelectric dam and Columbia off-shore oil rig, Capitana crew chief Dewey Andreas, past Army Ranger and Delta, rescues many men and heads home fighting assassins sent to stop him. While agencies scramble, Alexander Fortuna — in highest levels of society and business — starts the second stage of attacks.
Paperback, 614 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published October 2010)
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Benjamin Thomas
I don't expect too much from new thiller authors. It just seems like these novels are so often churned out by formula and tend to concentrate on page-turning action at the expense of proper plotting, characterization, setting, etc. Even some of the old "pros" succomb to this. But Ben Coes has written an absolutely terrific action-thriller novel.

Does it have action? Definitely! Is it a page-turner? You bet. But it also has near flawless plotting that builds the suspense and lets the reader know
It is obvious that Ben Coes was a speech writer. He’s a political hack that does not pay attention to details and has obviously never worked in the real world. Only a politician would describe a dam as being built on the edge of the SEA. Dams are built on rivers. And who puts a building on the bottom of the ocean – hundreds of feet underwater – and has an iris scanner on the door? Those are the big points that are not believable. He misses a lot of small details as well – too many to go into. He ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is a good to great read and I've already sent for the next volume in the "series". Many of you who've read any of my other reviews will have noticed right away that I went 5 stars as a rating.

Now why is that?

This novel starts out a little slowly. That at first caused me to consider going 4 stars...but then I noted that I never lost interest in the book and I was often loathe to put the book down when I needed to.

So, 5 stars.

Here we follow the story from a couple of points of view and primar
Oct 27, 2010 Jack rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
It is not too often that I will give a book a 5 Star rating, however in this case I believe it is well deserved. Ben Coes has an excellent first book here in Power Down. The story is well developed and believably written, the characters are not super heroes, nor do they have wild gadgets to do their work - they seem to be real people acting in a believable manner. Coes develops three story lines, weaves them together into a story that will keep you up late turning pages.

The story opens on an oi
I go into a book like this hoping for a little bit of espionage and a lot more action of the "highly-trained-bad-ass" variety. This book did give me a dose of the former; some well-structured scenes of the latter; and a boatload of fictional political creations who spend dozens upon dozens of pages...talking...planning...talking some more...and wondering what the hell just happened 30 pages previous.

Here's my problem with back-room political scenes: I know what happened 30 pages previous. I was
U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!! ......

not my cup o'tea, absolutely. perhaps people who appreciate this genre - a subset of a thriller, i guess - would like it, but i spent most of the book shaking my head, and resisting the urge to throw my ipad across the room.

very manly man - but not in a
The action is okay and the premise is too, but the detail!! They defy all description!!

I love good action novels, but at least the basic details of the story need to be plausible. An oil drilling platform 260 miles off the coast of Columbia...yeah I can believe that. What I can't believe is that billions of dollars would be entrusted to a team of total incompetent violent ne'er-do-wells. Yeah, I might believe a huge hydroelectric facility in Canada. But one that is 3000 feet high (twice as high
Kelley Anne
Loved it! I'll post my review later today!

Just won this book on a first-reads giveaway! Really excited to give it a shot, especially when the discription mentions that the book is similar to a Vince Flynn novel, and Vince Flynn is one of my all time favorites!
If you love excellent thrillers, this series is the one for you. Straight from the headlines, America's been attacked by terrorists from a dam to other ports, all over the country. And it's up to one man, Dewey Andreas, to make it happen. He eyewitnessed it from an oil rig and now he's the one to stop it. But there's an evil man who's behind the plot, who's not what he seems. You want to root for Dewey all the way to the end for this rugged character and tough exterior. But he'll do anything for ...more
Power Down is a first rate thriller. It keeps you turning the pages, anxious to see what will happen next. The author is very skilled at keeping the reader interested by focusing on key individuals and their stories. The character of the reluctant hero Dewey Andreas is well presented. A man with extraordinary combat skills, but many personal issues he needs to overcome. He functions best when he has only time to react, no time for doubt to cloud his thinking, but once he attacks, beware, he is a ...more
Power Down is the written equivalent of a Steven Seagal movie. I gave it three stars, because it's definitely a page-turner. It's a quick, fun read. But to enjoy it, you have to suspend critical thinking. There are clear factual errors, and there are plot elements that don't add up. The way some of the people in this act, while America awaits salvation from the one man who can save us, is just silly and, at some level, disrespectful to the people who really keep us safe every day. I don't think ...more
J. Scott
You will find this a very good real world read. Indluded is a review that although not written by me pretty much sums it up

Introducing a major new thriller writer in the vein of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor and an electrifying character, Dewey Andreas. A major North American hydroelectric dam is blown up and the largest off-shore oil field in this hemisphere is destroyed in a brutal, coordinated terrorist attack. But there was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck
Ben Coes really nailed it when he wrote his first thriller, POWER DOWN. This book has everything you're looking for in a thriller – great characters, great action and a great plot.

The protagonist of POWER DOWN is Dewey Andreas, a former member of Delta Force who is now tackling the tough task of running an oil rig off the coast of Columbia. When terrorists attack his rig, Andreas is forced to fight back with a vengeance, and he is quickly drawn into the unfolding plot to cripple America’s energy
This debut thriller parallels Vince Flynn and Brad Thor's finest works, using great military antics, espionage, and a believable storyline that keeps the reader turning pages well into the night. Coes constructs an excellent plot and adds characters that enhance it, proving that he should stand amongst some of the best the genre has to offer.

I was not sure where the story would go in the opening chapters and could not see the thread to tie it all together. That said, Coes injected countless twis
Ben Coes is an unbelievably talented and knowledgeable writer. I learned so much about terrorism, how our government fights it (or not) and formed firm opinions on whether torture should be permitted and how stupid it is to forbid seeking out radical Muslims when looking for terrorists, since that IS who wants to destroy America. Ben Coes' writing voice resonates with urgency, intelligence and common sense. I enjoyed the fact that he assumes his readers will understand advanced ideas and be able ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Jordy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Vince Flynn
Shelves: read-2012
Overall I really enjoyed it. Great fast-paced thriller.

Few points-

-having so many viewpoint characters across many locations and the constant jumping between them made it feel disjointed at times
- Dewey Andreas is a great character - I wish he was in more chapters than he was
- I was a little disappointed with the ending - seemed a little unrealistic

I will read the next book though at some point
An Odd1
"Power Down" means abort mission. I like the title, meaning, twist. Long ago, a CIA trainer texted the message to his student nearing target, saving student. Later, the junior texts back in time to save teacher. (view spoiler)

Fights and chases suit thriller. Change of location makes little difference when inside rooms, whether boring board-room cross-agency committee meeting or scenic condo High Park view. "Dewey" suggests 'dewy-eyed maiden heiress
Jake Menne

I think you can take this book two ways. The first as an intense action packed extra patriotic thriller. The second would be borderline right wing propaganda. I choose to construe it as the former.

The beginning of this one was spectacular. There is no wasted time. The reader is thrown into the midst of two terrorist’s attacks. The first quarter is pure action and we are introduced to arguably one of the most badass characters of all time.

I think the middle gets bogged down just a tad
I received this book from the Goodreads giveaway in July. Please note that I am now writing this review in November. This could mean one of two things. One, I hadn't gotten around to reading it or Two, I had time picking it back up to read because I really wasn't interested in it. For me, the latter wins out. This book was premised to be "in the vein of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor". In some aspects, the action (when it gets to it) is very much like those authors. However, I find the previously men ...more
I won this book through the First Reads Giveaway!

Power Down was one of the most amazing books I have read in a long time. I absolutely LOVE how Ben Coes tells a story. He tells it from one person's point of view, rewinds a few sentences and then goes to another character in the book and talks about how they view it or what they are going through during the same time period. This is Ben Coes first book and I hope that there are many more to come, I am a dedicated fan now. In the synopsis for Powe
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This is of the same genre as Vince Flynn’s or Alex Berenson’s Muslim terrorist books. A rogue group of Muslim terrorists, offended in youth by America, plans major destruction to the United States. Of course a macho American hero is created to solve all the problems. The hero, in this book, Dewey Andreas, is x-military, x-seal, and has been injured somehow by his own government. All the books work the same way, heavily into weaponry, eavesdropping technology and
Giovanni Gelati
Power Down is a debut novel by Ben Coes. He is anything but a rookie as far as writing goes, here are the highlights of his career from the back cover: “Ben Coes worked at the White House under President Ronald Reagan and was a White House appointed speech writer at the height of the Gulf War. He was the campaign manager of Mitt Romney’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign and was a fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “
Do I want to make any comparisons to other writers
Tom Tischler
A major hydroelectric dam is blown up and the largest off shore oil rig is
destroyed in a brutal terrorist attack. But there was one thing the terrorists
did'nt take into consideration and that was Dewey Andreas former Army Ranger
and Delta. Dewey was the crew chief on the rig and he saved as many of the crew
as possible but the fight has just begun. While intelligence and law enforcement
scramble to untangle this mess and find the people responsible the mysterious
figure of Alexander Fortuna an age
This was a Reader's Choice at the library, so I gave it a try. Be aware that there are quite a few "F-bombs" which I really feel is unnecessary. Anyway, the premise of this book is a terrorist attack on American energy sites, oil, electricity, etc. The terrorists were sleepers in America for quite a while, and the guy in charge was pretty brilliant. It was somewhat predictable, but the characters were engaging. I found a couple of things interesting. One was that the author wrote this years befo ...more
Jan 08, 2011 Martha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Martha by: First Reads win
Power Down is an action-packed thriller. The first few chapters were a little slow-moving, but they were necessary to set up all the underpinnings for the complex story that soon literally exploded onto the pages. Once the action started, the story moved much more quickly, and this book became difficult for me to put down. There is a lot of violence, a bit more than I was comfortable reading about, but it did fit the situations and continued the almost non-stop action. I found myself really pull ...more
This book was one that I won on a Goodreads giveaway but was an excellent book. It was much in the same vein as Tom Clancy's and Brad Thor's books, both of which I enjoy.
Dewey Andreas is a former Delta soldier who fled the United States after the death of his son and wife. Currently he is working as the chief of the Capitania oil rig, an enormous oil field off the coast of Columbia that provides America with a great amount of domestic oil. As the merger of Anson, who owns Capitania, and KKB Ener
Pure, unadulterated, fast-paced action. A really, really enjoyable read. This filled a nice niche left void for me where Jack Bauer and 24 once filled.

This book was easily on it's way to 4 stars or higher because, despite the lack of character depth or plausibility, it was well written and well paced and I was just enjoying it immensely. BUT the (view spoiler)
Cheryle Fisher
I have been waiting for this book for a month after winning it on GoodReads. The website shows I received it on 10/30/2010. I actually just received the book on Friday, November 5. I immediately started reading it and am thrilled with it. It is as good as I anticipated!! Wish I had a "DEAR" day..."Drop Everything And Read" Day!!! Would love to put everything else aside, but work (that pays the bills) beckons and the bills are waiting. Such is life.
This book was amazing. Very graphic, but given t
September 11, 2001 was a day that all Americans should remember. With Power Down Ben Coes debuts with a vision that would make this date pale in the total destruction. I was amazed that, once again a new author pulls a book such as this out as his first novel. This seems to be occuring a lot lately and I am wondering if it is something that is in the water. This novel is full of the action and tension that those seeking thriller novels wil absolutely fall over themselves to get at.The characters ...more
Steve Ring
This is an ok thriller, but it seems like an attempt to create another Jack Reacher, the hero of Lee Childs' highly popular book series.

In "Power Down", everything military is great -- almost a fawning respect for it. Most of the successful protagonists in the book have military background. Only the non-former-Seals/Rangers/Deltas die in attacks.

Ben Coes does create an interesting plot and a formidable villain. It is an entertaining read, but lacks real surprises in the plot. Although Dewey An
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