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The wait is over—Ben Coes, whose debut Power Down was called “the must read thriller of the year” (Vince Flynn) is back and at the top of his game with a mesmerizing new novel

Wanting only a peaceful, obscure life, Dewey Andreashasgone toruralAustralia, far from turbulent forces thathe once fought against.But powerful men, seeking revenge, have been scouring the earth looki
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Hardcover, 466 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Ethan
This is a pretty entertaining 1980's B-movie of a book. I say 1980's because that's the era of entertainment when one handsome, super muscular American special forces Superman could go into a hostile country, kill people wholesale, call in air support to blow up the bad guys, save the world from nuclear war and then go home with the gorgeous, yet single, high-ranking government lady (spoiler!). The bad guys are jihadists. The good guys are good because they are emotionless special forces guys wh ...more
Brent
Another great book by Ben Coes!

Coup D'Etat begins roughly a year after the end of the events chronicled in Power Down. Former Delta Force solider Dewey Andreas again serves as the protagonist, and readers will find themselves cheering him on as events rapidly unfold around him while India and Pakistan are teetering on the edge of nuclear war.

Coes has a real gift for descriptive writing, painting vivid pictures of the scenes his characters encounter without crossing the line and allowing his desc
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Michael
"Coup D'Etat" is a thriller that is so realistic that it could have been taken from a futuristic newspaper reporting on a doomsday scenario.

Omar El-Khayali, a radical cleric, has been elected president of Pakistan benefiting from millions of dollars from militant Aswan Fortuna. Fortuna hopes that with his puppet in Pakistan and with the philosophy of the president of Iran, the countries would work together against Israel, the U.S. and India.

Dewey Andreas is in Australia, wanting a normal life af
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A.a.m
Quick rant. Horrible. Absolutely horrible.
What irritated me first of all, was that that the author apparently thinks all Pakistanis have Persian names. I have never heard 70% of the names he uses for Pakistanis in this book.
As the book progressed, the flaws became glaring. The author's incomplete understanding of the relationship between the Pakistani military and political setup became more and more evident. Why China would intervene in the war militarily was not thrashed out well. It was NEFA
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Larry
I don’t know which I enjoyed more - Ben Coes’ intricate plot or his hero, Dewey Andreas!

If you ever wondered how a nuclear war would start, this provides the answer…SCARY! It’s not too hard to image radical Islam exacerbating a dispute between Pakistan and India. Image further the impact on China and the US.

Dewey Andreas is phenomenal. Delta trained and, more important, a patriot. A Medal of Honor recipient who again answers his country’s call – and likely a suicide mission.

I also found it inte
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Suby
The author explores the implications of another war between India and Pakistan and how it will alter the geo-political scenario in the Indian sub continent.
I must say the assessment brings out the very much real possibility of China chipping in to fish in troubled waters and the US having to intervene as a result.
Pakistan in the hands of Jihadists could always be dangerous and make the area unstable. The author manages to analyze exhaustively the essential realities through this book.
Highly re
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Kathryn Burkett
A fast moving, exciting second novel by this author. Ripped from today's headlines, this story is timely and accurate. The good guys are really good and the bad guys are awful. The bravery that is depicted in this novel inspires us to remember the service members who are protecting us every day. The tribute to the Israeli Special Forces is a credit to the author who understands the critical need for mutual assistance.
Maggie

This is the 2nd book in the Dewey Andreas saga. "Power Down," to me was the better book, but I actually went through this book faster. This story moves away from the terrorist acts against the U.S.A to look at other countries which I have been hoping to read about for oh... so long. What happens in this story still has America at the center of the outcome. Also Dewey Andreas is featured more. Definitely the main character.

There is two plots that link. A year has past and Aswan Fortuna is still o
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Tracy Poff
Pakistan has elected a new leader: a radical cleric named Omar El-Khayab, who is determined to spread Islam throughout the world by any means necessary--including violent jihad. A series of relatively minor events cause tension between India and Pakistan to escalate, until Pakistan drops a nuclear bomb on an Indian city. Now, America must find a way to resolve this conflict before it becomes a full-scale nuclear war between the India and Pakistan, which would doubtless draw their allies, America ...more
Christina
I won this free ARC off Goodreads First Reads. Though I had not heard of author Ben Coes, I entered to win this Goodreads First Reads contest after being drawn to Coup D’Etat by it’s awesome cover. This is one book that is okay to judge by it’s cover, it is THAT good! I am so glad that I won, thanks Goodreads!

Even though it is the second book in the Dewey Andreas series there is no confusion by jumping right in and reading Coup D’Etat first. Having said that though, you will hunger for more and
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Mike (the Paladin)
Look, I'm saying up front That I'm rating this book on enjoyability, readability and just good story telling. I know that there are some points where you have to have beefed up your "suspension of disbelief muscles. Dewey (our hero) is in the mold of the traditional hero. The "gun fighter", the "demigod" (Hercules etc.), the superhero. He's the hero who shows up or gets dragged into a situation and then triumphs over impossible odds.

So, I'd say don't "fret it" just enjoy.

Here Dewy has moved on f
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Jacqui
I wasn't sure being speechwriter for George H.W. Bush qualified Ben Coes to be a thriller author, but Vince Flynn's recommendation--that Coup D'etat (St. Martin's Press 2011) is "one of the must-read thrillers of the year"--encouraged me to try this political insider-turned-writer. I'm glad I did.

The story starts in Australia on what some call a ranch, but they call a 'station'. Coes' description of the setting told me a lot about his writing skills: "The terrain was empty and lifeless for as fa
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Patrick Dawson
Well, Ben did it again. The sequel is every bit has heart gripping as the first with more twists coming at every turn. Ben is a master of suspense and painting a scene through words. If you love action, drama, and grit then you will love what Ben does in the sequel. The scary thing is how real the situations are in this crazy world, but that is what makes these thrillers even more enjoyable. We need Dewey Andreas for Secretary of Defense! My only question to Ben is, when are the movies coming ou ...more
Tanya
3.5 stars. Only one thing stops me from rating it higher -- it was too viciously violent. Terrorists have to be stopped. I get that. Sometimes that means bombs are dropped, sometimes guns are used, sometimes it's knives and even torture situations. But I don't want to hear all the gritty details. The plot of Coup D'Etat was excellent - it focuses on a radical Islamist president of Pakistan deciding to use nuclear weapons against India, and America stepping in to prevent escalation. I was fascina ...more
Tom Tischler
Wanting only to be left alone Dewey Andreas has gone to rural
Australia but powerful men wanting only revenge have been
scouring the world looking for him and now they've finally
found him. Meanwhile a radical cleric has been elected president
of Pakistan and rapidly sets off an escalating conflict with
India. As the situation spins out of control it becomes clear
that India is only days away from a nuclear response. To head
this off the President of the U.S sends in Jessica Tanzier
to restore peace
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Bill
Dewey Andreas is a force to be reckoned with. 'Coup D'Etat' picks up where Coes ended his first book, 'Power Down.' Andreas left his last adventure - with the dastardly Alexander Fortuna - only to be rudely interrupted from his extended Australian vacation by remnants of Fortuna's family seeking revenge. An added bit of excitement is introduced when India and Pakistan appear to be, once again, at each other's throats over Kashmir. Naturally, Dewey finds himself embroiled in attempts to keep the ...more
Karalee
In this political thriller, tensions quickly escalate between Pakistan and India after a violent episode in a small village on the Line of Control. At the same time, former Delta operative Dewey Andreas is being hunted in a remote location in Australia where he has gone to recover after the violent encounter that is causing the current revenge-inspired man hunt for him. The plot moves quickly, despite the complexity of the historical and current political climate at the center of the nuclear con ...more
Kat Hodgins
Not my favorite book by a long shot. I am a fan of the genre, and this one came well recommended by people whose opinions I generally agree with, but it just failed to hold my attention. As a matter of fact while cleaning up today I found it int he pile and put it away, then realized I'd actually stopped with about 30 pages to go. I honestly did care enough to find out what had happened to the characters, to bother finishing the book to find out what happened. I never do that!

There is nothing
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Gregg
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. Thanks!

An election in Pakistan, financed by a terrorist, leads the region to the brink of nuclear Armageddon. To prevent America and China from being drawn into a war, with time running out, the only solution may be a Coup d'Etat.

This action packed thriller takes the reader to locations in Pakistan, India, Lebanon, Israel and the U.S. Very well researched and written, Coup d'Etat offers a frighteningly possible scenario in a volatile region of
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Robert
What would you get if you mixed together Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne and James Bond? Hell I don't know either! But I do know that Dewey Andreas could kick his ass! Another knockout punch from author Ben Coes who knows how to bring it on. Dewey just happens to be one of those super secret folks who always try to "retire" and take it easy yet someone just will not leave them alone. Called back into action by his country Dewey is on the prowl and the bad guys best cut and run. This is a solid 4 and ...more
Rob Silverman
I will say I read this book with mixed expectations. I thoroughly enjoy books like this. Vince Flynn and Brad Thor are my 2 favorite authors and it seemed like this novel would follow suit. I was looking fwd to reading it, but did not want to get my hopes up too high and compare this novel to theirs. (Not every actor is a Tom Hanks). That being said, I will tell you this book was a huge let down.

I hate to start a book and not finish it...but I just could not get through this. After 120 pages, I
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Imran
Extremely poor research. I wonder where he came up with names for the Indian and Pakistani characters. No truck driver in India earns $100 a day!! And no bowling alley and pool hall are not found in mining villages in India.

That said, it's a good thriller, I enjoyed the story and characters. I think I might have enjoyed it more had I not been from India and had I not kept going "what?" everytime there was a new Indian name mentioned.

So again, good read, seriously bad research.
Abhishek
The concept of the novel is good but the author has got the facts about India all wrong. First of all India is a parliamentary democracy with Prime Minister as the head of the government and not the President, unlike USA. All important decisions of war would be made by the PM in India. Also the casualty rate mentioned is ridiculously high. The author seems to have simply extrapolated the Kargil situation and forgot that it was not a full scale conventional war. In a full scale battle, fighting w ...more
L.A. Starks
This is a superb thriller, written with a deft hand, an excellent understanding of global geopolitics, and crackling action. If you only read one thriller in the next year, it should be Coup D'Etat. I look forward to reading Coes' third book.
Malia
After getting hooked on the Alex Berenson, 'John Wells' series, but finishing all the available books, this one caught my eye as I was prowling through Barnes& Noble.
The story centers around Dewey Andreas and ex-Delta, who is drawn back into a pressing conflict between Pakistan and India. He is sent in to execute a coup d'etat. Dewey is no John Wells, he is not as thoughtful or multi-faceted. He is a full-on soldier, body and mind. I am as far removed from being like Dewey or, for that matt
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Matt
Another sensational political thriller. Coes has outdone himself in his second book, which, literally, picks up where the first left off. Coes continues to paint excellent images of the characters, a complex set of story lines, and interweaves them all together to make another action-packed book. Each sentence appears to push the story forward and each chapter progresses the larger story together. There is little time and space for waste and Coes knows that all too well. With numerous plots runn ...more
VaultOfBooks
By Ben Coes. #2 of the Dewey Andreas series. Grade: B+
The author, Ben Coes, was a speechwriter for George H.W. Bush, which clearly shows in his writing.
When a fragile peace breaks down between Pakistan and India, the United States is forced to intervene. When a rapidly escalating war threatens to engulf the entire region, the president must find a way to shut it down immediately—or else face total destruction for the world at large.
With the clock ticking and Pakistan in the hands of a religious
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Mike Tueros
The second of the Dewey Andreas series, and admittedly skeptical after the first installment (Power Down), I nonetheless gave this sophomore effort a go...and glad that I did. Where the first book struggled to keep the reader interested in making far too many transitions, and not enough suspense, or action, Coup D'Etat does exactly the opposite. Hooking me from the first 50 pages, this novel is about the growing conflict between India and Pakistan, and one minor small town incident that leads th ...more
Rflutist
The most enjoyable aspect of this novel is its plausibility in the tension of relations between India and Pakistan, and the wider implications that has by extension to the United States and China. This story will appeal to all who are looking for a political / espionage / thriller. I think that serious students of international relations will find themselves analyzing the deeper nuances of the story. In that regard, I know I did.

Dewey Andreas is a mercenary hero. He reminds me a bit of Harry Cal
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The-vault
By Ben Coes. #2 of the Dewey Andreas series. Grade: B+

The author, Ben Coes, was a speechwriter for George H.W. Bush, which clearly shows in his writing.

When a fragile peace breaks down between Pakistan and India, the United States is forced to intervene. When a rapidly escalating war threatens to engulf the entire region, the president must find a way to shut it down immediately—or else face total destruction for the world at large.

With the clock ticking and Pakistan in the hands of a religious
...more
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