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Coup d'Etat (Dewey Andreas #2)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,322 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
Wanting only a peaceful, obscure life, Dewey Andreas has gone to rural Australia, far from turbulent forces that he once fought against. But powerful men, seeking revenge, have been scouring the earth looking for Dewey. And now, they've finally found him - forcing Dewey to abandon his home and to fight for his life against a very well armed, well trained group of assassins ...more
Hardcover, 466 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 29, 2015 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
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
Jul 17, 2012 Brent rated it it was amazing
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
Soman Pochhali
May 29, 2015 Soman Pochhali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I generally don't review books, maybe because I don't feel like passing a judgement on a book/author but I will review this book because of the sheer number of inaccuracies involved, in fact this is the first book I am reviewing on Goodreads. Here's something about me, I have taken special interest in military and strategic sciences, global affairs, foreign policies etc. and have done a lot of study and research in this field. I have always liked plots involving hypothetical war scenarios betwee ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Ethan rated it it was ok
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
May 05, 2015 Barry rated it it was ok
This book was enormously disappointing. I really enjoyed Coes' first book and this one was pretty highly rated in Goodreads.

I will be brief,as it deserves no more:
- good premise
- Dewey Andreas is a solid super agent main character
- positively ridiculous National Security Advisor, more like a love sick teenager
- weak plot in that it was so impossible, it makes Alice in Wonderful seem realistic
- most of the other characters were plausible

You may be asking yourself why I gave it two stars. The pre
"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
Oct 31, 2012 A.a.m rated it did not like it
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
Dec 05, 2012 Larry rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 17, 2012 Suby rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 30, 2015 ElaineY rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narrator: David de Vries

Another slow start, in fact slower for longer than the first book but once it passed the halfway mark, it was incredible. It left me holding my breath at the last 25% plus a sleepless night. I was so wound up when I finished the audio at 5.30am that I had to listen to a Tom Clancy to help me sleep.

The first half was just 3 stars worth and I should give the book an overall rating of 4 stars but I loved the last leg so much, especially
Kathryn Burkett
Apr 28, 2012 Kathryn Burkett rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 10, 2016 Tim rated it really liked it
The ending could have been better as Dewey did not get to fulfill a promise. 8 of 10 stars
L.A. Starks
Jul 24, 2013 L.A. Starks rated it it was amazing
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.
Mike French
Jan 14, 2016 Mike French rated it it was amazing
Dewey Anndreas makes Mitch Rapp and Jack Reacher look like girlie-boys! If you are looking for non-stop action,this book is for you!
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
Jul 30, 2011 Christina rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2011 Jacqui rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
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
Patrick Dawson
Sep 17, 2012 Patrick Dawson rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 21, 2012 Tom Tischler rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 27, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Jun 08, 2016 Bob rated it it was ok
Didn't take long for me to get tired of this superohero military series. Coes is brilliant with details of his plot and settings, but, seriously, just how often can one guy knock off bunches of attackers, hitting them all squarely, without so much as a scratch.

I'm definitely over thus particular type of fantasy.
Jul 31, 2011 Karalee rated it really liked it
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
Jul 30, 2012 Kat Hodgins rated it it was ok
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
Oct 22, 2011 Gregg rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Aug 08, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
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
David Weinfeld
Apr 11, 2016 David Weinfeld rated it really liked it
Pretty exciting thriller. Dewey is drawn out of 'retirement' for one last job to save the world.
Venkatraman Ramachandran
Interesting story that kicks off with the political situation & military tension between Indian & Pakistan. For a common man, Novel tends to give a small insight into how closely superpowers across the world and their military might are connected to situation in the South Asia

Filled with action packed sequences of commando teams executing deadly operations to ensure world holds on and situation doesn't spiral out of control. A peep into the politics and defence setup of various countries
Nov 01, 2014 Rob1109 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unable-to-finish
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
Oct 09, 2012 Imran rated it liked it
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.
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