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The Last Refuge: A Dewey Andreas Novel (Dewey Andreas #3)

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,757 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews

Ben Coes

Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir has proof that Iran has finally succeeded in building its first nuclear weapon—and plans on using it to attack Israel. But before Meir can recruit Dewey Andreas and execute his secret operation, he's abducted in New York and smuggled into Iran, where he's imprisoned and tortured.

Dewey owes his life to Meir
Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published July 3rd 2012)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Yeah, I'm a bit worn out on thrillers now. Assassinations, tragic death, politicians playing CYA, betrayal of friends and allies, daring do, get it.

I have liked the Dewey Andreas novels and this one is pretty good. But somehow I was feeling the been there done that feeling throughout the book. I freely admit that this may be me as much as the book. I mean for some time now all I wanted to read were thrillers.

Look this is a political action thriller. I am in "real life" more tha
Roberto Mattos
May 30, 2012 Roberto Mattos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time (at least since the Lion's Game (Nelson DeMille)). This is the first book I read from Mr. Ben Coes and I will look forward reading his "Coup d'Etat" and "Power Down" and future ones to come. The author was brilliant on creating the environment for his story. The plot is simple. An ex-Army Ranger and Delta, Dewey Andreas, owns his life to Kohl Meir, the grandson of Golda Meir, who is an Israeli Special Forces commander and saved Dewey i ...more
May 25, 2012 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't at all familiar with Ben Coes' work before I read THE LAST REFUGE, the third of the Dewey Andreas novels. I'm a thriller fan, first, and a political thriller junkie as well.

Here we have an Israeli, the great-grandson of Golda Meir, kidnapped off the streets of New York and smuggled into Iran or a show trial and public execution. He was supposed to meet Dewey for a secret job he needed help with. He's being held in the most secure prison in Iran and the torture has already started.

In the
Feather Stone
Dec 15, 2012 Feather Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Refuge is a political thriller from the get-go. Ben Coes has described the political climate in the USA to the Middle East so well that I was able to grasp the clandestine nature of the beast. And, truthfully, his depiction of the 'intelligence department' made me shiver. I suspect Ben's novel is painfully close to the truth on how the CIA and other security departments function.

The Last Refuge is past paced and exciting. The body count is up there and the callous nature of some of the
Jul 05, 2012 Vjekoslav rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“The Last Refuge” is Ben Coes’ third novel starring the character Dewey Andreas, after Coup D’ Etat, and “Power Down.” It belongs to one of my favorite genres, the political “real world” thriller. I get a real kick out of reading intelligent people sitting at a table, having an intelligent conversation about some urgent “we need to act now” situation. People like Tom Clancy, John Le Carre and Robert Ludlum are masters of this style of writing and have been copied many times.
I had two basic probl
Jun 10, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun, fast-paced political/adventure thriller that kept me at the "edge of my seat" through the entire book. I just couldn't put the book down, and read it in a day. The Iranians have kidnapped Israeli Kohl Meir, the grandson of Golda Meir. In addition, they are about to unleash a nuclear bomb on Israel. So Dewey Andreas, an American former SEAL and Delta, works to save the life of his friend, who had once saved his life. He concocts a crazy plan to save his friend and to steal the bomb ...more
Giovanni Gelati
Jun 11, 2012 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all three in this series and they just keep getting better and better. Ben Coes knows not only how to put together a fast,tightly woven, kicka#* novel, he understands how to add a measure of humanity, pride, loyalty, and moral barometer in his characters that is rare today.
To say I am looking forward to the next story is an understatement.
Jun 09, 2012 Anjana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book so fast! Like fast even for me and everyone who knows me would tell you that I read insanely fast. It was that good. I haven't read thrillers in a long time but when I was offered a review copy of this book, some quick googling was all it took for me to give it a shot because Ben Coes' books seem to have raving reviews everywhere..and they were right.

The Last Refuge is the third book in the Dewey Andreas Series. I haven't read the first two so I wasn't sure if I'd be able to
Jennifer Lane
Iran Has a Nuclear Bomb!

The Last Refuge is a political thriller spanning from the US to Iran. The plot is intricate, plausible, and gripping. This is my first read by author Ben Coe but it won't be my last.

The story revolves around two men: Dewey Andreas, former US military, and Kohl Meir, Israeli special forces commander. Dewey is the whole package--hard, intelligent, and competent. Kohl, the grandson of Golda Meir, helped saved Dewey's life once. Now, Kohl's the one with his life on the chop
Book Him Danno
I love political thrillers and this is a good one. I haven’t read the other two in this series and if I get the time I will go back and read those, but it is not necessary to have read them to enjoy this book, Number 3. The characters are a bit over the top and larger than life, but if they have lived the lives they portray then it is necessary to be that way to stay alive. The authors dislike of Iran is apparent in this book, but also he lets you know that there are good people even among the w ...more
Benjamin Thomas
This being the third book in a contemporary action series, I was a little concerned going in to it. I had been amazed with the first novel, "Power Down" due to its unique and intriguing plot and was equally impressed with the second novel, "Coup D'état" because the author refused to follow a templated, formulaic plot and had once again provided a fantastic read. So how would this third one stack up?

To tell the truth I was a little worried through the first 1/3rd of the book. Don't get me wrong;
May 12, 2012 Jacqui rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Ben Coes--you get better every time.

If you read either of the first two Dewey Andreas novels--or both of them--don't miss the next in the series, The Last Refuge (St. Martin's Press 2012). Coes has always been a good-to-great writer, but here, he's on a par with the best (I won't name names). Dewey is vintage Good Guy with the loyalty, strength, common man characteristics we Andreas fans have come to expect from our hero. There are lots of Great Dewey moments like this one:

"Dewey sprinted throu
Sep 01, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Dewey Andreas series. The series rushes along at a breakneck pace. All the better to obscure the gaps in logic and the leaps of faith required to swallow the abilities of our hero. But never mind that, you didn't read this book for a sober exposition of the Iranian efforts to become a nuclear nation and its ongoing enmity towards Israel. Israeli commando Kohl Meir (great-grandson of Golda Meir) and his team rescued Dewey Andreas at the end of "Coup d'Etat" (2011), losing six of the tea ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Brent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ben Coes continues his string of success with The Last Refuge, the third installment in his series of thrillers starring former Delta Force soldier, Dewey Andreas.

The Last Refuge picks up right after the conclusion of Coup D'Etat, the second book in the series. Iranian agents have kidnapped an Israeli commando (Kohl Meir) and transported him back to Tehran, where he is being held and tortured in the notorious Evin Prison while awaiting a show trial for murder. Dewey owes his life to Meir's brave
Jun 17, 2012 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iran + nuclear device capability + captured son of former prime minister of Israel + rogue American agent + slippery government leaders = The Last Refuge. Where's the refuge again?

This book is very Clancy-esque. Coe strikes the right balance between techo-details and storyline development. His hero, Dewey Andreas, is memorable - see, I even remembered his name. The layered storytelling used by Clancy came through nicely, and major storylines were resolved nicely. In an apparent afterthought, and
Oct 08, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Refuge If you're a fan of books filled with covert operations that seemingly fit into today's military/political events then you should read "The Last Refuge".I read this book utilizing the text-to-speech feature on my kindle and found the writing to be very explicit in its characterization of people and events so much so that I was able to visualize the events as they played out, awesome. This is the first book that I've read by this author, which happens to be the third in the series ...more
Jacob Peled
Jul 22, 2013 Jacob Peled rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-stars, _2013
What a junk story.
So many superheroes. Such an unbelievable story. I am an Israeli, and let me tell you that one of the heroes in that story is an Israeli soldier. The way that the character is describe, is so none-Israeli, you can tell the author knows nothing about Israelis. I read half the book and throw it away. I got to the description of the Iranian trial, and it was so ridiculously described, that it was like an insult to the reader. Ben Coes has a long way to go, in order to resemble th
Narrator: Peter Hermann

Too many things happening in different countries at the same time, like the first two books, but where I could follow those, in this 3rd installment, I got a bit lost. It's a book best read or listened to accompanied by the ebook, IMO. Unless you're familiar with handling nuclear bombs. Not only am I totally unfamiliar with that, I'm new to the action-thriller genre. I loved the first two books and was looking forward to this one because
Jul 09, 2014 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ben Coes is the new champion of thrillers. He has now written four books and the fifth will be out soon. I just read #3, The Last Refuge. Wow, it gets pretty "hairy" at times. Dewey Andreas is an incredible guy that you don't want to get on his bad side, EVER!! Great story of an Isreali Special Forces Commander abducted in New York by the Iranians and Dewey's commitment to get him freed. In addition he is trying to stop the Iranians from sending a Nuke to Tel Aviv, Israel. The last part of the b ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Ben Coes delivers a super-fast-paced thriller that will leave you ravenously turning page after page, from beginning to end. At no point did I want to put this book down (and thankfully there were only a couple of necessary interruptions for the duration of my reading this!).

This is a thriller in many senses (spy thriller, action thriller, suspense thriller), but one additional—and utterly terrifying—sense of that word, is how close to reality the plot actually is in this case. Whil
Feb 02, 2014 Martin rated it it was amazing
Again a great book about Dewy Andreas. in the last book his live was saved by an Israeli secret agent, an now, when this very same man is abducted by Iran, Dewey cannot do anything else then try to save this man. Apart from that Iran is threatening to destroy Tel Aviv with a nuclear bomb, so it's a double mission for Dewey. Again, it takes some time before the real action starts, but that is in no way a problem with this writer. You easily read through the beginnings and explanations of the firs ...more
Emma Lee
Jun 14, 2012 Emma Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His chief character, Dewey Andreas, isn’t a know-it-all maverick. He knows his weaknesses and is shown remembering and putting his training into practice. He’s not afraid to consult experts or own up to what he doesn’t know. As audacious as his plans seems, Dewey knows what he needs to make it work. Unfortunately, his main opponent, Abu Paria, the brutal head of the Iranian Secret Service is a good match for Dewey’s cunning, skill and tenaciousness. Where they differ is that Dewey sees his empat ...more
Wendy Hines
Jul 12, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Brad Thor will devour The Last Refuge! A political thriller that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat, Ben Coes leaves no stone unturned in this action-packed thriller!

Dewey Andreas goes to meet Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Mier in New York, but the meeting never happens. Mier has been kidnapped by Iranians and the outlook isn't good. Mier had saved Andreas life so he won't rest until he has done everything he can to rescue Mier.

On top of that, there is political turmoil with
Jul 29, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Coes' The Last Refuge through Goodreads, and I am so glad that I did. I haven't read a lot of books dealing with covert operations, espionage, action, and spies although I did read Patriot Games by Tom Clancy and enjoyed that. I mostly stick to mysteries, but when I read the summary for The Last Refuge something just caught my attention. I really loved reading The Last Refuge and found it very hard to put down. The book grabs you from the very beginning with t ...more
Aug 29, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Kohl Meir has come to New York to recruit Dewey Andreas to help him complete a very secret mission. Meir had been tipped off that Iran had finally succeeded in building their first nuclear weapon, one they were planning to use to attack Israel. His source has seen the bomb.

Before they can meet Meir is kidnapped off the streets of Brooklyn by the Iranian Secret Service. They transport him back to Iran where he is imprisoned and tortured and now must stand trial. The trial is just for show. When f
Oct 31, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Another excellent Coes novel. The author is a master with words: detailed description, plot lines that twist into directions one can never predict, and even development of characters throughout the series and well as within the book. This third book in the series picks up where the previous ended, using a plot line developed in the second and makes it one of the central tenets of this, the most explosive (no pun) book yet. Dealing with Iran and its nuclear ambitions, Coes sets the scene for a pl ...more
May 12, 2013 Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iranian agents have kidnapped an Israeli commando (Kohl Meir) and transported him back to Tehran, where he is being held and tortured in the notorious Evin Prison while awaiting a show trial for murder. Dewey owes his life to Meir's bravery, and he feels honor-bound to attempt to rescue him from almost certain execution at the hands of the Iranians.

The story unfolds at a brisk pace, as the Iranians have just achieved their goal of building a nuclear weapon and the regime wants to unleash it on I
Rob Williams
Sep 26, 2015 Rob Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Good thriller that does what it says on the tin. Very easy to read and with enough thrills to keep you turning the page. Part of a series of books but can be read as stand alone. In style it reminded me of Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series.
Will definitely look out for the others by the author.
Rick Fisher
This was a goodreads giveaway. My first novel by Ben Coes. I was excited to read this due to the exemplary blurbs on the back by Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Mr Coes novels have even been compared to Mr Flynn and Mr Thors. I found this not to be the case.
Although the story was okay, it never started that easy flow all great novels have. In reading this novel, I waited and waited for my interest level to peak, then overflow. I found it only mildly interesting.
Overall, a good novel. Just not qui
Jun 05, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of spy thrillers and military fiction.
Recommended to Jim by: Previous titles by the author.
BEN COES is one of the leading writers of spy-techno thrillers. THE LAST REFUGE is the third book of currently five in the series featuring Dewey Andreas. Dewey is an independent agent working for the CIA, Department of Defense, NSA and Homeland Security. In this third installment, Dewey and his friends are tracking the progress of Iran's nuclear weapons program. Through an informant, the United States spy coalition is told that Iran does indeed have a least one atom bomb. Dewey is called in to ...more
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