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Eye for an Eye

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In Ben Coes' latest, Eye for an Eye, Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey—and inflicts a horrifying loss.

When Dewey Andreas uncovers the identity of a mole embedded at a high level in Israel's Mossad, it triggers a larger, more dangerous plot. The mole was the most important asset of Chinese Intelligence, and Fao Bhang, head of China's Ministry of State Security (MSS), responds to the discovery and brutal elimination of the mole, by immediately placing a kill order on the man responsible—Dewey Andreas.

Dewey is tracked to Argentina, where he is on vacation with his fiancée, Jessica Tanzer, a U.S. National Security Advisor. A top-level kill team is sent in quickly and quietly, but their attack fails to take out Dewey. The collateral damage, however, is both horrifying and deeply personal. With nothing left to lose, Andreas is determined to have his revenge. Once he learns who is probably behind the attack—and why they are after him—Dewey goes rogue, using all of his assets and skills to launch a counterattack. Andreas must now face the full weight and might of the MSS, Chinese Intelligence, and the formidable Fao Bhang, if he's to achieve his one last goal: revenge on a biblical scale, no matter the odds or the armies that he will have to fight his way through. Andreas—former Army Ranger and Delta—is a man of great skills and cunning. His opponent, Fao Bhang, is ruthless, determined, and with no limit to the assets at his disposal.

In this conflict, there are only two possible outcomes. And only one Dewey Andreas.

420 pages, Hardcover

First published July 9, 2013

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Ben Coes

20 books1,651 followers
Hi and thanks for visiting my Goodreads profile!

I'm a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of international political and espionage thrillers. Nine of these books are part of a series featuring Dewey Andreas, including:

Power Down #1
Coup D'Etat #2
The Last Refuge #3
Eye for an Eye #4
Independence Day #5
Trap the Devil #6
First Strike #7
Bloody Sunday #8

The Russian is the first book in a new spin-off series about the Russian Mafia, starring Rob Tacoma.

My next book The Island comes out this summer and is available for pre-order.

All of my books are based on current events and are strongly influenced by friends who are or were in the military, law enforcement, and intelligence circles.

I went to Columbia College and was awarded the university's highest writing award, the Bennett Cerf Memorial Prize for Fiction. I was a White House Intern under Ronald Reagan and served as a White House-appointed speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of Energy during the Gulf War. I was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

I lives in Massachusetts with my wife and children.

I hope you'll visit my website and sign-up for my newsletter: https://bencoes.com

Thanks for being a reader!!

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Profile Image for Frances.
192 reviews320 followers
May 28, 2016
Ben Coes has written an electrifying spy thriller that keeps you glued to every page and just doesn’t let up. Dewey Andreas, a former delta force member who works for the CIA, goes rogue on a personal mission of revenge to eliminate top officials within China’s government by any means possible. There is ample heart pounding action throughout this fascinating and superb novel. The best spy thriller read in 2015, and is easily in my top reads ever! Highly recommended!
Profile Image for Sean Peters.
662 reviews121 followers
August 15, 2018
What can I say, another Ben Coes novel finished, another dose of Dewey Andreas !

Another epic story, but this one does get personal !

This story really if fast paced from the start, especially as you have a good idea of whats to follow.

Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey—and inflicts a horrifying loss.

This is an electrifying spy thriller that keeps you glued to every page and just doesn’t let up, the fastest pace so far in the series, this military action novel is an absolute adrenaline rush.

This story loaded with political intrigue, lost love, political ambition and revenge, Dewey Andreas becomes the target for assassination, with the evil Fao Bhang is the head of China's state security and places an immediate kill order on Andreas.

The carnage caused by Dewey’s quest for vengeance stretches across Europe and into Asia. Depth is added as the storyline fluctuates between bloody shootouts among multinational paramilitary operators and tense political negotiations with heads of state, covert operations directors and numerous ambassadors, CIA and M16.

A heart pounding, rollercoaster of a thriller.

Clear five stars.

Profile Image for Matt.
3,718 reviews12.8k followers
February 28, 2014
Coes entertains everyone with one of his best books to date. Dewey Andreas is back for another instalment of thrills and excitement, all while remaining covert and travelling under the radar. When Dewey learns of a Chinese mole within Mossad, he outs the man, and the Chinese receive a kick in the teeth, espionage-style. Upon learning of Dewey's antics, China delivers their own version of the fatwa, calling for the death of Dewey Andreas at any cost. When disaster strikes Dewey's personal life as the Chinese try to avenge their pride, Dewey ups the ante and will not let up until he's delivered the ultimate payback on those responsible. As the book's title suggests, the rest of the story becomes the see-saw battle between Dewey and China's clandestine service, with nuanced political undertones regarding the financial policy of the United States. With a little help from the Agency and MI6, Dewey vows to stop at nothing as he dodges numerous attempts on his life in order to delivery the ultimate act of retributiopn. With fast-paced chapters that will not let up, Coes pulls the writer in and will not let them go until the epilogue's close.

Fans of the series will love this book. It redefines the thriller and espionage genre without touching on the over-used Taliban and Al-Qaeda themes. The ever-evolving cat and mouse game turns the plot into something that will keep the reader up late into the night, as they try to discover what each side has up their sleeves. Wonderfully written with real-life dialogue and settings, Coes uses his abilities and pushes them to the limit, doing so as successfully as any writer of the genre I have had the pleasure of reading.

Kudos, Mr. Coes for this wonderful novel. I cannot rave enough about this book, this series, and this author.
Profile Image for Scott A. Miller.
504 reviews17 followers
March 6, 2023
5 Stars. It stretched reality as a truly top notch thriller must and was my favorite Dewey book so far, even if I knew what the catalyst for the title would be from the very beginning. Coes writes a great cast of characters. Can’t wait for the next one.
Profile Image for Jacqui.
Author 66 books183 followers
June 23, 2013
Ben Coes' latest Dewey Andreas thriller, "Eye for an Eye" (St. Martin's Press 2013) is the best in the series. With each book, Coes proves why his name belongs with the likes of Brad Thor, Vince Flynn (such sorrow over his recent death), and Ted Bell (I wish he'd get another book out there) rather than the new guy on the thriller block.

This is a heart-wrenching story filled with action, violence, clever deductions--everything we've come to expect from Coes' Andreas series. But, in this one, we get more--a peek into who really is Dewey Andreas. When we see this quintessential warrior picking wedding china with his fiance, it's clear how the man who opened this series, who knew little about life other than how to fight and kill--had always claimed it was what he was intended to do--has changed. He's becoming human, pausing to consider the needs of others, beginning to believe there is life outside of guns and international madmen who want to destroy the civilized world and the isolation Andreas has known most of his adult life. On a pre-wedding South American 'vacation' trip with his fiancee, that fragile belief is ripped away by a powerful foe from Andreas' past, intent on vengeance. Where normal humans would crumple under the emotional weight, Dewey returns to the hind brain self he knows best, trusts implicitly--

"Anger fueled with sorrow, hatred, and every other dark force that had ever completed any man to kill ...washed over him like a storm tide... Every step for the rest of his life...would be scarred by that pain which now coursed through him ... It was that time he'd come to recognize, that crucible that alone was Dewey's, a gift and a curse; the moment of the warrior."

Andreas does 'what he does best' and spends the next three hundred pages bringing to justice the man who is responsible for destroying his dream. It doesn't matter to our hero if that means his death as long as the score is evened and his internal pain ends.This is the man we met in all prior Andreas novels, the one who took a back seat to the human who fell in love with Jessica. Because of a Chinese politician named Fao Bang, the warrior is back.

It never ceases to amaze me how well-plotted Coes' stories are, no matter their intricacy, no matter their temporal disparity. I wish he'd share how that's done. Does he use a fifty-page draft or let his characters lead? Whichever it is, plots and subplots are interwoven seamlessly. His characters are believable, their voices strong, dialogue crisp and organic. There is never a spot in this story where I thought he wasted my time (a tragic no-no for thrillers) or confused me. No errors that spoil the story.

I recommend this entire series be on the Must-read list for every thriller fan.
Profile Image for Paul.
888 reviews70 followers
October 7, 2014
Eye for an Eye – Brilliant hits the target.

Eye for an Eye by Ben Coes has on its jacket from the publishers some very big statements made about it. Calling the hero, Dewey Andreas, a hero like no other, comparing him to Bourne, Bond or Jack Reacher and calling them out. When you think of an all American hero you think of some steroid muscle bound klutz at best, John McClane or Rambo at worst.

As you read the book you are taken aback by the pace, the action of the book so much so you could use every cliché in the book and still not be able to describe it credibly. I got so in to the book I was casting the characters for when this is made in to a movie, currently I have Gerard Butler as Dewey but that could change. The prose is crisp the imagery strong and the research top notch; brought together you get an all action thriller that delivers on all levels.

Dewey Andreas is a former Delta Force operative who has done wet work for the CIA he is a highly prized asset who is engaged to be married to the current President’s National Security Advisor and for once he is happy. It is while he is with his fiancé that things go sideways when Fao Bhang the head of the Chinese Security Ministry sends a kill team out to deal with Andreas and kill her instead by mistake.

Andreas is intent on revenge and will do anything to be able to kill Bhang, the problem is that he has not been out of China in 10 years and is well guarded and has the full support that his position entails. What we get is a full scale personal war that takes place across the world each dancing round each other like a pair of demented scorpions. The body count increases as they carry on their dance of who will come out on top. There are some great back stories as well as a parallel stories running alongside which help to give the book some depth.

This is an excellent action thriller that does everything you could wish for it ticks all the boxes and is a real page turner. The characters are fantastic and strong uncompromising everything you expect from someone who works in the dark world of the intelligence services. Whoever reads this book will have no regrets whatsoever.
Profile Image for Pamela Small.
429 reviews38 followers
August 2, 2013

I usually ONLY give 5* to literary works, but Ben Coes gets it from me:

COMPELLING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! Dewey Andreas, the protagonist, is a tragic character with a dark side but also with a macho, heroic, and very appealing softer side. Mr. Coes is exceptional in developing rounded, dynamic characters who thoroughly engage the reader! d

ENTHRALLING PLOT! What a thrill ride! The heightened suspense kept building as Andreas jettisoned the plot at heart racing speed! The thrust of the plot never slowed or stopped, and this reader couldn't stop being swept along with it! The rising action was just that: all action! Never a dull page!

DYNAMIC DENOUEMENT! All to often, a reader invests time in a novel, only to be disappointed at the ending. EYE FOR AN EYE has THE perfect ending and epilogue! Can't wait for #5!

If you like Brad Thor, Vince Flynn (R.I.P.), you will also like Ben Coes, the rather new man on the block. (His first novel, POWER DOWN was published in 2010). Keep them coming, Mr. Coes! You have an audience who loves the winner's spirit in Dewey!

Profile Image for Tim.
2,130 reviews200 followers
October 25, 2015
I found this story predictable, which led to some boredom at times. Overall, it still held interest for the most part. Coes is not the next Vince Flynn, nor Brad Taylor in my opinion. 5 of 10 stars
Profile Image for Kashif.
134 reviews20 followers
November 10, 2019
Eye for an Eye is by far, my favorite Dewey Andreas thriller. This top-notch action thriller contains high octane shootouts and vehicular combat, moments invoking gut wrenching emotions, and a captivating political theater that seems to be derived from authentic, real-world politics of governments.
Eye for an Eye continues the journey of Dewey Andreas, a former Delta operative. As a result of a previous mission, Dewey faces tragic consequences by a high-ranking member in the Chinese government, which pits Dewey on a path of vengeance against a man whose movements are shadowed and protected with the highest regard. Seeing Dewey’s life turn upside down hits the readers like a freight train, with the author describing Dewey’s emotions with a finesse that motivates the readers as much as Dewey to exact revenge from those who harmed him ever so gravely. This made for a vast playground for fast-paced action sequences that compliment the captivating writing of the author.
The action sequences strike a healthy balance between realistic and cinematic. The shootouts are quick and gritty, with descriptive but not overwhelming statements of weaponry and tactics, which make the shootouts even more engaging to read. There is a stunning nail-biting car chase which combines vehicular and firearm-based combat, that feels right at home within the Dewey Andreas universe of stunning action sequences.
The action itself is complimented by the driving force of the story; Dewey’s need for revenge. The author did a superb job of capturing Dewey’s pain and his emotions, showcasing them throughout the narrative, helping readers resonate with Dewey to understand the darkness inside him. Dewey’s berserk mode is switched to the high setting, as he wreaks havoc on the antagonists. The story is further augmented by the political aspect of US and China relationship, giving a glimpse behind the curtains of the complex political and economic cogs at play.
All in all, Eye for an Eye is a top-notch action thriller that keeps the reader glued to the book from the first chapter. With a successful blend of action, politics, thrills, twists, and romance, this is a definite must-read for action thriller fans looking for a new book to lose themselves into.
Profile Image for Benjamin Thomas.
1,953 reviews271 followers
October 28, 2014
I've been on-board with this series since the beginning when Power Down was first published a few years ago. That was an eye-opener and marked what I knew would be a fine writing career for Ben Coes, if he chose to stick with it. Four books later I am happy to report that all is well with this series and, in fact, it has somehow managed to improve.

This book is just what a 4th book in an action-thriller series should be. It's not a repeat of the previous novels (i.e. Coes does not succumb to the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" formula trap that often happens with these series). Instead of a direct mission to stop terrorists, Dewey Andreas and his cohorts are forced to react to circumstances that have built up from previous books. The title "Eye for an Eye" is an obvious clue to the fact that this is a revenge story, and indeed it is...but so much more than that. That phrase, even, has more than one meaning in the novel but I won't spoil that for you. Rest assured that there is high emotional content to accompany the exquisitely written action plot. I especially enjoyed the characters' plan for the final climactic scenes...the staging and the execution of their plan. I really cared what happened with these characters, even the minor ones; always a sign of a good read. The action/spy craft was spot on as well without being burdensome. Well done!

I'll be anxiously waiting for the next book by Mr Coes.
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34 reviews1 follower
July 21, 2013
Excellent book and another reason (besides Brad Thor) that I am frequently seen with earbuds firmly implanted. When Ben Coes and Brad Thor come out with books on the same day...???? Well, that's just not spreading the wealth out over time !!

In this fourth installment of the Dewey Andreas series, Mr. Coes wraps intrigue, Chinese politics, romance and Dewey's take-no-prisoners approach into one excellent package. I'm doing my usual "no spoiler" review, but Dewey goes on some serious rampages in this novel: well justified and no holds barred. My only critique is with the narrator that read me the novel -- I'm almost ready to put Coes on the list of books (James Rollins too) that must be physically read because the narration was really bad. When Dewey is speaking to himself to keep his morale high, the narrator groaned and grunted like.... Well, it wasn't a good narration. This review is for the audiobook version and it was bad enough that I took away a star.

The story never stops moving. As events unfold, they do so with logical purpose and credibility. Some thrillers leave me saying "that's not even remotely possible," but Coes's writing is step-by-step, country-by-country, event-to-event. And all at a non-stop pace that leads to me being very anti-social for the 14 hours or so when I was listening. Great novel. Read the first three books first !!
Profile Image for PhobicPrerogative.
536 reviews19 followers
October 2, 2019
"You have to be kidding" was my thought when I read the synopsis of this book. I figured the reason for the 'eye for an eye' wouldn't be what I thought it was but alas, it was confirmed some hundred-odd pages later.
This reminds me of Robert Ludlum's Bourne series once it was taken over by Eric Van Lustbader.
But like in other books that make this kind of move, I put the series down, smart for a bit, and carry on.
Profile Image for SteVen Hendricks.
518 reviews14 followers
January 26, 2022
Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey - and inflicts a horrifying loss. When Dewey uncovers the identity of a mole embedded at a high level in Israel’s Mossad, it triggers a larger, more dangerous plot. The mole was the most important asset of Chinese Intelligence, and the head of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), responds to the discovery and brutal elimination of the mole, by immediately placing a kill order on the man responsible - Dewey Andreas. Andreas must now face the full weight and might of the MSS, Chinese Intelligence. Ben Coes is now one of my favorite authors. Absolutely love his Dewey Andreas character.
4,863 reviews53 followers
May 9, 2014
Fourth book in the Dewey Andreas series. After the events of the last book, the intelligence community sends a grotesque gift to the daughter of the Chinese premier, to goad the head of Chinese intelligence into making a move.

This leads to an ever escalating feud between Andreas and the entire Chinese intelligence community.

Very exciting.
Profile Image for Penney.
355 reviews13 followers
December 7, 2017
Why the hell must a women die as a plot device in every political action mystery to motivate a man for revenge? So tired of it.
Profile Image for Anna Mills.
29 reviews5 followers
September 6, 2013
I have never, ever read a thriller, at least not like this one. "Eye for an Eye" by Ben Coes frightened the heck out of me! Does this stuff really go on like I suspect it does? How does the author live with this in his head? And how do I review it without giving away too much?
Let me tell you that there is a different world out there; just turn these pages. Very rapid action, a staccato pace. You need to hold your breath just so you can survive reading the story.
Coes gives just enough detail to lull the reader into the plot and so that there is no veering from the immediate scene. He gives what the reader needs to understand the situation, but never guess the out come. Masterful with tension!
The identification and execution of a very high level mole and
a mistaken assassination changes the urgency and makes it much more personal to Dewey Andreas. All this with the undercurrent of a recession and the need by government for real money. That means China and bond sales to you and me. The showcasing of unbelievable systems of torture, and, then, of course, the role of the ubiquitous and necessary NSA.
Ever wonder what state assassins get paid? If they survive?
On a personal note, there is a wedding ring scene that is truly breathtaking. And a Louis Vuitton trunk that the reader will never forget. And a brazen insult from a cabbie gets him quite a tip.
Overall, very, very well written.
Profile Image for Mike (the Paladin).
3,145 reviews1,811 followers
January 17, 2016
Well, this gets the lowest of any Dewy Andreas thriller so far. I have liked the Dewy Andreas character and the adventures he's been "drawn into". Lots of action lots of good characters and plots...all good.

This time we went down a fairly familiar road, a road that can be very bothersome when the character is supposed to be a professional. No it's not a spoiler to tell you that the heart of the plot here is that Dewy in involved in the death of an innocent, one he cares about.

And he loses it. The book becomes heavy with something that can get old real fast. It becomes angsty. It not only becomes angsty there are times Dewy sounds like a petulant teenager. "I didn't ask for your help" he almost whines. "I didn't ask to be involved"...I can almost hear a kid saying, "I didn't ask to be born!"

Yes it's a bad event, yes it hurts but Dewy going off the reservation and off the deep end to the point of endangering others because he's so "broken up" just didn't ring true for the character. At least it doesn't/didn't to me.

The book is better than a 2 star and it does pull itself together (finally) and "get on with it". But I think this may be the weakest so far...and I hope weakest ever...in the series.

So it's not a bad read, 2.5 to3 stars. maybe you'll get into it more than I did. Hope so.
Profile Image for Nightengail.
10 reviews
August 10, 2013
I won this book from Bookreporter.com and was asked to review it on their site. It is not my usual choice for a subject matter and style of writing. I feel obligated to finish it but I am not enjoying it. It is violent and crude with very little character description or background. It reads like a movie script and I think I would enjoy it more as a movie. But I am not done reading it yet so maybe in the end I will enjoy the story. To be continued....

I finished the book and my opinion did not change. The story was more action then plot, more of a movie script than a novel with an implausible ending. It was fast paced but I didn't enjoy the revenge story line. I didn't read the first three novels in the series so I didn't have any attachment to the main character, Dewey Andreas. I didn't get to know him as he seemed to be a robot fueled by his anger.
2,490 reviews41 followers
June 2, 2013
Ben Coes has written a racehorse thriller that doesn't let up from beginning to end. Dewey Andreas has been a thorn in the side of enemies of the U.S. worldwide.

His uncovering of a Chinese asset in Mossad angers the head of the Chinese ministry and leads to a death that sets Andreas on a personal mission of revenge. Nothing will stop him, not even financial pressure from China.

The action is unrelenting and the slam-bang finale lives up to the author's growing reputation as a thriller writer par excellence.

Recommended highly.
Profile Image for Donna.
3,901 reviews18 followers
April 30, 2015
This was the perfect spy thriller. I enjoyed this SO MUCH!!! It was everything I love about this genre of books. This was perfect. I haven't read any other of Ben Coes' novels, but I plan on reading every last one of them.

I liked the characters. Some of them were trapped in stereotypes, but I enjoyed them none the less. They were like-able. The author came dangerously close to the line of too many characters, but he managed them well and didn't let it all unravel. The story was easy to visualize.

I liked the steady pace as well. Overall, I loved this book.
Profile Image for Gretchen Passantino.
8 reviews3 followers
July 22, 2013
Sometimes I was confused while reading this book: Did I pick up today's Wall Street Journal or is it the next chapter in Eye for an Eye? If you're uncomfortable w/a spending out of control US govt, & an ever more powerful financial force from China, then you'll be uncomfortable w/the story line in this book. A compelling plot, believable world threats, & main characters you are glad are on the job. If only there were a few Dewey Andreas operatives in real life!
Profile Image for Mark.
2,184 reviews20 followers
August 5, 2021
Dewey on a revenge quest like John Wayne in the "Searchers"...basically Dewey vs. the entire Chinese security apparatus searching for vengeance for the killing of his fiancée...unbelievable, but a fun read!
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Author 3 books25 followers
August 4, 2015
I really enjoyed this book. Action,action, action and never a dull moment from start to finish. Plenty of others have included a storyline synopsis so I won't go into that. Bottom line: If you enjoy fast paced thrillers Ben Coes is an author definitely worth checking out. Well done Ben!
Profile Image for Mike.
258 reviews7 followers
July 22, 2013
Dewey Andreas is a great character for this genre of books. The first three Ben Coes books were very entertaining. But, the events of this book were just too incredulous which dampened the story.
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211 reviews2 followers
July 15, 2013
A solid five stars. I really enjoyed the book and hope there is another sequel in the works. While fiction, it does make one wonder how much it reflects reality in today's world.
Profile Image for Samuel .
178 reviews114 followers
January 17, 2015

Ben Coes. Looking for a realistic thriller? You've come to the wrong place. From laughable research errors to action sequences which are like an artillery barrage against the laws of physics, do not expect something like Brad Taylor or Stephen England when reading his books. What his Dewey Andreas series does offer however is over the top fun. His work is what would happen if you combine fun factor of Matthew Riley, the writing style of Ernst Hemingway and the politics of Brad Thor. Like an 80's action movie, the Andreas series is best enjoyed by snapping your suspension of disbelief in advance. Before Russia crashed into Ukraine and Islamic terrorism reared its ugly head once more in the form of Daesh, the People's Republic of China was becoming the threat of choice for spy thriller novelists. Along with Alex Berenson's "The Ghost Agent "Tom Clancy's Threat Vector (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, DID A REVIEW), "Eye For An Eye" focuses on Modern China in the post 9/11 world. Now to the review. What would be the worst thing to happen if you annoyed a spymaster?

The novel begins in the basement of a London mansion to an event alluded to in book 3. Dewey Andreas and a friend of his are busy torturing the Iranian ambassador to the UN. He happened to know the identity of an asset cultivated by Chinese foreign intelligence, one which was lent to the Iranians. They succeeded and the asset gets his employment at Mossad cut short from a vengeful Israeli special forces operative hacking him to death with an axe. While this is happening, the DCI and the directors generals of the SIS and Mossad hatch upon the "genius" idea of shipping the corpse of the asset back to his handler. They do and what happens creates a stir during a birthday party in Zhongnanhai, Beijing. It also pisses off Fao Bhang, Minister for state security and one of the three most powerful men in China. Knowing the "package" was meant as a cheap trick by his enemies to knock him down a notch, he decides to get even and after a bit of investigation, decides to target Dewey Andreas, the man who burned the Ministry's most important asset. He arranges to have Andreas killed in Argentina where he's vacationing with his fiancée, Jessica Tanzer. As you would expect, the wrong target gets hit. And what results in a series of escalating events, is a face off between a crazed former Delta Force operators and the leader of Asia's best foreign intelligence service, played out on the world stage.

In terms of plot "Eye For An Eye" goes farther than the previous book. More action, thrills and improved pacing. From the offices of China's MSS to a gunfight across the arrivals area of Lisbon International airport, the bullets fly as fast as you can turn the pages. This book is about brute force and blows apart subtlety with the force of a jetliner full of semtex. While Coes isn't known for his research, he's got a very good imagination. The men at the Ministry Of State security and the well equipped shooters they deploy are very fun to watch and perhaps the best part of the book. They may be equipped with different kit in real life but this book is about the fun factor, not realism.

Characters? Five standouts.
First, Dewey Andreas. Ben Coes is very good at letting us see a different side of his main character in each of his books. This time? It's Dewey's crazy side which comes full front and center. Yes, he's off his rocker but actually, lot more lively compared to the previous books when he's either filled with depression, self-loathing and guilt. In this book, he takes the idea of a "one man army" and runs with it. From a crazy foray into Beijing's Capital Airport and a large set-piece on the highway leading into downtown Lisbon, Coes does not hold back when it comes to writing situations which would get mere mortals killed a thousand times over.

Next, Derek Chalmers, director general of the SIS. Unlike his more idealistic American counterpart, Chalmers is a properly good spymaster, despite being one of the responsible parties in causing the mess that ensures during the book. He's willing to take risks, is at peace with the decisions he makes and is the one who wants to get Andreas in a position to kill the main antagonist despite the DCI's dithering. It's like he knows Dewey will survive and wanted to hurry things along. With him is Veronica Smythson, who runs operations at the SIS. Despite having limited time, Coes made her into a affable but tough-as-nails intelligence officer with a menacing edge. She's a dab hand with a SIG-Sauer P226 which is rather revealing. I hope she appears with her boss in a future book because they (almost) nearly stole the show from the other characters.

Then, there is the main antagonist, Fao Bhang. He stole the show. It might sound strange but I did sympathize with this guy. Look at it this way. He's a professional spymaster acting for the interests of his country and his overseas enemies decide to bring him down, by eliminating an asset whom he has spent years cultivating. So understandably, he tries to fight back. He didn't ask or start the small war that ensures in the book. It was the SIS, Mossad and Dewey's friend, the DCI who did with their genius idea and allowed the main character to get targeted. He was a great character and has so much potential for future books, but unfortunately, it was not to be.
Finally, there's Premier Li. Coes surprises with a decent portrayal of a Chinese politician. Practical, realistic, pretty likable and not a fool, he's more than a match for his spymaster and at the end of the book, outplays the surviving antagonists.

Now, after the first two books, I've grown accustomed to the author's tendency to leave his books littered with research errors and implausibilities. I'm no longer annoyed as much but there were some in this book which were astonishingly bad. I'll just leave with three. Firstly, the author put a manual safety catch on a Glock 19. It was an error so simple that it could have been avoided. Glocks only have their modified trigger/internal safeties and as someone who trained on the Glock 19, that is a bit of a slap in the face. Secondly, at one point, the MSS are moving in on Dewey inside a London mansion after a cocktail party. Problem is, the Chinese Ambassador happens to be sitting in as the op takes place. I'll repeat this again, THE CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO BRITAIN, a HIGH VALUE DIGNITARY, situated a few hundred meters away from a elite special forces veteran out to murder anyone connected with the PRC political/intelligence establishment. The ambassador had no training, no required expertise and there was already a man from the MSS London station in the room overseeing the operation. That intelligence officer even lampshades how unnecessary it is for the ambassador to be sitting in on the op. If I had been the MSS London station chief, I would have had the ambassador thrown into the back of a armored Mercedes S-Class and zipped off to the protection of the PRC Embassy ASAP. As you would expect, it does not go well for the ambassador when Mr Andreas walks into the room with a Heckler and Koch MP7 PDW. Secondly, Mr Coes issues Chinese law enforcement with the Beretta Cx4 carbine, something any Tom, Dick and Harry would know is most certainly not standard issue. The author even equipped one of the MSS shooters with the actual standard assault rifle for the PRC armed services and law enforcement, the QBZ-95. Why he didn't with the Chinese law enforcement shall remain a mystery. There are others like these two but I wouldn't finish this review if I listed them all.

Overall, my verdict on the book is this. Looking for a well researched, story with realism, plausibility and accurate technical details? Look elsewhere to authors like Brad Taylor, Mark Greaney's Tom Clancy books and Stephen England. But if you couldn't care less and just want the fastest paced entertainment possible, accuracy and plausibility be damned, Ben Coes delivers in spades. His books have more killing, twists and espionage shenanigans than most Brad Thor novels. Have a long flight to a holiday? Imprisoned in some boring engagement you never wanted to attend? The Dewey Andreas series delivers freedom from boredom in a storm of blood and explosions.

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2,473 reviews
January 12, 2023
Years ago I read the first Dewey Andreas thriller (Power Down) and liked it. A year or so later I read the 2nd. It was pretty good, my type of thriller. Then I got caught up in other authors and characters and drifted away from Dewey Andreas.

When The Island (Dewey Andreas #9) by Ben Coes came out (book #9) I decided to jump ahead and read it. The book sounded too good to be true. But it lived up to all the hype. It was great! "Die Hard" in NYC again. I loved the action, the characters, and the whole darn story. It got me hooked on Dewey Andreas (and Rob Tacoma).

So, I went back and resumed the series with book #3 The Last Refuge (Dewey Andreas, #3) by Ben Coes . More action and I believe the introduction of Tacoma. I already have used hardback copies of books 5 and 6, and my digital libraary has book #7. Just need to buy book #8 and I will be caught up. And yes, I read Ben Coes spinoff novel: The Russian (featuring Rob Tacoma).

Eye for an Eye continues the line of exciting action thrillers. Action in South America, Asia, Europe and the U.S. Dewey is fast becoming one of my favorite action characters. Looking forward to another Dewey Andreas (or Tacoma) thriller.

Next read is one of my other favorite action characters (Reese from Terminal List) in In the Blood (Terminal List, #5) by Jack Carr
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1,737 reviews44 followers
December 29, 2022
I should give this book 1 star for what he did. I was so upset when he killed off one of my favorite characters. If it had been a book instead of my iPad I would thrown it against out the door. WTH makes authors do that kind of shit?

BUT, it was still a terrific story. Unlike some readers I don't read a book to pick it apart. I don't care about little things being worded wrong or describing a gun wrong. That's just stupid. I want a good story.

Like Dewey wanting to kill the man who ordered the hit and went through hell before he got to him. But I kinda wish Dewey could have gotten him alone and slowly killed him for what he did.

No sex and the F-bomb was used 103 times.

As for the narration: Peter Hermann did a fantastic job on the voices and the emotions when he read.

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28 reviews2 followers
November 30, 2021
Third book in series, Dewey Andreas, former Army Ranger and Member Delta force goes after those in China’s government for an attempted assassination on Dewey for uncovering China top mole in the Israelis Mossad. When Dewey’s fiancée is killed in the assassination attempt Dewey is out for revenge. Good story great characters.
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