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Independence Day

(Dewey Andreas #5)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  3,936 ratings  ·  249 reviews
Dewey Andreas, former Delta and newly recruited intelligence agent, is sidelined after screwing up his last two operations. Still drowning in grief after the tragic murder of his fiancé, Dewey has seemingly lost his focus, his edge, and the confidence of his superiors.

A high level Russian hacker, known only as Cloud, is believed to be routing large amounts of money to var

Hardcover, 502 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Benjamin Thomas
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’ve read enough action hero/CIA/anti-terrorism novels now to fill a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf and frankly, it’s getting hard for me to work up much enthusiasm for them anymore. After all how many times can one person consistently be the guy or gal in the right place at the right time to save millions of people by defusing a bomb from some genius nutcase with an axe to grind against the good ol’ USA? It’s been done over and over, and given the times we live in I feel confident in my opinion tha ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Not a bad book. It is however the weakest (in my opinion) in this series. I have so far liked the Dewey Andreas series. That said, this one was a little, disappointing for a while.

See, Dewey has been through some hard time and great pain...and loss. He hasn't dealt with it as well as he might have. Beside that there are "those in places of power" who'd like to see Dewey removed from his present "position".

The first part of this is frankly a little slow and angsty, especially for an entry in an a
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-mystery
I love Ben Coes. He is one of my top 5 favorite authors in crime/thriller/suspense genres. This book would make a great movie. So because of that, this is easily 5 stars for me. Plus, I love the MC. Dewey is great.

I loved the story line in this book. I devoured every page. There were some great turns that kept it moving at a good pace, too.

L.A. Starks
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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While other countries and terrorists have become the focal point of thriller novels in the last few years, Russia, the Cold War and the fear of nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands will never go out of favor as a focal point for the powerful impact. Pocket nukes, small highly transportable bombs with a huge kill zone are especially worrisome and scary. Throw in the recent rise of Putin Russia and the signs all point to a revival of the US - Russia conflict in books. But terrorism, with i ...more
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Coes returns with another high-impact thriller sure to grab the reader by the collar. When a Soviet-era nuclear weapon is moved out of Ukraine, American Intelligence agencies are on high alert, as this is one of the 'blackmarket' weapons never officially accounted for after the Cold War. Intercepted chatter leads some of believe that an attack within America is set for July 4th, dubbed "9-12", but few other details can be ascertained. As the CIA looks to intercept the bomb before it reaches US s ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ben-coes
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Within the past 6 months I have read three spy thrillers; different authors, all sequel novels, all have a bad-ass protagonist, and all three had the same plot. Yep, Mitch Rapp (which I love), John Wells (which is pretty good) and Dewey Andreas (our stud-muffin in this novel), all are trying to covertly stop nuclear bomb(s) from being blown up in the U.S. The only difference in these 3 novels are the methods in being caught and technology being used.

It seems to me,
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was novel number 5 by Ben Coes with Dewey Andreas as his lead character. I have enjoyed all of Ben Coes books and was looking forward to release of his fifth book. Dewey was America's most elite soldier in Delta force and was recovering from recent events that dealt death to his wife and son. Calibrisi, the head of the CIA learned that a mysterious man name Cloud had obtained an atomic weapon and was planning to detonate it in the United States. Dewey was asked to assist in the tracking dow ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dewey Andreas is a wounded man. Not physically(at least for the moment), but his psyche which keeps him off a new assignment, a threat to the country.

News over terrorist hotlines spoke of something designated 9/12. And a Russian nuclear device has gone missing. One lost in the break-up of Soviet Russia years back into smaller countries, eyes had been on it(one of five) until recently. Now it was loose, put into play by a computer hacker known only as Cloud. No one knew who he really was or why
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow! Kudos, Ben! This author is in the same pact as dearly loved yet departed Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn; the mantle for excellent research and jarring espionage is passed to Ben Coes. Political thrillers don't get any better than this......right up to the very ending! Dewey Andreas is the bomb! What a roller coaster ride of thrills and chills!
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, audio-book, mystery
I wasn't sure how Dewey would be in this book due to his loss on the last one. All things considered he was doing pretty good. I loved the race, loved how Dewey's nephew surprised him and how Dewey was gracious to his niece.

I hate how everyone keeps pulling Dewey back in, why can't they let him just live. It didn't help that at first Dewey kept getting flashbacks and couldn't act. It was only when Dewey was forced to act that he could. Towards the end I felt like Dewey went just a little too fa
Two of my reviewer friends recommended this book highly and we've usually had the same opinion on mystery novels so I decided to read this. Thank you Tom and Bobbewig, you were both right on the mark.

Dewey Andreas a former Delta working as an agent for the CIA is still not himself after the shooting death of his fiancee. Time doesn't stand still and he's needed for another mission, this one could save the lives of many Americans, perhaps more people would die from this nuclear weapon as did in H
Gloria Feit
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dewey Andreas, who has appeared four times in the previous books in this series, now is a tired facsimile of himself in the wake of the murder of his fiancée. His superiors in the CIA have lost confidence him and want to sideline him in a facility where he can rest and the shrinks can rehabilitate him to his customary superhero status. But he isn’t buying the diagnosis and when he is passed over for an assignment in Moscow he takes matters into his own hands. And his adventures follow, in this n ...more
Syd (deertales)
I love reading these types of novels. The political thrillers, where the main character is such a bad ass, and America is always defending herself against her enemies.

I think what separates Dewey Andreas from all of the other macho alpha predator protagonists out there, is how realistic he is. In this novel, he is especially human as he has just lost the second (and what he presumes to be final) chance at love and a relatively normal life. He is vulnerable and in that sense, beleivable. He does
Jacob Cooper
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Solid thriller. In the current absence of Mitch Rapp, Dewey Andreas is the best remedy. I've certainly enjoyed these books as an escape into adrenaline rides. Independence Day showed a lot more of the human side of Andreas and doesn't portray him as superman, although still the toughest guy you know. I definitely felt I could identify more with him than previous books. Also, there's a greater sense of realism as he is not the only hero out there in the story. Many supporting characters played ma ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Needless to say, Dewey Andreas saves America from a computer hacking terrorist with an atomic bomb and a beautiful ballerina for a girlfriend. This is a solid action thriller with a very formidable bad guy who stays one step ahead, bent on revenge. What disappointed me about this book was I kept thinking I'd read this story 20 or 30 times before. Different characters of course but the familiarity of the plot was too apparent to ignore. Dewey Andreas is a dynamic protagonist who needs more origin ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: not at all
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
Shelves: ben-coes
This is my last book by this author. Very disappointed. When an author writes 500 pages and 108 Chapters it becomes a dragging repetitive story. First few chapters and I realized I have read a similar story by another author. This narrative was worse than his other novel Eye For an Eye. I certainly feel Dewey's character is getting weaker by every new book.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
I really enjoyed this book. Love me some Dewey Andreas! I am sad because I've read/listened to the entire series........... now I have to wait for more. Ben Coes rocks!
Jackie Lane
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-pending
I like this series more and more with each book. Formal review to come.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even with the lives saved, I find the body count excessive, save when the bad guys get what they deserve. Alcohol is not an answer for problems. 7 of 10 stars
Dave Schultz
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, thriller
unnecessarily long at times. Still an enjoyable read.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller, military
This is the second Ben Coes book I've read, with Dewey Andreas as the protagonist. This follows the book where Dewey loses his fiancee Jessica (sorry, can't remember the name right now!!) This begins with Dewey back in his hometown, trying to recover from losing Jessica. He's just living small town life, living with his grief quietly. This is interrupted by the agency bringing him back in for a supposed assignment. Turns out they want him to get treated for PTSD (a valid concern.) However, while ...more
Henri Moreaux
I haven't read for a few months so was looking for something I knew would be good to get back into the habit of reading, as such I picked up an author I'd discovered last year, Ben Coes, and resumed where I was up to in the series.

As it's been awhile I couldn't really remember where the story line was up to so it was a nice touch that this book is perfectly capable as a stand alone book Once I was into it though the events of prior books were refreshed in memory with little pointers/reminders th
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this fifth entry into the series, Dewey is hampered by the impact of the trauma from the loss of his fiancee. He freezes up on a mission and is pulled off a critical op at the last minute as a result. However, knowing that he must face his fears, he decides to go to Russia on his own to be there if something goes wrong....and they do.

Its a good one in the continuing series with a good story line, both Dewey's and the other characters that figure into a post-9/11 threat to the homeland. I cont
Kronos Ananthsimha
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is the best Ben Coes book I’ve read so far. The last 300 pages went by in one evening. That’s the level of high octane, high hitting thrills this book takes you through at lightening paced tension.

How far one can go in the spirit of heroism to push themselves mentally and physically against inhuman odds is just a treat to read. The moral and strategic conflicts in this masterpiece are painted with vivid colors. In a world where everyone is both a pawn and a player, nothing is predictable.

Richard T.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am hooked on Dewey Andreas. In this book, Dewet suffers a crisis of copnfidence, so when he's removed from a crucial mission, he goes rogue. Following the operatives to Moscow, Dewey soon becomes America's best -- and only -- option as the government tries to foil a terrorist plot by a brilliant Russian hacker. The plot is not too far removed from today's headlines and Ben Coes is a master at generating suspense. Although you can start here, I suggest reading the Dewey Andreas books in order. ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Great Book. This was probably my favorite so far of this series. I think it really highlights how close Dewey, Hector, Katie, and Tacoma really are, their dedication to country and intelligence. Hector always know exactly who to call to get things done, Katie and Tacoma's instincts are priceless and well Dewey. One final note, I like that it wasn't all about Dewey being depressed about losing Jessica. Ben Coes moved forward with the story when it was time to.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this book 3.5 stars, but rounding it up to a 4, because it really is better than a 3-star book. Coes always comes up with exciting plots, and I liked that in this rendition his hero, Dewey Andreas, is suffering from PTSD and finds that he cannot always access his near-superhuman abilities. What I DIDN'T like, though, is his usual coarse language (I wish there was an audio-book filter that would just bleep out every F-word; seriously, I would pay for that!).
Pierre Tassé
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had me on edge from beginning to end. A thriller ! Dewey is just like a normal person and not always the center of attention. He is not perfect and not a James Bond-type of "eraser" but the whole package of who he is, how he deals with issues from book #4 is so real. I immediately ordered the next book in the series. Can't wait. Hoping that it will be as exciting as this one was.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really can't say that I enjoyed this book because it scared the crap out of me! Dewey Andreas is just the kind of hero I hope that we in the US have fighting for us. But the subject matter is terrifying. All of these books in this series are frightening because of what could happen but they are excellent books.
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Ben Coes is the New York Times bestselling author of international political and espionage thrillers including Power Down, Coup d’État, The Last Refuge, Eye for an Eye, Independence Day, First Strike, Trap the Devil, and Bloody Sunday.

Ben’s books all center on Dewey Andreas, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier who was kicked out of the military after being falsely accused of crimes he did not co

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Dewey Andreas (9 books)
  • Power Down (Dewey Andreas, #1)
  • Coup d'Etat (Dewey Andreas, #2)
  • The Last Refuge (Dewey Andreas, #3)
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  • First Strike (Dewey Andreas, #6)
  • Trap the Devil (Dewey Andreas, #7)
  • Shooting Gallery (Dewey Andreas, #8.5)
  • Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas, #8)