As the brutal Russian mafia becomes the most powerful and deadly criminal enterprise in the country, the U.S. has a new hero, Rob Tacoma, in New York Times bestseller Ben Coes’s new series.
After the break-up of the Soviet Union, some of the most hardened and capable criminals came to the United States. Over the past two decades, they have created a vicious and fearless u...more
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I couldn't help but think that The Russian is like the TV show Scandal, but if it were written for a male audience. Remember B613, that show's super-secret government black ops agency?
Protagonists Billy Cosgrove and Rob Tacoma are running an operation that's a bit like that. I imagine The Russian as an account of what Rowan, Jake, Huck, and Charlie were doing on the days when they weren't interacting with Olivia Pope's Gladiators. It was definitely action-packed, and the b ...more
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Ben Coes, and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.
Steeped in politics, both recent and from the Cold War era, Ben Coes is back with a new thriller that is sure to provide his fans with something about which to talk for a while. When two prominent US politicians are assassinated on American soil within minutes of one another, many suspe ...more
How excited was I when I was approved for a copy of this book, one of my favourite authors,a New York Times bestseller Ben Coes's new series, Dewey Andreas one of my favourite action book stars and now Rob Tacoma.
As the brutal Russian mafia becomes the most powerful and deadly criminal enterprise in the country, the U.S. has a new hero, Rob Tacoma.
After the break-up of the Soviet Union, some of the most har ...more
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this is the first time I’ve read this particular author. I had some difficulty getting into the book in the beginning.
One of my biggest issues was getting used to his writing style. Short choppy sentences. The editing needed a little bit of work in my advance copy. Repetitive descriptions. Light on the complexity of the characters. Plus, just getting used to who all the characters were was a lot at the ...more
Ben Coes has written another high-octane thriller., but with a twist.... it is NOT a Dewey Andreas one! How disappointing...NOT!
THE RUSSIAN is the first in a new series featuring former CIA assassin extraordinaire Rob Tacoma. Tacoma is such a dynamic, multi dimensional character, I hardly missed Dewey! The new series still incorporates the old favorites: President Dellacourt, CIA DIRECTOR Hector C ...more
The writing is amateurish, and for multiple reasons. First, the author has a tendency to use short, clipped sentences that he strings together, beginning each sentence with the same pronoun. This results in a sing-song description of a character that jars us out of the story rather than drawing us in (such as “He studied the growing pool of crims ...more
The book was also on the too violent easy killing side for me.
This book really put Rob through the wringer. I like that people believed in Rob, but at times it seemed like they were asking too much of him. Yet Rob stepped up each time and did what was needed. By the end they all knew more, but now Rob has been exposed, which can't bode well for him.
With the collapse of the USSR post the Cold War, the U.S. was the winner, but in doing so, they created the Russia ...more
As is normal for Coes, ...more
My only complaint is the ending. The entire book was just a set-up for a new series. Sometimes you know that going in, I did not. So I was just a bit disappointed at the end.
3 1/2 stars.
This is the beginning of a new thriller series with Rob Tacoma as the lead character from Ben Coes. The Russian mafia has overtaken a lot of the criminal world especially in the United States. Following misdirection and treachery, the United States must deal with tragic moments throughout the country. Rob Tacoma is tasked with a huge uphill climb. You get to know Rob a little more, especially why he has an issue with the Russians.
The villains in The Russian are very formidab ...more
From the start we're immersed in drama and action. The story is heavily plot-centered, with little character development. I'm the opposite kind of reader, and I missed the emotional connection.
As with many thrillers of this type, you have to be willing to suspend belief. The action is over-the-top. We have shots flying across 2000 feet with a perfect hit on the intended target, high-speed driving without spinning ...more
Generally, I enjoy action thrillers, but not this one. It felt familiar, formulaic and a bit boring. Rob Tacoma, the protagonist, is one-dimensional and the way characters were described didn't tell me anything about them, just the superficials: their dress, their political leanings, their coloring. There was no 'meat' to the people and I wasn't invested in any of them. I'm sure, seeing other reviews, the book will do well, but it was not f ...more
It's an okay book. Quite typical of the Vince Flynn/Brad Thor genre. There was plenty of action, and the plot moved along rapidly. A few too many cute coincidences and unrealistic situations for my taste. The ending was rushed, and ...more
The pace of the book is breathtaking, so the reader is taken on a thrilling tour de force of high-tech weaponry, hacking and fighting techniques from cover to cover. The bad guys are never hard to spot in books like this, but Coes doesn't make it too easy all the time for the good guy ...more
The one thing that kept me from loving it, is this: I'm not sure I was given enough backstory or even a current story with this new MC. I got to the end and I was still wondering who he was. He can s ...more
I am a sucker for a good spy novel; Daniel Silva is basically my best friend and the early Vince Flynn novels kept me reading for days on end. Both authors brought unique perspectives to the genre and while I enjoyed reading The Russian, I just don't feel as though it was origi ...more
Action packed! I’m not one who usually grabs an espionage novel, but this spy thriller had me from the first chapter.
First sentence: Rob Tacoma sped the Italian sports car across downtown Washington DC.
Sentence that hooked me: But what he thought was the flickering of a light was something altogether different.
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 ...more