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The Russian

(Rob Tacoma #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  578 ratings  ·  155 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Scandal, but for dudes
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
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I’ll give it 3.75 stars

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
Sean Peters
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and also the great author Ben Coes for a ARC copy.

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
Theresa Alan
I often like action/suspense novels, but even with plot-based books, I want to care about SOMEBODY. Unfortunately, the way Coes construes character is by telling us what color skin they have, what party they vote for, what kind of shoes they wear, and what kind of car they drive. That’s an OK start, but it’s not the same thing as complex characters. If I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care if they succeed, even if they are the good guys trying to save the world.

Fortunately, I didn’t s
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Good story. Took a bit to get into it. Needed a bit more editing work.
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
Pamela Small
First and foremost, a thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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
Dee Arr
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spy
At this point, I am only 16% of the way into the book and I find it hard to believe that the man who wrote this is an international bestselling author.

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
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a highly entertaining and quick paced story typical of one of my favorite authors, Ben Coes. Many twists and turns made the book hard to put down.. It is the first in a new Coes series that I was looking forward to, but was disappointed with the ending related to the villain. It didn’t make sense to me, but admit it is a natural lead-in to the next book in the series. Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This probably is a 4 star book. The only problem is the book I finished reading before this one was Redemption (an Amos Decker series novel) which was also about the Russian mafia. Is 2019 the year of bashing Russian mafia???? I have run into this previously with North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan...
The book was also on the too violent easy killing side for me.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was excited when I saw this author had a new book in a new series, more excited when I started reading this one and saw that it had characters we knew from the Dewey series.

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.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a solid 4.5 stars raised to a 5. It is also the start of a new series. Rob Tacoma, ex-Seal and CIA Agent, is called back to a special assignment with one more former Agent. When he gets to the man’s house to meet him he sees that he has been brutally murdered. It is also believed that two people running for President were also murdered and that Russian monsters are behind it. It is well plotted and well written and the reader will find himself reading when he should be doing other thing ...more
Slaven Tomasi
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ben Coes, a veteran thriller writer and New York Times Bestseller brings a new hero in the thriller genre, Robert Tacoma, a tier one former SEAL. First introduced in The Last Refuge, Dewey Andreas series number 3 and seen in every novel since then. Tacoma and friend, Katie Fox have started an independent firm, RISCON. The fee to hire this firm usually runs into the six figures range.

With the collapse of the USSR post the Cold War, the U.S. was the winner, but in doing so, they created the Russia
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The publication of THE RUSSIAN heralds the beginning of a new series by Ben Coes. Those who are familiar with Coes through his work on the Dewey Andreas novels have a good idea what to expect from him, and he meets and exceeds those expectations in this real-world thriller that is jammed to the brim with everything that suspense readers love and, with Coes, always get --- well-defined and memorable characters; multiple plot twists; and enough explosions, gunfights and hand-to-hand combat to fill ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ex-Navy SEAL and top tier operator Rob Tacoma is the star of Ben Coes' latest book, The Russian (St. Martins Press 2019), first in a new series. Tacoma is recruited by the CIA's Hector Calibrisi (a name we know from the Dewey Andreas series) to battle the Russian Mafia after it kills two well-respected Washington politicians, both of whom actively fought to stop their illegal activities in the US. Tacoma is selected to be part of a two man team licensed to kill within the country but before they ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Ben Coes just keeps getting better and better. In 2019 he opted for a twist on the "regular" thriller schedule, and rather than introducing another novel in his Dewey Andreas series, he has written The Russian, a novel for Rob Tacoma. Rob is not a stranger to fans of Coes as he is a character that has been involved with Dewey in previous novels. This book gives readers that rare deeper look into the life and mind of another character in the world created by skilled authors.

As is normal for Coes,
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read, reviewed and very much enjoyed all seven of this author’s books featuring Dewey Andreas; and after finishing these books, I was immediately ready to volunteer (at least in terms of my reading time) to go out with Andreas on his next mission. My anticipation of the next “Coes Book” stemmed from my expectation of being treated to another highly exciting, torn-from-the-headlines plot-driven, action-filled thriller featuring a complex, well-developed main character, and a cast of well eno ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ben Coes has done it again with his new action thriller starring Rob Tacoma, former navy seal and Black ops operator. Now a private contractor. He’s asked to help CIA director Hector Calibrisi (from the Dewey Andreas stories) to hunt down the Russian Mafia responsible for killing of two U.S. politicians who’ve made business very hard for the Russians. This book was outstanding! It’s loaded with action and Im really looking for this to continue as a series! Dewey Andreas from Ben Coes previous se ...more
Lisa Stein
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
This is my first Ben Coes novel, but it won't be my last. This captured my attention straight away, and I really thought it was interesting. Fast paced.

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.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Russian is a fast paced heat seeking missile of a novel with explosive force. Coming from Ben Coes, the author of Dewey Andreas novels, The Russian puts the spotlight on Rob Tacoma who readers know and love from the Dewey Andreas series. With an intriguing and interesting plot of a newly sanctioned blacker than black ops team by the President of The United States of America with the objective of dismantling the Russian Mafia responsible for acts of mayhem and terror within the country, the n ...more
Chris (Norseman) Miller
Ben Coes

The Russian

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
Darcia Helle
The Russian is going to be loved by many, but I'm not the right reader for this one.

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
Hannelore Cheney
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the eARC.
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
Randal White
This was my first book by the author. I thought, being the first in a new series, that it would be easy to understand. However, I found the author repeatedly referred to events that occurred in his previous series, and it left me feeling confused as to what I missed.
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
Bent Hansen
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Ben Coes' series about Dewey Andreas has long been on my To Read-list, but the first book in his new series about Rob Tacoma (in which Dewey Andreas drops by and makes a cameo appearance) arrived on my Kindle first.
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
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is book one of a new series by Ben Coes. I didn't like this as much as some of the book in the Dewey Andreas series. But I'm not ready to throw in the towel on this. I still liked the story. It had a great pace and some well written action scenes. And plus, Dewey makes an appearance in this one.

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
Molly Yarosh
I am back and forth on this one. On the one hand, The Russian was a fun, fast paced spy novel. On the other hand, I feel like I have severe deja vu because this story is all too familiar; it's been told many times before.

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
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great new series that builds on Ben Coes earlier work with Dewey Andreas, this series is with Rob Tacoma which some already now from the other books. Several characters from the books about Dewey appear in this one also. I really enjoyed it and will ofcourse continue and follow these adventures. I must thank #Netgalley and #StMartinsPress for letting me read #TheRussian
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley for review.
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.
Mary S. R.
Jun 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: crime, adult, mystery
I received an ARC through NetGalley for an honest review. Many thanks to the publisher, St. Martin's Press.

A mafia action thriller? Mob family? CIA? WHERE'S MY SUMMER BREAK!?
If you enjoy formulaic tough-guy heroes duking it out with Russian mafia bad guys, this one will be readable, but it needs more editing to tighten up some inconsistencies and shaky plot twists. I liked the protagonist and was able to finish the book, but there are other series that do this genre much better.
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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