Eye for an Eye (Dewey Andreas Series #4)by Ben Coes
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
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.
Praise for Ben Coes:
“Envision Clancy, Forsyth, and le Carre all writing in their prime . . . then kick in the boosters.” —Brad Thor
“Ben Coes has created a hero who ranks with the protagonists in a Vince Flynn or Brad Thor thriller . . . The Last Refuge is a winner and will keep readers turning the pages." —The Associated Press
“Terrific! With a gripping story, compelling characters, a relentless pace, and nerve-wracking suspense, Power Down is one of the must-read thrillers of the year.” —Vince Flynn
“Action, international intrigue, romance—it doesn't get any better.”—San Jose Mercury News on The Last Refuge
“The plot sizzles with action, and the details have an authentic ring…a cut above the pack.” Publishers Weekly on Coup d’Etat
“A ripping thriller from an exciting new novelist... Lots of action, a terrific hero, and a slimy villain—thrillers don’t get any better.” –Stephen Coonts, author of The Disciple, on Power Down
“Heart-pounding...Coes is a master.” Publishers Weekly
“Coes delivers his best effort to date...full-throttle action.” Booklist (starred review)
“An exceptional American hero story.” Kirkus Reviews
“Fiction that's frighteningly plausible and has the feel of authenticity on every page.” Nashua Inquirer
“Exhilarating...You will want to take a stress test before reading Eye for an Eye. There are any number of suspenseful scenes between the covers.” Bookreporter.com
“My favorite novel in at least a decade. The writing was inherently masculine, brilliantly crafted.” Elizabeth Backney, Huffington Post, on THE LAST REFUGE
“Action, international intrigue, romance--it doesn't get any better.” San Jose Mercury News on THE LAST REFUGE
“The Last Refuge is a winner, and it will keep readers turning the pages.” The Associated Press
“Another winner from a writer who is a rising star among the ranks of the literary world's most successful authors of the international thriller.” The Nashua Telegraph on THE LAST REFUGE
“Fantastic... a terrific follow-up on [Coes's] first two suspenseful books.” Bestsellers World on THE LAST REFUGE
“It's a thriller. It's current, and the excitement keeps going…” The Daily Oklahoman on THE LAST REFUGE
“High concept meets high octane in this brilliantly executed thriller. Envision Clancy, Forsyth, and le Carré all writing in their prime...then kick in the boosters. Coup d'État is fantastic and Ben Coes blows the competition away!” #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor
“This exciting sequel to Power Down explores an all-too-plausible conflict...the plot sizzles with action, and the details have an authentic ring that put this thriller a cut above the pack.” Publishers Weekly on COUP D'ÉTAT
“Will keep you up at night--first with the titillation of a great read, then with dread that Ben's plot might not be all that imaginary. A sumptuous dessert for a thriller reader.” Brian Haig, author of The Capitol Game, on COUP D'ÉTAT
“Power Down is terrific! With a gripping story, compelling characters, a relentless pace, and nerve-wracking suspense, Power Down is one of the must-read thrillers of the year. Don't miss this debut of novelist Ben Coes and the introduction of Dewey Andreas--you'll devour this one and wait anxiously for their return.” Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Pursuit of Honor
“Coes pumps new heat, blood, and flat-out action into a well-worn premise--terrorists are out to break America by attacking its energy resources--in his frighteningly plausible thriller debut.” Publishers Weekly on POWER DOWN
“I loved Power Down! It's a fresh, exciting thriller and the action scenes are big, vivid and authentic, at times even breathtaking. An impressive debut for Ben Coes. I was blown away.” David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Creepers and creator of Rambo
“A ripping thriller from an exciting new novelist. Power Down kept me glued, turning the pages. Lots of action, a terrific hero, and a slimy villain--thrillers don't get any better.” Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Disciple
“Power Down marks the emergence of a major new talent in the political thriller genre--no small feat in a field already packed with big names like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and David Baldacci. In terms of sheer entertainment value, author Ben Coes and his hero, the unusually but memorably named Dewey Andreas, are easily and immediately competitive with the very best the thriller field has to offer.” Fiction Addict
“One of those rare, glue-in-your-seat books. Sit down, pick it up, and start reading. You aren't going anywhere for anything until you finish it.” Bookreporter.com on POWER DOWN
Power Down is terrific! With a gripping story, compelling characters, a relentless pace, and nerve-wracking suspense, Power Down is one of the must-read thrillers of the year. Don't miss this debut of novelist Ben Coes and the introduction of Dewey Andreas--you'll devour this one and wait anxiously for their return.
I loved Power Down! It's a fresh, exciting thriller and the action scenes are big, vivid and authentic, at times even breathtaking. An impressive debut for Ben Coes. I was blown away.
Read an Excerpt
MOSSAD SPECIAL UNIT, AKA “THE MADHOUSE”
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Dayan stepped into Fritz Lavine’s sixth-floor corner office, which overlooked the Mediterranean Sea, the U.S. embassy, and downtown Tel Aviv. Lavine was the director general of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. He was a tall, rotund man with receding brown hair and big ruddy cheeks pockmarked with acne scars. Dressed in a white button-down shirt, sleeves rolled up, he stood behind his desk, inspecting a sheet of paper. Two men were seated in chairs in front of Lavine’s desk: Cooperman, Mossad chief of staff; and Rolber, head of clandestine operations.
All three turned as Dayan entered, slamming the door behind him.
“What the fuck happened?” asked Dayan as he crossed the office, his voice deep, charred by decades’ worth of cigarettes. “How many years did you three work with this son of a bitch traitor and you never suspected a goddamn thing?”
“There’ll be plenty of time for blame, Menachem,” said Lavine, icily. “Right now, we need to find this motherfucker and put a bullet in his head before he does any more damage and before he escapes.”
“What is the damage?”
“It’s extensive,” said Cooperman. “So far, we can trace the exposure of at least sixteen MI6 and CIA operatives back to Dillman. As for Mossad, the number appears to be seven dead agents.”
“Jesus Christ,” Dayan whispered, looking in disbelief at Cooperman.
“TGI succeeded in rebuilding Dillman’s digital biograph, correspondence, you name it,” said Lavine angrily, throwing the paper down on his desk. “He gave the Chinese everything. Every Far East operation we conducted over the past decade was known ahead of time by Fao Bhang and the ministry. Their knowledge was so extensive that it appears they even tolerated certain activities inside China so as not to raise suspicion. Dillman passed on detailed aspects of anything Langley supplied to us. This includes nuclear infrastructure.”
Dayan walked to the glass and looked for a few brief seconds toward the U.S. embassy.
“Have we notified Calibrisi?” asked Dayan, referring to the CIA director, Hector Calibrisi.
Lavine nodded. “Chalmers too,” he added, referring to Derek Chalmers, head of MI6.
“And what was the reaction?” asked Dayan.
Lavine stared back at Dayan but remained silent. He didn’t need to say anything. They all knew Dillman had set all three agencies back years, decades even, and that both London and Langley would be extremely angry.
Dayan shook his head. He sat down in one of the chairs in front of Lavine’s desk.
“Where is he?” asked Dayan, calmer now, his hand rubbing the bridge of his nose, eyes closed.
“We don’t know,” said Rolber. “We’re looking, carefully. If he suspects anything, he’ll run.”
“If he goes to China, we’ll never see him again,” said Dayan.
The phone on Lavine’s desk chimed, then a voice came on the speaker.
“Director, they’re waiting for you.”
“Patch us in.”
The phone clicked.
“Hector?” asked Lavine.
“Hey, Fritz,” said Calibrisi on speaker. “You have me and Bill Polk here at Langley along with Piper Redgrave and Jim Bruckheimer at NSA.”
“MI6 is on also,” said Derek Chalmers, in a British accent. “Where are we on this?”
“We have nothing,” said Lavine. “We’re looking everywhere. Last contact with the agency was two days ago. General Redgrave, has NSA developed anything?”
“No,” came the female voice of the head of the National Security Agency. “And to be honest, I’m not going to start using NSA assets on Dillman, or on anything else, until we make damn sure our systems and protocols haven’t been contaminated by this mole. If the Chinese are inside NSA, we have bigger problems than Dillman.”
“What’s the plan if and when we do find him?” asked Calibrisi.
“We have three options,” said Rolber. “One—we watch him, use him, plot an architecture of disinformation back into Beijing. Two—we bring him in, interrogate him, then let him rot. Three—termination.”
“Why not two and three?” asked Calibrisi. “Grill him then kill him.”
“If we bring him in, China will find out, Hector,” said Cooperman. “There has to be some form of check-in and tip-off. If he misses that check-in, Fao Bhang will immediately try to exfiltrate him, or, more likely, just kill him.”
“Then Bhang will move on Western assets before we have time to clean up inside the theater,” said Chalmers. “Every MI6, CIA, Mossad agent in China will die, not to mention anyone else Dillman has exposed. It will be a bloody mess.”
“It already is a bloody mess,” said Dayan.
“So what about option one?” asked Calibrisi. “What would the design look like?”
“We locate him then hang back,” answered Rolber, “carefully monitor his movements, and tightly control information flow to him. In the meantime, we put our assets in the Chinese theater on high alert and prepare for exfiltration. When Dillman is no longer useful to us, or he suspects something, we bring out our teams, then bring him in. We can shoot him later.”
“Fuck that,” yelled Dayan, hitting the desk with his hand. “We’re not waiting. Dillman dies right now. Period, end of statement. If I have to do it myself in downtown Shanghai with a dull butter knife, this motherfucker dies.”
“Dillman is just a symptom, General,” said Calibrisi. “It’s Fao Bhang who’s behind it all.”
“Then let’s kill that son of a bitch too.”
“Nothing would please me more, but we’ve never had a shot at him,” said Calibrisi. “Bhang doesn’t travel outside the People’s Republic of China. He hasn’t been seen in the West since 1998. Inside PRC, forget it. He’s as well guarded as the premier.”
“Let’s cut our losses and kill Dillman,” said Dayan. “I’m not a fan of fancy intelligence operations—double agents, disinformation, whatnot. They never work. We’re seeing firsthand how they get all fucked up. It’s time to clean up this mess and tie it off. As for Bhang, we’re wasting our time. The man’s a ghost. Let’s focus on what we can do, namely kill what has to be the most important intelligence asset Bhang possesses in the West. That’s at least something.”
“I have an idea,” said Chalmers.
“Go ahead, Derek,” said Lavine, picking up an unlit cigar stub from his desk and sticking it in his mouth, then looking at Dayan.
“Even before this Dillman episode, Fao Bhang has done damage to all of us. Bhang and the ministry are a country unto themselves. He’s the third-highest ranking member of the Chinese State Council, but he’s the most powerful by far. Premier Li fears him, as does the country’s military. His tentacles extend into China’s economic affairs. He’s been an instrumental part of the currency manipulation that has plagued Britain and, on a much more dramatic scale, the United States, for years. For all I know, his hackers are listening in right now.”
“They’re not,” said Cooperman. “I assure you of this.”
“Forgive me, but your assurances mean nothing.”
“What’s your point?” asked Lavine.
“Bhang is rising,” said Chalmers. “His malevolence grows. This is simply another chapter in a very dark book.”
There was silence in the room and over the intercom as Chalmers paused.
“My question is, when are we going to do something about it?” he asked.
“So what’s your idea?” asked Calibrisi.
“We have to find Dillman,” said Chalmers. “Obviously. Then, my suggestion is, we use him. But not in the way you’re thinking, Hector. No, instead of using him for disinformation then killing him, we’re going to switch the order around. Kill him, then use him. We’re going to lure Fao Bhang out of his hole, and Dillman is going to be our bait.”
“I’m not sure what you mean,” said Rolber.
“Bhang won’t care about the loss of one human being, even his most treasured asset in the West, but he will care if the loss of Dillman exposes him as weak, as not in control,” said Chalmers. “If we can undermine him in the terribly cutthroat drama that is Chinese leadership, it will endanger him. It will, potentially, signal those who fear Bhang or who covet his power. It’s time to destabilize Fao Bhang and let his enemies move against him. Otherwise, there will be no end to his reach and the damage he inflicts upon the West.”
Cooperman suddenly reached for his chest pocket and pulled out a vibrating cell phone.
“What?” he whispered into the cell.
Cooperman listened, then signaled at the phone, indicating to Lavine to mute the conference call.
“We found him,” whispered Cooperman, looking at Lavine, then Dayan and Rolber. “He’s in Haifa.”
Lavine pressed the mute button on the speakerphone.
“Haifa?” asked Lavine. “What do we have there?”
“I have a kill team in the city,” said Rolber. “Boroshevsky, Malayim. They’re good to go.”
“No,” said Dayan. “This is not Mossad’s kill.”
“You don’t trust us now, General?” demanded Rolber.
“It has nothing to do with whether or not I trust you,” said Dayan, his gravelly voice rising. “I gave my word to Andreas; it’s Kohl Meir’s kill. Get Meir up to Haifa, brief him en route, get him whatever weapons he wants. That’s an order.”
“In the meantime, Fritz and I will coordinate with MI6 and Langley. I’m not sure I understand what the hell Derek Chalmers is talking about, but I like it. These British always have brilliant ideas, even if their food does suck.”
Copyright © 2013 by Ben Coes
Meet the Author
BEN COES is the author of the critically acclaimed Power Down and Coup d’Etat. He is a former speechwriter for the George H .W. Bush White House, was a fellow at the JFK School of Government at Harvard, a campaign manager for Mitt Romney’s run for governor in 2002, and is currently a partner in a private equity company out of Boston. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
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I have to admit, that it took me awhile to discover Ben Coes and his wonderful Dewey Andreas series. This was mainly due to the uninspiring cover of "Power Down". Finally, between books and looking for something new, I picked up Power Down and then, I couldn't put it down. Coes is that good. There is a depth to his writing and his characters that just shouldn't be allowed until you haveva few books out. Some never reach this depth. Which brings us to "Eye for an Eye". Fourth in the series the book takes off with a bang and never lets up. It continues the storyline from Coup d'Etat and sends it into overdrive. Without spoiling the story, Dewey takes a tremendous loss and declares war on the PRC and a slightly power hungry Chinese Minister of State Security. There are twists, turns, and surprises. The action sequences are among the best written in thriller fiction. I can't recommend this series enough. Coes is part of the new guard. Along with Marc Cameron and Mark Greaney, they are catching up to the grandmasters of the genre like Silva and Forsyth. Start at the beginning with Power Down and fasten you seat belt.
It is an interesting, action packed story. But it has two negatives that hurt it's rating in my opinion. First, Many of the plot scenarios are stretched beyond the realm of reality. For example, is it remotely possible that a private jet which is flying on a flight plan to Moscow can fly instead to the main airport of China, unannounced, land there, the hero get off the plane, shoot a man on the tarmac, put his body on another plane, blow that plane up, get back on his plane and fly away without being challenged by Chinese airspace control? Hardly. Second, the dialogue in the book is laced from beginning to end with the "f" word. My reaction to that can be summed up in one word: Why? The story is good and exciting. Why ruin it with the consistent use of a word many find offensive?
I have never given 5 stars to any author or book much less both. I have read a couple thousand books in my 64 years. Never have I read one that covered all emotions as much as EYE for an EYE. Rips your heart out then standing waiting for the cavalry charge. Dont even know if they will show up in time or not. Then the totally unexpected (was there all the time). Stand, cheer, salute then cry for our true heroes. Yes I loved this book. Fiction? Doesnt matter. Just a great read. Ben, from Texas, Thanks.
Have just finished all four books in the Dewey Andreas Series by Ben Coes!! They were all great. Really hooked on the main character. Hope there will be more.
One of the best books I've read lately. It kept me up late at night because I didn't want to put it down. I look forward to seeing more Dewey Andreas.
Exciting read. Dewey Andreas is a true American hero.
As with all of the Dewey Andreas books, current global terrorism issues form the basis for this book. Is Dewey bigger than life? Sure, but so are the issues faced on a minute to minute basis by our country. Each of these books has stretched my naive mind about our continual and increasing vulnerability as well as the fragility of all our comforts and rights enjoyed by all every day. Coes books are great reads and I can't wait for the next one.
A great spy adventure story that makes you think about possible consequences of our immense debt. Everyone in Congress should read it!
Within this entertaining fictional novel you will find answers to international policies by many governments that are going on today. Agent Dewey Andreas, on respite from the demands of international espionage, is a sought target by China. Dewey escapes death and now becomes the hunter as much as the hunted. Dewey is angry and wants payback... even at the cost of his life. This is a great addition to the Dewey Andreas Series that I enjoy from author Ben Coes. Packed full of adventure, suspense, surprise and intrigue, any spy novel reader should enjoy. The ending was a little bizarre, entertaining, but a little far-fetched, otherwise a good solid read. Two areas in the book to keep an "eye" on (sic) are technological eavesdropping, and international debt. Both subjects are made simple here to understand, and we are left to determine if they are real or not.
One of the best and most exciting books I've ever read!! It'll leave you breathless. I love all of Ben's books, and each one is better than the last. Mr. Coes is a phenomenal writer.
Ben Coes does it again. We are learning so much more about Dewey's past. So much of what makes him a great protector of our country is driven by the sad and unfortunate circumstances of his past. His bad fortune continues in this book and drives him even harder. I hope in a future book, he will be able to find peace and happiness.
Another great one by Ben Coes! Thrilling from start to finish. I purchased the audio version and Peter Hermann is an outstanding narrator.
So unbelievable and over the top that it should be labeled as science fiction! by aj west
The 4th installment of the Dewey series was a nice change of scene. Global bad guys from a world power and Dewey with a grudge. All 4 books are very good, when does the movie come out?
As with all of the Andreas series, this book was consistently entertaining start to finish. However, the early plot "surprise" was an unfortunate choice that echoes other similar series in this genre. If a different approach had been taken, this series would have retained a unique quality that made it more interesting.
The "f" word in every other sentence does not make this work more "authentic" or "gritty". It reads as simply childish. An outlandish plot that streatches any level of believability even by thriller standards doesn't help either. Thumbs down.
Reading a series with the same character is what I like to do, Dewey is a bad ass. This one and the others in the series are well worth reading. Hard to stop reading.
His Best book so far! This book could have been written by Vince Flynn, it was done so well! The plot, action, characters, and pacing was superb! I have read his other books, and this one is his best by far. I got to know and like Dewey and loved the storyline. With Vince Flynn gone now, Ben has to pick up the torch.