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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,933 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Coes Narrator: Peter Hermann Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781427210388
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Introducing a major new thriller writer—in the vein of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor—and an electrifying character, Dewey Andreas.

A major North American hydroelectric dam is blown up and the largest off-shore oil field in this hemisphere is destroyed in a brutal, coordinated terrorist attack. But there was one factor that the terrorists didn't take into account when they struck the Capitana platform off the coast of Colombia—slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform—and that was the Capitana crew chief Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun.
While the intelligence and law enforcement agencies scramble to untangle these events and find the people responsible, the mysterious figure of Alexander Fortuna—an agent embedded into the highest levels of American society and business—sets into play the second stage of these long-planned attacks. The only fly in the ointment is Dewey Andreas—who is using all his long-dormant skills to fight his way off the platform, then out of Colombia and back to the U.S., following the trail of terrorists and operatives sent to stop him. Power Down is a gripping, compelling debut thriller from Ben Coes, a powerful new author, an amazing talent certain to join the ranks of the genre's finest writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

  • 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

  • Among longlisted titles for Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Skiles | 1/29/2014

    " Very well written for a first time published author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 1/24/2014

    " Excellent storyline...main character seems a bit like a modern version of the "Marlboro Man." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emery Strand | 1/10/2014

    " A technical thriller with evil villains. Ben Coes exhibited expertise on a wide range of subjects combined in an exciting plot. In the tradition of Clancy. I really couldn't put the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L.A. Starks | 1/3/2014

    " It is unusual to read an author who knows something about the energy business, so I especially enjoyed this book. Lots of action. I have concerns here and there about what's wrong--energy production is never as concentrated in one source as Coes suggests, and security would be higher, but he does a good job of indicating our infrastructure risks and coming up with some plausible motivations for his villain. If you like Vince Flynn, you'll enjoy this book for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/1/2014

    " A great page turning read. The story bears some resemblance to the real world situation in Indna. I highly recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/27/2013

    " Love it when I find a new author to follow. This is a well-written, interesting book. The research the author did kept the book feeling authentic and all too plausible. I will definitely read more books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/24/2013

    " Dewey Andreas starts out as a kind of anti-hero, and as the story progresses you want to cheer for him. The story line of our reliance on foreign sources of energy, and our vunerable infrastructure will give you nightmares. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Giovannetti | 12/12/2013

    " Fast paced, action, patriotic, thriller. Never lets up. Lots of violence (a bit too much for some). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JERRY TRAILOR | 10/23/2013

    " Really fast pace it makes you wonder if the enemy already lives here "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe O'hara | 5/21/2013

    " I cannot wait for his new novel to come out in a few weeks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Marshall | 5/13/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book. I got about halfway through and was seeing a decline in action and an incline in financial/political material that detracted from the main storyline with Dewey. Oh well, guess you can't win em all... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Jeffrey | 3/1/2013

    " This book is pure thriller. As such, it pits a single super-soldier against a vast conspiracy that he alone seems equipped to defeat. While the ultimate outcome is never in doubt, the journey is entertaining and I look forward to the further adventures of Dewey Andreas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/21/2013

    " A good read. Very long audio book but it kept me entertained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Kappelhoff | 9/21/2012

    " I read this book because it was recommended by another favorite author, Vince Flynn. Fabulous book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joelmyer | 9/21/2012

    " Hard to add much to the blurb. I enjoyed it and plan to read Coes other book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Von Hoene | 9/19/2012

    " Pretty good, but not great. I wanted to see more of Dewey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 8/20/2012

    " Really enjoyed it. Fast moving, and great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 8/1/2012

    " Listened to this book on the drive toCanada--great book for a long drive. Could have done without the swearing.but exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Hegenberger | 7/8/2012

    " Best thriller I've read in a long time. Get past the language, it is realistic, and hang on for the ride of your life. Vince Flynn, watch out. Ben Coes may have surpassed you as my favorite thrill writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Scumaci | 4/7/2012

    " Verty fast read good characters, the ending made me want to read the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/1/2012

    " Great 1st book for new author, good plotting and pacing with no fluff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Cappoli | 10/4/2011

    " This was an excellent first novel. A page turner that I just could not put down. I highly recommend it and cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian Darby | 9/22/2011

    " Good plot. Language was unnecessarily a little rough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JERRY | 6/15/2011

    " Really fast pace it makes you wonder if the enemy already lives here "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 6/4/2011

    " Outstanding; Continuing character: Dewey Andreas (first in series); Arab terrorists strike at various US sites, and various agencies and survivors look to stop further destruction; set up for a sequel or series

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 5/19/2011

    " If you like action, this is your book! Great stuff! If you like Vince Flynn or Lee Child you will love this book! Just great all around! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alec88 | 5/13/2011

    " For a debut thriller, this book is excellent. The plot was intriguing and the characters had depth. I hope to read more from Coes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 5/2/2011

    " Great thriller by my second cousin! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 3/10/2011

    " Excellent read! Edge of your seat, page turner, great characters........ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbi | 3/7/2011

    " What a great book! Looking forward to the next one. This book was full of action and suspense. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevyn | 3/7/2011

    " In the footsteps of Vince Flynn brad Thor and cussler "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 2/5/2011

    " Exciting read. Hard to put down. I look forward to his next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 2/4/2011

    " good plot...better than average book of this genre! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/1/2011

    " good story, didnt think the writing was great "

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About the Author
Author Ben Coes

Ben Coes is the author of critically acclaimed Power Down. He is a former speechwriter for the George H. W. Bush White House, worked for T. Boone Pickens, was a fellow at the JFK School of Government at Harvard, the 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, Mass.

About the Narrator

Peter Hermann is an American actor and writer. He is fluent in four languages and has appeared in numerous films and television shows. He is married to actress Mariska Hargitay, who he met when he appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. They have three children.