Dewey Andreas, Ben Coes’ popular protagonist, returns on June 28th in First Strike – the sixth novel in the Andreas franchise.
Ben Coes is one of the true heavyweights of the genre and Dewey is an excellent, well written and developed character. If you’re not already reading this series, start! First Strike has been on my list of must-read novels ever since it was announced last year, and is one of the most anticipated releases of 2016.
Just recently Ben Coes unveiled the cover art for First Strike, which is already available for pre-order. So, without further ado, here it is:
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but we all do it. It’s like with food, you eat with your eyes first. So in that regard, I think this is one of Coes’ slickest covers yet. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to see it sitting on my bookshelf in June.
Here’s the plot info for First Strike. Read this, and then you’ll see why I pegged it as a must-read book months ago.
The violent terrorist group ISIS has launched a major military campaign to take over Syria. But as they commit more and more public atrocities, their sources for ammunition are drying up. However, their charismatic and tyrannical leader, Tristan Nazir, has a major card left to play, which will get a new secret shipment of arms underway.
Dewey Andreas is sent into the field to meet Mallory, the Milan CIA station chief who has explosive proof about the source of the terrorists group’s original funding. While ISIS operatives take out both Mallory and his source, Dewey escapes with the proof―the group’s original munitions were provided by a black-ops program from deep within the Pentagon itself.
The program unravels in time for the arms shipment to be stopped before it reaches its destination. But Isolda isn’t finished. He launches a bold strike into the heart of America, sending a team to take over a dorm at Columbia University, capturing nearly 500 college students as hostages. Among those hostages is CIA Director Hector Calibrisi’s daughter, Daisy. For every hour that the shipment of weapons is delayed, the radicals will publicly execute one student. A frontal assault will result in untold number of dead students. Sending the shipment will give Isolda and his followers the means to capture Syria and its resources, creating a terrorist run nation.
In a situation with no solutions, there remains only one option―Dewey Andreas.
What’d I tell ya? First Strike sounds fantastic and I, like most thriller fans, can’t wait to get my hands on it.
Leave me a comment and let me know where you’d rank this among the other covers in the series. And then, of course, head over and get First Strike pre-ordered today!