When it comes to high-octane thrillers, nobody has been hotter than Ben Coes the past three years.
That’s not to suggest, of course, that Coes’ first four novels aren’t as good. His last few books have just been really special. So much so, in fact, that I took to Twitter last month to crown Ben Coes the next Vince Flynn–something many readers agreed with.
The comparison fits when you consider that Coes is absolutely at the top of his game and only getting stronger with each book. To that point, many thought it would be impossible for him to top himself after publishing First Strike, one of the best political thrillers of the last twenty years–and perhaps the best thriller since Flynn’s Transfer of Power. But then Coes put out Trap The Devil, which is even bigger and better than First Strike, earlier this year, wowing thriller enthusiasts with his gripping, hard-hitting plot.
Devil is one of our highest-rated books of 2017, and our followers have clearly agreed. We’ve received more positive feedback from readers who loved Coes’ latest book than anything else that’s hit bookstores this year, and it hasn’t been close.
So with three game-changing thrillers in three years, the question we keep getting from readers is: what will Ben Coes do to top himself in 2018? Good news, Book Spy followers are getting an exclusive first look at the explosive plot details for Coes’ eighth book, Bloody Sunday.
Dewey Andreas is heading to North Korea in a plot that sounds freaking amazing! Read the full details below:
The latest in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Dewey Andreas series.
North Korea, increasingly isolated from most of the rest of the world, is lead by
an absolute dictator and a madman with one major goal—he’s determined to launch a nuclear attack on the United States. While they have built and continue to
successfully test nuclear bombs, North Korea has yet to develop a ballistic
missile with the range necessary to attack America. But their missiles are
improving, reaching a point where the U.S. absolutely must respond.
What the U.S. doesn’t know is that North Korea has made a deal with Iran. In
exchange for effective missiles from Iran, they will trade nuclear triggers and
fissionable material. An exchange, if it goes through, that will create two new
nuclear powers, both with dangerous plans.
Dewey Andreas, still reeling from recent revelations about his own past, is ready
to retire from the CIA. But he’s the only available agent with the skills to carry
out the CIA’s plan to stop North Korea. The plan is to inject a singular designer
poison into the head of the North Korean military and in exchange for the
nuclear plans, provide him with the one existing dose of the antidote. But it goes
awry when Dewey manages to inject a small amount of the poison into himself.
Now, to survive, Dewey must get into North Korea and access the antidote and,
while there, thwart the nuclear ambitions of both North Korea and Iran. And he
has less than 24 hours to do so.
If you’re not already reading Ben Coes’ series, I cannot recommend picking up his first book, Power Down, enough. Coes writes smart and complex plots, similar to Daniel Silva, while still featuring top-notch action sequences that are on par with Vince Flynn and Brad Thor.
If you’re a fan of those other guys and their characters, you’ll love Coes’ Dewey Andreas franchise. And, with eight months to go until Bloody Sunday hits store shelves, newcomers have plenty of time to binge on Coes’ series before the next one comes out.
Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck is the editor-in-chief of The Real Book Spy, and one of the thriller genre’s most well-recognized critics. He currently lives in southwest Michigan with his wife and their five children. For more information, make sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook!