Ben Coes Gives Readers a Sneak Peek of ‘The Russian’

On July 30th, New York Times bestselling author Ben Coes will finally kick off his highly-anticipated Rob Tacoma series The Russian

Ahead of the book’s release, Coes, through his official newsletter, sent readers an exclusive first look at his new thriller in the form of a one-page prologue that’ll have his fans licking their chops for more. 

Read the sneak peek here.

If you’ve followed me for a while now, then you know this is a book we’ve been tracking for several years—as far back even as 2016 when I reported that Coes had signed a new three-book deal with St. Martin’s press, which I’d confirmed called for two more Dewey Andreas novel and the first in a new series following Tacoma, who first appeared in Coes’ thirst book, The Last Refuge (2012). Well, that book is finally here, or at least it will be when The Russian finally lands in bookstores this summer. For more details, check out the official plot info below. 


The Russian Ben Coes HRAs the brutal Russian mafia becomes the most powerful and deadly criminal enterprise in the U.S., it’s up to covert operative Rob Tacoma to fight back, in a new series by New York Times bestseller Ben Coes.

Ruthless, clever, and unbelievably violent, the Russian mafia has rapidly taken over the criminal underworld in the U.S. and law enforcement has been unable to stem the tide. When a powerful Russian mob family declares war by publicly executing two high-profile American politicians, the message is unmistakable – opposition will be met with overwhelming deadly force. With no other viable options, the President creates a clandestine assassinations team to find and eliminate the unreachable men running this deadly criminal operation.

The CIA recruits two Tier 1 operators – former Navy SEALs Billy Cosgrove and Rob Tacoma. But before they can even get started, the Russians act – murdering Cosgrove in his own home. Now Tacoma is on his own against an organization with endless resources and no boundaries. Step one requires the near impossible – find and kill the hidden mob boss behind Cosgrove’s death. To do this, he’ll have to take on an army in a battle where there are no rules and no limits.



Ben Coes is the New York Times bestselling author of international espionage thrillers, including Independence Day, First Strike, and Trap the Devil. Before writing his first novel, Power Down, he worked at the White House under two presidents and was a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He lives with his wife and four children in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

The Russian is currently available for pre-order wherever are books are sold. 



Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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