Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Last Refuge by Ben Coes

The Last Refuge (Dewey Andreas, #3)

From Goodreads(image and blurb):

With time running out to stop the nuclear destruction of Tel Aviv, Dewey Andreas must defeat his most fearsome opponent yet.
Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, New York, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of the Iranian secret service, who smuggle Meir back to Iran, where he is imprisoned, tortured, and prepared for a show trial.  
What they don’t know is that Meir was in New York to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation. Meir had been tipped off that Iran had finally succeeded in building their first nuclear weapon, one they were planning to use to attack Israel. His source was a high-level Iranian government official and his proof was a photo of the bomb itself.  

Dewey Andreas, a former Army Ranger and Delta, owes his life to Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. Now, to repay his debt, Dewey has to attempt the impossible ---to both rescue Meir from one of the world’s most secure prisons and to find and eliminate Iran’s nuclear bomb before it’s deployed---all without the help or sanction of Israel or America (at the near certain risk of detection by Iran).  Unfortunately, Dewey’s first moves have caught the attention of Abu Paria, the brutal and brilliant head of VEVAK, the Iranian secret service. Now Dewey has to face off against, outwit, and outfight an opponent with equal cunning, skill, and determination, with the fate of millions hanging in the balance.

I was asked to read and review the book.  I thought it sounded quite interesting plus it is a bit different than what I have been reading lately.  I had accepted and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This is the 3rd book in the Dewey Andreas series.  I have not read any of the other books and I didn't feel lost with the storyline.  I do think the other books will reveal a bit more about a few things that were mentioned, so I think I will have to eventually pick those up too!

This is a fast paced thriller with a realistic plot.  Iran and nuclear weapons has been in the news, so as I was reading this much of it sounded very plausible to me.  Hidden nukes, Iran wanting to blow Israel up, and the political play  the United States tries to make...all of which made me want to see how it all ends up.  The book did end in a way that another story could come  out of it, although it wasn't a major cliff hanger!

This book was told through many points of view.  However Coes does a great job interweaving them so that it wasn't a distraction.  Plus at the beginning of the chapters you were told where you were, sort of like any military type movie or show would do.

Overall I really enjoyed the book, and while this is a bit different from my other reads I found it to be an Excellent read!

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