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First Strike

First Strike

A Thriller

A Dewey Andreas Novel (Volume 6)

Ben Coes

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Deep within the Pentagon, a covert, multi-billion-dollar arms-for-influence program was created. The mission: to protect the country and its allies from terrorist acts by secretly enabling a hand-picked man to emerge as the most powerful leader in the Middle East. But when Tristan Nazir double-crosses Washington, and uses the program for his own violent ends to create ISIS, America finds itself facing its greatest risk yet. Elite operative Dewey Andreas is sent to Syria to retrieve details about the source of ISIS’s funding—until his cover is blown and chaos erupts in the streets. He manages to send intel just in time to for the U.S. to cut off a final arms shipment before it reaches ISIS…but Nazir’s plot is far from finished. Soon a terrorist cell takes over a college dorm in New York City, taking hundreds of students as hostages. Now, in a situation with a powerful traitor and few allies, there remains only one option: Dewey Andreas. If only he weren’t already trapped by the enemy who’s about to launch another bold strike. . .

This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.






Dewey Andreas slept for the first hour after takeoff. When he awoke, he found the liquor cabinet...

Praise for First Strike

Praise for the thrilling novels by Ben Coes:

“Ben Coes has created a hero who ranks with the protagonists in a Vince Flynn or Brad Thor thriller… The Last Refuge is a winner and will keep readers turning the pages.” —Associated Press

“Terrific! A gripping story, compelling characters, a relentless pace, and nerve-wracking suspense.” —Vince Flynn on Power Down

“Compelling characters, a wealth of technical detail, and ticking-clock suspense make [Independence Day] one of the year’s best thrillers.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“High concept meets high octane…Envision Clancy, Forsyth, and le Carre all writing in their prime…then kick in the booster…Coes blows the competition away.” —Brad Thor on Coup d’Etat

“Coes is in the same league as Brad Thor and Vince Flynn, and this high-octane race against time will have plot-driven thriller readers unable to turn the pages fast enough.” —Booklist (starred review) on Independence Day

“Action, international intrigue, romance—it doesn’t get any better.” —San Jose Mercury News on The Last Refuge


Reviews from Goodreads

Ben Coes

Ben Coes is the New York Times bestselling author of international espionage thrillers, including Eye for an Eye and Independence Day. 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.

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