Friday, December 14, 2012

The Last Refuge by Ben Coes

"Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of Iranian intelligence, who smuggle Meir back to Tehran, where he’s imprisoned in Iran’s most notorious penitentiary –Evin – then tortured and prepared for a show trial that will likely lead to the firing squad.

Only hours before, Meir had been tipped off that Iran had finally succeeded in building its first nuclear weapon, one they were planning to use to attack Israel. Meir’s source was a high level Iranian government official and his proof was a photo of the bomb itself. Meir was in the U.S. to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation to destroy the Iranian bomb. His capture by Iran put an end to all that.

Dewey Andreas, a former member of Delta, owes his life to Meir and the team of Israeli commandos who saved his life. Now to repay his debt, Dewey must attempt the impossible – rescue Meir from Evin, and find and eliminate Iran’s nuclear bomb before it’s brought to Tel Aviv by boat and detonated.

Unfortunately, Dewey’s first moves catch the attention of Abu Paria, the brutal and brilliant head of VEVAK, Iran’s intelligence service. Dewey must outwit and outfight an opponent with equal cunning, skill and determination, and with the fate of millions hanging in the balance.

With the help of leaked information from high-level officials inside of Iran and dissidents from groups outside the country, Dewey devises a high-risk, high-stakes operation that will allow him to find and hijack the device before it’s too late."

All I could say is wow when I finished reading "The Last Refuge."  There is so much I could say, but I don't want to give away any of the story, it's that good.  Coes story, based off of real world politics and issues, is very powerful and keeps you reading, wondering what is going to happen next and wondering if things that  happened in the story could or have happened in real life.  This is one action packed, gut wrenching, heart pounding, story and you will be hard pressed to put it down.  If you like political intrigue, then you'll definitely like The Last Refuge.  I'm looking forward to reading the first book in Dewey Andreas Series, Power Down.
 Thank you to St. Martin Press for providing me with a copy of the book.

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