Power Down : Dewey Andreas

  • von Ben Coes
  • Sprecher: Peter Hermann
  • Serie: Dewey Andreas
  • 16 Std. 27 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


Introducing a major new thriller writer - in the vein of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor - and an electrifying character, Dewey Andreas.
A major North American hydroelectric dam is blown up and the largest off-shore oil field in this hemisphere is destroyed in a brutal, coordinated terrorist attack. But there was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas.
Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun. While the intelligence and law enforcement agencies scramble to untangle these events and find the people responsible, the mysterious figure of Alexander Fortuna - an agent embedded into the highest levels of American society and business - sets into play the second stage of these long-planned attacks. The only fly in the ointment is Dewey Andreas - who is using all his long-dormant skills to fight his way off the platform, then out of Colombia and back to the U.S., following the trail of terrorists and operatives sent to stop him.
Power Down is a gripping, compelling debut thriller from a powerful new author, an amazing talent certain to join the ranks of the genre’s finest writers.
BONUS AUDIO: includes a conversation with the author and Mitt Romney.



"Coes pumps new heat, blood, and flat-out action into a well-worn premise--terrorists are out to break America by attacking its energy resources--in his frighteningly plausible thriller debut." ( Publishers Weekly)


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Some patriotic narration but thrilling

A special offer by Audible brought me to my first Dewey Andreas narration by Ben Coes. Meanwhile I listened to all six books from the series although I have a kind of ambivalent relation to them. On the one hand the story is very thrilling and action-packed without staying too superficial. On the other hand the author works with some clichés and gives his narration a strong patriotic tone. I had to get used to it at the beginning especially as a non-American but after blanking it out in a certain way I enjoyed to listen to it.

In the debut “Power Down” the narration starts with a short introduction about the main character Dewey Andreas – an Ex-Delta. He has met his fate by losing his son due to cancer and being charged for the murder on his wife. The result is that he gets dismissed from Delta without honor. He heads for a new life outside the US borders – as a team leader on an oil platform in the Pacific Ocean. This oil rig belongs to the most important energy company on US soil – aiming for the total independence from any kind of energy that comes from outside the country – especially from the Middle East. Two entrepreneurs decide to bring together their energy businesses in order to reach that aim, of course for patriotic reasons, because it is good to make America independent but at the end the aims are as obvious as with most economic fusions: success, growth and power.

It is only a question of time then that strange things happen at the oil platform where Dewey is on duty. Employees die under gruesome circumstances and there are fights seeded among the platform crew which urges Dewey to find out what the causes are. At once comparable incidents happen at a power station that is also a main pillar of that energy company close to a dam at the Canadian border. The result is a colossal attack on the dam which collapses and brings a catastrophe to the workers, their families and the back country. Theil the oil platform gets in the hands of Arabic thugs and Dewey’s suspicions get confirmed: they want to destroy it and the only person who has access to the underwater tunnel system where the bomb should get detonated is Dewey himself…

From now on it is clear that the manipulators that stand behind the attacks did actually not count with Dewey at the scene. The narration then is quick, hard and action loaded and very patriotic written – as already mentioned – and seasoned generously with some good (USA) and bad guys (Arabian Peninsula) images. This in particular is something I felt my ambivalences with the story. But at the end it is fiction with some elements of nowadays threats and fears on which the fears of global terrorism are based on. But I really like the way Coes is narrating and building one chapter on the next followed by a steadily climbing arc of suspense. First the author tries to point at the origin of terrorism that often is a result of war and occupation (also done by the US in the Middle East) and in the next moment we see that terrorism is fed by economic and political greed = money and power – where at the end Allah justifies the means. And to fight the bad gusy the the so-called good guys work with the same kind of methods…

As I said: as far you can handle the patriotism and the cliché like images of good and bad guys it is a solid story which I really liked to listen to. It is engaging and you definitely want to know what will happen next. Some parts of the story for my opinion could have been spared but I will stick to upcoming narrations by Ben Coes.

The narrator Peter Hermann speaks all Dewey Andreas-narrations and I really like the way he intones the stories. He has an amazing variety in the pitch of his voice: he also tries to express the dialects the individual characters have in the narration. He is a very positive contributor to make the story worth listen to.
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- Nicole Pohl

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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 28.09.2010
  • Verlag: Macmillan Audio