Finally. The Heir to Clancy, DeMille and Le Carré emerges. After tolerating lesser novels and novelists for nearly a decade, a little literary magic returned to the bookshelf.
Due out on July 3, Ben Coes' latest novel, The Last Refuge, does not disappoint. The writing is exquisite. A former aide to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and speechwriter for the Secretary of Energy during the Gulf War, Coes' knowledge facilitates a thrilling story.
Quiet diplomacy between an Iranian official and an Israeli special forces commander is interrupted, a nuclear weapon the focus of their communiques. After the Israeli is kidnapped by Iranian intelligence operatives, Coes' hero Dewey Andreas steps into the breach. The story feels authentic. An intricate, delicious, raw and evocative tale with an all too plausible web of clandestine and special operations characters satisfies the appetite.
One lucky commenter here will receive a copy of The Last Refuge, courtesy of Mr. Coes.