Dewey Andreas is a rough kind of hero who "takes a licking and keeps on ticking." In this thriller we meet him recovering from a wound and being recruited for a somewhat simple assignment. He is sent to Paris as back-up protection for the Secretary of State. Nothing is simple in Dewey's world, and when the Secretary is assassinated with Dewey's gun, he must go on the run.
Meanwhile, we meet Charles Bruner, whose desire for vengeance, while understandable, is beyond the realm of acceptable. He is put in charge of a group of U.S. Protectors who have no rules. The President and the United States must be protected from terrorists, even if it means the taking away of rights, or lives, in order to achieve success.
The reader holds his/her breath as a shadow government is formed, and we seem to be losing many of the very things that make us great. Their plot is evil, but Coes makes us second guess everything as hero Dewey tries to save the United States from disaster. It is difficult to separate fiction from reality at times, and I found myself researching people, places and things as I read into the night.
There is never a lack of action in Coes' book, but he doesn't let the character development falter either. While it is the 7th in the Dewey Andreas series, it can be just as easily read as a stand alone. The ending did make me anxious for number eight though, and I intend to search out the ones that I missed.
Publisher - St. Martin's Press
Date of Publication - June 20, 2017