The Last Refuge by Ben Coes Review and Print Giveaway!
Posted by Krystal Larson at 1:08 AM Sunday, June 24, 2012
With time running out to stop the nuclear destruction of Tel Aviv, Dewey Andreas must defeat his most fearsome opponent yet.
Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, New York, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of the Iranian secret service, who smuggle Meir back to Iran, where he is imprisoned, tortured, and prepared for a show trial.
What they don’t know is that Meir was in New York to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation. Meir had been tipped off that Iran had finally succeeded in building their first nuclear weapon, one they were planning to use to attack Israel. His source was a high-level Iranian government official and his proof was a photo of the bomb itself.
Dewey Andreas, a former Army Ranger and Delta, owes his life to Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. Now, to repay his debt, Dewey has to attempt the impossible ---to both rescue Meir from one of the world’s most secure prisons and to find and eliminate Iran’s nuclear bomb before it’s deployed---all without the help or sanction of Israel or America (at the near certain risk of detection by Iran).
Unfortunately, Dewey’s first moves have caught the attention of Abu Paria, the brutal and brilliant head of VEVAK, the Iranian secret service. Now Dewey has to face off against, outwit, and outfight an opponent with equal cunning, skill, and determination, with the fate of millions hanging in the balance.
Less politically cynical than his predecessor, President Dellenbaugh is sworn in after the death of the president. At a time when Iran is agreeing to accept more intense oversight of its nuclear program, it is also secretly planning to launch a nuclear missile at Tel Aviv. As part of the Iranian government’s plan to demoralize and destroy Israel, Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured from a New York street. He is taken back to Iran where he is tortured and prepared for a “trial”. After sentencing, he will be executed by firing squad. His American friend, a former SEAL and Delta, Dewey Andreas decides he cannot abandon Meir, who recently saved Andreas’ life. Because of the president’s objections, Dewey must work outside of the government/military sphere to recover Meir and eliminate the nuclear threat to Israel.
This political thriller moves quickly. Descriptions of characters like Abu Paria are the stuff of nightmares for wimps like me. Tortures that Meir is subject to, the cloak-and-dagger actions of the Iranian government agent who tips Meir off about the bomb, the mocking derision of Meir’s “defense” attorney, the stories of hatred and revenge on both sides are thrilling in this tense story. It is fast-paced, yet my attention wandered at times…maybe because I did not connect with the characters? However, I had to know what happened next. The plotting and execution of Andreas’ plans were exciting. The end was a little unbelievable to me; it seems impossible that someone like Paria would believe that Andreas valued his friendship with Meir so much that he would make that last deal.
Three and a Half Stars
*Reviewed by Colleen*
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