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"Intense and gripping...Coes' name should be on the lips of every reader who enjoys Vince Flynn and the Brads (Taylor and Thor)." —Booklist (starred review) on Trap the Devil
Only one man stands between a powerful cabal planning an invisible coup of the U.S. government and their brutal goals—Dewey Andreas.
A group of some of the most powerful people in the government, the military, and the private sector, has begun a brutal plan to quietly take over the reins of the U.S. government. They’ve begun to remove the people who stand in their way—and replace them with their own sympathizers and puppets. They’ve already taken out the Speaker of the House—whose death was made to look like an accidental drowning—and the president and vice president are next. Once they have their own people in place, they plan to start a bloody, brutal war on an unimaginable scale.
On restricted duty while he recovers from injuries incurred on a previous mission, Dewey Andreas is sent to Paris by CIA Director Hector Calibrisi. The Secretary of State is going there for secret talks, and Dewey is to be an extra layer of security above the State Department team. But what should be an easy mission couldn’t go more wrong. The cabal has sent in a hit man to take out the Secretary of State and lay the blame for this murder at the feet of Dewey himself.
With the Secretary of State dead, shot by Dewey’s weapon, Dewey is on the run and out in the cold, desperately trying to unravel the plot before the conspirators succeed in killing millions of innocents.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In Ben Coes’ pell-mell thriller, covert agent Dewey Andreas is all that stands between the U.S. and a fascist takeover. After he’s set up as a fall guy for the secretary of state’s assassination, Dewey is trapped in Europe and tested to the limit of his capabilities as he fights to take down a shadowy cabal intent on overthrowing the federal government. Trap the Devil is a feast of high-voltage action sequences and unsettling villains that kept us sweating all the way through.
In the exciting seventh Dewey Andreas thriller (after 2016's First Strike), bestseller Coes pumps new energy into a familiar plot: a secret cabal lies hidden within the upper reaches of the U.S. government. In 1981, CIA director William Casey huddles with Secretary of State Alexander Haig and outlines his plan to create a secret strike force made up of some of the country's most elite soldiers. Casey chooses disaffected CIA man Charles Bruner to lead the unit. "Stay and help defeat these crazy Muslims," Casey asks. Bruner, whose 10-year-old daughter died in a 1979 terrorist bombing in Madrid, accepts. More than two decades later, with their shadow government in place, Bruner and his group launch a treasonous plan, which includes assassinating the speaker of the house, the vice president, and the president. Dewey and other members of the CIA Special Activities Division display their formidable skills as they race to thwart the plot. Coes creates a believable hero in Dewey, who's almost superhuman but never a cartoon. 125,000-copy first printing; author tour.