A Lima Charlie Review: ‘The Russian’ By Ben Coes. With a BLAST RADIUS of a NUCLEAR BOMB! (10/10)

The RussianBen Coes, a veteran thriller writer and New York Times Bestseller brings a new hero in the thriller genre, Robert Tacoma, a tier one former SEAL. First introduced in The Last Refuge, Dewey Andreas series number 3 and seen in every novel since then. Tacoma and friend, Katie Fox have started an independent firm, RISCON. The fee to hire this firm usually runs into the six figures range.

With the collapse of the USSR post the Cold War, the U.S. was the winner, but in doing so, they created the Russian Mafia. A worldwide organization worth billions that supports murder, drugs, drug distribution, prostitution, human trafficking, car theft, and cyber warfare. With illegal activities in just about every major city in the U.S. it has become a problem local and federal law enforcement cannot successfully manage.

When two United States politicians are assassinated, U.S. President, President J.P. Dellenbaugh decides extreme action is needed. A secret addendum to the U.S. Constitution exists which grants the President the power to enact temporary law in dire situations with unanimous approval of the overseeing Senate committee. Last used by former U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 to help aid the British in their efforts to stop Hitler.

Getting approval for the new law, President Dellenbaugh gives CIA Director Hector Calibrisi his marching orders. Assemble a two-man team to “operate” on U.S. soil and target the Russian Mafia responsible for the deaths of the two prominent politicians and give them “full lethal protocol.” All these fancy terms are just that, in reality the word “operate” has a very specific meaning to the veteran CIA director. This team is being assembled to kill everyone involved.

The first recruit, Billy Cosgrove a former Navy Seal and currently part of CIA’s SOG. Currently running all the kill teams in the mountains bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan. After a strict vetting process, he is recruited, interviewed and agrees to the job. Then he goes home and gets murdered.

The second team member, Robert Tacoma. Also, a former Navy SEAL and currently part owner of RISCON. Tacoma is an absolute must for this team from Director Calibrisi, having the highest kill ratio in CIA history. Working on his own, he is tasked with a mission that no sane person would accept. The Russian Mafia, having practically unlimited funds, supplies, weapons, and access to intelligence that puts them steps ahead of our team that is down to one.

The Russian is a fresh new series from a veteran author who knows his stuff. Being well versed in the military myself, his dialogue clearly differentiates the differences between the various military units, their purpose, their effectiveness and their roles, units such as DEVGRU aka Seal Team Six and the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment aka Delta. The Russian captures you from the very beginning, setting the tone, showing the reader the Russian Mafia is brutal, fierce and unafraid to do whatever it takes to remain in the game. With hand to hand combat, knife fights, sniper fire, kill teams, and brutal adversaries that remain in the shadows and one surprise cameo, this thriller is an absolute must read. Earning itself a rare but fully deserved Blast Radius of a Nuclear Bomb, The Russian needs a spot on your summer reading list, available July 30th, pre-order here.




Author: Ben Coes
Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-1250140791
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Follow Ben on Twitter: @authorbencoes
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: A NUCLEAR BOMB (10/10) – The potential here is death on a global scale, nothing is scarier than a nuke. This is the best rating a book can get.


About the Author:

Ben Coes is the New York Times bestselling author of international political and espionage thrillers including Power Down, Coup d’État, The Last Refuge, Eye for an Eye, Independence Day, First Strike, Trap the Devil, and Bloody Sunday.

Ben’s books all center on Dewey Andreas, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier who was kicked out of the military after being falsely accused of crimes he did not commit. While fiction, all of Ben’s books are based on current events and are strongly influenced by friends who are or were in the military or intelligence circles.

The Russian, Ben’s 9th book, comes out in July. It is the first book in a new spin-off series featuring Rob Tacoma, a recurring character from the Dewey Andreas series. The series is domestic in focus and involves the Russian Mafia and America’s attempts to stop it. Tacoma is selected as part of a secret CIA unit given temporary permission to operate on U.S. soil. Ben will continue to write books in both series.

Ben went to Columbia College and was awarded the university’s highest writing award, the Bennett Cerf Memorial Prize for Fiction.

Ben was a White House Intern under Ronald Reagan and served as a White House-appointed speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of Energy during the Gulf War. He was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Ben lives in Massachusetts with his wife and children.

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