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The Island: Dewey Andreas #9    by Ben Coes order for
by Ben Coes
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St. Martin's, 2021 (2021)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The Island is the ninth in Ben Coes' military thriller series starring CIA operative Dewey Andreas. Though this was my first exposure to the series, it certainly kept me glued to my e-book screen.

It all starts in Tehran where Hezbollah's commander general seeks the Supreme Leader's green light for an attack on American soil, specifically on Manhattan. The plan is to seal off the island and attack when U.S. President J. P. Dellenbaugh is there for a speech at the United Nations. In advance of the operation, Mansour seeks approval to take out the Republic's most dangerous enemy - Dewey Andreas.

Of course, they fail to kill Andreas but he is sidelined by his boss for his own safety, ordered to lie low. MI6 operations architect Jenna Hartford, now working with the CIA, persuades Dewey to join her for her father's 70th birthday party - on a boat off Long Island. This turns out to position Andreas well when the Iranian attack begins.

It ends up with Andreas in a heart-stopping race against time - and across Manhattan - to rescue a badly wounded president from the UN Secretariat building. It's altogether over the top, but also very exciting reading as Coes skillfully intertwines various plot threads and intriguing characters. Pure escapism!

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