Ben Coes: A Real-Life Dewey?
Here at Throomers, whenever we hit a roadblock, meet with an obstacle to overcome, or encounter opposition we need to win over, our principal owner asks this sole question, “What would Dewey do?” That’s not necessarily a good thing, especially for the obstacle.
As fans of the ‘spy thriller fiction’ genre of literature well know, the “Dewey” he’s referencing is former Delta Force member, Dewey Andreas, the charismatic, indefatigable protagonist of eight (8) NY Times best-selling novels including the latest, Bloody Sunday, released in July 2018.
It’s apparent that most authors who’ve created iconic, enduring fictional characters have imposed a great deal of their own personality and behaviors into their creations. Just a cursory glance at any of author Ben Coes’ publicity pictures confirms this as the case here. From both the image we get and the results he’s achieved, this is one very serious, mission-oriented, take-no-prisoners guy.
That premise began our inquiry into the man who exploded onto the literary scene in 2010 with his dynamic, breathtaking debut novel, Power Down, and hasn’t slowed down a millimeter since. Here’s what our throomer audience needs to know.
Born in 1966, fringe baby boomer, Ben Coes developed both his writing skills and deep breadth of his subject matter by attending Groton School, Columbia College and Harvard University Institute (Kennedy School) of Politics.
Soon after, he went to work in the White House, first as an intern for President Ronald Reagan and then as a speechwriter for the Secretary of Energy under President George H.W. Bush. Along the way, he wrote speeches for billionaire energy entrepreneur, T. Boone Pickens, and managed Mitt Romney’s successful 2002 campaign for the governorship of Massachusetts. He then began a career in finance and remains a managing partner with private equity firm, Mustang Group.
This impressive man clearly has energy to spare. The preceding resume would make up a full career for even the most aspiring, but luckily for his millions of readers Coes was only getting started.
Literary critics and peers alike have compared his writing favorably to the likes of the late Vince Flynn and Tom Clancy, along with Frederick Forsythe and John LeCarre in their primes. More currently, Brad Thor and Brad Taylor are both admiring peers. This clearly places Coes among the elite at his craft.
The author has called his style of prose and story-line development “reality-based,” with the suspense heightened in each story by the plausibility of the developing crisis. In fact, his eight (8) novels to date have been a global tour of the most realistic and frightening geo-political scenarios imaginable.
They’ve included potential nuclear conflicts between Pakistan and India, between Iran and Israel, Russian hackers with the U.S., and of course, North Korea with the world.
In the Dewey series, other chilling plot lines inlude American college students kidnapped by an ISIS terrorist cell, and a clandestine coup plot unfolding in Washington D.C.. There are a bevy of interesting supporting characters through the novels, and a touch of steamy romance interspersed as well. And, there is unthinkable personal tragedy at the hands of nefarious Chinese operatives. Deeply affected, protagonist Andreas quickly shifts his motives and resulting actions into frenetic overdrive.
As Coes has said, these stories feel so real that as the author puts his fertile imagination to an even deeper test in the future, we can only hope would-be terrorists and other adversaries are failing to take notice.
Among the many, here’s a sampling of other Ben Coes-directed accolades used by literary professionals, including the notable Ryan Steck from The Real Book Spy: “Masterful, brilliantly-crafted, entertaining, witty and humorous, inherently masculine, relentless intensity, nerve-wracking, pulse-pounding suspense, stunning,operating on another level, unmatched by anyone else in the genre. Dewey is larger than life, yet authentically human.”
Many of Coes’ most ardent fans have weighed in on Amazon and other websites with similarly glowing commentary. Throomers.com agrees wholeheartedly, which is why we’ve endeavored to make Ben Coes among our inaugural features. We knew it would be our coup (the good kind). He so perfectly illustrates what it means to be a “thriving boomer,” despite being on the generational fringe we’ve officially ordained him our first honorary ‘throomer.’
An important health note: According to one critic, reading Ben’s novels “will keep you up all night.” We throomers certainly don’t need that. We require our optimum sleep to operate at anything approaching Dewey or his author’s pace. In that regard, we’ll be offering plenty of useful information in our health and fitness section to combat such “black-ops-derived insomnia.” Here’s a preview: If insomnia is a problem, do not read a Ben Coes novel after 10 pm, at the latest, depending on the severity of the disorder. (disclaimer: this is not a medical prescription but rather an over-the-counter remedy, so it’s one we’re professionally able to proffer).
We are thrilled to say that the incredibly busy Ben Coes was generous enough to pause for a time to contemplate and answer some rather in-depth questions, those whose answers we believe would most interest and benefit Throomers. CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FOLLOW UP WITH BEN COES