Book review: “The Last Refuge” by Ben Coes

“The Last Refuge” by Ben Coes is filled with suspense.
BY JOHN HARRINGTON Modified: August 17, 2012 at 1:17 am •  Published: August 19, 2012

In “The Last Refuge” (St. Martin's Press, $25.99) by Ben Coes, Israeli special forces member Kohl Meir is in Brooklyn, where he is preparing to visit the parents of a fallen comrade.

But the parents are murdered, and Meir is kidnapped by Iranian secret police and taken back to Iran for a trial.

Dewey Andreas, ex-SEAL and sometime special government operative, owes Meir, because Meir and his group saved his life.

Andreas intends to get Meir back with or without official government approval.

To ramp up the urgency, Iran has built and is planning to set off a nuclear bomb in Tel Aviv.

Andreas finds out but can't disclose this information to the American or Israeli governments, knowing there's a mole involved in Mossad. If Iran finds out, officials there will set off the bomb immediately.

With help from a couple private agents and undercover work by his friends in the government, Andreas works to free Meir and stop a nuclear explosion.

It's a thriller. It's current, and the excitement keeps going.

— John Harrington

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