A cross-border intrusion by a Pakistani patrol and their actions in an Indian village trigger a chain of events that escalate into a full-fledged war between the nuclear armed neighbours. The United States finds itself in a tricky situation as China’s shadow darkens the skies over the conflict zone.
Former Delta operative Dewey Andreas is working in an Australian ranch, away from the dangerous elements he once fought — but unknown to him, foes from the past are hot on his trail. Even before he realises, Andreas finds himself in the thick of action and on a mission to avert a nuclear war in the Indian Subcontinent.
The author has written a piece of fiction that would light up the day for Chuck Norris but disappoint hard-core action fans.
All I have to say is that a simple Google search would have told Ben Coes that the Indian government structure is not what he has portrayed in the book. True, the American hero has to save the day — but the overdose of his skills kills the enjoyability of the plot for anyone with average understanding of warfare.
If common sense had prevailed, the author would have realised that his hero would have died several times over in the course of the story. The book would make a good read for the hardcore American nationalist, but falls flat in its ability to provide a realistic picture.
A little more effort and homework on the area where the action unfolds would have helped.
Name: Coup d’état
Author: Ben Coes
Publisher: Pan Books
About the Author (Author Profile)
My interests lie in current affairs, social issues and political analysis. A strong believer of independent thinking and healthy scepticism.