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A new short story by New York Times bestselling thriller writer Ben Coes — with time running out, Dewey Andreas is the last hope for a prominent kidnapping victim. The newly sworn in Vice President of the United States has a problem. Her son, off in college, doesn't care for his security detail. So when Spring Break comes around, he slips away from his bodyguard, picks up A new short story by New York Times bestselling thriller writer Ben Coes — with time running out, Dewey Andreas is the last hope for a prominent kidnapping victim. The newly sworn in Vice President of the United States has a problem. Her son, off in college, doesn't care for his security detail. So when Spring Break comes around, he slips away from his bodyguard, picks up his best friend, and heads to Mexico for an intended week of sun, sand, women, and hoped-for debauchery. But when he arrives at the airport, a team of well-armed kidnappers grab both him and his friend and escape. Now they're demanding that an exorbitant ransom be paid in only a few hours — and if it's not, both boys will be killed.Dewey Andreas, CIA operative and former Delta, happens to be in Mexico, taking some time away and helping friends Katie Fox and Rob Tacoma with a private job. Hoping to relax, Andreas is now the only hope these two young men have of surviving their misadventure. But Mexico is a big country and, before anything else, Dewey has to find the missing boys. Even then, it's a race against the clock, with a highly-trained group of vicious men waiting at the other end.An original Dewey Andreas short story by bestseller Ben Coes.


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A new short story by New York Times bestselling thriller writer Ben Coes — with time running out, Dewey Andreas is the last hope for a prominent kidnapping victim. The newly sworn in Vice President of the United States has a problem. Her son, off in college, doesn't care for his security detail. So when Spring Break comes around, he slips away from his bodyguard, picks up A new short story by New York Times bestselling thriller writer Ben Coes — with time running out, Dewey Andreas is the last hope for a prominent kidnapping victim. The newly sworn in Vice President of the United States has a problem. Her son, off in college, doesn't care for his security detail. So when Spring Break comes around, he slips away from his bodyguard, picks up his best friend, and heads to Mexico for an intended week of sun, sand, women, and hoped-for debauchery. But when he arrives at the airport, a team of well-armed kidnappers grab both him and his friend and escape. Now they're demanding that an exorbitant ransom be paid in only a few hours — and if it's not, both boys will be killed.Dewey Andreas, CIA operative and former Delta, happens to be in Mexico, taking some time away and helping friends Katie Fox and Rob Tacoma with a private job. Hoping to relax, Andreas is now the only hope these two young men have of surviving their misadventure. But Mexico is a big country and, before anything else, Dewey has to find the missing boys. Even then, it's a race against the clock, with a highly-trained group of vicious men waiting at the other end.An original Dewey Andreas short story by bestseller Ben Coes.

30 review for Shooting Gallery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Ahead of this summer’s latest full-length Dewey Andreas thriller, Ben Coes teases the reader with a short story with his high-octane protagonist. Andreas is down in Mexico, helping to facilitate a ransom payment and letting off a little steam. However, whenever Dewey wants to relax, trouble seems to follow him and it’s a bloodbath to some degree. When the newly sworn-in US vice-president’s son is kidnapped and held in Mexico, a few calls are made and Dewey is tasked with trying to facilitate a c Ahead of this summer’s latest full-length Dewey Andreas thriller, Ben Coes teases the reader with a short story with his high-octane protagonist. Andreas is down in Mexico, helping to facilitate a ransom payment and letting off a little steam. However, whenever Dewey wants to relax, trouble seems to follow him and it’s a bloodbath to some degree. When the newly sworn-in US vice-president’s son is kidnapped and held in Mexico, a few calls are made and Dewey is tasked with trying to facilitate a covert recovery. Heart still pumping from a barroom brawl, Dewey targets the likely location of the victims and sets a plan in motion. A tense situation could get worse, unless Dewey’s on his toes throughout the harrowing rescue attempt. Coes whets the appetite of his series fans and offers a teaser of the upcoming novel, sure to be as exciting as ever. Those who love Dewey Andreas pieces will surely enjoy this story, which helps lessen the waiting time until the explosive operative can entertain again. I enjoy Ben Coes and his writing, hoping that his ideas continue to propel Dewey Andreas to new heights. While this was a short piece, the reader is tossed into the middle of the adventure and given no time to relax. Andreas is a rock-hard operative who just wants to enjoy a little downtime, though it seems to pass him by at every turn. With a new political player in the narrative, one can only wonder if this will prove to be a thorn in Andreas’ side over the next few novels. However, at this point, the narrative helps develop a few characters effectively enough to keep the reader satisfied, if only for a short time. The story was decent, though its brevity turned the rescue mission into something as swift as a flash-bang grenade reaction, tying off all the needed loose ends before the reader can truly enjoy what’s taking place. One might say that the bar fight that preceded this mission had more content to it, leaving the climactic event seem almost an essential afterthought. That being said, it has me ready to devour the next Dewey Andreas novel, which awaits me now. Kudos, Mr. Coes, for this short piece that pulls no punches. I am happy to have stumbled upon this one and hope the novel is as exciting as this short piece. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marika Charalambous

    A very short novella involving a kidnapping for ransom case, one that Dewey Andreas is perfect to handle. The book is fast-paced, action-packed and, well, very short. I enjoyed it, although I found myself drawn even more to the preview chapters of the new novel to be published next month. I can't wait to read that soon. Full review: https://mysterysequels.com/book-revie...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    This Dewey Andreas short is a quick, taut story featuring Dewey and his pals Katie and Tacoma from the private security firm, "RISCON" as they work a rescue of the US Vice President's son in Mexico. Its a nice little story but certainly not necessary to read as part of the larger series. Enjoyed it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Allen Thomas

    Shooting Gallery I am not a fan of short stories, but this book works. You get to see the team in action and there is a nice conclusion. I wouldn't mind a little more, but it is a great story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    dennis barron

    Shooting Gallery. Ben Coes The new vice presidents son and his friend have been kidnapped in Mexico. They ditched their Secret Service watcher in Washington and thought they had fooled everyone. Upon landing in Mexico, an FBI agent was waiting. Moral to this escapade, don't use your credit card. Upon arrival while reroute to the FBI agent's vehicle, the kidnappers murder the agent and forcibly take the two young men.Dewey and two other agents are already in Mexico and are tasked with finding and Shooting Gallery. Ben Coes The new vice presidents son and his friend have been kidnapped in Mexico. They ditched their Secret Service watcher in Washington and thought they had fooled everyone. Upon landing in Mexico, an FBI agent was waiting. Moral to this escapade, don't use your credit card. Upon arrival while reroute to the FBI agent's vehicle, the kidnappers murder the agent and forcibly take the two young men.Dewey and two other agents are already in Mexico and are tasked with finding and recovery of the two young men. Non stop action! I enjoyed this book immensely!

  6. 3 out of 5

    Steve O'Keefe

    Nowhere near the quality of Coes' novels. The pacing is way off with an ending so rushed and anti-climactic I wouldn't be surprised if you told me Coes tapped it out on his cell phone from an airline seat with a flight attendant urging him to shut it off before takeoff. I won't let this deter me from reading the next novel in the series, but this was well below what I've come to expect from a Dewey Andreas book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Greg Oaster

    Nice and quick Almost too quick. I know it's a short story but this story is like a condensed version of a readers digest condensed version of old. Needless to say, this is not your typical Dewey book. Not a lot of substance, just quick and to the point. I bet Dewey wished all of his missions were this simple and easy

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robert Ringler

    Brief short story. Does advance the story a bit with the new Vice President and Hector. Somewhat more unbelievable than most Dewey Andreas stories. Mostly dissatisfied with the shortness and simplicity of the plot, but a Dewey story is always good.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sheldon

    Loved it. Love the Andreas series and this is enough said.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Douglas Barrow

    Classic Dewey. Tacoma and Katie do there part in the quick romp into Mexico to rescue the Vice Presidents son and his friend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rudy

    It was good as far as it went. It might be unfair, but I gave it 3 stars only because I wanted more!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ed Howland

    Very solid entry into the series.

  13. 3 out of 5

    R Ricalde

    OK short story. Very short. Old worn out plot. Good to have Dewey back but Coes needs to e sure to keep Andreas true to himself.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sheldon

    Love the series and the characters. Waiting for the next full story. Fun quick read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    This is classic Dewey. Pulled in to help because he's close and people know he is the best. Sure he got the job done, but it was a bit harrowing at one point during a plane ride.

  16. 3 out of 5

    Michael Elwood

    Spring break and kidnappings oh my! Classic Dewey short story! loved it

  17. 3 out of 5

    Tammy Bickimer

    Such a short story. Not that it wasn't thrilling or interesting.. I was a great read that grabs you from page 1 - just disappointed at the length.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jill Brown

    Short but good

  19. 3 out of 5

    Lee

    A short Dewey Andreas e book where he is tasked with rescuing the Vice President’s son who has been kidnapped while on spring break in Mexico.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  22. 3 out of 5

    James LaRue

  23. 3 out of 5

    Robert A. Smith

  24. 3 out of 5

    Andrei

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mike Kennedy

    Extremely short Dewey Andrea novella. Not even sure this is worth the three dollars I paid on Amazon, but my guess is that it is setting up back story between Dewey and the new Vice President. Is worth reading if you have read the rest of the novels in the series, but if you haven’t I wouldn’t waste my time.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Justin Shaum

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marve Morris

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eric Smith

  29. 5 out of 5

    Log

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pat Richardson

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