Book Review: Coup D’état by Ben Coes

Coup D’état by Ben Coes is a political thriller. Dewey Andreas was a special commando soldier in the Delta force of USA. After killing Alexandra Fortuna, a renowned Jihadi terrorist, he prefers to go away hiding. He settles down in a remote ranch in Australia but soon the men of Aswan Fortuna seek him out and begin an attack on him. Aswan Fortuna badly longs to avenge the death of his son: Alexandra Fortuna.

Omar El Khayab is the newly elected president of Pakistan, clandestinely appointed by Aswan Fortuna. Aswan has billions of money but only for Jihadi groups. He loves to destabilize a country and then influence it for his profits. The book underlines how big men with power and money spread terror for personal motifs.

The root of the conflict commences from Yagulung, a remote village in Leh, not so far from the LoC. It comes under the Northern Command of the Indian Army. One day two Pakistani soldiers casually enter the village on a patrol walk, in the village they rape a woman and kill a man. In retribution the angry mob of the villagers kill both the Pakistani soldiers. Next day two soldiers come searching them, and upon finding them dead, they kill many people and set the whole village on fire. When the Indian Army’s choppers hover above the village for the look, both choppers catch fire and crash down killing all the staff. Indian Army takes this as an attack by Pakistanis. They begin firing and destroying the Pakistani military posts along the border. In return, at the behest of Omar El Khayab, Pakistan drops a nuclear bomb on a small village called Karoo; resulting eight thousand deaths.

India prepares to destroy Pakistan by dropping all nuclear weapons they have had. But just in time, America realizes that Pakistan’s act of dropping a nuclear bomb on India was actuated by a Jihadi not their military. And that Jihadi is none other than Omar El Khayab. War between two nuclear-holding countries means trouble to America. They sense that chances will arrive where they will be forced to fight the Chinese, thus at any cost to save the millions of lives from both the countries and to prevent themselves falling into the clutches of a deadly war zone, America devises a plan to stop it. And from India they ask forty-eight hours’ time. In that time they have to do coup d’état. And according to Jessica Tanzer, a close advisor of the president, only Dewey Andreas can achieve it in that too short time.

Dewey is unaware of his enemies when he reaches Pakistan. With the help of Millar and Iverheart and other American agencies, he manages to kill the general of Pakistan first then the president. In this coup d’état, Xavier Bolin, the field marshal of the Pakistani army, helps him. After the coup d’état, Bolin is the new president and he ceases the war with India.

Political gain is achieved but before Dewey and his team can leave Pakistan, Aswan Fortuna transfers 250 million dollars in the Swiss bank account of Bolin to hand Dewey to him in Beirut. Bolin kills Millar and Iverheart and hands Dewey to a gang of terrorists who further take him Beirut on a cargo plane. Well, in the plane he fights back and causes the plane to crash land and further with special commandos from Israel he fights the Hezbollah terrorists send by Aswan Fortuna. He survives but many Israeli commandos die. Later, with the help of Candela - the mistress of Aswan - he is able to kill Aswan Fortuna. In the end, Jessica and Dewey unite and live together.

The characterization of Dewey is obviously larger-than-life. However, there are some pitfalls in the book such as American president is being scolded and abused by the Indian president. The book lacks the sweeps of main characters, not of villains. Also Pakistan and India are controlled by prime ministers and Ben forgets to bring these ranks in the picture. The novel lacks the political research; the author rather Americanized the political scenario of these countries.