The Russian, Ben Coes – A Book Review

Ben Coes’ The Russian is the first in a new series featuring former Navy SEAL Rob Tacoma.

This novel holds back no punches. It kicks off with a murder. A brutal murder. Then we step back some. We, the readers, get a chance to see what’s what, and count off the steps that led to the opening scene. I like that. Action from the get-go.

This is my first book by Coes. I admit I own several other novels by him, but for some reason I kept putting off starting them. Why? I have no idea. I am, now, definitely, a fan!

Okay. Back to The Russian. Two high profile politicians get murdered. The deaths happen within seconds of each other. It is obviously a choreographed hit. What’s more, both politicians were vocal and active in their stance against organized crime. Specifically the Russian Mafia. It is no surprise when evidence points at one of the three most powerful Russian mob families in the U.S.

Tacoma and Billy Cosgrove are assigned the task of infiltrating the mob and getting to the bottom of the assassinations. Problems only intensify when it is clear the CIA has a mole.

Gritty. Fast. Un-put-down-able. Coes paints the scene with enough description to give you an impression, but doesn’t bog down the narrative with so much detail it detracts from the pace and suspense. The dialogue is crisp. The chapters taut. The climax … frustratingly perfect.

My only regret? I read it too fast. I cannot wait for the next in the series.

Phillip Tomasso
Author of the crime novel YOU CHOOSE
and the supernatural thriller WOMAN IN THE WOODS

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