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Coes himself had wanted to join the Seals, but didn't make it through the rigorous med- ical screening. Ironically, flunking the checkup may have saved his life. Doctors discovered a problem with a heart valve that would need to be monitored. Two years ago, Coes had open heart surgery to correct the valve. But while his hopes for real-life action were dashed, the writer says researching the thrillers can be an adventure in itself. When possible, he personally scopes out his set- tings, which have ranged from Russia to the Middle East to China. "My goal is to put the reader in the cockpit of what is going on." He declined to disclose exactly where he's been so as not to compromise sources and the people who helped arrange the trips. A bit of cloak – but no dagger – if you will. In his quest for authenticity, Coes pores through policy papers and consults with his contacts in business, government, and the military. He is particularly proud of his depiction of the title scene in Coup d'Etat. "I was very interested in how a coup works," he said, noting that it is among the most com- mon forms of government transition. "What I push [in my novels] is my concerns with security threats, especially ones that I think are ignored or mishandled." In Coup, nuclear war threatens to engulf Pakistan, India, and China; in The Last Refuge 172 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 Ben Coes skating with his daughter Esmé books "I want people to be entertained" C O U R T E S Y O F B E N C O E S 168-174_WWMa14_books_coes_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/2/14 1:20 PM Page 172

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