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(2012), Iran's negotiators talk disarmament while its scientists build a nuclear device. China's large holdings of US debt figures in the plot of Eye for an Eye. In his upcoming book, Coes turns to Russia, which he sees as threatening the United States through cyber attacks and proxy terrorist groups. But while he hopes to make, say, the shadowy world of computer hackers accessible to readers, "at the end of the day, I want people to be entertained, to care about Dewey and the other characters." As much as he emphasizes authenticity, Coes acknowledges that Dewey's indestructi- bility does stretch credulity. "There are some very, very tough guys out there," Coes says of the special operations soldiers he has befriended, but "there's no one for whom everything falls into place and who is almost bullet proof like Dewey." Laughing, he added, "I wouldn't be driving [a Mercedes AMG] if I killed off my hero, right?" Still, he wants Dewey to be more than a cardboard cutout action hero. "I'm interested in the larger narrative arc of the growth of his character," he says. Dewey's actions often surprise him, as if he is channeling his own character. "I don't outline a lot because I feel that takes away some of the spontaneity of a thriller. I've gotten to the point where he oftentimes is almost writing himself." That can be risky. "There were times when I'd call my agent and say Dewey's in a pickle, and I don't know how to get him out of it." 173 s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e 168-174_WWMa14_books_coes_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/2/14 1:20 PM Page 173

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