WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors books Plotting Armageddon on a Quiet Wellesley Street S T E V E M A A S writer when we last chatted with spy thriller author Ben Coes, he was writing about Russian hackers threatening the United States. That was nearly four years ago, long before Russian cyber attacks became a staple of the headlines. In Independence Day (St. Martin's, 2015), the novel's indom- itable hero, Dewey Andreas, matches wits — and fists — with a cyber-savvy Russian billionaire bent on setting off a nuclear device in the United States to avenge his parents' death decades before at the hands of the CIA. This past June, Coes released his seventh Andreas novel, Trap the Devil, about a secret cabal of powerful people in the govern- ment, the military, and the private sector who are plotting to take control of the U.S. government. And for the eighth novel, which he's currently working on, he's injecting Andreas into a nuclear confrontation with North Korea. You can't blame Coes for being miffed at President Donald Trump's early saber-rattling against Kim Jong-un. "I'm a little mad about everything that's going on in North Korea because I'm halfway through my next book," Coes said with the irreverence that is an Andreas trade- mark. "I've tried to pull some strings to get both North Korea and the United States to hold off until the book comes out." Despite his knack for anticipating potential crises, Coes insists that his goal is not to be the Nostradamus of Wellesley. Rather, he grills his sources inside and outside of government in pursuit of authenticity. "There's nothing philosophical I'm trying to inject into the reader or even a warning of potential threats," he said. "I want the reader to have fun, to laugh a little bit, and go on a wild C O U R T E S Y O F S T . M A R T I N ' S 168 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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