Ben Coes was born in 1966 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was educated at Columbia College, where he won the prestigious Bennett Cerf Memorial Prize for Fiction during his senior year. After graduating, he began working as a White House intern during the Reagan administration. Coes continued working in politics as a speechwriter for U.S. Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins and campaign manager for Mitt Romney. He has been a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and now he is now the managing partner of the Mustang Group, a private equity firm.
Coes writes international political and espionage thrillers following Dewey Andreas, former US Special Forces soldier. His first novel, Power Down,was published in 2010. His books have made the New York Times Bestseller list. Coes and his family are also the founders of a charity called Thrillers for America's Best, which sends books to VA homes and hospitals.
Coes currently lives in Massachusetts and Maine with his family.