began his career in the public sector, working at the White House
under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush,
serving as a White House-appointed speechwriter to the U.S.
Secretary of Energy at the height of the Gulf War. Coes subsequently
wrote speeches for Texas oilman billionaire T. Boone Pickens. Coes
served as campaign manager for Mitt Romney’s successful run for
Governor of Massachusetts and was subsequently invited to be a
Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of
Government. The Last Refuge is his third novel.