Warning: Do not listen to this book while driving or operating heavy equipment!
I have listened to 4 hours of this book. So far the story is transparent going from one tragic event to another with contrived escapes by the heroes. OK I'm just killing time until something better comes along. But I do not know if I can finish it, Peter Hermann reads in an undertone that puts my mind to sleep. We have an action adventure that is narrated by what sounds like a drugged out engineer reading an accountant's synopsis of an annual report from a funeral home.
Ok, I almost gave up on this one. The performance at the beginning could not be more monotone than it was. I don't know what happened in the production, but holy cow, it was a rough start, but after that, well worth it.
A really good terrorist story with the plot unlike many I have read or heard. Some have said Dewey is like Mitch Rapp. I could see the similarities, but boy, hard to beat the Rapp character. For all the Mitch Rapp books, however, I think the plot in this one is every bit as good as any Mitch Rapp storyline. Give it a tumble, you won't be disappointed!
Power Down caught my attention early; this well-researched novel is more than entertainment. In America we tend to discount much of the rest of the world - the concept that plots begin to form decades in advance and terrorists are living right under our noses just waiting for the right time to be called into action is frightening, but I suspect true. It is time for us to wake up. I loved the interview with Mitt Romney at the end - so disappointing that he was not successful in his bid for the presidency.
No. The entire premise of the book is that if a person is of Middle Eastern descent then that person is a bad guy. That is more than distasteful to me.
Yes, just to see if this bigotry is a pattern or not.
He's good with accents. It's easy to tell who is speaking and when.
I'm hoping the problems of this book were because it is the author's first published novel. It was an okay way to pass the time but all the characters were stereotypes. All Arabs are bad guys, all government workers are stupid, the rich corporate workers are the good guys and the hero saves the day in, at least, improbable action sequences. If a person listens expecting a cartoon, then they will be very satisfied with the action.
As an action/adventure story a suspension of disbelief is required. Looked at that way,it is a good story. The narration was OK -- not nearly as bad as some reviewers have said.
Admittedly, I may be a stickler for details . In this book there were a number of obvious errors which should have been caught by an editor or researcher (if not the the author). Two obvious ones are consistently referring to the device that holds the ammunition in a semi-automatic pistol as a "clip" instead of a "magazine" and believing that a senator nominates someone for the Congressional Medal of Honor. Also, apparently, the author believes that the Medal can be awarded for activities undertaken as a civilian.
This book could very easily be taking place right now, and we don't even know it. Puts you in the mind of terrorist and their hate and dedication to those who differ in their beliefs.
The sequences of the book are organized and succinctly told, giving the story a great flow. The characters are well developed, without going to the extreme just for words-sake, and am happy to say (possible spoiler alert!) I'm excited and hopeful for Dewey to come back!
This story has so many realistic nuances in today's political realm and is so entertaining. If you even remotely like this genre, this book won't disappoint.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to start but once it got going, it really moved along. A little over the top, but that is to be expected with a one man wrecking crew. Like a roller coaster, once up to speed, the action is non-stop until the end.
Peter Hermann did a good job with the narration. A couple accents here and there but overall a good job.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
First, the narrator. Peter Hermann was perfect. His low key, quiet way of presenting makes the suspense more sinister. Next, the hero. Dewey Andreas is Jack Reacher on steroids. I cannot wait to listen to the next book. (In fact I am already listening to it.)Third, the story. Not only exciting from beginning to end but very informative about the energy situation in this country.Great new author and hero!
Complex main character captured perfectly by Peter Hermann.
I was disappointed that the second book in this series changed narrator. I'm sure it's a great book, but Peter Hermann nails Dewey Andreas. I am enjoying Last Refuge, the third in this series, even more than the first. Hoping for a fourth!