I am a technical software executive with a passion for fantasy, self improvement and action literature. As life forced itself on me I found less and less time to read so when I found audible it was a great match! I listen mostly in the car or while walking the dog. I can tell I'm listening to a great book when I find myself volunteering to run errands or walk the dog for the third time that day.
I disliked this book and would not recommend it to anyone. In my opinion, it seemed like a heavy handed and rough first attempt at writing an action novel. The book was extremely predicable with little character development. Every Saudi was corrupt, every government official was inept and the protagonist, Dewey Andreas, is completely unstoppable and totally unbelievable. The bad guys can kill anyone with surgical precision except of course, Dewey.
The narrator read at a slow pace with a near monotone voice using few inflections aside from speaking through clenched teeth at times.
I am stunned that I have such a different opinion than most reviewers. I enjoy this genre and am an avid fan of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. For some reason, with this one I had to force myself to finish it before buying a different audio book.
My only complaint about this book is that the narrator speaks very slowly at the start. He warms up as the story warms up, and at that point, this novel becomes fast-paced and exciting. The story is tight and interesting and deals with very topical issues.
Some small warnings: 1) the torture scenes are pretty graphic and also frequent in the second half of the book. 2) injuries of all kinds are also handled graphically.
At the end of the novel, the primary hero and primary villain take on superhero/super-villain qualities, and that might be irritating, but I thought that was in line with the genre.
Expect more in this series. The very end of this book sets up a next one.
Loyal member since 1998
First time author Ben Coes has written an exciting book that rivals Lee Child or Vince Flynn. The action starts quickly and never lets up in intensity. None of the good guys are immune from death. It is shocking, but realistic, when the good guys start dying. But this adds an element of realism that is missing in so many action/thriller books. The main character, Dewey Andreas is a man with the skills to complete any assignment that will protect his country. Power Down stands up to the novels of Child and Flynn but outshines them by being much less predictable than their books. I can't praise this book enough-get it and enjoy.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Story had complexity, intrigue, and excitement. Unfortunately, I could not enjoy this audio book as much as I might, had it been narrated by someone other than Peter Harmann, who seemed to be a graduate of the "Humphrey Bogart" voice-over school. Over exaggeration of the tough guy intones was distracting. It was one constant string of angry tough guy emoting. Further the female characterizations did not convey any semblance of being a woman. Finally the lead character's voice was bleeding over to other characters voice characterizations; hence, it seemed like a bunch of "Humphrey Bogart" characters with different names. It seemed as if the narrator was aware of his shortcoming and tried to at least attempt to mask it with the female FBI character by giving her an Irish accent. That attempt failed. Ben Coes, the author, could have scored a better audio book performance result, in my opinion, had he sought out George Guidall as the narrator.
Wow, I'm not even done listening to this book yet and feel compelled to give it a million starts - if I could.
I've read all of the Mitch Rapp, Jack Reacher, Jericho Quinn, John Puller, Scott Harvath and even Will Robie (the last one was super weak and just off) books. Love this kind of story and hero character. I'm also really just into the entertainment of these action books. I don't get to hung up on trivial details so this is pretty much your average guy review.
This story bs tempo is terrific. From the beginning I was looking forward to the next time i was in my car to listen. Can't stop listening now. The action scenes are great and believable. And I love George Guidall as a narrator bit feel like Peter Herman might be my favorite now. His delivery and cadence is unreal. Amazing story teller. He uses subtle shifts in his volume and enthusiasm to set the scene. Just awesome.
Not much else to say except this is a must read if you like those other characters I mentioned.
I'm really glad I stumbled upon this series of books and can't wait to read through this book and the whole series.
Parts of this novel bored me; parts enthralled me. The first quarter of the book was so slow that I almost gave up. The second half had many parts I could not stop listening too. Basically, this novel is like a season of 24. The book follows a number of characters, both good guys and bad guys (terrorists). Dewey Andreas is the main character, and the Dewy scenes were the best. While none of the characters were really believable, I liked the Dewey, an ex-Delta Force soldier, who seeks revenge for the deaths of his oil rig crew. The weakness was that I did not care enough about any of the other characters for that to sustain me. While there was a lot of great action, where Dewey defied the odds at survival time and again (ala Jack Bauer of 24), a great novel needs one to believe and care about more characters. The reader was okay. At first, his monotone bored me, but I did get used to his understated, tough guy reading. The plot of this terrorist novel is quite good, and if you want plot and action, you will get a lot in this. I'm glad I listened but I won't be looking for another Ben Coes novel too soon. But I may eventually check out his other books if I am looking again for this genre.
Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!
Althought the main character is somewhat of a mix betwen Jack Bauer and Mitch Rapp he's still fairly believable. One NOTE TO THE AUTHOR, guns do NOT have NOZZLES!! I suspect this is an editorial mess up, they have barrels, and muzzles but NOT nozzles. The editor uses this word exclusivley throught both Andreas books and its drivin me NUTSO! I love the hard core action, pretty good plot twists and the no holds barred description of muslamic terrorists and fanatics. A little cartoonish in the dialogue etc. as is to be expected and apparently Delta Force guys are super human,...allegedly. Great use of his Gerber knife, love it!
I have probably listened to 300 books in the last couple of years or so. I've read many great ones but this book is probably the single most incredibly real and best book I have ever listened to. The reality and possibility of it are very real and believable. I cannot say enough great things about this book. In the beginning I thought the narrator was a bit bland but that soon changes. As time passes the narrator really does do an incredible job. In fact I hope he does others for this same author. You will not be able to put this down. It's a good thing I use an iPod. If I listened in my car I would have been driving until the gas tank was empty. I will definitely read this book again in the future. The ending indicates a possible follow up book but don't know if this author can follow this easily. It is truly astounding and the characters are very real and human with strengths and frailties. Buy it and get into it as quickly as you can.
Dewey Superman! If it is fast paced action you want Power Down has got it, but the torture scenes are just over the top for my taste.I thought the narrator did a great job. The idea of a giant corp. that would free us from foreign oil is a great one if you could really find two men such as the men portrayed here. The secret cells and their mission was just down right scary and more than possible. I would have given it 4 Stars except the 'wet work' was just way toooooooo wet.
The first 20% of this book is a little slow. The slow pace of the narrator doesn't help. Once it gets going, however, it is excellent. I look forward to the author's next book.