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.
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.
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.
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.
I really loved this book! The narrator did an absolutely great job! I do agree that it started a bit slow but turned into a real page turner. I found myself staying up until almost 4am so I could finish it. We all have different criteria for what we like. As thrillers and mysteries go, this is right up there on top for me. I had just finished Tom Clancy's new book before starting this one. Power Down blew Clancy's book away!! I highly recommend it and can't wait for Cole's next one.
BLUF - Not quite a Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp Novel but an awesome start and I'm anxiously awaiting the next book.
Plot: I was a little concerned at first because the book didn't grab me until about two hours in but after that it was one heck of a ride. Since the summary referenced Vince Flynn I was expecting that type of storyline where the book follows one main character and you pretty much see everything from their eyes. While Dewey Andreas is the Mitch Rapp equivalent this book was written from many different points of view and I didn't get the feeling (until maybe the very end) that this might/could be a series. Yes, as one "critic" wrote this is an American vs Arabic style book, however it has a different spin and I can't fault the author for his choice. Without getting into the politics it would be like writing a book about the Nazi's after WWII. No one is implying that all Arabs are terrorists just like everyone knows not all Germans were Nazis. It's just a book tailored to times we live in.
Narrator: This is the first book I've listened to with Peter Herman and I felt he did a good job. Good voice inflection/changes for the different characters though some of his foreign accents could use a little work. Something that will hopefully come with more Ben Coes novels!!!
dragged on. read the other reviews and thought i would try it out, but just couldn't get through the first download.
george guidall or eric gray
sleep, frustration it wasn't faster or more involved.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
I am going to preface this by saying it is probably one of the better plots I have ever heard. A very frightening concept and overall - A good story line.
That was the good. This is the bad - For me anyway.
Peter Hermann has a very good voice..................But - It was unnervingly distractive every time he spoke through gritted teeth to express anger or frustration in his characters. 1st - They all sound the same when he spoke through gritted teeth. You knew which character, only because of where you were in the book. Plus - He was gritting his teeth when his charachters even thought angry. More importantly - The main charachter never stopped thinking or talking angry. I probably would have enjoyed the book more if I read it instead. One of the reasons I stopped listening to Scott Brick narrated books.
Ben Coes overall had a great story line. I realize some situations will be embellished in a book - But some things just did not add up no matter what. There is no way an ex anything could demand the things that Dewy demanded from the FBI ect.... Or - The fact that they included him in evrything.
Still thinking about the fact that after Dewy stabbed somebody - He dug a bullet out of his shoulder not long after without any referance to even attempt to sanitize the blade. I mean - Wash it with warm water and soap.
If the story line was more realistic instead of the obiviously ridiculous scenarios like a 2 man team (of nobody's) breaking into a wet works building in another country with security that's so bad it makes a wal-mart look like the pentagon, it would have been better.
I won't compare this to Vince Flynn.... Dewy is not supposed to be Mitch Rapp - And he isn't - That's for sure.
Sorry - It was a few things a way from being great.
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!