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Raw Power: An Urban Fantasy Novel Audiobook

Raw Power: An Urban Fantasy Novel: Demon-Hearted, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Howdy. My name's Lucian Colt.

I'm one of those disgruntled millennials you've heard about on the evening news. I've got a master's degree in art history, a mountain of student loan debt, and no job to show for it.

Wait, scratch that. I track down stolen pieces of art for wealthy clients and then beat whoever stole them to within an inch of their life. Say what you will, but it puts bread on the table.

Something went wrong with this last job of mine, though. I walked in on something I wasn't supposed to see and got murdered by witches. Yeah, real, legit witches. Never saw that one coming, did you? Neither did I, and the only reason I'm writing this is because some doctor working for an ancient secret society decided it would be a good idea to use me as a science experiment.

See, he implanted a new heart in me and saved my life, but it wasn't just any old heart. It was a demon's heart. Nifty, eh?

Anyhow, I'm back and better than ever, except that now and then the demon takes over completely, and I do awful things. Lose control.

But enough about that. This is a story about how I (mostly) rein in the demon's impulsive personality and seek revenge against the coven of witches that tried to kill me. Along the way I learn a thing or two about this secret society I'm apparently now a member of and find out that there's a lot of shit out there that goes bump in the night.

Mandatory disclaimer: Yeah, look, some people don't like the way I talk. I say words like f--k a lot. If you want to take this ride, then you should know there's going to be a whole lot of cussing and violence along the way. And if I'm lucky, there'll be some skin, too. But who knows? Maybe you'll like it, you filthy animal.

©2016 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2016 Ambrose Ibsen

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    Rain 07-25-16
    Rain 07-25-16
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    "Decent"

    First of all, this is not a book for children. It has some very gory scenes. I had to skip through scenes that felt like they were trying to be appalling. I get that some people like that, though.

    It took me a while to get into it. It has a lot of simile, but when it started comparing bones breaking to cracking nutshells, I start thinking my car needed an oil change. Lucian kept doing things that threw me out of the story, like directly talking to the reader. I did like the writing and the story, and it had a great opening, but I wasn’t interested in the main character.

    Lucian kept explaining his feelings and thoughts when it wasn’t necessary. For example, when he described the demon first taking over his body, it went on for many paragraphs, pretty much saying the same thing over and over. I couldn’t help but to think, everyone knows what it’s like to be possessed by a demon, so move on already. It did get better, but that was because I got used to it.

    James Foster did a phenomenal job. The volume, the voices, the enthusiasm, and the tone were all spot on. He truly perfected the main character’s personality.

    Overall, it was interesting enough to finish, but not one I would read over and over again. I would be willing to listen to more audiobooks by this author and narrator.

    I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Troublemer 06-21-16
    Troublemer 06-21-16 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Story."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Raw Power: An Urban Fantasy Novel to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Reading is great but audio books make you hear the emotions of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raw Power: An Urban Fantasy Novel?

    when the demon took over and tried to kill everyone.


    What does James Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings out the emotions of the Hero.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Demon inside me.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow!! This book was fantastic. It was fast paced, Never a dull moment. It is like The Dr
    esden files, the Jonathan Shade books with a touch of The Joe Ledger books and a pinch of Lords of the Underworld(Hidden Demon). I look forward to reading more of these. I would recommend this series. I received this book free from the author/narrator for a honest review. However, i would not hesitate to buy the book. It was great

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 06-16-16
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 06-16-16 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "original and entertaining"

    If you are anything like me and continue to do something that I have been told since I was a child not to do. Judging a book by its cover, that is. I do it all the time. The cover is the first thing that has a chance to grab my attention for a new book. The cover for Raw Power got me jacked. Looks like it is going to be an epic urban fantasy paranormal adventure! Grabbed my attention, did it yours?

    Then there is the disclaimer about the constant use of the “f” word and other profanity. I am up for it as always. However, if you are going to have a disclaimer like that you better hold up your end of the bargain. This is the one area I felt like Raw Power let me down. Now maybe I have been so desensitized to swearing and violence, and that is why I didn’t notice anything that warranted this warning.

    Raw Power has a very interesting storyline. Lucian Colt is a young guy making a living by beating people up, until he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Walking in on a coven of witches doing something evil. Of course they kill him. Those that found him thought it would be a good idea to transplant his heart with that of a demon. Thus turning him into, for lack of a better term, split personality. Colt finds that along with a demon’s heart, comes its soul. Constantly trying to take over the flesh to wreak havoc in the world of the mortals.

    Those that did the unconventional heart transplant are also members of an ancient secret society of, again I have no better words, witch hunters. That happen to embrace the world of magic and occult as well. Now Colt and his new friends are off to destroy the plans of the coven of witches that enabled this all to happen in the first place.

    The ideas that Ambrose Ibsen has in Raw Power are original. Meaning I haven’t run into them before. The characters were fine. Nothing stuck out to me good or bad. The story was easy to digest and entertaining. For me the only memorable part was the idea behind the demon heart transplant, I wanted more from hell, I guess. I will be seeking out the next book in the series as I am sure there is much more to come.

    Besides that good looking cover that I mentioned above, another thing that drew me to Raw Power. Was James Foster, I pretty much want to listen to everything he says. There is just something about his voice. That is. So. Normal. I. Love. It. Foster again flawlessly delivers every line of this book and breathes a life into it that, honestly, it needed. Sorry still feeling burned about the lack of swearing and extreme violence. But only because I was warned about it. If you haven’t experienced the Foster, you really should and if you have, then you know what I am talking about.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 06-25-16
    Tom 06-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "great new series!"

    thoroughly enjoyed it.

    hope to listen to the next mission soon!

    well paced, and enjoyable

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    shoe girl 06-22-16
    shoe girl 06-22-16 Member Since 2016

    I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!

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    "bring on the power!"

    More power please!

    this was a GREAT book! very different then the others I have read about demons and witches etc.
    I love that the book is told from the main characters point of view. He tells it so well. I like how he is telling it to you as if your old friends, and he is telling you about something that happened in his life. it just made it seem more real to me.

    Raw Power has a very interesting storyline. Lucy Colt was making a living by beating people up and returning stolen goods back to their rightful owners., until he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Walking in on a coven of witches doing something evil so they kill him right there on the spot! instead of willing to die, he agrees to transplant his heart with that of a demon to keep alive.
    he learns quickly what this little deal intakes, and is now part of a secret world against good and evil!
    great book! and Lucy is funny, and easy to understand and seem like a very real person.
    The narrator does a amazing job putting this all together!
    I am VERY excited for part two of this book.




    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audio Boom..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather M Leal Houston, TX 09-06-16
    Heather M Leal Houston, TX 09-06-16
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    "Dark, but Humorous Adventure"

    The story begins introducing Lucian, a debt collector and art recovery specialist. He's over his head in debt from his worthless education and doing whatever he can to pay back his exorbitant student loans, even if it means hurting people to do his job. He gets in a little over his head when a client asks him to complete what is supposed to be an easy retrieval mission. It isn't and things go very wrong.

    He luckily (or unluckily) is saved from death by a heart transplant...from a demon. A super secret society arranges the transplant and recruits him to help in their campaign against evil...in this case a coven of crazy witches who are seeking to raise a demon.

    Lucian is quite a character. He is often snarky and sarcastic, which lends humor to the character; although sometimes you just want to tell him to shut up, as his teammates often do. The pace of the book is mostly quick, with lots of action built in. At times the fluidity of the story is halted by Lucian addressing the reader directly or flashing back to something, which distracts a bit. This book is graphic and violent, so be aware that there are some gruesome scenes. I thought the narration was pretty spot on with the character voices. Job well done by the narrator.

    Overall, a solid 4 for great action and a unique perspective of the world of fantasy and magic. I received this audio book at no cost via AudioBookBoom in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T.Rob 09-02-16
    T.Rob 09-02-16
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    "Fun urban fantasy improved by a great performance"
    If you could sum up Raw Power: An Urban Fantasy Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, fun intro


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raw Power: An Urban Fantasy Novel?

    Lucian gets the mother of all heart transplants from donor, fallen angel and demon Gladreel. But it isn't just a heart, it's Gladreel himself now living inside of Lucian who has constantly to battle for control. But Lucian has even bigger inner demons to face when he discovers he's crossed paths with his new friend in his old life as a debt collector and he discovers he's repulsed by the person he sees in the mirror of his past.

    I have to give Ibsen credit for juxtaposing Lucian's inner and literal demons as equally bad and managing to pull it off smoothly. Would have been easy in lesser hands for that to come out preachy or syrupy. I look forward to hearing how Lucian comes to terms with all his demons in the next installment.


    Have you listened to any of James Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hey Audible, if you are going to ask this question you ought to give us a way to search on Narrator in MyLibrary. I have hundreds of Audible books and although I'm pretty sure I've listened to James Foster's narration before, I have no way to confirm. He is great, though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions here but it was a solid start to a new series and I'll read the next one when it's available in audio.


    Any additional comments?

    Within the Urban Fantasy genre the various authors are cooking with many of the same ingredients. One aspect I particularly enjoy about trying new (to me) authors is the different flavors they bring to the table that have familiar elements but often contrived into delightfully new concoctions.

    Although you will recognize Ibsen's adepts for their array of stock supernatural powers and biblical/mythical references, he sprinkles a bit of Harry Bosch's musical and artistic tastes into protagonist Lucian then gives him a demon who favors proto-punk rock and roll. Lucian/Gladreel has several tasty and ongoing conflicts that promise to develop over the series and give him plenty of room to grow. Among those is that he's kept mostly in the dark about the Veiled Order and his team so in this book you get an entree and no sides. If you don't like the main character by the end you probably aren't going to read the next book.

    Which is, in fact, my only reservation. I'm assuming here that forthcoming books fill Lucian (and us) in on back story of all the other characters and do a little world-building. Lucian's snarky attitude is fun but that and a lot of supernatural action won't sustain an entire series. For me the next book will make or break the series. Fingers crossed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 08-17-16
    Steven 08-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining read."

    I enjoyed the story and liked that the hero is not perfect. he is a bill collector who gains a conscience. The story is a bit quick and could use a bit more background but overall a fun read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Serenity 08-09-16
    Serenity 08-09-16
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    "Lucian Colt's life is about to change!"

    Lucian Colt is a debt collector, who goes after one bounty too many and is killed by witches. His client who belongs to a secret society, who fights the occult, brings him back to life by way of a heart transplant. This is not just any heart, but a demon one!

    James Foster delivers a good performance and brings the humour and banter to life.

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 07-31-16
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 07-31-16 Member Since 2015

    I live to ride my bike.

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    "Great new series!"

    So what does a poor little rich boy do when he finds that he has always had choices? What happens when you realize that choice has been taken from you? What happens when you discover the choice that you did not have was the best choice for you to get revenge.
    You learn how to deal with the demon the witches want so you can kick their ass.

    Lucian wakes up in the hospital from an encounter with the witches while working. He finds that he is now part of a four person team set up to kill the witches. Now begins the fight to see who can be saved and who will go down in flames.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    7/19/16
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    "A really great blockbuster of a book"
    Where does Raw Power: An Urban Fantasy Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved it. The premise felt original, I really liked the idea!
    Raw Power has a great storyline. Lucian Colt is making a living by beating people up, until he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and a coven of witches doing something evil kill him. Those that found him thought it would be a good idea to transplant his heart with that of a demon turning him into a split personality/body sharing guy. The demon is constantly trying to take over Colt to wreak havoc on earth.

    Love it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Lucian Colt, a flawed almost anti hero sort of guy that is simply himself without apology or complication. Well except for the demon thing!


    What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

    James Foster is a brilliant narrator, I was riveted by his voice, he flawlessly delivers his lines and breathes life into the characters and the world.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's not that kind of book. It's not a drama its a ride, an experience of Colt and his need for revenge whilst trying to control the demon (Literally) inside him. It's really good.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • j tracey
    6/19/16
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    "Another enjoyable book narrated by James Foster"
    What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

    James Foster’s performance is great and makes the book come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    After finishing listening to the book, I was left hoping that book 2 won't be too far away.A good start to what I hope will be a multi book series. I enjoyed when Lucian discovered his powers, and I am looking forward to what other powers he will discover in the future.

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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