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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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.
Yes. Reading is great but audio books make you hear the emotions of the characters.
when the demon took over and tried to kill everyone.
He brings out the emotions of the Hero.
The Demon inside me.
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
"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.
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"great new series!"
thoroughly enjoyed it.
hope to listen to the next mission soon!
well paced, and enjoyable
"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..
"4.5 stars- awesome narrator! :)"
I love paranormal stories, and all kinds of paranormal creatures. I'm also a sucker for characters who are hunters of these creatures. Whether it be a vampire hunter, monster hunter, or demon hunter. In this story, our main character is killed by witches and finds himself alive again but with a demon heart beating inside his chest. He then becomes a hunter of sorts, while learning how to live with this demon part of himself. The narrator of the audiobook was James Foster. He is a very talented voice actor and really brought the story to life. I highly recommend the audiobook version to anyone who is interested in this book!
This book was an awesome start to this new series and I really enjoyed it. I fully intend to continue on with the next installment of the series.
**This audiobook was provided in exchange for an honest review
I would mark this book 5 star but it took so long to find anything relatable with the main character. Once he admits he isn't perfect, he becomes almost likeable. I am looking forward to the next book, hoping for more growth and depth.
"Lucian Colt and company make for a great story!"
Lucian Colt is a freelance collector of debts and items. When one of his richer clients asks him to collect a certain item, he thinks nothing of it. He tracks it down, but what he doesn't expect is a coven of evil witches using the item in a dark magic rite. He intrudes upon the ritual, and is attacked and almost killed. His client, who is actually a member of a secret society policing the supernatural, finds him and takes him to his group, who decide to save him the only way they can: by replacing his damaged heart with that of the demon they slew, and who's heart they had available. This has the effect of completely healing Lucian. Unfortunately, during the new moon, the Demon in that heart takes over his body, and goes walkabout, causing havoc! Lucian tries to gain control, and use the powers he has gained for good, all while teamed with a group of magic users as they try and track down the witches coven and stop their plans.
The story is is full of interesting characters, and their motivations are hidden quite often. The action is fast paced, and you wont be able to stop listening. James Foster, who is one of my favorite narrators because of his range of voices, does a great job bring all the characters and the story to life. Any fan of urban fantasy will enjoy this story.
I was given a copy of this story by the author or narrator free of charge in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook Boom.
"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.
"Fun urban fantasy improved by a great performance"
Fast, fun intro
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.
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.
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.
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.
"A really great blockbuster of a book"
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.
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!
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.
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.
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"Another enjoyable book narrated by James Foster"
James Foster’s performance is great and makes the book come to life.
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.
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