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Out of the smoldering ruins of the war in heaven, the Archangels Raphael and Michael cannot believe the agreement made between God and his Morning Star, Lucifer. Unwilling to either destroy the fallen angel or leave him with a free hand upon the world, God sets in motion a struggle that will span the millennia from creation to present day. Two Sentinels are invested with the ability to bend the laws of creation to their will and each represents the primal forces of Order and Chaos. Throughout the centuries, Micah ben Judah has shouldered the burden of keeping legions of unnatural creatures in check, but no more. The time has come for Raphael to renew the Sentinel's power in another. He has found that successor in current day Atlanta. Kellan Thorne never thought he would ever have an angel come knocking. Sarcastic, irreverent, and prone to fits of profanity, Kellan is more at home making obscure references to Doctor Who and Star Wars than religious introspection. His life will change forever as the veil between worlds is torn free and he is placed at the center of a war of angels and demons in which he may be the biggest prize. Kellan must accept the power and burden of his own free will, but can Micah and Raphael keep him alive long enough to decide?

©2016 Robert W. Ross (P)2016 Robert W. Ross

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  • alex
  • 24-04-2017

5 STARS WELL EARNED

What made the experience of listening to A Power Renewed the most enjoyable?

References, references, references, powers, Angels, and Demons were great as well but all the nerdy references made it a constant joy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Power Renewed?

Like Harry's Cloak... Gryffindor

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

Sorry, the best part about having Nick Podehl doing this book is hearing Kvothe's voice again. Come on Rothfuss hurry the hell up with book 3!!!!

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

Wibbly Wobbly.. heaven and hell... stuff.

Any additional comments?

Wow, just Wow. Robert Ross does an amazing job of creating a world of Angels, Demons, God, Man, and numerous supernatural creatures yet to be discovered. Aside from the astounding level of sarcasm and quick wit, which utilized every manner of pop culture reference, my favorite part of this world is the way in which the magic or power is used/explained. Reminiscent of Name of the Wind, the powers utilized within this tail always have some basis in reality (however stretched, twisted, or wibbly wobbly that reality is at times). This modern day setting provides a unique look into how this current generation might react when thrust into a world fantasy. The threads of pop culture references that have been interwoven throughout this tail are both astounding and varied, from Trekkies to Whovians, and from Wizards to Hobbits THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!!!

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  • D.B. Cooper
  • 23-04-2018

Don't judge a book by its cover.

Robert ross's sentinels are on par with scott meyer magic #.# series. audible should have this one on any sic & fantasy's listeners home screen.

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  • Christopher
  • 16-02-2018

Entertaining and fast paced.

This was an enjoyable listen. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was that it seemed like some chunks were cut out of the plot. I felt like there were at least another few hours worth of story that should have been included in this book. I assume the author will address these missing parts in future books, but it made the plot pacing and the depth of the story feel too fast and a bit too flat in the second half of the book.

Still well worth the credit though.

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  • The Doctor
  • 03-05-2016

New Urban Fantasy favorite

This book is a blast! If, like me, you are a fan of book series' like The Dresden Files, Sookie Stackhouse, Harry Potter, Ready Player One, Brandon Sanderson, and/or other urban fantasy/ sci-fi plus TV shows like Supernatural, Doctor Who, Star Trek etc..you will LOVE this book. This is the first in a proposed series. I can't wait to hear the next one. It's a cool concept, good story, well paced, funny, action packed and with really interesting characters. A total blast!! Nick Podehl did a great job narrating. I became a fan of Nick's narrative talents listening to him bring to life the novels of Patrick Rothfuss. All in all, this was really great fun. I loved it.

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  • Frank A. Cali II
  • 11-05-2018

So rich in characters!

I will admit it started a little slow for the first 45min. But this is now one of my top 5 books. I have not seen some of the Referenced TV shows but I still was able tp follow along. This author made every character come alive. I have listened to and read alot of books. He did a great job.

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  • Jake
  • 10-05-2018

No Silence in this Library

Yeah, I'm totally going to make pretentious Doctor Who headline references for my reviews of this series because I can and because it makes me feel undeservedly clever.

That aside, this series thus far is brilliant and starting with this book accomplishes that in a few ways that I will briefly touch on.

I am not a religious person, and this series has religious undertones so I was intrigued as to how I would feel about that playing out. That said it manages it in such a way that you less of a Narnia"Well this was fun until the allegory spoiled it" Kindof vibe and more of a "You pitched this concept for a TV series based on The Bible to some guys that had never heard of it at HBO and they said 'Well, are their tits?' and you said 'Not specifically, but there's action and fierce,sexy, capable women' '....with ti-'' NO TITS!'And then they kicked you out and you went down the street to Netflix who has the uncanny ability to turn anything to gold and then birthed this" All of that wierd tangent to say it adds to the mythos and acts as a way to give you expectations to then subvert. It works well for me.

Next I want to tackle the fact that pop culture references are made. Some do this well, some don't. I believe it's done to great affect in this series. Less like Ready Player One where references were used a building blocks and integral for you to understand why the world was the way it was, and more to enhance and endear you to characters. When references are made between people it can be funny throw away lines, but it can also be two or more people sharing a joke that has the weight of time and involvement spent with something they mutually care about. You don't have to watch Doctor Who to enjoy this book for example, but if you do, then you appreciate certain references that are thrown out and knowing what those mean to the character by knowing what they mean in the context of the show. It adds a level of implied depth to emotions and allows you to warm to characters very easily. I mean, if you like the references used I suppose. That said If you dislike River Song I'm not sure You're the most quality of people anyway, so there is that.

Lastly, there is a charm and natural flow to the dialogue in the book. I know that sounds like a given for decent books, but it really shows in how people speak. In some books, or shows, you find yourself saying" I don't mind, but people don't talk like that." In this series, you don't get to that though process. After a while you read a response to an event and think."Well yeah, it's Kellan, how else is he going to react?" You buy into the premise of the characters and their personalities easily.

I could go on, but I don't think the author needs anymore of my metaphorical saliva on his first book, and I have two others to review. In summary, get it!

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  • ODIN
  • 04-05-2018

Great book

Loved it, it's 1 of the best books I've ever read and was well preformed, the author did a wonderful job creating the character, normally other authors give god like power to a dumb fool who wastes the power on stupid useless things, but the main character of this book is smart, clever, and talented, and very well educated. this is a great read.

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  • Steven T. Voboril
  • 04-05-2018

lots of action

very interesting read. recommend this for those who like Fantasy mixed with their contemporary religion. ;-)

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  • Arthur
  • 18-04-2018

Fun

Really fun story with fantastic narration and fun references. I will be continuing this series and look forward to how this fantasy goes.

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  • Kenneth
  • 14-04-2018

Fantastic book.

Where does A Power Renewed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up there in the top, great idea for a series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Power Renewed?

The ending was great but I don't want to spoil it.

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

Yes, I bought this book because of Nick, I bought the next two because it's a great story.

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

I was LOL at the many pop culture refrences made throughout the book, there was part or two that tugged at the heart strings.

Any additional comments?

It's a fun book with interesting charecters. It's about Angels and Demons and God but it doesn't preach to you about religion. I highly recommend it.

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