Raw Power: An Urban Fantasy Novel : Demon-Hearted

  • by Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by James Foster
  • Series: Demon-Hearted
  • 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.

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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.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2016
  • Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen