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Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play (Kingdom Keepers #4)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  3,718 ratings  ·  252 reviews
Just when life for the five Kingdom Keepers is beginning to settle down, an intriguing video suddenly appears on Philby’s computer at school. It’s a call to action: it seems that the Overtakers, a group of Disney villains, are plotting to rescue their two captured leaders, who were hidden away by Disney Imagineers after a recent violent encounter at Disney’s Hollywood Stud ...more
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Published April 5th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published March 24th 2011)
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Dreamhopelove888
This series has always been one of my favorites. I might be bias because I LOVE Disney World but i think the writing is quite magical also. In this book, Power Play, Pearson, in my opinion, makes the characters more demensional and real. I feel like I know them personally now that i have just finished this book. THere is so much to say about this book so i will just get on with it!!
Because these books are centered around Disney, they are very differnt then other books. The settings are through
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J.
Review originally published on My Bookshelf is Ready.

3.25 Stars

This is the fourth book in Ridley Pearson's Kingdom Keepers series, and like the previous 3 it starts out strong, has a really boring middle, and an interesting finish. The first hundred or so pages are fast and exciting, and I usually read those in one sitting. There's just always a huge lull in the middle. Granted, it's an action-packed lull, but it's also an info dump at the same time. For the last three books, I've seriously cont
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Drew Graham
*sigh*

Where do I begin now that I've finished?

The toil over, at least for now (perhaps forever?... The fifth book is supposed to be released next year). I think this book was better than the last two, for two reasons: 1) It was more than a hundred pages shorter, and 2) There were finally more Disney characters, good and bad. The idea that there might actually be good guys in this world is finally explored, but sadly still mishandled. Some of them are described so laughably different that there's
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Meredyth
As much as I loved the first book, I'm not sure how much longer I'll follow this series. I absolutely LOVE Disney, and so that aspect of it keeps me going, but the plot is really starting to feel stretched out; it often seems like Pearson throws in a new, random 'conflict' just to keep the series going. And, I know that with creative licencing it shouldn't bother me, but as a former CM, the inconsistencies between what happens in the parks and backstage in real life, and in this book really irri ...more
Sarah
Just when life for the Five Kingdom Keepers is beginning to settle down, an intriguing vidio suddenly appers on Philby's computer at school. It's a call to action: it seems that the Overtakers, a group of Disney Villains, are plotting to rescue their two captured leaders, who were hidden wasyby Disney Imagineers after a recent violent encounter at Disny's Hollywood Studios.
One of their own, Charlene, has been behaving oddly. Has she tired of her role as a Keeper, or is there something more sini
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Kathy Davie
Fourth in the Kingdom Keepers children's fantasy series about Disney World and a team of six children who battle the evil Overtakers out to free their evil leaders.


My Take
Oops, I think the kids are getting tired of saving Disney World over and over. Certainly they are losing the magic they used to see in it even as many of the Disney characters in the amusement park are pledging their faith in the Kingdom Keepers---and it's about time!

Primarily, this story is about loyalty and honor. Being there
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Alexander Gardieff
I have always had high hopes that this series would turn into something really good. I'm a Central Floridian and I go to the parks atleast once a week and I'm really disappointed with how many inaccuracies there are concerning the parks and the characters. Here we are at book four and while we are getting some new characters thrown into the story, it pretty much keeps its pace with the first three books. I think the problem I have with the books is the DHI program I think had the story had a mor ...more
Reese McDowell
This book is so much fun. I love how detailed Ridley Pearson described the characters and gave each character time to be recognized. From the beginning to now the characters have grown and you get to know more about them. Though, in this book, the characters' relationships have changed so much and it's so interesting to see the changes in them.
The other thing I love about this book is that the author pulls the Disney characters from your childhood and brings it to life in this book. So many ch
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Ashley
I know I have said this before, but if you truely love Disney world, these books are for you. I'm not sure I would enjoy them as much if my parents did not take me to Florida enough times that I have each place mapped out and can literally travel with the Keepers through their adventures.

Power Play is a bit longer and at times slower than the first three book of the series. However it is the first one where the 'good' characters lend and helping hand. I won't say who the first is, though she is
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Lauren B
Life is just beginning in to slow down for the keepers again. Suddenly in science (I think) Philby and Wayne chat and Philby finds that life's pace is going to speed up again. The Overtakers are getting back on their feet and getting ready to strike. If I remember correctly; Wanda gets arrested, and it is up to Finn and his family to bail her out. Read the series and find out the spoilers yourself.
Christina
I think this book was probably one of the least well written in the series. The kids are now high school age, but the writing still feels low middle school. There needs to be development in writing technique that coincides with the kids growing up...because your audience generally grows too! I can see where there are attempts, but I felt there was much lacking at the end...wasn't satisfied with the climax or character development. They seem unchanging and facing the same problems and reacting th ...more
Mason
This book was recommanded to me by Cassidy and I really like it and I recommand this series to who ever likes mysteries
Drew S.
This book came back as the strong sequel I wanted the 3rd book to be for a few reasons. One the keepers are starting to become more independent and it shows with Philby and his mom. Two this story was the easiest book to follow with the story only taking place in Magic Kingdom and with a the other parks in there just for a change and the characters are more fleshed out maybe because they are older I don't know but I liked that Ridley Pearson did that. That is my review of Power Play now that I w ...more
Lindsey Hauer
The author of my book kingdom keepers power play is written by Ridley Pearson. Ridley Pearson loves to write Ridley Pearson has a mind of a child. These books are adventures and mind blowing. Only a person with a true imagination would think of something like that. I have read 4 out of 8 of these books they make me want to go back to Disney. Although these books are fictional he almost makes you believe that all of it all the adventures and all the battles between the villains could actually hap ...more
Chloe V.
As the Keepers start their freshman year of high school, Philby receives a strange video warning him that the Overtakers are once again trying to cause trouble by trying to rescue some of their captive leaders. They must try to save their leaders and themselves from any danger. This book is a really good book I recommend it to anyone who likes mystery and fantasy. All of the Kingdom Keepers books are mystery and fantasy if you like those kinds of books :)
Denae
3.5
First, Wayne's hints are too vague. There is more guessing than logic behind a lot of what the KKs decide.
Inconsistencies. Finn can only hold All Clear for a few seconds? Maleficent needs cold. Jafar should be stuck in a lamp. Willa the DHI hung out waiting at a park all day, why? To avoid people? AND freshmen are not sixteen. Philby, Finn, and Hugo were all described as being 16 year old freshmen. Excuse me? Freshmen are 14. Maybe 15. Philby is supposed to be a genius at a top ranking school
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Lauren Asuncion
The story Kingdom Keepers: Power Play is an amazing novel for readers of all ages. This story takes place in Disney World. The main characters are Finn, Willow, Maybeck, Philby, Charlene, Jess, and Amanda. Other characters include Wayne, Wanda, and the overtakers. The characters in this book seem real because along with some of the fantasy problems, they also go through many of the hardships that we go through. We can learn more about characters through their appearance, their speech, and throug ...more
Jennifer
Doing this on audio.

I give up. Good grief, this is awful. Listened to 2 discs and threw in the towel.

I LOVE Disney, but I receive more joy from reading the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World each year than I do listening to this.

Unless you are hardcore Disney, run away from this as fast as you can.
Jackjohnson
Kingdom Keepers Power Play is a vey good addition to the Kingdom Keepers series. It takes place in Disney World, obviously. Many members of the group get stuck in the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome in this book. Will they escape before the Overtakers pull the switch? Also, school bullies start working for the dark side. Will they prevail, or will the Keepers evade a fiaco once more?

My favorite part of this volume is the appendage of characters, both good and bad. I like how there is not just evil pers
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Taelia
I liked this author because he used good and clear show not tell details. The characters I felt are relatable but yet it still has stories that take place that are un-life-like enough to be fantasy.
Annika B.
Life finally starts to slow down for the Keepers then strange things start happening can they stop the Overtakers this time or is it already to late
Annette
This is my favorite book in this series so far! Can't wait for the next one!
Dayna Smith
The fourth book in The Kingdom Keepers series. The Keepers are crossing over, but not by their own choice. The Evil Queen and Cruella DeVil have found a way to become DHI's themselves and are trying to trap the Keepers in the syndrome, but do they have an even bigger plan? For those of us who have been asking "where are their parents while all of this is happening?"; this installment gives us some insight into the Keepers' family dynamics. Fans of the series will definitely find it hard to wait ...more
Zach Bergstrom
Power play is a no doubt 5 star book by Ridley Pearson. In this series, its about teens who got turned into DHIs, Disney host interactive, which helped people who toured people around Disney World. But when they went to sleep, they got teleported into the world, like Epcot and others. But all of the villains from all the movies are apart of one group, the Overtakers. While the DHIs are touring during the day, they are protecting the parks by night.
In this story, the OTs are planning a big atta
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Dwayne Tan
The characters should be more than the stereotypes they were created to be. Otherwise, they aren't distinct or memorable and can easily replace one another. After reading three books, I still had trouble identifying them. It didn't matter who was doing what because their names didn't carry the development and identity each character should have. There were also many logical flaws. Would the Evil Queen be that vain that she would be distracted that long by her own reflection considering the stake ...more
Jackson Porter
Apr 10, 2011 Jackson Porter rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Glenn Whelan
With the fourth adventure with the Kingdom Keepers, author Ridley Pearson continues to find interesting ways to expand the Disney World of his novels. Our five adventurers have expanded their entourage, even opening the door for a parent or two. But, their advantage is limited as the evil Overtakers have expanded their numbers, and have even begun to appear outside the Disney parks.

We again visit familiar areas within Disney parks. Pearson even takes us into fictitious areas back stage of the pa
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Helen
I have enjoyed this series so far. It's fun, original, and entertaining- just the thing for when one's mind is hopelessly overtaxed. But I must say that this has been the weakest of the series to this point. Why? Because (and I sincerely hope this makes sense) it was the first to truly acknowledge that it was part of a series. The other books could stand alone; each had a handful of loose ends that left one hoping for a sequel, but also had a self-contained plot with a satisfying denouement. Thi ...more
Heidi
I liked this Kingdom Keepers book better than any except maybe the first one. Finn and his friends are called upon once again to save the Disney parks from the Overtakers, comprised of the villains from the Disney movies. Maleficent is locked up, so the new group of Overtakers is led by Cruella de Ville and Snow White's Evil Queen.

All these books feel like one long Disneyworld commercial, but the commercial fit better with the action in this fourth book. The Kim Possible Quest at EPCOT, where k
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Marie
Oct 26, 2012 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Disney fans
Recommended to Marie by: Barnes and Noble
I had written a review for this but my flipping laptop erased it all...GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyways, this book was just basically a whole lot more romance, suspense, danger, action, and a big mystery. Your mind is working non-stop to figure out what the Overtakers are planning, and it's just intense. There's a whole lot of romance, and watching the kids grow up and dev
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E.P.I.C. Quiz Group 1 7 Nov 04, 2012 09:05AM  
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  • The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the New York Times bestseller KILLER WEEKEND; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children's novels PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS, PETER AND THE SHADOW THIEVES, and PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON, which he cowrote with Dave Barry. Pearson lives with his wife and two daughters, div ...more
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Kingdom Keepers (9 books)
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  • Disney at Dawn (Kingdom Keepers, #2)
  • Disney in Shadow (Kingdom Keepers, #3)
  • Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers, #5)
  • Dark Passage (Kingdom Keepers, #6)
  • Unforeseen (Kingdom Keepers, #6.5)
  • The Insider (Kingdom Keepers, #7)
  • The Return (Kingdom Keepers, #8)
Disney after Dark (Kingdom Keepers, #1) Disney at Dawn (Kingdom Keepers, #2) Disney in Shadow (Kingdom Keepers, #3) Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers, #5) Dark Passage (Kingdom Keepers, #6)

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