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Tear It Down

(Peter Ash #4)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,599 ratings  ·  248 reviews
In the new edge-of-your-seat adventure from national bestselling author Nick Petrie, Peter Ash pursues one case--and stumbles into another--in the City of the Blues.

Iraq war veteran Peter Ash is restless in the home he shares with June Cassidy in Washington State. June knows Peter needs to be on the move, so she sends him to Memphis to help her friend Wanda Wyatt, a
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I had fun with this one. I have to say that I am very happy that I made the decision to read this series several years ago when the first book, The Drifter, was being published. I feel like I have really got the chance to know Peter and the gang over the years and it has been quite the adventure. This book is the fourth in the Peter Ash series and while I think it could be read as a stand-alone novel, I do think that the series works
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tear It Down, the fourth Peter Ash book, is a solid action-packed men's adventure novel featuring a tough-as-nails but kindhearted Iraq War veteran who, instead of chasing insurgents in Baghdad, is now laying waste to what's left of the proud city of Memphis. There's certainly an ode to the blues here and some flashes of the past, but today's Memphis is rotting, abandoned, filled with trap houses, sharpshooters, players, and desperate souls. Ash strolls into Memphis like he owns it, cutting into ...more
Janet Newport
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It just amazes me what some people think of a "good time."
Well, the book is AMAZING.
Uh yeah...I had a good time....
"Nuff said.

Pass the aspirin please.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
June Cassidy's compound in the Pacific Northwest is a good place for Peter Ash to recover after the bone-shattering events of Light it Up. He spends the time fixing up the cabins and working out, running through the forest carrying a 40# piece of pipe. But June knows her man and sees Peter getting restless, so she asks him to go the Memphis to help out her friend, Wanda, a former combat photographer who is trying to make a new life in the civilian world. Peter arrives in Memphis right after ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Our hero, former Marine Peter Ash, is trying to settle down and overcome his PTSD. He can still just barely function indoors. His ever-resourceful girlfriend sends him to Memphis to help a friend and he arrives just in time to have his truck stolen, watch the friend’s house repeatedly receive military-like assaults and run amok with the local drug lord. He’s having one really great time in Memphis. This is a fast and fun fourth addition to a thriller series that doesn’t disappoint on any level. ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tear It Down was a thrilling and action-packed read with a plot that took a few unexpected turns along the way.

Peter Ash is getting reckless after months of downtime recovering from a leg injury, so June Cassidy sends him to help out her friend Wanda who has received a few threats recently. But when Peter arrives in Memphis, it’s clear the situation has escalated after he finds that someone drove a dump truck into the front of Wanda’s house. Unable to figure out the reasoning behind the threats,
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peter Ash is one of my heroes!

As this story opens, four teens are sitting around and talking about robbing a jewelry store to make some money. They're all homeless and have been sleeping in an old broken down, empty house. Eli is the smartest one in the group and he wants to play his guitar, not rob someone. But he is roped into a plan that is doomed to fail. It does. Two are killed, one wounded, and Eli is on the run with the goods.

Peter Ash continues to deal with his post traumatic
Scott A. Miller
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Shit! If you haven’t read Petrie you must. No wonder Lee Child loved his books. Peter Ash is an incredible character, Lewis a perfect side kick. June tries to keep everything sane and safe with very little luck. I never knew anything about Memphis other than Elvis but Petrie brought it alive. He showed in this book just how screwed up parts of our country are, from both perspectives. The action is as good as anything in writing. Violence with a good heart is an oxymoron, but Peter Ash fits ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was excited to have an opportunity to rejoin the world of Peter Ash. One of the main quirks of this character that stands out for me is the dichotomy of his approach to the world. Where he finds innocents being treated improperly, he is quick to stand up for them and take on (or take out) those who need it; however, his moral compass frequently pegs out when he comes across the type of person he feels he can show compassion toward – even those who are portrayed as villains.

A young “punk”
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the extraordinary good fortune to acquire an ARC of TEAR IT DOWN and devoured it in a single sitting. Everything you love about Peter Ash (and his compatriots) is here and the action and pyrotechnics are at a series high, but my favorite bit: the writing sings. Petrie doesn't just give us real characters in a beautifully articulated world with his trademark dry humor, he goes deeper than ever in TEAR IT DOWN, investing the novel with incredible pathos, so when the heart-pounding action ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Peter AshPSTD ma'kes it very difficult for him to be indoors. His girlfriend sends him to Memphis tto help her with her harassment problem. Meanwhile in Memphis, four young blacks from the slums of the city attempt to rob a jewelry store. The survivor steals Ash's truck which forces Ash into dealing with another problem. A good read for crime story fans. I obtained my free review copy through
Laura Rash
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. It’s like Jack Reacher but with a twist of RBP Spencer added in. I love the relationship of Peter & Lewis. Their banter never ceases to make me grin. This is a rough story with a banger of an ending. I loved every page & am eager, as always, for the next book in the series.
Many thanks to Nick Petrie for this early copy:)
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first book in this new, exciting, and fresh series – The Drifter – introduced Peter Ash, an ex-military man who suffers greatly from post-traumatic claustrophobia from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. A promotional blurb on the cover from Lee Child certainly didn’t hurt either. The second book – Burning Bright – continued Peter’s attempt at re-integrating himself into society, provided a tighter and more intricate plotline, and introduced June Cassidy, a strong potential love interest. The ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Not great, but not terrible. Decent.
Nick Petrie's fourth Peter Ash novel "Tear it Down" cements his "go to" status for that certain type of strong warrior action adventure thrillers—that is the a good guy fighting against the bad guys. His novels are non-stop action. Occupying some of the same territory as the oft compared, but little duplicated "Jack Reacher" novels, Peter Ash uses his unique skill set and friends to help people who are facing troubles and to right wrongs. There is an innate moral code underlying these novels.
Lisa Malmquist
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On the cover of this book is written:
"Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Peter Ash is the real deal."-Lee Child
This is the first book by this author I have read and what a wild story!
You just don't know what is going to happen next or how its going to turn out. Or, how could this story possibly end on a good note?
Well, welcome to the world of Peter Ash. Ex-Marine Recon soldier with a few difficulties brought about by being in war zones for years.
Peter is sent by his
Donna Hines
Hog farms, stolen trucks, armed robberies and more in this beauty by Nick Petrie.
Now we all know Peter Ash is our main guy with a host of issues including PTSD but he's now headed to see Wanda (June's friend) so what could go wrong?
Well, he's not one for sitting still and apparently action follows him as someone seems to be taking out frustration upon Wanda for her career as a war correspondent and photographer.
But why?
When a young punk steals a truck after a jewelry heist he had no idea it
Maddie Taylor
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Peter Ash has no problem finding a whole ton of trouble in this one! From helping Wanda to a head to head match with two brothers, it’s action packed with nonstop destruction (and a massive car chase thrown in) til the very end. There are a solid mix of seriously great characters, especially Memphis itself.
Garlan ✌
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest book in the Peter Ash series. These stories remain entertaining, with (mostly) plausible characters and story lines. They're fast, easy reads, and offer plenty excitement for the reader. Another 4 star read.
Kathleen Gray
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peter Ash is the hero you're looking for if you'd like a good read about a man who wants to right wrongs. A damaged man in some ways- he's an Iraq war veteran- but in others more in tune than any of us, he's stumbled more than once into a nest of vipers. In this novel, he's gone to Memphis to help Wanda, who is being threatened as she tries to renovate an old home she bought at a foreclosure auction. The people who lost out at the auction want the house back- but why and how far will they go to ...more
Rick Molitor
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Peter Ash is the type of hero that you would like on your side. The book is a good , fast paced action thriller. The characters are well developed. This is an actual Jack Reacher type of character that delivers just like you would want. A good read.
Jean Kolinofsky
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Iraq war veteran Peter Ash has been living with his girlfriend June in the mountains of Washington but she senses his restlessness. Her solution is to ask him to travel to Memphis and help her friend Wanda, a photographer and war correspondent who has been receiving threats. When Wanda purchased her house at an auction, she outbid two brothers with ties to the house. As they grew up their father told them stories of a family legacy that was hidden in the house during the Civil War. Their threats ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Tear It Down by Nick Petrie is a high-octane mystery that is full of suspense. This forth installment in the Peter Ash series can easily be read as a standalone.

Noticing that he is feeling on edge, Peter Ash's girlfriend June Cassidy suggests he go to Memphisto help her friend, Wanda Wyatt. Wanda, a combat photographer, has recently purchased a home in foreclosure and she is receiving threats to force her to move. Ash arrives just as the threats are turning more violent. Just as he is
Susan Beamon
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am just loving this series. Book 4 and Peter can stay indoors for a little while if he believes it is necessary. The white static still rules his life and he needs to be doing something. June sends him to Memphis to help a woman she knows. Somebody is trying to drive her out of a house she just purchased. This, the terrorizing of a person, is just the kind of problem that Peter likes to solve. Along the way, Peter meets a boy who plays blues guitar extremely well and is in trouble with a local ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked so much about this fourth book in Petrie’s series. The existing characters seem to gain depth and the new characters were fresh and interesting. The author used the setting well to put Ash in ‘fish out of water’ situations as he is usually the only white guy in predominantly African-American sections of the city. I feel like there weren’t as many narrative threads vying for the reader’s attention in this one. That’s not to say the plot was simple. It was complex in that it challenged ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peter Ash was a US Marine for ten years, most of it in Afghanistan. He is the toughest of the tough, but his war left him as damaged goods, and his recurrent fear of being indoors is only part of that damage. He copes by being useful to people in trouble, and his personal code is clear enough.

"To be of use. To attack and defend. To do whatever needed to be done. Regardless of the cost (p. 349)."

Together with his criminal friend, Lewis, he puts his code into action, and there's a running fight
Shannon Robinson
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the series so far.
Peter Ash is typically a loner but lonely, a little twisted and suffering but with a pretty solid moral compass, and total badass.
Tear It Down has got all the action you'd want, wound through with relationships and trouble and humanity, with a bit of the blues that will be playing in your head. I recommend this book along with the first 3 in the series as well.
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Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Tear It Down is undoubtedly an improvement upon Light It Up. The story and characters feel more natural, there is some real depth and it was a nice read. However, it's much longer than necessary and it drags on and on up to a point of profound frustration for the reader. I'd be a fool to say a thriller's only job is to thrill but it should be among its priorities, and this book did not thrill me. I think I've had enough Petrie for quite some time.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two weeks ago, after a long day of pre-semester meetings at my college, I headed to a library in Gurnee (the town next to mine) with my sister to hear Nick Petrie talk with another author, Lori Rader-Day, about his newly released novel, Tear It Down. The book is the fourth in a series about Peter Ash, a military veteran with a persistent case of PTSD and an uncanny ability to attract trouble.

The conversation wandered in many interesting directions, including a discussion of series books versus
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not ever work by a writer can be his best. Of the 4 books I've read featuring Peter Ash, this is not the best. But not the best doesn't mean bad and this book is far from bad.

Ash is a veteran of the fighting in the Middle East. It left him with a, to date at least, lasting case of PTSD, a problem with claustrophobia that he has learned to deal with to an extent.

His service has also left him with a lasting sense of needing to do the right thing, to help protect those that need help and he will
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Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and his story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector. He lives in ...more

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Peter Ash (5 books)
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