It seems like Joe Ledger is the Doppelganger for the the character John Corey by Nelson DeMille. Both are ex-cops that got sucked into working for the government. Even Ray Porter's narration often times reminded me a lot of Scott Brick.
Despite this, I did really enjoy this book. The action and choreographed fight scenes were perfect. I personally like the books where the protagonist is a bit of a smart ass bad-ass (Such as John Corey). The idea behind the story is a rather scary one and although we don't necessarily have the technology now (at least in the public's eye), I wonder when and if it will come.
This book was recommended to me after I postulated on Facebook about the two events that occurred recently in the news. One was the Miami Face Eater and the second was a man in New Jersey who was cutting himself open and throwing his intestines at the cops. These two events are being blamed on the use of Bath Salts. However, after reading up on Bath Salts, I've learned there is no test that can be administered to determine if someone is on the designer drug. In fact, one ER doc said they only could know if the person who came into the ER told them that's what it was. Consequently, the question arises, how did they know. I began to wonder if it was something viral, after all it is the CDC and not FEMA who has the new advertising gimmick about preparing for a zombie apocalypse. That's when a cousin told me about this book. One that makes my postulation possible.
In summation, I enjoyed this book. I don't really think something like this is truly possible but it was a fun story and I really hope it gets made into a movie.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
There were parts of this that I really liked. The bad guys were actually more well-rounded characters and more interesting than the good guys. There was a lot of jingoism running through the whole novel. This was an interesting take on the zombie genre, however, I found myself being openly manipulated and told what to think in many places.
Jonathan Maberry, No
Ray Porter, Maybe
He could have not written the book and saved me the time
Every single character
Don't download this audiobook/ don't read the book either
I'd never heard of the series or author before I stumbled across this book, and I really enjoyed it. Fast paced, and interesting, it wasn't really what I was expecting. I thought this would be a much more supernatural read, which I enjoy, but was very pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed Joe, and immediately picked up the other books in the series as well!
I am not a big fan of the zombie apocalypse genre but was drawn to this series by reviews of the performance of Ray Porter. I am an avid listener to audio books, having over 200 in my personal library. In this great performance, Mr. Porter does a superb job bringing Joe Ledger and his cast of supporting characters to life. His excellent performance is on par with the likes of Scott Brick, Armond Schultz, and Simon Vance. The action is fast paced, the story is believable and while the zombies are certainly munching their way through the entire book, the real storyline is about the main character, Joe Ledger, and his small team of misfits and geeks who are up against an ingenious plan to end the world as we know it. I am in the middle of book two and Joe is once again up against a plan to kill millions. I highly recommend this series and look forward do Ray Porter's excellent reading of the remaining titles.
Never read the print. Glad I didnt because Ray Porter is the best narrator of any audio book that I have listened to and I have listened to dozens.
Couldnt stop listening to the book and cannot wait until I can listen to all of the series. I purchased them all and I am looking forward to the "Dragon Factory".
Joe Ledger, but I really like Mr. Church. Glad they didnt kill of Sebastian and "Toys" as they are really good "bad guys".
The Major, she sounds smoking hot!
I have listened to a lot of the "Zombie Books" and the Joe Ledger series is by the far the BEST! I loved WW Z and all of Brook's books, but I expect someone to come out with a movie series on Joe Ledger in the venue of something like "James Bond" In fact, the current James Bond would make a perfect Joe Ledger!
Well, I don't think I'm Mayberry's target audience, perhaps, because most folks love his stuff.
I found the bravado of the characters to be just a bit too gratuitous. For my taste, it just had too much "Listen here, I'm the baddest bad ass in town, and if you don't like it, shove it." While some of that is enjoyable, it seemed like it was the central theme.
Again, it was not bad... it was just hard for me to suspend my disbelief in the face of so much bravado. A lot of other folks thought it was great, and I did listen to the whole thing. Perhaps I was expecting to much from this genre.
The characters, Joe Ledger, Grace Cortland, Mr. Church and all the others along with the storyline itself, made this an awesome listening experience. But the narrator simply outdid himself!
Joe Ledger of course was my favorite character, flaws in all!
Ray Porter's performance was absolutely outstanding! Listening to him is effortless. Every voice he does fits perfectly. I would listen to anything he narrates.
Joe Ledger is my most memborable character. He was made for this role as captain of team Echo. While I loved many of the other characters, such as Top and Bunny, Joe Ledger will be the one to keep me coming back for more.
Jonathan Maberry is definitely one of my favorites authors from now on, which is a total surprise for me becuase I am not at all into zombie types movies, but this book, OMG...It was truly a great read/listen.
I don't normally re-visit books but this would be worth an exception
The action was fast paced and I like how the protagonist is drawn into the altered reality.
Where the protagonist kills his boss.
Well yes but I need sleep.
If you like the zombie genre then this is a must listen. I need to take a break between books like this as I become too accumulated to the battles and action and stop appreciating the creativity the writer brings to these scenes. I like how the book opens and how this normal guy is drawn into this reality beneath the surface reality.
Zombie books seem all the rage right now, but none really get into the genesis of the plague. This one not only delves into the science behind the production of the affliction, but the political and financial underpinnings that produced the motivations needed to justify its release upon an unsuspecting world.
Absolutely riveting. The author's use of the date and timestamp created an ever-increasing level of tension.
Yes, and he's very good at bringing the characters to life.
You'll believe... once they sink their teeth into YOU!
The two followup books are very good as well. I hope he writes more in this vein.