I would absolutely listen to this book again. There are so many sciences behind this story that I actually paused a few times to look things up. Completely believable to the point of sending a chill down my spine.
At first, my favorite character was, obviously, Joe. But after listening to the entire book, I fell in love with Grace. She is such a badass.
I got chills every time I heard Gault.
The moment they entered the first facility that had the children in the cage, I almost burst into tears.
Excellent writing, excellent narration. I will be listening to the rest of the series for sure. Totally addicted to Joe Ledger.
Not especially. I got it with the daily deal and it was probalby worth the $5ish I paid for it but definiately not worth a credit.
The book had plenty of action but it's mostly bland.
Ray did a good job narrating. I'd listen to other books he's read.
The characters are this books weakness.
They're flat and never really touch on being anything more than 2D cardboard cutouts.
Of the only two women characters in the novel, one of them spends half the time crying, in tears, eyes rimmed in red, eyes puffy, etc.
Of course, both of the women are amazingly beautiful.
Of the first half of the book, all I can remember is how much time was spent on how amazing the main character is. There was literally a scene around a board table with two people watching a video and the man quizzing the woman on how awesome he is after every bit.
At best the main character is just a generic bad-ass, does whatever he wants, huge smart ass but his super serious boss who takes no crap from no one is okay with it, gets the girl who didn't like him after spending only one day in combat together because he's just that amazing, smartest person in the room and knows how to do it all, beats up people because he can, cookie cutter character.
Is it just me or does it seem weird to be reading a review on an audio site? It is, that is why there is a record button for reviews......
First off, Ray Porter you rock as a narrator. Seriously one of my favorite to listen to I can not imagine anyone else narrating Joe voice.
As someone else mentioned this book falls more into a Military/Horror area in my opinion. What Maberry did with this book to really sell me on it was he took something as cliche as the "zombie apocalypse" took modern day science and showed how, hypothetically it could be created in a lab today. From there the action ratchets up to 10 and the rest of the story is about following Ledger and his team work to prevent this from happening.
Soooo how is this different, still seems cliche right? Well a good chunk of this story is spent on the damage that Ledger and his team suffer because of there job. I am not talking about cuts or bullet wounds I am talking about honest to god emotional/mental trauma and Maberry weaves these aspects into the story seamlessly as to drive the empathy hammer home for the characters you are following. That right there made it possible for me to really get into the characters of this story and enjoy this fast paced thriller.
The story in of itself is simple in nature when compared to other books. But I swear I can continuously come back to this book for a good reliable listen. Book 2: The Dragon Factory is by far my favorite out of all the books in this series.
I would definitely recommend the audio over the print version due to the sheer talent of Ray Porter. If there is one audio book to try, let it be this one.
One of a kind so far. I found a new author to add to my favorites list.
The voice and personality of Joe Ledger is only brought to life by Ray Porter. Joe Ledger is an all time favorite character out of all the various book I have read.
Don't want to spoil anything.
I like to drive and run while listening to audiobooks, but at home I like to pick up a different book that I am reading myself. In this case, I listened to the audiobook in the car, while running, and at home. Could not believe the job Ray Porter does as Joe Ledger.
Don't get me wrong, I can see why this book may be popular....but it's not for me. I forced myself to listen all the way through, I kept thinking it could get better, but it never did.
It's almost like the author watched all the cheesy 80s and early 90s movies and checked off every tired cliché he could find....he even has a bad guy gloat while holding the good guy at gun point.
To be fair, I enjoyed the action scenes and there are a fair number of them, it's just unfortunate that there was such a flimsy plot line filled with cheesy dialog and stereotypical bad guys from the Muslim extremist to the greedy billionaire.
This story would be a great Van Dammed movie from 1992, but not so great as a novel.
I would recommend this one to a friend who finds the science interesting.
Yes. I don't usually get into the zombie books, bit this one is more a thriller which happens to have zombies.
I have not listened to Ray Porter performances before, but love his style. I have already downloaded the second book in the series in large part due to his performance.
Yes, it took me about 4 but only because I had to go to work at some point!
Buy this audiobook you will not be disappointed. Action packed, well written, believable story line with an outstanding narration/story teller.
Echo Team as a whole were just great
Fantastic job, made each character come alive in my ears
Yes, I work all night and was actually sorry to have to break it into a few nights to get it done. Resisting the urge to listen to it at home was tough
Already bought the second book and put the rest in my wishlist
Retired math & CS majors that grew up on SF of 50s-70s, and now is a devotes of Clancy, Ludlum, Greaney Child, Connerly, DeMille ,& Baldacc
Believable characters, dialogue and story are needed before I could enjoy this book.
I'm always hoping for another book in the Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch or John Corey Series.
The Narrator did a fine job enabling the listener to distinguish one character from another.
Some might enjoy the book being made into a comic book movie.
This author is now one that I am going to avoid.
It's not the typical "Horror" story in which the main characters just try their best to get out of the zombies' way and stay alive, etc...the usual cliche..this one has lots of action and lots of suspense and a pretty good story line. I was really surprised!