Combining the worst parts of the zombie genre, the television show 24, and the movie Men in Black. I couldn't finish the book. The main character is a standard "best of the best" working for a standard top secret government whatnot. His only flaw (which of course is really a strength) is he has a temper that he says he can't control but really can with ease. His wisecracks are painfully nonstop, making him come across as a jerk who desperately needs to find an offswitch for his mouth. Is there a term for a male Mary Sue character?
One star, only because I can't give less. Get World War Z instead.
This book got me like 😱 omg what's next. On the edge of my seat. I listen in the car in the way to work and this book had me listen at home 😙. Is it me or does the narrator sound like Brian Griffin from family guy
This is a lightweight and fun beach read, even though that term is usually reserved for chick lit.........Super cop Joe Ledger faces a bioterrorism weapon that can turn people into zombies, able to rise from the dead with just enough brain function to search out, kill, and eat other people, turning them into zombies too. He's brought into a super-secret military organization to destroy the undead threat, and I presume he continues with that group all through the series of novels. He's strong, fit, smart, fast, and deadly.....essentially, he's Jack Bauer in the first season of 24, over-the-top but good fun as a hero. Add in terrorism, conspiracy theories, traitors, technology, and zombies......well, who wouldn't have a great time?
Good narration makes it that much more fun.
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
I'm sorry I waited so long to listen. This was thrilling and fascinating and a wonderful spin on a worn out trope.
if the main character wasn't voiced like an annoying whiny teenager. "like dude, these zombies are all over, for real bro, it's extreme up in here". it's trying really hard to be what south park watching morons would consider hip. I just can't see a guy with this kind of training and serious mission acting like this- like if they put keanu reaves' character from point break in the role of jason bourne. "what a drag, bro, so many dudes to kill". if you always wanted to listen to a story about the d-bag with the lifted truck and bucket of hot wings down the street killin zombies this is for you. if you are generally annoyed with all the real life d-bags you have to encounter on a daily basis you will hate this. I did. glad it was only 4 bucks.
no. I value my friends. and don't really hang out with teenagers, which is clearly who this is aimed at.
his stupid d-bag California moron accent, complete with up-talking to sound even more ridiculous. I just don't buy a super soldier talking like Bill and Ted.
the main one, the d-bag. I didn't get too far before I was disgusted and turned it off.
Great balance between technical military Spec-Ops tactics/lingo, science and fiction. Hold on to your seats for a wild and bottom-dropping ride!
I am on book 4 of the series and these books are worth the investment of time and money. I find myself heavily invested in the welfare of the characters, both their victories and losses. Ray Porter is a master narrator ... I forget so many different voices are coming from one individual. He makes the stories completely come alive. I highly recommend this series.
I blame Melinda of Utah for my new addiction. This is a middlebrow, but very fun series brought to life and elevated by the nearly perfect narration--scratch that--performance, of Ray Porter. Paraphrasing some other reviewers, think James Bond + 24 + Dresden Files, throw in a wee bit of Joe Pitt, and you're almost there. Plenty of spies, evil scientists, good but creepy geeks, mad assassins, action, and hunky warriors. Our hero Joe and his comrades are seriously above-average, heavily muscled, with good hearts, strong morals, and wry humor. The only women (good or evil) who really count in these books are drop-dead gorgeous, with endless legs, big breasts, great hair, and of course can handle themselves in a fight. At least, they're also brilliant. The casting and the plots are convoluted but not complex, the story lines imaginative, somewhat perverse, with enough military-style action to suit most weekend warriors who like some fun. Most of my criticism has to do with editing (natch) and the too-frequent moralizing soliloquies. Note to Author: These are books which need to avoid falling into taking themselves too seriously. There is less of this as series progresses (so far at least). I am on number 4 and having a great time. Even though the Joe Ledger series can't touch Huston's Joe Pitt, (it's certainly lighter) my recommendation is wholehearted.
A well-written and researched book. While it is of course a sci-fi book and not everything is believable, the author obviously took a lot of time in researching military technology and terminology as well as prion diseases. While there is a romantic element to this story, it does not overtake the action. Ray Porter did a great job narrating for each of the characters, and this was probably the most well preformed audible book I have listened to. This made my long commutes much shorter and I will be purchasing the next book in the series.
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.