It keeps you interested at all times. I really liked the sense of humor of the main character. Not a die hard fan of zombies but this story was about so much more than zombies.
This book was simply AWESOME! Being a Combat Vet myself, I found that I could resonate with Joe and his team. Get the mission done, no matter what. Towards the end the story began shifting from one scene to the next, it was harrowing.
Joe was definitely my favorite character, however Bunny was a close second. His comments of "it gets worse sir" had me laughing out loud, thinking back to my own military days and standing in a line-up talking to the D.I.
I've never listened to Ray Porter before this. I thought Scott Brick was good, but Ray take the inflection to a whole new level. It seems like Ray really knows these characters and puts this entire thought process into the performance. I'm really impressed by Ray's command of the story line, his ability to portray a character's emotions and thought process. Very impressive job by Ray Porter.
No extreme reaction, but I really liked the story line. I felt like I was right there with Joe and Echo Team or rather I wanted to be there kicking some Zombie buts...
An awesome story line read by an awesome story reader. This is a must have book!
Strongly written combat. What u might expect if Zombies were real. And the story grows with increasing danger yet does not become foolish.
I laughed because author has a sharply sarcastic sense of humor.
Only drawback is that the main character over does his PTSD. U end up with an admirably tough whiner .
It was entertaining and kept me involved
I simply like sci fi stories and the medical side was pretty interesting
The potential for the entire concept of this books theme , the portrayal of bravery, meet the warrior, and the mindset which discerns good from evil. Filled with fast paced extreme action, kept me engulfed in the terror...
Perhaps Covet a JR Ward title, a different slant on, evil clashing with good, angel versus demon and the innocents simply discarded to maintain a 'cause'.
First I must say Ray Porter is one of the best narrators I have ever had the pleasure to hear
Mr Church's voice so fitted his role, edging out Joe Ledger's voice ever so slightly. Ray's ability to switch his voice quickly and distinctly is truly an amazing phenomena. Ray's proficiency to have the correct infliction moment to moment brings the story to life: it's horror and it's humor intertwined.
Yes, Yes , Yes!
I'm already 3/4s the way through the 2nd book 'The Dragon Factory"' which definitely is not a disappointment! and have book #3 'The King Of Plagues' downloaded and ready to roll!
Yes, story line was intriguing.
Yes, you never new who the traitor was until the very end.
The characters were all memorable for different aspects of their characterization and back stories.
You are drawn in by the humor speckled with terror of a realistic plot to infect the world with Zombies (infected). The characters are interesting. My favorite character was Rudy the doc. The main character's self talk is hilarious.
The humor and quick action. I appreciate that they explained the fast moving plot. It was a great and speedy flow of story. Church is like a Hoover only a good guy :)
He did the main character so well I laughed out loud, excellent smart @#$. Church was superbly a question mark. Rudy was my favorite.
I smiled often when I was not tense from the action. I laughed so much. Great action too!
Joe LedgerHe is a wildman
Joe Ledger & Amira
The Half Dead
Just a terrific book with lots of action, wild characters & a great ending
This is my first time to *read* a book by Jonathan Maberry or listen to one narrated by Ray Porter, and I am truly impressed.
It was a very good, solid book in its plot and direction, and quite different from other apocalyptic zombie books. Instead of starting with apocalypse and a handful of people struggling to survive, we get a chance to see how the particular form of zombieism portrayed in this book develops from the ground floor, and how a secret government agency is attempting to stop it before it spirals out of control. Although I quite like the other type of zombie books (fighting to stay alive against all odds), this was a refreshing take on the story. Having said that, the plot, direction, and refreshing take would mean very little if not crafted and written well by the author. Maberry commands the written word and, to me, sits in the upper echelon of writers (if this single book is any indication). The next link is the storyteller. If the narrator is subpar, the masterful writing would almost go to waste on an audiobook. No fear hear. Porter, too, is one of the best. I rank him up in the top three or four narrators that I've had the pleasure to hear. His range is pure gold. He has such a seemingly natural grasp on every character and every situation. You are never wondering who in the book is supposed to be speaking, as Porter has all the voices, all the accents down to a tee.
My favorite genres are mystery and suspense, thrillers, some sci-fi and horror, and I like books with a touch of the supernatural. My favorite authors are Steven King and Dean Koontz. On this recent zombie kick I've been on, I've listened to WWZ, the Zombie Fallout series, Day by Day Armageddon, and now I'm starting the Joe Ledger series. I very seldom give a book three sets of five stars, but this one truly deserves it.
I rarely write reviews, but this book is absolutely incredible. I listened to it in 2 days, the did it again to really get what was going on.
I found myself stopping it and trying to imagine what Joe and his men had to do and the incredible amount of bodies left in their wake.
I found myself doing this with the Stand, trying to imagine Freeways, tunnels, ect totally blocked by cars and dead people.
The only complaint I have is during the epilogue. I wish he had mentioned something about all the missing people. There must have been thousands of families looking for them.
Other then that, no complaints at all. No drag points.
The narrator is perfect.
I read all the reviews before I buy a book, and I have bought many that people rave about, only to be disappointed.
Get it. You will not be disappointed.
Now, I am off to the 2nd book.