I've never commented on a narrator before but this guy is fantastic. 6/5 stars! exceptional! the book was very good but my least favorite in the Joe Ledger series (of the 3 I've listened to).
I purchased these books based on reviews on the first book--I thought this is the dumbest thing I've ever heard but I muddled through it--I'd wished I hadn't purchased book 2 because I decided I didn't like the theme of the books. But I had already purchased book 2 so listened to that and now I'm a fan. I wished I hadn't read the reviews of book 3 as there a spoiler alert for book 2, not that I truly didn't see that death coming but still this was a good listen! I love love love this narrator!
I don't even know what to say. This author is so vivid and the narrator is so passionate, that this series leaves me breathless!! I have to collect myself and then start the next book!!!! 😵
All the sex scenes
Coming off of Patient Zero, this was a huge disappointment. Very little happens for the majority of the book. Everyone who isn't one of the main characters is basically a soon-to-be-killed red shirt that only exists to make the main characters look better. And the numerous sex scenes that serve absolutely no purpose other than to plant death flags! You could literally skip past them and there would be no impact on the rest of the book.
The villains here are terribly written. Oh look, villain X killed random person Y! (this has been your alternating chapter reminder that these are bad, baaaad people, remember, killing is baaaaaad!). The main characters are also forcefully written to act stupidly. Oh, the villains are capable of manipulating genetics to literally create unicorns and dragons? And I'm being attacked by people who are too strong and too big to be naturally human? Obviously they must be using an exoskeleton and aren't genetically modified supersoldiers (which it turns out they are)! It's just more and more forced stupidity in a poor attempt to maintain shock value that already snuffed out long ago, like a bad comedian trying to extend a joke and delay the punchline to the point that it's no longer funny. The main characters are supposed to be smarter than this, but let's just conveniently drop their IQ several levels out of character!
Furthermore, Maberry has some obsessive compulsion with describing every single bad guy as big, mean, and tough, and casually namedrops various special forces such as Spetsnaz, SAS, and SEALs. And yet when Joe has to go up against ex-Spetsnaz, they instantly and conveniently become incompetent at fighting and die upon a glance at Joe's plot armor. So then what's the point of playing them up if in the end they're little more than amateur street thugs? I'm just supposed to believe what I'm being told, that they're big, mean, and tough, when what happens says otherwise? That merely namedropping "insert special forces unit here" is supposed to whitewash their actual lack of toughness? That Maberry thinks that he could get away with being lazy and that I wouldn't notice? It all reads like a something a high schooler would write; big tough baddies given lip service who just tip over once the hero comes along.
The ultimate result of all these factors is that this book has none of the impact, none of the tension, and none of the originality of the first book. I was so looking forward to a series about a Jack Bauer-equivalent vs. Sci-Fi trope X that somehow maintains a consistent level of quality. The last thing I was expecting to have my intelligence insulted by an author trying to sneak past lazy writing. Everyone in this book has devolved into a one-dimensional cliche, and I feel like my very human companions of several hours acquaintance just got replaced by robots. I'm not even mad anymore. I'm just sad.