Right at the top, along with everything else Mr Maberry has written.
I listen to audiobooks when exercising or when doing housework, as a reward to myself for doing stuff I hate. Let's just say a lot of things got cleaned in record time while listening to this book :)
I'm familiar with Mr Porter, and I must say he's one of my favourite narrators. He's great at accents, at character, at everything. Love him.
Just watch it.
On to the third book!
I loved "Patient Zero" the first installment of the Joe Ledger saga. Wow I think this one was even better. Joe Ledger is a character you can't help but love. The action scenes are so vivid that you can see and almost feel every punch, kick, stab, jab and gun shot. This action keeps my husband from falling asleep at the wheel. We find ourselves laughing a lot too. Humor in the midst of chaos. We travel for business so we have a lot of hours to listen. Ray Porter does the voices so well that you always know who is talking without being told. There was one point where there was a long history lesson and I found myself drifting for a minute but the rest of the story well makes up for it. I just downloaded book three. Can't wait to hear more about Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Science!!
I'm hooked now. I'm going to have to have every one of this series. I love Joe Ledger and Ray Porter's narration. Porter gives great voice to the first person narratives and the third person narratives. His characterizations are great. Maberry just keeps you on your toes with a fast moving plot (or plots) and the supporting characters are getting fleshed out and we enjoy them almost as much as Joe.
No zombies. I'm OK with that :) Plenty of other people and things to keep the DMS on their toes.
The second book in the phenomenal Joe Ledger series is possibly even better than the first. I've purchased some of Jonathan Maberry's earlier works now to read on my Kindle, but Ray Porter is THE MOST WONDERFUL NARRATOR IN AUDIBLE HISTORY and handles Maberry's deft prose with compassion and style. I was so thrilled to find out there are 3 more books in the series as well as two scheduled for publication. I have left all other fandom behind. If you're a fan of fantasy fiction, scifi, military novels, martial arts, police procedurals, dystopian thrillers or plain old superb writing, start with PATIENT ZERO and carry on from there.
I drive 45 miles to work, 5 days a week, and owe my sanity to audiobooks. I get them from friends, the library, and of course - Audible.
I have been rationing these Joe Ledger books because, with as many books as I listen to in a year, there are only so many sure things. Maberry's Joe Ledger series is one of my #1 finds of this year. This is a thrill ride with a lot of dark turns and fast drops that will make you sit in your car - in the garage, long after you get home just to keep listening. Great characters that you care about and evil villains that you love to see "get their due." If you like Harry Dresden or Dirk Pitt, you'll love Ledger.
Ray Porter is the best - gets every joke and every emotion. There was a different reader who they tried with a few of these books - avoid him and get Porter's read. If you liked Porter's narration of the books "14" by Cline, and "Dawn Patrol" by Winslow, then you know that there's none better.
Love Audible! Besides that, have a great husband, 3 married kids and 5 perfect grandchildren! Live in St Louis, MO and love STL Cardinals!!!
Okay, the story MIGHT seem a little far fetched...but the story line and the characters are always so believable. I could not wait to finish, but was very sad when I did. This sadness was due to a couple of reasons, which i won't be a spoiler to tell. I could see myself listening to this book again in a year or so..it was that good
The whole series has been extremely addicting!!! The characters are great, narrator is superb (you get spoiled by this narrator as he's one of the best and its difficult to listen to mediocre narrators afterwards), and the story is interesting and fast enough to keep continual interest.
Don't want to spoil it, but it's a great book, great series
The way he plays out the characters. He is one of the best narrators!!!
Joe Ledger is a modern day super hero but personable at the same time. You wouldn't expect to become emotionally involved with a master killer, but he's one of those that get you. Great writing and narrating.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
They Lose All Sense.
Another Five Star Novel, with a Five Star Performance by Ray Porter.
I will be the first to admit that this not as good as Patient Zero the first book in this series and even though you could read this book without reading that book, I believe you would be happier to read PZ first. PZ introduces you to Joe Ledger and to the Department of Military Sciences (X-Files on steroids). Some have given this less the five stars, the trap they have fallen into is that they are comparing Maberry to Maberry. That's like giving your second favorite book in the world three or four stars, cause it ain't as good as your favorite. Meaning only one book you have ever read could earn five stars. This book is still better then most of what is out there.
This is a Mad Scientist Novel (Mevil), no Zombies, but lots of genetic monsters.
Pro: Like a Koontz novel this filled with all kinds of creatures and bad guys. Here is a sample of what you will come across; Centaurs, Scorpion Dogs, Elves, The Chamber of Myths, Quetzalcoatl, Chinese Dragons, European Dragons, Sea Serpents, Gargoyles, The Hive, anti-aging gene, White Angel, mudpeople, transgenic soldiers, albino twins, life unworthy of life, extinction clock, Tigerhounds, clones, Neanderthals, New Men, unicorns, faith gene, and The Island of Dr. Moreau. The bad guys are cliche, Nazi's, Albinos and Russians, but in a book like this sometimes cliche is good. I lived for almost a year as a kid in Germany and went on vacation there almost two years ago and I love the German people, but you have to admit they make great bad guys. You may say that is politically incorrect, but you know you agree.
Con: I got sick and tired of the Extinction Clock. Every one of the 133 chapters starts with the Extinction Clock Countdown. It seemed to me that they kind of Wussied Ledger a little. He falls in love in this, he gets touchy feelie in parts, he less of a smart a@@ and he thinks before acting, something he didn't do in book 1. There are a couple of points where the book gets real patriotic in a patronizing way. There are a couple of duller then usual parts and the book seems a little unnecessarily stretched out. The epilogue is kind of stupid. Keep in mind we are comparing Ledger to Ledger, which sets the bar pretty high.
Ray Porter is great. I did notice in this book that Ray sounds an awful lot like Tom Hanks. I like Tom Hanks, so that is not a problem with me, it just seemed weird.
OK, maybe I don't love this genre (what is it even? Military spy stuff?) Anyway, One has to go with the unrealistic technology and the all-knowing Church/Deacon/etc. However, Maberry sticks to his own reality and that's good enough for me. It's Ledger-world. It has basic rules and Maberry is true to them. It's consistent (which is a big plus for me--I hate an author who creates a fantasy and then changes the rules on what can and can't happen.)
I find that the characters are in many ways to good to be true. BUT I love them. One wants a world where Joe Ledger Kicks-blank and takes names. His moral compass is nice.
I generally read murder fiction (I avoid romance/murder--just want dead people). I prefer a mystery. In the Ledger novels (this is the second that I've "read" the bad guys are just put in front of you. Yet, I enjoy the plot which has a beginning middle and end, the end twist (which is a must in the modern novel...why? I don't know) is generally pretty well crafted, and the characters don't "do" stuff just to do it--there are reasons for their actions and we know what they are.
I enjoyed this book as much as the first. I am currently reading the third book and have given up pretending that this is not my style. Just like a well crafted wine or beer a well-crafted novel is fun for all.
I've enjoyed my Joe Ledger adventures so far. Probably not for those who dislike violence and want a hero that eschews it, but for the rest, I highly recommend it.
i loove great books especially mystery and suspense and gregg hurwitz
Maberry is now my favorite author! You can never be disappointed when you listen or read. There is never a dull chapter or paragraph, I can't get enough of these books. They're suspenful, intense, funny, and heartbreaking. If your looking for a book that will tickle your psyche, get this book.