Really bad bad guys, mad scientists, mosters, evil plots to take over the world, hidden underground lairs, a secret government agency, none-stop action, and the baddest good guy ever - Joe Ledger. This is a great book.
To top it off Ray Porter's narration is world class, some of the best I've ever heard.
I'm becoming a big fan of Jonathan Maberry and Ray Porter.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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.
Love a good book. I am usually reading one and listening to one in my car (not at the same time, of course). I like just about any fiction.
Let me start by saying that Ray Porter is great. I think he kept me interested more than the storyline. The concept was solid but there did not seem to be a lot of depth. There were a couple of points in the story where the author was rambling and it did not have any useful information. There were other points in the story where he had a chance to do more character developement and did not. I did not find the twins to be all that interesting and were very shallow. If you enjoyed the first book in the series ( Patient Zero ) you will be a bit dissappointed with this one. The action was run of the mill type of stuff, you don't really get to know Joe Ledger or any of his team any better than in the first book. I enjoy books that are part of a series because you get to see the characters grow throughout the books. This book left me wanting more twists and turns, more action, and more character developement. Not sure if I will continue with the series.
I really liked listening to this story. It was a fast paced wild story with excellent narration. Even though it is Fiction there seemed to be many historical facts inserted. I also liked the first book, Patient Zero, with the same talented narrator, Ray Porter, who makes both books an easy listen. I have also become a Jonathan Maberry and Ray Porter fan.
Everything from the story line to the narrators take on everything.
I know the majority of people would say Joe Ledger because he is the main character. But my favorite is Bunny with his smart ass commits and his just all around personality makes him my favorite.
I love to read and listen to books. I teach and share my love with my teenager and I'd like to share that love with you.
I was expecting ZOMBIES. JONATHAN MABERRY is a master zombie world builder, but he crafts an equally horrific threat to humanity. If you thought that zombies being unleashed on the capital was bad, now Joe Ledger has to track down Pure Evil. Nazi Doctor throw-backs tinker with everything from the ideal human to Dr. Morrow's worst nightmare. No one is safe, but knowing Joe is on the job makes me feel better.
RAY PORTER is masterful in this complex world of accents and all levels of crazy. The key is that he captures Ledger's alpha huskiness with a light inflection to capture his playful nature. He breathes creepy, evil and psychotic into all the crazies that are trying to make sure the Extinction Clock reaches zero. MABERRY and PORTER bring you a modern-day War of the World experience. I expect that I'll continue the series on audio.
I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.
The dragon factory was interesting in that there are two "bad guys" and they both seem to be working on some rather sinister projects. The question becomes: Do their paths converge and what does that mean for Ledger and his team? I loved the aspect of creating the perfect "monsters" and add the "Extinction Clock" to the mix and the story becomes downright tense and I can almost promise you'll remain glued to the story.
The most memorable moment in this book was unfortunately a rather sad moment that will forever change Joe, and not for the best. I cannot explain what happened without spoiling an important moment in the story. I'm pretty sure you'll know precisely what I'm referring to when you encounter this part of the story.
Ray brings so much to these stories. When he reads the stories, he brings the characters to life and in many cases is able to invoke emotions of all different types. I found myself becoming very attached to several of the characters, loathing others, all because Ray is able to take the material provided by Jonathan and immerse you so deeply into the story that you almost feel like you're actually there.
Yes, actually there are many moments across all 6 of the Ledger series that invoke real emotions. Joe suffers on so many levels and in some many different ways that as events unfold I'm almost brought to tears as Ray is able to convey real, raw pain and emotion wether it be traces of his voice crackling a bit during rough times to the very intentional and well done sighs.
At this point Ray IS Joe Ledger, he manages to drag you so deeply into the stories that you don't want to leave! No matter how many characters Jonathan places into the story, Ray makes it very easy to know exactly who's talking without him having to say so because he's consistent and each and every character has a unique voice. Jonathan and Ray are a winning combination that has me wanting more!!
Hell Yes! Excellent action sequences AND character development. Rare in this type of genre. Love the characters. Intricate plot that is not predictable, nor confusing.
The Echo Team battle their way through the enemy infused Dragon Factory when Joe and Bunny reunite with the wounded Top. Top ask "What took you so long?" Bunny replies, "We had to stop off at a titty bar for a couple of beers."
Mr. Porter nails all the voices of the characters and brings out the sarcasm more than you could do by reading yourself. The women sound like women. The men sound like men and every character has a different and distinct voice.
Hell yes, Call into work sick good.
A worthy sequel to the series. Makes me want to read them all.
Joe's out to stop the human race from being annihilated, but first he has to discover that bit of information. The story seems to be a real puzzle looking for the bad guys and putting an end to their plans. Joe and his team are up against two groups of mad scientists in to genetic engineering, one for profit and perverse pleasure, the other to create the master race ending the rest of the races. It's a fast paced action thriller packed with intriguing characters sure to keep your interest.
Where's Book Three?
Until the very last minute. This whole series could be called The DMS Conspiracy Theory.
All of the little critters in the Dragon Factory made me happy - and damn scared (note Tin Foil Hat above)
TIN. FOIL. HAT.
I love Joe Ledger. This series could go on forever, as far as I'm concerned. As long as NO ONE in Echo Team gets hurt.