Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
The 3rd novel in the Joe Ledger series follows a similar script as the first two. Joe finds himself immersed in a situation which he must stop to save the planet. Although the patter may be the same the author, Jonathan Mayberry, does a good job of mixing up the type of trouble not only from book to book but also within the book. He also does a good job of mixing action and moving the plot along. I also like that all of the Joe Ledger books (so far) are good stand-alone stories so if you want to pick up the series without reading the first two books you really don’t miss anything. If you’re looking for a thriller with a lot of action and a main character who’s a bit of a smart ass, the” King of Plagues” is right up your alley.
As in the previous books Ray Porter does a great job.
Joe's character and dialogue were too over the top. Same with the kings plot. Seems like the series jumped the shark with this one. Performance was very good as always.
Yes, because I thought the first two books were excellent. I thought the production and narration was very good and the author is a good story teller.
I have enjoyed the series very much up to this point, but in this book, the author seemed to have too much of his own real political veiws as the story line. I listen to books like these to escape reality, not for a political ad. The author has made it clear through the other books in this series what his veiws are, but went too far in this book. I will continue to listen to the rest of the series because the first two books were very good
Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.
I give this series the highest marks!
Every moment with Joe Ledger is memorable!
I cannot imagine another narrator for this role.
All of the Joe Ledger books are great!
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
Joe was hit hard by everything, he was ready to leave his old life and DMS behind, but does it ready to let him go.
We will have old and new enemies, we will see human and animal sides of some characters, we will see love, loss and betrayal.
And we will see the breaking point of the modern world.
Just as much action as any of them with a great cast of characters As Good as Reacher
When we found out about Mr Church's past Plus when Toys made a new ally
On The same level we enjoyed it a group of truckers who like to be entertained while on the road Keep up the good work
Yes very emotional at the lab with the wife and son infected
Both writer and reader are at the top of their game Look forward to reading more of these
I was a little reluctant to purchase The King of Plagues as Maberry had begun to out himself as a lefty in The Dragon Factory. I decided to give it a go however, and after this morning's drive to work, realized I made a mistake. If your political leanings are to the left, and you still have an ax to grind against President Bush, than this is the book for you. For the rest of us who look to fiction as an escape from the daily stresses of life, you would do well to pass on this one. The review above mine nails it.
As in the previous two books, the reader, Ray Porter, does an absolutely outstanding job bringing the characters to life, and is the sole redeeming factor on what is really an old, overly used story-line. I don't want to play spoiler, so I'll only say that when one of the groups behind the great conspiracy is mentioned by name, I would have laughed if I wasn't groaning.
This third Joe Ledger book is again well worth the credit. It's another fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, intense story where Joe Ledger and his team are called upon once again to save the world at the last possible moment from the dastardly plans of the evil masterminds, and again the author pulls it off well.
With that said, Jonathan Maberry just had to go off on several long-winded left-wing political rants using the voices of his evil masterminds that did not seem to add a single thing to the story, but will probably serve the author???s presumed intent to score him a round of high-fives at his next literary cocktail party. For a few short examples, one of his bad guys calls former President Bush ??????a Texas jokester who couldn???t manage a Walmart,??? rants that ???the Iraq war was just a grab for oil,??? calls George Bush a ???war criminal,??? and says ???the previous administration would be held accountable if this ever got out,??? but that they ???don???t have the same type of control over this current president, which is why they are trying to weaken and discredit him.??? Oh, puh-leeze! Several chapters - yes, ???chapters!??? - of this kind of blather, after which he follows this up with, ??????but let???s not get political.??? Yes, Jonathan ??? let???s not.
5 stars for the exciting and well crafted book, minus 1 star for the author???s attempt to turn me into a member of his mindless zombie political horde.
A London hospital is bombed and thousands of people are killed, incinerated without a chance of escaping. Joe Ledger barely healed physically and emotionally from his last violent mission in "The Dragon Factory", decides to come back and work for the DMS. (Was there any surprise in this?) Joe is back with all his anger intact and exacerbated by the tragic ending of the last book. And he is out for blood ready to kill the parties responsible for this heinous act of violence.
An international group of terrorist hunters gather to try to figure out who is responsible for the hospital bombing and why but for now no one has a clue. Meanwhile more and different types of attacks are planned as innocent people working in labs with deadly pathogens are forced to help anonymous terrorist in releasing deadly viruses that will spread and kill millions. The only clues Joe Leger and the DMS have to go on are The Seven Kings logo left after the bombing and anonymous phone calls from an insider. And then the DMS is warned that The Seven Kings have people everywhere even in the DMS and trust no one.
Pretty good story, although not as intricately plotted as the two previous novels in this series. But this book provides a more realistic adversary for Joe and Echo team this time out. No zombies or hybrid mythical monsters. The story, at times, is painfully bogged down with seemingly endless round table discussions on the DMS side centering on who could have done this and why all juxtaposed by conference table discussions by the Seven Kings using biblical references and philosophy of long dead historical leaders to justifying what they are doing and each King offering a different and deadly terrorist act to leave the world in chaos and destruction. The Seven Kings, the baddies this time around, are a vast network of people all over the world. So big that the members don't all know each other. They are planted everywhere. They use window dressing to make themselves mysterious since they are religious fanatics. They follow a "Goddess" as their leader and do what she wishes. Long and complicated rants of why terrorize the world when the reason becomes so very simple. The discussions are needed to a point but they go on for most of the first half the book and I wondered when the story would focus and move forward. It was like listening to "Meet the Press" for 8hrs. But luckily, the book does finally focus down to a few bad guys and Joe and his team.
The other problem I had with the book is that with all the terror events that were happening globally, why would you go forward with high profile big celebrity filled charity event on a cruise ship? Why have such an obvious target for terrorist be carried out? OK yes there are more that a few celebrities on this ship we could all do without, no one sane would want to be bait themselves on this ship.
There are some great new characters mainly Joe's new partner a military trained and multi-talented German Shepard dog named Ghost. Lovable in courage but not a dog you pat on the head if you need your fingers for typing. The other great new character is wonderfully creepy Nicodemus who is the all knowing, and the only somewhat "supernatural" element to the book. I have a feeling he will show up again in the future. He is so damn creepy he even has Rudy the DMS psychiatrist, is scared of him. And Rudy if you say "Dios Mios" again I will scream. The good news is that some old familiar bad guys from a previous book we thought were dead make a come back although a bit crispy around the edges. But they are welcomed as they make worthy adversaries for Leger and when they get to work and start plotting evil, fighting Joe and fighting each other the book finds its stride and becomes truly enjoyable.
There are a few unresolved story lines so I can't wait to read the next installment. And as always Ray Porter does an EXCEPTIONAL job with all the voices. Especially the Scottish accent which is really difficult. His children voice even sound like children. Love him as Joe Leger. Nobody does a character better.
This is my second go-round. I read the entire series, figured out the order of the mini-books, put them where they belong and started over. I love Hugo. I love Toys. i LOVE Joe Ledger. Ray Porter does them all justice.
Really? There are too many.
Everything. Especially after listening to the interview with him and Ray Maberry in the Special Ops set of shorts. I smile every minute I'm listening to these.
Yeah, but it would let secrets go, so I can't say.
I love the series. I'm just not sure what I"m going to do when I'm finished with it the second time.