Maberry is pushing the envelope of my personal capacity for suspension of disbelief in this one, although the plot lines are becoming increasingly formulaic, the story telling is still excellent. Even with the predictability, the plot development and maintenance of suspense are very good. As usual the technical details are supreme. Still highly recommended if you are a fan of the genre.
I found this book hard to follow and disjointed. The story line, as far as I got, seemed to focus on "depravaties" of the characters rather than a story line.
I'll see ya in the smoke.
Because it is stupid and insipid it's sure to be a blockbuster. The bad guys are so baaaad. The hero is so gooood. The doggy is so cuuuute. Jeez, it's a hyper cliche of the entire genre of story.
Oops I almost forgot, the women are so seeeeexy.
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.
I'm an engineer that took all my electives in English and Art! Fantasy novels with moral depth and colorful worlds fill my library.
The first book in the series was great, the second, way too much drama --and a tear jerker too. This one spends HOURS describing twisted left-leaning political drivel to build a "plausible" (seriously?) storyline--but this portion reads like a very bad history book. If the author wants to include history, then he would be best off to learn it (as he has the other things--police work, combat fighting, etc.-- that he does write well about.)
When the action is happening--Joe and his team make for great action scenes--but most of the time, I had to force my way through the historical perspective of the terrorists behind the scenes. Why not keep it simple--this depth of background doesn't add anything. This is 85% drama and 15% action.
I don't think I'll buy any more of this author. It just isn't enough action to balance out the boredom.
The reader continues to rock--he makes this series interesting when otherwise I might not have given this third book a go.
In short if the last book left you bored, then this one is much worse. The first book was as good as it gets. If you liked the last one, then proceed--it is more like the second than the first.
I have read all of the Ledger books. In fact I devoured them one after another. Great storytelling. A combination of a bit of fact, a bit of fantasy and a bit of science fiction. Jon Maberry is my new favorite. As for narration, Ray Porter is the very best I've ever heard. He IS Joe Ledger in my book. I've read all six of these and I'm hungry for more.
Its a really good book and a really good series. Maberry spins a really great tale and his research is excellent. I love how he makes the unbelievable believable.
The way it is connected to previous books in the series.
Yes but Ray Porter made an unforgivable mistake. The narrator had obviously read the book before hand, and knew the story. In one sentence he unwittingly revealed one of the biggest punchlines of the book ahead of time by inserting the name of the villain that was supposed to be secret until a later time. Im certain this was a mistake but it really killed the intrigue for me and made the book much less enjoyable.
Dont Trust Anybody
Yes. Ray Porter needs to re narrate the book otherwise the ratings will go down due to the screw up.
The story was good but Ray Porter made it great. He has several characters and his inflexions are on the mark.
Another great book in a great series! Joe Ledger is one of the most entertaining tough guys in all of today's fiction. The one thing that makes this book even better than the other great books in the series is the introduction of a new character: Ghost, the Dog. I recommend this book!