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The story never lags and the story line is very approachable. A lot of thriller/espionage/terrorism stories are bleak and pretty cold and clinical. The personality given the main character Joe Ledger skips over all of that and makes this story (and all the Joe Ledger books) fun, fascinating, and entertaining.
Ray Porter is THE PERFECT reader for this series!! He's like Richard Ferrone for the John Sandford 'Prey' series or Oliver Wyman for Correia's 'Moster Hunter' series. PERFECT. I totally love it when a narrator can become a character for a whole series.
Say something about yourself!
What else is there to say the Joe Ledger stories are amazing! He uses the same narrator for the series and he does a wonderful job! Keeps your interest and you feel for the characters.
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story which despite some cliches managed to avoid the pitfall of the last book in this series. I felt that Roy Porter continued to do a great job portraying ledger's voice as well as his attitude. Porter also did well presenting the few accents that were required from some of the supporting characters as the story went on.
The premise of the story saw the return of an old character and and intertwined well with the previous two stories. I was concerned about the introduction of a new female character and was pleased that this element of the story took some interesting twists of it own and did not end up in the bedroom of the hero.
I felt that the religious theme of this book also added an extra dimension to the typical action thriller premise and gave this book additional intrigue that, when combined with the secret society idea may not be the most original but was developed well so as to leave plenty of room for expansion in later books.
Overall this was a solid action thriller that kept me wanting more and gave further insight into the world of the DMS.
The story is great, and the narrator is phenomenal. He really makes the characters come to life.
Joe Ledger of course! He is a bad-ass, sarcastic, and brutally honest.
Yes, Ray is awesome, and I don't think the Joe Ledger series would be the same narrated by someone else.
Yes! I listened to this book during my commute to and from work, and I found myself sitting in my car after parking as long as possible to continue listening!
You must listen to the first two books before this one to completely understand all of the characters.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
There is not nearly as much action in the first half of this novel as there was in either of the other two. The action does pick up a bit around the half way point when Joe actually gets involved in the story, but until that point, the entire story is flashbacks to the development of the 7 Kings, and Joe going from site to site after all the action is over to investigate. He doesn't even pick up a gun until half way through.
Since I expected this to be an action book, this lack of Joe doing anything was a bit disappointing. There is quite a bit of lecturing here, but not as bad as in book two where entire chapters were dedicated to lectures. And Joe is a lot more - we'll call it 'thoughtful' in this book - he does less shooting and more introspecting.
The story itself is okay. There was a lot of time spent talking about the 7 Kings, but I can only assume this was to set up other books in the series, because in this book, we only see 2 Kings (and one of them was a red herring anyway), plus a female bad-guy. The other kings were always being mentioned, but they served no point in the story.
There are a couple plot points that ended up being 'twists' which were, for the most part, pretty well done. It isn't like you won't be able to figure any of it out, or follow a line of bread crumbs to the resolution, but the resolution does ultimately make sense.
Overall it was an okay story but I don't think I enjoyed it enough to read more in the series. Just a bit too much lecturing/introspecting and a bit too little kicking butt. There is swearing, non gory violence and no sex. The narration is very good.
Ray Porter, narrator, nailed this character and made this a 5-star audiobook. I want more.
I have listened to the other Joe Ledger novels, and this is a solid addition to the series. Ray Porter once again kills it as the reader and really brings the story and characters to life. With that said, I think this was my least favorite Joe Ledger novel. I just didnt really like the bad guys. Joe and his compatriots were excellent, but the evil masterminds were a little hard to get behind on this one. It's a good book and I enjoyed, but showed its colors a little as a "bridge" addition for the author to add dimension to the characters moving forward. Still worth a listen for sure.
I love this series. It is thrilling and action packed. It tides me over until the next Jim Butcher Dresden installment.
I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!
Ray Porter breathes life into each of the characters that Jonathan Maberry has created. The material itself is fun and exciting but Ray Porter's performance brings it to life.
Although he doesn't speak, Ghost (Joe's dog) is one of my favourite characters.