Contrary to some highly offensive reviewers lowbrow comments decrying the non-negative portrayal of Muslims, there really isn't much reference to any religion other than Christianity, of which there is a LOT. Despite this, its an excellent read, more fun than deep, with plenty of action and interesting characters. The best part is the narrator, who really gets into these characters and brings each of them individually to life, which makes the book/series highly enjoyable to listen to. The next best part for me is Ghost, since I have soft spot for German Shepherd Dogs. The only thing I can think of that might bother some is the bouncing around in the timeline of events. Its clearly (to me) laid out by chapter and dates, but I thought I'd mention because some people are put off by things like that.
I drive a lot of large landscaping equipment at work and have quite the abundance of listening time on my hands. Drowning out diesel engines
I honestly thought that there was no way Jonathan Maberry could keep up the absolutely fantastic quality of adventure for Joe Ledger after Dragon Factory. I couldn't have been more wrong. Ledger's battle against the 7 Kings is as absolutely brilliant. It is everything you would expect and more. I finished the book in 2 days and immediately had to pick up Assassin's Code. Now it is extremely difficult for me to rank the ledger series, seeing as I have yet to finish them all, but I will say I enjoyed the villains more in Dragon Factory and Patient Zero. This is not a knock on the book at all, it just personal opinion. Like I said, I couldn't put this book down. So 100% pick it up if you are sucked into the Joe Ledger series like I am.
and this outing doesn't disappoint. it has a good plot, good action, and bad (in a good way) adversaries. I normally listen to one book in a series then change it up and switch series for a book or two. but After the Dragon factory and King of Plagues i'm on to the next of this series, it's that good. (only other series I have done that with was the Grim Noire triology)
Ray Porter is da bomb! His range of "voices" is very broad. There is a scene on a plane where he really sounds like a woman trying to sound like a man. I was genuinely impressed. And he in my ears nails the accents of different languages. Top notch!
The story was good, but jumping back and forth in time on the journal entries made it difficult to keep track of things. The first to books kept in chronological order, so jumping around got confusing for me... key word being "me." Despite that, the story is really good and enjoyable.
Probably not, I enjoyed the first 2 books enough to give this a try but will closely read reviews before buying others. Ray Porter, the narrator did his usual great job but the story line jumps around too much, breaks up the flow. I was particularly disappointed with the decision the author made to go political (I lean liberal but I really find the old "George Bush is stupid, Obama is incorruptible" line a bit tiresome and a mistake for the author to think it would fit well in this kind of story. Also, whether or not you believe the Muslim religion (Islam) is a threat to the US or not, by the third time he assured us that it is not, it began to feel like preaching, with a generous touch of arrogance.
not as good