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.
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.
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.
The King of Plagues brings back some baddies from a prior book as the Department of Military Sciences discovers the existence of the Seven Kings. They are a powerful cabal bent on causing chaos throughout the world and profiting from it. The Seven Kings use their knowledge of the upcoming chaos they will cause to make money on various fronts as wars and catastrophes impact the world markets. Ruled over by "The Goddess" there are seven members of the cabal each with an adviser who acts as their "conscience." It turns out that they have a vacancy and are in need of a new King of Plagues.
The DMS lost a major member at the end of The Dragon Factory and the impact of that loss is evident as Joe Ledger is still on a leave of absence when this one starts. Joe is grief stricken and trying to find a way to cope with yet another loss in his life and he has been off active duty for a while. Of course a new threat causes Mr Church to coax Joe back into action and when he returns Joe brings along a new companion, Ghost. Ghost is a white German Shepard who is trained in many capacities including bomb sniffing and combat. Ghost is also an excellent judge of character and plays a key role as Joe's new partner. Echo team also has also added some new members while Joe was gone, including John Smith, the best sniper in the world. John's code name is Chatterbox, since he barely talks at all, but when he brings down the Hammer of God on someone he never misses. Circe O'Tree is another new character introduced who brings her skill set over to the DMS as a terrorism expert.
A terrorist attack in a London hospital kicks things off as the Seven Kings start to implement a new wave of chaos involving their new King of Plagues. By coercing individuals that work in key locations around the world the Seven Kings are recreating a modern version of the Ten Plagues from the Bible. These attacks are perpetrated by ordinary people in vital roles at these key locations and this combined with social media manipulation from The Goddess starts to position the Seven Kings as a powerful force to be reckoned with. However, another rival cabal starts feeding information on the activities of the Seven Kings to the DMS and Joe and team find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. It starts to become obvious that the DMS is being used as a tool for one rival to take down another but they can't ignore the threats being orchestrated by the Seven Kings and they must stop them at all costs.
Now that the bad guys are starting to have a story arc of their own the series is gathering some momentum as key players on various points of the moral compass vie to gain the upper hand. Mr. Church and Aunt Sally, the two key leaders of the DMS, clearly have a nebulous past of their own and every bad guy that shows up knows about them and fears what they are capable of. This adds a nice layer to the overall series and makes it more engaging than just Joe Ledger and Echo team going around shooting people.
Ray Porter delivers another excellent narration and I continue to march forward in the series. It isn't the greatest series ever but it is entertaining and a nice change of pace within the genre. I do enjoy the random pop culture references made throughout each book and often chuckle when Ledger compares things in his "real world" to other fictional worlds.
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.
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.
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!
I am a sucker for a good story
And that is okay - it gives you someone to continue to root against. I think the entire series a real quick and engaging listen. I have only heard of Maberry about a month ago - but in that time - I have devoured 4 of his books. Keep on writing and I will definitely keep on reading.
Great narrator, lots of twist and turns. a little predictable sometimes. not like the other books I have read by this author. More of a crime/mystery novel than his usual zombie sci-fi novels.