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.
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.
Nope. Heard it once, I'm good. I don't re-listen often.
Probably if they had a free credit and had the first two.
He did a really good job reading with the different voices and inflections.
Look, this is a pretty good story. Some old characters come back, new ones are introduced and there are much more intense left turns in the plot then before. However, Joe seems to be getting much more sarcastic and smart*ss in this book. I didn't really mind it in the first two, but with this it seems more prevalent and out of place. It's not good to be too much of a wisea** because he just gets annoying after a while. Another issue is his self pity. I understand a bit of self pity and introspection on your loss and dark side is needed for a well rounded and non-psychotropic character, but MY GOD. Every time Joe starts a monologue somehow we end up hearing about his dark side, the Warrior personality ((which is one of three apparently completely different and split personality)) that he's trying to suppress, the sheer despair over what's happened to him and all that. There's almost more of this than there is fighting when it's all added up. Still, pretty good and the story is good.