Yes. The writing is good and the reader, Ray Porter, really brings an energy and life to Joe and the other characters. The plot is complex and jumps back and forth between past and present thru most of the first half to 2/3 of the book...then it all comes down at the same time and place. Characters are well crafted and behave the way you would expect. There are apparently two books earlier than this in the Joe Ledger series and I will probably have to go back and get them.
It's a book about terrorism and how to deal with it on many levels. In some ways, it's too real and is scary because of that; but I liked the reality of it.
I haven't but I will.
Haven't read the print version. Mr Maberry's books are hard to find in Australia!
Like all his stuff, and as I've said many times before, this is a very human story that gets you angry, excited, and makes you (or me, anyway) cry. Many times.
Ray Porter IS Joe Ledger. He's all of them. He's fabulous with the humour, with the tragedy, with the accents. I just can't fault him so far in this series.
Many, many, but I don't like to give away things for people who haven't read/listened yet!
I finished listening to this book this afternoon. I'm downloading the next book right now, and I'll start listening to it in about ten minutes, as soon as it's on my iPod. I can't get enough of this series.
Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...
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.
i loove great books especially mystery and suspense and gregg hurwitz
the story line, how every characters personality comes out with this reader, he is awesome!! with every book, you more in depth impressions of the other characters
church, not only does he know where the bodies are, but he buried them (if you've listened to paitient zero you'll know what I'm talking about)
it has to be the rescue of the lab worker and her kids, i want a dog like ghost
Oh yes, every book in the joe ledger series is hard to put down
after book one you will be hooked, and will not be disappointment
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.