I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!
This was another fun book from Jonathan Maberry. Each of his books is similar in tone and pacing; they're filled with action and snappy dialogue. This one is no different.
Ray Porter is always super regardless of what he's reading. This performance is no different.
My standard review for Jonathon Mayberry is that he is a god in the espionage/spy genre. I adore everything that leaves his pen. I own all his works and will gladly revisit them.
Maberry has a fun, playful style of writing that manages to keep me wanting to hear more and more. Ledger is such a an unrealistic character that he almost becomes surreal in the story. Maberry has managed to keep Ledger and echo team fresh and interesting from Patient Zero through Assassin's Code through cleaver writing and Ledgers pizzazz sense of humor.
I enjoy Ray Porter's reading style for these military style fiction books. I wonder why he does not partake in more of these types of books.
Thank you for the ride Jonathan Maberry!
Zombies, werewolves, secret societies (ala Illuminate), super-virus's and even a dragon (all of course with a mostly super-science edge, not paranormal). So the one obvious missing item in our paranormal ecology is vampires, so this book deals it out in spades. As I have read the books in this series the one thing I kept thinking is that the only person who seems to be having a worse day would have been Jack Bauer from the TV series 24. Then I remember the first line above and I am going to have to have to declare that Joe is definitely having a worse time that Jack.
Assassin's Code kept me alive, as I listened to it on a long drive where I was quite tired, but there was no way that I was going to fall asleep and miss what happened next. As it often happens in this series it starts of strong and keeps up the action (with one exception, the interludes to the historical events that provide some of the back story on the organizations) to the explosive crescendo at the end.
Joe, Ghost and Echo Team are in Iran, rescuing some wayward hikers that have been kidnapped by the Iranian's. On their way out they Joe is isolated and forced, by a mysterious sniper team, to meet with the head of Iran's Intelligence organization who provides some specific information (and some generic background stuff) about 7 (big, multi-megaton) nuclear weapons that are being staged around the Middle East as well as possibly in the US.
So without rest Joe and the DMS are thrown into a desperate search to find and disarm those weapons. Along the way we run into the Red Order (a secret order of Vampire Assassin's), a secret anti-vampire organization and even the Holy Inquisition. It even incorporates one of the historical question marks that have confounded scholars for decades, the Voynich Manuscript. This really is some great fun and anytime you stop for that book reading interruption thing called life you feel the twitchy need to get back to it ASAP.
If you loved Patient Zero but felt the other books didn't live up to the first, then I think you should give this one a shot. It's a non-stop roller coaster ride that the Joe Ledger novels are known for. From the first chapter the DMS team is thrown into the thick of it. MaBerry may jump on the popular culture band wagon with zombies and vampires but he always does it in his own style. He certainly borrows from the same ideas from these mythos but always seems to add something new into the mix that gives his stories a uniqueness you might not expect. I looked up many of the plot devices in this book and they're all real and have the mystery he describes. I enjoy fantasy that can be explained with some suspension of disbelief and real world mysteries. In addition, I felt that this series was becoming overly depressing. This book certainly has it's moments but I was very satisfied with the ending. It renewed my interest in this series and I'm looking forward to the next book!
Now for the narration. Ray Porter has to be one of my absolute favorite narrators. He seems to have an endless number of voices that he can create and bring life to. Many narrators won't even try female voices but he just nails it, great work Mr. Porter. You really do deserve an award for your work! He absolutely brings this story to life in a way very few narrators understand.
I know I've give this a lot of 5 stars but I just couldn't stop listening and truly believe that it deserves it.
Intense nail biter!
I've read all of the previous Joe Ledger novels and this one has to be the best! It's a little bit Dan Brown mixed with sci-fi and horror novels.
Ray Porter clearly is an expert at voice inflection. Each character's voice is clear and distinct. I know who's talking before Ray reads who said it.
I loved Joe's interaction with Violin and with Ghost. My body actually felt the stress and strain of each situation in this novel. I could almost spell the blood and feel the fear and frustration as I listened.
Excellent read! I recommend all of the Joe Ledger novels but this one was a great ride.
I really like these characters and Ray Porter is excellent! I like a narrator that can change it up and make it seem like there are several different people narrating.
Yes, the imagination and depth is fantastic.
Joe of course, but he does them all perfect....even the female voices!
When Ghost was in trouble.
Great story and true to the characters.
All I can say is, this is a great 4th installment and I hope this is not the end of the Joe Ledger series. He's too interesting a character to come to an end. As for the narrator, Ray Porter was outstanding as usual. I will be looking for other books narrated by him and of course more books by Jonathan Maberry.
I almost did not download this book. While I had enjoyed the last three Joe Ledger's (I read them in about as many weeks), a reviewer I 'follow' had cautioned against Joe's rants in this one (he had gone over the top at times in Book 3, so I could believe her). Luckily, another reviewer I 'follow' (one of the few books, I think reviewed by two reviewers I trust), recommended it...so I went for it. I have to say that I agree with Melinda: Assassin's Code is great fun. One of the best Joe Ledger's. The story keeps getting better and better. Maberry's ability to make you laugh out loud at Joe's wit as people get dismembered (I am NOT a horrible person, I am NOT) is simply amazing...I am sorry I will now have to wait for Book 5 -- at least, I hope Maberry is considering writing it! I was so spoiled by being able to read the whole series in quick succession. I want more!!!
The story just keeps pounding away at all of you it hits you like Echo Team breaching a room, flash bangs to her heart and soul!
It holds you like a lovers embrace or an Assassin's hands around your throat!
The last 1 1/2 hours will have you sitting in your drive way not wanting to leave the story to go in the dam house!
This book is the best so far, I have been on board this ride since Patient Zero the writing of Jonathan Mayberry is some the best I have ever had the pleasure to listen to and Ray Potter’s narration deserves some sort of award, ( do audio books have Oscar’s?). I have led at times a life of violence at times, some it just and unjust, the conflicts with in Joe Ledger are conflicts I had and still have, if nothing it’s a cathartic time when I read these books, to have my thoughts given voice. Mr. Mayberry do not stop, do what ever you need to do to keep going with this! I need to hear more tales of the things in night who take aim by the light of hero’s to give them a chance!