I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
FAKE IT TO MAKE IT
There is a lot in this book, including GOAT JERKY, FETCH DOG, CLOAK AND DAGGER BULLSH__, SATURDAY PEOPLE, BROWNIE POINTS, 531, PURRELL, and PHOTOGRAPHY. It also includes a lot of discussions, self pity and soap opera style drama. Mostly it has Ray Porter who alone with the Joe ledger's smart assness, saves the book. I have to be honest that it was a chore at times to finish this. I know if a nuclear bomb goes off and kills millions that would be very sad. For some reason bombs just don't seem scary in a story or make me want to throw up like Ledger. The political correctness of the story is hard to miss. For some reason, I feel the Joe Ledger who entered a room in Patient Zero and started kicking A__, is not the same touchie, feelie, Joe Ledger in all the sequels. The White Trash Zombie is tougher than Joe. I will continue the series, on the strength of Patient Zero.
I KNOW MORE WAYS TO KILL YOU, THAN YOU KNOW HOW TO DIE
HISTORY IS TOLD TO SUIT THE TELLER
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
When I first stumbled upon my first Joe Ledger book, I loved it. The plot was outlandishly fantastical, the action non-stop, and the main character likeable. The amazing narration of Ray Porter did nothing but enhance my enjoyment of the adventure. The second and third books I liked progressively less, for reasons provided in my other reviews; but I still thought they were a fun way to spend a little time.
Now, with the fourth installment, I feel some sort of corner has been turned. Our hero, who always had a sarcastic, irreverent sense of humor and a chip on his shoulder, seems to have just turned angry. Through the entire book, he yelled at everyone – friends, co-workers, strangers, vampires, ageless-vampire-fighter-ladies, his boss, you name it. It was so over the top – the sheer breadth and depth of his aggression…and ironically, the same narration that I got so much enjoyment out of previously now did nothing but exacerbate the issue. Ray Porter seemed to have thrown everything he had at every rude, impatient, and sarcastic line. I wondered at times if perhaps the story could have been more enjoyable if the reading was done with a more tempered interpretation of dialogue. By the end, I just couldn’t take the anger anymore.
Would I read a fifth installment, when each book thus far has (for my taste) been a step down from the previous? I’m not sure yet. I have to admit to considering it, mostly for the mysterious “Church”; I find him fascinating, and get the impression there is a significant back story that is being slowly laid out. I even have a personal theory there may be more reason for those yellow glasses than we yet know – but I could be way off base with that.
Another audible reviewer I respect and avidly follow recently pointed out that a low star review is not a mean review – and I hope this isn’t taken as such. I just found it impossible to root for or enjoy a character as unpleasant as this one is becoming. Here’s hoping Joe can work through some of his anger issues before we join him for Book 5.
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!
The story arc continues as some of the villains from The King of Plagues are behind a new threat to the world based in the Middle East. In Iran for a rescue mission, Echo team and Joe Ledger are tipped off that seven, or more, nukes are in the hands of an ancient order known as the Red Knights and are currently planted around the world. With an end game that intends to turn the world into a radioactive mess the DMS has very little time to come up to speed and formulate a response. With Ghost at his side, Joe Ledger starts to reveal just who these Red Knights are and he is having a hard time believing what he finds. After all, vampires aren't real, right?
Turns out this threat goes all the way back to the 9th century and is part of an ancient pact that gives new context to the war between Islam and Christianity. Although they do drink blood, these Red Knights aren't traditional vampires and don't propagate by biting others and turning them. In fact, they have a hard time keeping their numbers up at all and their strength is dwindling as they suffer from problems with inbreeding. That is until the modern science of genetics allows them to engineer a solution. This discovery prompts them to decide to alter the world into a radioactive wasteland where they can flourish since it turns out that they are immune to radiation. This armageddon scenario also has ties to prior books as both Hugo Vox, former member of the Seven Kings, and Nicodemus, the enigma who inexplicably escaped his prison cell in The King of Plagues, return to play key roles within the Red Knights' scheme.
This story moves along at a frantic pace and jumps around between multiple points of view and between the past and the present. The usual cast of characters from the DMS is also involved but Joe and Ghost do the heavy lifting and they are pushed to the brink. Joe's inner personalities fall out of balance as the pressure builds and he does some things that he instantly regrets. With Rudy a world away he must fight his inner demons on his own but he does find some new allies along the way too. This one builds to a big finale and I definitely recommend it for Joe Ledger fans.
Ray Porter does another great narration and at this point any switch away from him for the audiobooks would just not be the same. He is the voice of Joe Ledger.
This semi-true (I think) story of secret government operations takes some crazy scary turns while chasing scary bad men, who (I hope) don't really exist! This action packed series about a special ops unit is far from my usual genres. I started the series on the recommendation of my son who enjoyed the story and loves the Reader! I'm hooked!
Great fun. Likeable old characters. Some interesting new ones introduced. And most of all great non stop action. A tighter story this time out made me like it even more.
This series is so stinking cool, I love it. I would like to be in delta force.
The story and the writing is fantastic! The Narrator is really good also, delivers very well, except in my lone opinion suffers miserably at being able to satisfactorily deliver on Joe Ledgers humor, making those lines fairly awkward. Besides that though great job overall.
Loved the story. Good villains and got some closure from past books. Love that one of my favorite characters Ghost is a dog. Woohoo. Onto the next great Joe Ledger story...
Not sure, maybe the sarcasm and humor of this careless hero keeps me coming back for more, or maybe its the fun paced story filled with a deeply immersive world. Both along with Ray porter's excellent job narrating these stories and giving the voice of joe ledger make this a masterful audio book.