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!
I love Joe Ledger, and Ray Porter is, in my opinion, the best Narrator working. So, this "book" was a automatic buy for me.
That being said, it is full of all the Maberry goodness that makes Joe Ledger who he is - from book one, the thing that made Ledger different was his continued disbelief "zombies? c'mon!!"
Assassin's Code to continues to live up to the hype, with solid action and continuing plot lines. A great listen!
I love these books I own and read each book and never get bored. Jonathan Maberry Joe Ledger Series is the Michael Bay of books in terms of action while having a story that keeps you wondering and keeps you on your toes. I highly recommend this Series buy all four (plus the short story's). The narration by Ray Porter is simply awesome. Every character has a different voice and accent that's based on the location of the novel.
Mr. Maberry continues to write one of the best series' of books available on the market today and Ray Porter continues to bring them to life with another truly outstanding performance in Assassin's Code. I've listened to each Joe Ledger Novel in order and, in my opinion, Assassin's Code is one of the best in the series, second only to the first book, Patient Zero. Because I've listened to the other books in the series in order, it's hard for me to determine if this book would stand well on its own but if you haven't read them all, it is definitely worth starting at the beginning. You won't regret it!
Although I'm a huge Scott Brick fan, Ray Porter has become my favorite narrator. I find myself hunting for other stories he reads just to listen to his performance. His character voices and his scene and story interpretation are flawless!
Keep it up, Mr. Maberry, I'm looking forward to more Joe Ledger!
Smart, surprising and engaging
I've yet to finish it but so far at the halfway point I'm really enjoying the growth of both the DMS and Ledger himself.
Yes I have and this one is not lacking! Ray Porter is by far the best narrator I have ever heard! His range from women, men and international characters is absolutely mind blowing! I often find myself in awe of his performances and have to remind myself that it is ONE man instead of a CAST of narrators! Exceptional!
Not to this point? But I'm not a reader who will get an "extreme" reaction to any story...
In addition to this phenomenal book(again only halfway through), I have finished "King of Plagues" and failed to write a review... That being said, I've read countless reviews about that particular book and have to say that I completely disagree with the "political" nature people have said they find "heavy handed" and "too much". Ledger works for a government agency that is DIRECTLY linked to POTUS. It should be understandable that it would get "political", right? Now in terms of the reviews that have said Ledger is "soft" is unbelievably unfair. How else is a man, any man, supposed to react to losing someone he is utterly in love with? Even fictional characters have to be written as human to connect with an audience. Would you prefer him to simply brush it off as if nothing had happened? I find it very relatable that it's a daily fight to motivate himself to do what is asked after such a tragedy. Introspection is, well should be anyway, natural after any such event whether it be fiction or nonfiction. Just because Ledger happens to be a badass is irrelevant in this matter. I have SO much more to say about this book and may download it again just to get it all out in that review!
I drive a lot of large landscaping equipment at work and have quite the abundance of listening time on my hands. Drowning out diesel engines
Where do I even start? First, I love that the hole book takes place in basically one day. Second, Joe Ledger fights vampires and hooks up with a bad ass female assassin. Third, Joe and Ghost take on very believable versions of VAMPIRES! Fourth, It takes place inside of Iran and I was super interested in the whole cultural shift of the book happening inside the middle east. Possibly the most nerve wrecking excitement John Maberry packed into a novel so far.
YES! YES! YES!
Tough to put down. Storytelling keeps getting better, and I want to know what happens next. Compelling and fun, definitely not the typical gun porn so common of late, this is something different and worth checking out.