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!
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.
Probably not. I seldom read any book twice. There are still so many books I want to read.
I have become a Joe Ledger fan. And honestly all good guys should go down swinging.
Ohhh that is tuff. Ledger of course is the lead and gets the most attention. But he does a great job making Church as scary as he should be.
Same as subject. "When Vampires have Nightmares it is Joe Ledger they are running from."
The last sentence
Truly, with the Ledger books I don't have these ... I love the books in their entirety .... I USUALLY can't say I like one "part" over another.
Same here.....these books are gruesome (in the manner of a much more talented Jack Bauer - TV can only do so much). But I actually really like Joe's detailed descriptions of the fight scenes.
The last sentence made me smile. Big.
I've only got two more Joe Ledger books to read .... I'm SO sad. I've read the reviews on Deep Pine and I just don't know. Maybe I'll try Rot & Ruin next. I've So loved Joe and Ray Porter - this man is second only to Scott Brick. I LOVE HIM.
I tell all my friends about the Joe Ledger series
The Magic of Mr. Maberry is that every moment is memorable. It never gets stale
Yes, ALL of Mr. Potters performances make the story alive. #1 in my book.
Vampires in the real world, and with nukes? You've got to be kidding!
Like I said before, the Joe Ledger series has sucked me in. I own every book!
The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.
No question, Jonathan Maberry has an engagingly creative mind and the plot of this Joe Ledger novel, just like its predecessors, won't disappoint. Neither will Ray Porter's narration. He has great range and nails Maberry's characters.
What IS disappointing is Maberry's development of the Joe Ledger character. Ledger, once a multi-faceted "action hero" with an in-your-face sense of humor has now become 90% juvenile smart-a** and 10% self-pitying narcissist. The snarkiness is MUCH more frequent and sometimes jarringly inappropriate. This is a shame because Ledger had real potential in earlier series entries.
Of course, Ledger was always a smart-a**. But what was once a character trait has, in this novel, become the entire character. And this has reduced enjoyable banter and humorous narrative to a contrived pursuit of Ledger's next witty comment. Add to this the occasional "poor me" self-pitying reflection, and the periodic politically-correct preaching, and the result is disappointing character development and, on balance, a disappointing novel.
Ray Porter IS Joe Ledger to me, so any Ledger book her reads, I am buying! That said, this book is a big disaapointment. JUST when the action gets moving and you think you are the cusp of figuring things out, BAM, a stupid 'interlude' pops up. These interludes add NOTHING to the story that could not have been done in a single prologue. They are too distracting from the arc of the story, and by the time we are brought back to Joe and Echo team, too much time has elapsed and the momentum is lost. I don't know why Jonathan Maberry loves these 'interludes' but they really need to go. A story like this, and others of its ilk, relies on momentum and suspense--not idiotic forays into times way past, and which have very little to do with the story at hand. Next time, Jonathan, do this sort of thing in a prologue and let the story move! If I was reading this on my kindle, I would have returned it for credit after the first 6 interludes. Had this been a paperback I was reading, I'd have shredded it. Dreck.
The story was good but Ray Porter made it great. He has several characters and his inflexions are on the mark.