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!
I was not all that satisfied with this story. I adored the first 3 books, but this seemed a little out of place. HOWEVER, I'd like to give it 3.5 stars simply because the ending was incredible!! I loved it! Imo, it almost made up for the rest of the book. But sorry, not quite! Still gonna move on to the next one because like I said, this was only one out of four that I was unhappy with. Awesome freakin ending though!!
I was surprised to find how much I enjoy the Joe Ledger series. Not the kind of book I thought I would enjoy. After listening to one I am hooked. Ray Porter does a fantastic job with the performance. Anxiously awaiting the next installment!