In this fourth installment of Joe Ledger's story, Ledger kicks the @$$ of evil Iranians, a Romanian? weirdo cult, and a group of religious doomsday vampires...all while trying to figure out where the mysterious group of psychotic women fit in to this mess. This book is brainless military sci-fi/horror action at its best. I only gave the book three stars because I started to get bored of all the bad @$$ military action. And it waxed a little too political for me at times. This is also a book that you shouldn't think too deeply about--for instance, why the heck did he bring his DOG for a mission in Iran (when clearly the dog wasn't being used for the mission)? Certainly, the dog HAPPENED to come in handy at times, but it seems poor planning to bring a dog and then leave him pointlessly in the hotel during the mission, so that if things didn't go as smoothly as planned, Ledger would have to go back and get his dog before getting out of harm's way. I also felt some of the "intrigue" plot was rather overcooked. Really? Intrigue in the Catholic Church? Gasp! Never seen THAT in a book before! So, like I said, this book is great if you're interested in some mindless action...just don't think too much.
If you liked the rest of the Joe Ledger books, then this is more of the same. If you liked the first and felt "meh" about the rest, then this book is similar to the rest of the sequels. If you haven't read any of the others, pick up Patient Zero (it's good!) and then keep in mind that the rest of the books are less intelligent, but just as much pulpy action.
I think Porter did an excellent job of capturing the emotion (mostly anger and fiery annoyance) of Ledger while reading this book. I enjoyed the narration quite a bit.
Willy Wonka of it
Good ole fun
Maybe not the EDGE, but it was extremely well paced. Mayberry cut down on all the interludes and such that plagued the last book (aptly titled king of plagues), and it's more manageable. I still think we could have done without most of them, but the pace was still good.
Mr Church as always.
No extreme reaction, but was very pleased with it.
Someone Audible recommended I follow dinged this book because they said the main character was just yelling at people the whole book. It actually had me putting off listening to it for a while.
I didn't get any of that. I think this was a well-paced book with very little in the way of pointless sweet nothings in conversation and interludes. It takes the series in a direction it's been leaning in for a while, but does it without going off the deep end.
Would definitely recommend.
I love the stories! Ray actually brings the characters to life with the way his voice inflections change; it's like you are right there with Capt Ledger. I can't wait for the next one!.......HURRY!!!
Non Stop Action!
The Dragon Factory, The King of Plagues.
Joe Ledger, Hugh Vox, Mr. Church.
The last 5 chapters..
Ray Porter did a smashing job as the main character Joe Ledger. Really captured the smart ass bad ass that we all know and love. 5 stars!
If you liked the other Joe Ledger books than this one will not disappoint. Fast paced with a bit of supernatural mystery and Joe's mouthy commentary. Lots of fight scenes like the previous books and some old and new characters. Listened to it in two days while doing some mundane tasks. It kept me quite entertained and I had a hard time putting it down when I needed to actually concentrate on something.
This book is a little big different from the other books in the series, but in a good way. I liked investigative feel rather then the fight fight fight approach in the other books.
1) I love Ghost and really feel for him in every encounter
2) I pretty much skipped over the 2000 year old flashbacks. They didn't add much to the story in reality.
3) For some reason the audio quality was a little lower in this book compared to the others. Not sure why.
4) Liked getting more details on Mr. Church. The unfolding of his character has been very well done.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
its good, not saying its not... i'm just worried a bit now.... Vampires.... why??? its just a bit weird .... anyways... its a good one.. not the best in this series, but a good one.
have a listen to it because there are very interesting events to the characters that are happening here.
It is a book that can keep your attention but was lacking in what i have come to expect from the Joe Ledger Novels. Most books have some sci-fi basis that seems unlikely but at least plausible (ex. Prions accelerated by parasites, weaponized pathogens created by a secret society). I found the antagonist completely unbelievable and the other characters acceptance of them far to swift. I would of liked more explication for their existence instead of bloodlines (Something more like I am Legend with aerobic bacteria). If you enjoyed the other Joe Ledger novels I would suggest you still buy and listen (it is at least entertaining, and features the same Joe Ledger we have all come to love), if you are new to this series I would start with Patient Zero.
He does a great job of separating each character with their own unique voice.
The best installment in the series.....Ray Porter as always nailed the performance.
Is this a real question? Joel Ledger
The entire book will have you captivated and not wanting to return to the daily grind...
The entire story and back story is well woven.
I'm ready for the next one...
Another book in the series.
I am only half through, but far enough to know it is another FANTASTIC book in the series, I only hope this is not the end...
The bestest ever
Not yet, but it is still a wonderful listen.
Yeah, Joe Ledger is the Bomb.