Okay, I really enjoy all of the Joe Ledger books, this one included. Yes, it requires some suspension of belief; yes, it has some plot hiccups; YES, it has some weird stuff that happens and some un or under developed characters.
It is still good stuff and thoroughly entertaining. The issues are minor and easily ignored unless you are OCD or a whiney punk.
However, RAY PORTER IS AN ABSOLUTE MASTER. This book is beautifully narrated. Period. Porter is that good.
Take a listen and find out. If you are new to the series, starting at the beginning will make things more clear to you, as Mayberry is not huge on back filling some of the holes that exist if you are not familiar with the characters or the story arc.
It's not my favorite Joe Ledger, but it was good enough and I can't say I didn't enjoy it.
The sheer imagination!!! Yes, you've read books about aliens, and books about spies and secret government agencies, and books where the bad guys are really, really bad and the good guys are really, really good...but the way Maberry combines all these things makes all his Joe Ledger novels an absolute joy ride. You'll gasp. You'll laugh. (You might even cringe a little when Joe acts a little too macho even for Joe.) But you will not be able to put the book down. Download. And enjoy.
Considering that I have a reading disorder, the Audible compamy has quenched a great day of time with Audible as my greatest personal fre
Mr. Maberry had me hooked on this series all the way.
This last(?) installment of the Joe Ledger series was funny, believable, unbelievable, and vivid in the minds eye.
When I stated "unbelievable I meant it literally, and yet the author (and Amazing Narrator Mr. Porter) were able to spin it into an actual masterpiece of a novel. I wish to say so much but being a "spoiler" is not my game. Even though my analytic side of my brain was yelling"; This Is Stupid" the creative side of my mind trumped it with the excitement.
This book has 70%+ of narrative dialogue that easily destroys many Authors published works. (Even Mr. King has killed good books this way) This is a novel that keeps you listening to every, self absorbed and arrogant moment of Joe Ledger. His descriptive and essential character building, and dialogues are essential to this book. It just "Makes" you keep listening and waiting in anticipation. I only recall a few books that can get away with this and they are usually Award Winning Documentaries that Narrative and descriptive writing is the basis of the book. (A couple of these are "Outlaw Platoon", by Parnell and "The Outpost", By Tapper)
Please, I urge anyone who has an open mind and enjoys Thrillers, buy this series. Yes the whole series. You won't be disappointed.
This book ROCKS! The entire Joe Ledger books is one of the BEST series overall! Johnathan Mayberry is a fascination, Ray Porter a magnificent narrator, Joe Ledger is who everyone wants to have on their side when the going gets tough and Mr Church the cool calculating chief of command, Rudy the shrink and Joe's best friend. Extinction was well worth the wait and unfortunately too quickly listened too. Ray Porter does an amazing job with all of the characters voices and really does Joe justice. It has everything you would want to find in a book: a plot with depth, real life people facing incredible odds, my God from zombies to aliens Joe and Echo Team kick ass. The story takes its time building a solid plot interspersed with action and lots of questions to keep you involved and thinking, pulling you in.. a long with Ghost, Joe's war dog extraordinaire. If you like intelligent fast action willing to take anything evil down this is it....Read this then catch the series, it will never disappoint...except for the time you must wait to get to the next one, that is what I must do again.... Looking to download another Ray Porter narration just to keep a part of it still going...
Listening to good books from around the world, in the comfort of home....
This might just be the best Joe ledger book I have listened to date. J Mayberry has yet again cranked up his creative mind, brought in space travelers(that you never meet by the way...what a smart way od introducing alien presence.
The president vanishes, and after a lot of incompetent finger pointing, Joe, Me Church and many top level are thrown under the bus by the VP as he steps up to take the reigns of power.
We all know of the legendary men in black, and now they possess a little black book,and a number od pieces of space artifac from crash sites from around the world...there is a small group of peopl I control of the space treasures and they are attempting to take over the world, and destroy anyone or thing that gets in their way.
Joe gets a new love interest...but their future is questionable, Rudy is badly injured and his future is not looking good. The world hangs in the balance and it's not looking like a joke....
What am I saying Joe s our hero...tune in find out for your self. It's all good and you'll laugh out loud and enjoy a fast action thrill a moment shoot Em up book that will leave you happy you listened to The Extincion Machine
There was way too many things going on in this novel compared to the others in the series. I understand the outlandish things that Joe Ledger goes through, but this time, it just seemed like everything was forced and Ledger was thrown in as a "by the way" kind of thing.
I loved all of the characters Ray portrayed. For a single person read, he gives great distinctions and depth to all of his characters. I think Mr. Church/Deacon is probably one of my favorites.
To be completely honest, Extinction Machine was stupid and I didn't care for the storyline all too much. Which is saying a lot considering everything else the group in this series has dealt with. This book should be removed from the series, or rewritten. It seemed rushed and out of place. It reminded me too much of National Treasure (and not in a good way).
Love the Joe Ledger stories! Aliens! Ray Porter makes it all comes to life. This is my second time through this book while waiting for more Ledger stories
Jonathan Maberry, thank you. I'm happy now because there are many yet unheard adventures waiting for me. I'll probably curse you for not writing faster before too long, though. Ray Porter, thank you. You show respect for the story and voice a fascinating Joe Ledger.
Jonathan Maberry & Ray Porter a dynamic duo, makes for great experience especially for Joe's personality