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...
If asked to recommend one series, the Joe Ledger series would be at the top of my list from a quality of story and character recommendation.
The continuation of Joe, Mr. Church, Ghost and the gang, with a great new global threat.
Joe, without hesitation. He has brought the swagger and personality to this character. When Jonathan Maberry is writing the stories, how can he not imagine the dialogue in Ray's voice?
Yes, but I hate to wait another year for the next.
I love audible!!!
Jonathan Maberry has become one of my favorite authors. His charters are full of life the way he describes them. The detail is all there it's like I'm watching a movie in my mind when listening to his books. Ray Porter voice is the only voice I want to hear his voice is Joe ledger. Must read you will not be disappointed.
I thoroughly enjoy Ray Porters reading style and it fits really well with the brilliant stories from Jonathan Maberry about Joe Ledger.
He IS the voice of Joe Ledger. and I don't think I would get it right in my own mind.
Yes and no. *SPOILERS*At first I was really put off by all that talk about aliens. It kind of deminished all the other entities from the previous books, like it was hard to comprehend that vampires, super soldiers, zombies etc. would co-exist with aliens, but Mahberrys angle on the subject was plausible and "toned down" enough to slowly win me over and really start enjoying the story without making the universe (of the series) hard to believe in.... And I want to believe.*SPOILERS*
Had this been a seperate book I would probably have given it 5 stars for the story aswell, but the 4 stars reflects that tough beginning, where I was of two minds to either put it down or keep reading. I'm glad I chose the latter.
This is by far the best one yet, the performance is fanatic despite the sarcasm not being portrayed as well as it could. Overall I love this series and eagerly look forward to the next.
I thoroughly enjoy Maberry's Joe Ledger series, and this book was no exception. The story was great; the narrator was perfect. I highly recommend this book!
I was sucked in from the beginning & didn't want to stop listening. The story is exciting- full of action & fascinating ideas. You're not sure which people are the good guys & which ones are the bad guys. I suspected some of the ending, but not until very close to the end & even then there were some things that I hadn't seen coming. Really a good story - the president is kidnapped & no one can explain how. Several different government & private sector agencies are involved in what goes on afterwards. There's some talk of aliens & some weapons that seem to be from out of this world. There's some involvement from other countries, especially China. This was my first Joe Ledger book & I'll definitely be reading more.