Captain Joe Ledger - former cop, former Army Ranger, and currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world's most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction, designer bioweapons, cutting-edge transgenics…real mad-scientist stuff.
If they have to call Joe Ledger - it's already hit the fan.
Joe Ledger: Special Ops collects several of the Ledger short stories and presents two brand-new tales exclusive to this volume. Bonus features include character profiles and a never-before-published glimpse behind the scenes of the Department of Military Sciences.
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I've enjoyed all of Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger books. Special Ops has 9 short stories (several of which are available for purchase individually on Audible).
Ray Porter does an excellent job narrating in all the Joe Ledger books.
9 Joe Ledger short stories:
1. Countdown (prequel story to Patient Zero)
2. Zero Tolerance (takes place a few weeks after Patient Zero)
3. Deep Dark (takes place after the events of Patient Zero)
4. Material Witness (takes place several weeks after Patient Zero)
5. Changeling (after events in The Dragon Factory)
6. Mad Science (takes place after the events of Assassin's Code)
7. Artifact (no info)
8. The Handyman Gets Out (no info)
9. Borrowed Power (set between Assassin's Code & Extinction Machine)
Joe Ledger, of course
It's a bunch of shorts. Let me help everyone. Chapter 1 is a prequel to the entire series. Chapter 2 is several week after Patient Zero. Chapter 4 takes place after Zero Tolerance. Chapter 3 is a Prequel to the Dragon Factory. Chapter 6 is after the Dragon Factory. Chapter 8 is after Assassin's Code. Chapter 11 between Assassin's Code & Extinction Machine. Chapter 9 is after after Code Zero. Chapter 10 is after Code Zero. The only short NOT in this complication is Dog Days.
I have not. But since I'm finished with Mr. Ledger until the next one comes out, I've just ordered and am downloading another book solely because Ray Porter is narrating.
Really? Don't make me choose between Church, Joe, Bunny or Top. Don't make me do it.
Ray Porter brings these books to life. That being said, ALL of these shorts tell huge stories between the full Ledger books. You learn ALOT. Don't pass them up.
Well, I love the Joe Ledger stuff. This collection of new and old short stories was as awesome as the novels.
Yep! It was great to finally get a sliver of Mr. Church's backstory. I have a million questions after hearing "Changeling" and I hope Mr. Maberry revisits that story line at some point.
He is Joe Ledger. His performance ,as always, is superb.
The fight scene where Joe admits defeat. And (in a different story) I laughed out loud at Joe's "naked" fighting style.
This series is absolutely the best thing going. Keep it coming, Mr. Maberry. WRITE FASTER!!!
Willy Wonka of it
A few of the tales in this book were in the last collection, and some others appeared elsewhere. That threw me off at first since I started skipping through stories and ended up missing half of one I hadn't heard.
That said, they're all top-notch as usual. I especially enjoyed changeling, which added some more mysteries to the overall Joe Ledger universe.
I also enjoyed the last story in the collection, which starts off years ago and actually follows Mr Church before the DMS was formed before catching up to the present with Joe. It was good to hear a bit more of St. Germaine
This book is a series of short stories that take place in timelines around those featured in the novels. While not required, I think these stories are best enjoyed once you have finished all the main novels. There are some "spoilers" in the short stories when the characters refer to events that happened at the conclusions of the different novels.
Even though the book consists of stand-alone stories, there is some context-setting at the beginning of each that explains when/where each one takes place.
Each story is substantial enough to be enjoyed in its own right. It actually felt similar to a regular Joe Ledger novel since those tend to be a series of action-packed episodes back to back anyway.
To me, it was every bit as enjoyable as any of the other novels, which means it was a rocking 5-star listen.
And there is an awesome bonus story at the end. An interview between Jonathan Maberry (the author) and Ray Porter (the narrator). It offers really terrific insight into how Ray goes about preparing for and recording the novels. It is also clear that Jonathan is as big a Ray Porter fan as I am! Worth the price of a credit all by itself. Enjoy!
Or any other of Maberry's other short stories, then most stories in this book have already been published.
I listened to the Missing Files book, and read 2 others from Amazon, so only one story was new to me.
If you haven't already listened to Joe Ledger, Missing Files, then this a great addition to the Ledger series.
Just a heads up.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
Action Adventure supense
Too many to name enjoyed the new agents and their reactions to the unknown
Near the end with the crowds in the casinos
Dr Rudy to ask him if he felt I was nuts along with everyone else around Ledger
Hopefully Mr Mayberry will continue to write more for our enjoyment
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
YEA, I WATCH CNN, LIFE SUCKS, GET TO THE POINT
If you have listened to Missing Files, then you have already heard the first four stories, which is why I wish Audible would list all stories in all anthologies. Several reviewers have done that so, I won't repeat them. If you are a Joe Ledger fan, I do not think you will be disappointed in any of these stories. Some of these claim to have spoilers for some of the books. I have only read the first three books, and instead of being spoilers, they just made me more anxious to get caught up on the series.
IF YOU LOOK TO CLOSELY FOR LOGIC, YOU'LL INJURE YOURSELF
Since these are stand alone stories, you will get several repeated introductions. You will hear what a freak computer, Mind Reader, is and it being a ghost several times. You get introduced to Mr. Church often. James Bond is referenced a lot. You are repeatedly told to use a small caliber gun when shooting someone in the head. It will bounce around in the head, causing much brain damage. Yea, Say and a Fragment of time or moment or also often used. Ledger and Doctor Who don't get along, etc...
I SAT THERE, COOKIELESS
Oh, Yea Mr. Church eats only vanilla cookies, instead of having the chocolate goodness of an Oreo. I know to some, these type of books may seem sophomoric and I will not argue with that, but to a lot of us guys this is like Romance Novels to girls. I love this Mad Scientist, genetically altered, freaks and monsters and super humans. It may be silly, but it entertains me and helps me forget the mundane parts of life. Passes the time and makes the miles go by faster. If you have not tried Maberry, get Patient Zero, a great Zombie and Joe Ledger book.
Ray Porter is Joe Ledger
Say something about yourself!
Maberry and Porter did it again! Great short stories! If you already have the missing files there are some repeats but the new stories are worth it!
There is an interview at the end btwn Mayberry and Porter which was an interesting quick listen.
loved this, it filled in background to all the stories, it is narrated superbly as usual and makes you live in the story.
This is in effect a series of short stories which was not what I was expecting. Some of the characters and technology are explained several times and I found this rather disappointing, I while pay more attention to the synopsis next time.
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