From multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry comes a major new thriller that combines the best of the New York Times best-selling books World War Z by Max Brooks and James Rollins’ Sigma Force Series to kick off the start of a new series featuring Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences.
When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle. This rapid-response group is called the Department of Military Sciences, or the DMS for short. It’s bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bioweapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Jonathan Maberry is the New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Ghost Road Blues, the first of a trilogy of thrillers with a supernatural bite. A professional writer and writing teacher, he has sold more than 1.000 articles, 17 nonfiction books, six novels, and two plays.
©2009 Jonathan Maberry (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Brilliant, shocking, horrifying, it puts the terror back in terrorist.” (James Rollins, New York Times best-selling author)
“Plenty of man-to-zombie combat, a team traitor and a doomsday scenario add up to a fast and furious read.” (Publishers Weekly)
"Jonathan Maberry has found a delightful voice for this adventure of Joe Ledger and his crew: while the action is heated, violent, and furious, the writing remains cool, steady, and low-key, framing all the wildness and exuberance in a calm rationality (given an almost comic edge) that renders it as palatable as your favorite flavor of ice cream." (Peter Straub)
Pretty good story and the main character is so real with emotions. But the action parts seem very run-of-the-mill action scenes: good guys are outnumbered, short on ammo (supposedly, but they seem to always have some at hand), and are about to be overwhelmed when someone saves them/they manage to defeat all of the threats.
I love action stories. I'm a big fan of Lee Child / Jack Reacher. The smart fighters are my favorite. Jonathan Maberry does an excellent job of describing martial arts techniques so the experienced and non-experienced alike can fully imagine the action. The villians are truly wicked, and the heroes are truly warriors. The story is smart, told in detail, and even though there were places where I guessed what was coming it didn't diminish how much I enjoyed listening to it. The characters have flaws that make them believable as humans. I was initially annoyed at the way Major Grace Cortland was described as having red-rimmed eyes as though she was always crying. I thought "Oh, great, a female character that COULD be strong but will be spoiled by being pathetic." I was wrong. She has the capacity for sensitivity that many may feel makes her seem weak, but I thought overall she proved her metal, and was always strong and in control when the situation required it. As a female practitioner of the martial arts I am routinely disappointed by female characters that are portrayed as weak victims. Ray Porter is a first-rate narrator. He added so much value to the reading of this book that really made the character of Joe Ledger come to life. I will continue with this series, and I truly hope I never grow bored!
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I have recommended this to several friends. They hate me for it. This series sets the bar pretty high and it may be hard to find a book to read afterwards that can keep your interest.
Joe Ledger, he says and does everything that we all wish we could do, while looking good and scoring hot babes along the way.
Church for the extremely tense calmness. One you start the book you will get it.
Toy's, He made me sick but at the same time I kinda like him its a very strange chemistry that guy has.
If you want to be literally glued to a series and worried what you are ever going to do after the series is over then read/listen to this book. BTW Ray Porter rocks. He is my new hero.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
Yes, Maberry keeps the action moving and uses different points of view to keep the readers up to speed as to what all the different plot lines are doing. As the story reaches the climax, he brings all the plots together in some explosive action sequences, which almost feel as frantic as being there. Even the action scenes in the rising action are exciting and make you want to keep listening.
Ray Porter does a great job with this type of book, and he was the narrator in one of my favorite books that we listened to last year 14 by Peter Clines. He does an outstanding job with dry humor and sarcasm and when it's time to be serious, he cuts to the chase. His cadence is perfect and brings excitement and the thrill to the action.
The titular hero in this case. Ledger has seen some crazy things both as a cop and now as part of the Department of Military Sciences. Hearing some of those stories would be really exciting and terrifying.
Really enjoyed the start to this series, and we're looking to hearing more of this series in the future and seeing what crisis Ledger and the DMS will try to stop next.
The psychological creep factor. If a book doesn't stay in my head after I've finished, then what's the point. This one creeped me out.
I pretty much did. My SO and I listened to it on a road trip. I was so immersed in the book's world, I kept expecting zombies to shamble onto the roadway any minute.
Less a zombie book than one would expect. The plot focuses more around a fictional area of the government focused on bringing down terrorists who are trying to bring the zombie creating plague down upon the world.
This book is a long series of cliches and stock characters. It never goes anywhere new or does anything particularly interesting withing the two genres it tries to span, spy thrillers and zombie stories.
As spy books go, it's pretty dull. Standard plot centering on (this is all presented pretty early in the book, so I'm not spoiling anything) Islamic fundamentalists bent on waging jihad with zombies created by a massive drug company that hopes to get crazy rich selling anti-zombie drugs even though it's clearly already very prosperous. But the billionaire owner just has to be a trillionaire, even though that means killing most of the world, because reasons.
The biggest suspense point in the story was the identity of the traitor in the group of mercenary heroes, but when the reveal came, I didn't care. None of the characters mattered much to me as they were little more fleshed out than the nicknames the protagonist gives them.
There are some good action sequences that are well described, no easy feat, and Ray Porter does a great job making the various characters distinct. In the end though, it just wasn't worth the time it took to listen.
Secret government agencies, mysterious characters, excellent narration, and lots of zombies - not really much more you could ask for here! Some of the best narration I've heard in a long time, a solid collection of characters, and plot twists that definitely will keep you guessing! Was a great listen and I'm really looking forward to book 2!
This was not the typical zombie story. It entails a new take on the whole zombie craze that is going around.
I could not pick just one, Ledger of course I liked but I also liked Top Simms and Bunny Rabbit.
Sword of the faithful
As soon as I got to the point in this book where I learned the protagonist would be fighting zombies I almost shut it off and gave up. I really didn’t want to listen to a story about zombies; I wanted action/adventure, not fantasy. I decided to stick with the story for a few more minutes. I’m glad I did.
The author did create a plausible explanation for the existence of these creatures and then wove a (mostly) believable story around getting rid of them. It’s actually harder to believe that Joe Ledger is as good as he is than to believe in the creation of zombies. Joe seems to have superhuman powers when it comes to any kind of combat, from guns to knives to bare hands. He’s able to bring down his enemies with shots to the head while both he and his target are moving. But I suppose that if Annie Oakley could make such shots there’s the possibility that someone else may be able to also.
The story was complicated enough to stay interesting and simple enough to follow even though I wasn’t completely focused on it all the way through. It also seemed to be just the right length.
The narrator is excellent, creating enough different voices that you always know which character is talking.
All in all, I can recommend this book if you like action and adventure. Don’t be put off by the zombies.
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