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)
The characters come off as if written by two different authors. One time a character is strong and confident, and 5 minutes later they can't make up their mind. For one example, the lead female character is strong, experienced soldier early in the book, and later in the book she acts like a 14 year old, uncertain girl. In another example, the main character disrespects everyone and acts like a jerk, but then is given command of everyone and everyone follows his orders without hesitation.
Good writing 101: Readers see through crap writing.
Probably not, as his writing style is not consistent, and it seems like no editor was involved to make sure the story is cohesive.
Good, Not great
(seriously, he did change his voice between characters, but not as good as other narrators have done... like Oliver Wyman, James Marsters, Michael Page or Jim Dale)
If you are looking for monsters (zombies, etc.) and more believable characters, more consistent writing style and a better story flow, I would suggest the writings of Jim Butcher, or Larry Correia.
This was a cheezy action movie in book form. the hero sounded like a whiter version of master chief from a halo video game. Hoo-Rah Sir Yes Headshot Sir! The only two female characters were marginalized as sidekick to the villain and love interest to the protagonist. all the muslims are terrorists. 9/11, blah blah blah, I wanted a horror story and this was a syfy original.
narrator did a great job of voice acting all the characters.
somewhat entertaining and requiring very little attention to follow
What a great book and reading! One of the best I have ever listened to on Audible. Has the wit and humor of Martian with the suspense of a zombie book.
I want to like this. I really do. I like the premise and it is well performed.. but I'm really struggling with the protagonist talking in the first person. He's not the narrator of others deeds, but the hero of the series. It feels like one of my own testosterone fueled day dreams (e.g. - where I'm the hero, rockstar, sage, star of the show, etc..) It gets old quick and it's hard to get invested from the point of view of "I said", "I did", "I knew" instead of "He said", "He did", "He knew". Sometimes Joe thinks and acts like me and it works great. Then sometimes he doesn't and when he doesn't from the 1st person it pops me out of the story. That just doesn't work.
I'm a few hours in, but I had to put this down for awhile. I switched to The Hunter From The Woods. The difference was night and day. Story yanked me in to it and nothing has popped me out. It so clearly illustrates that essential and fundamental difference between telling a story about a group of characters and telling yourself a story about yourself.. The former works SO much better for the reader (listener).
someone who is completely clueless about the anything to do with the Middle East, and the US Military
No, I do enjoy the genre, just not this author, reader, or this story. This book gets a 1 star because I can't give it less than that.
he really didn't do anything to make the characters seem alive, It was simply reading the story, and that was bad. seemed to be flat, paused at odd places and emphasized the wrong parts of the sentences
Disappointment mostly, and some anger. If the author had done more than EXTREMELY light research, it might have been alright.
There is a difference between being a smart mouth, and being ignorantly obnoxious, this character doesn't just cross that line, he sprints across it and doesn't even bother to care. having spent a number of years in the Military, and being the smart mouthed NCO, I can say this character would not have made it. If he wasn't kicked out for his attitude, he would not have been liked, or respected, by either his troops or his superiors.
Perhaps, just to make sure I got all the marrow from that bone, It is a long story with minute detail, so I could have missed something while not focused 100% on the book.
I'm not a big fan of the Zombie genre, but I do enjoy military fiction. This was an excellent balance of Military and supernatural that I was able to enjoy the ride. Joe Ledger's character is fun to get inside of, kind of like Lee Child's Jack Reecher or Ludlum's Jason Bourne. He's a bad@$$ with his own moral compass, but one that is pointed in a decent direction
Mr. Porter did an exceptional job reading the story. My biggest pet peeve with audio books is when a narrator so interferes with the story that you cannot get into it; Ray was a natural. So much so, that you forget about the reader and it was like a movie going on in your head. Characters, accents, cadence, everything was very very good.
Great beginning to a series, looking forward to the rest.
"evil wins when good men do nothing "quote
I'm only part way through, but the narrator is fantastic and the story is fantastic! So what! if our hero is perfect in a rugged sort of way.He can be my hero anytime.As far as story line other reviews have summed it up well. (Who wants to work when you have a decent book to listen too. :).
First off - I really didn't like the narrator. Especially when he did the British guy's voice.
The writing was very cheap paperback... but what can I say - I did enjoy it. Couldn't really "put it down"
It's worth a credit if you like thrillers.
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
I normally don't go in for zombie stuff, but my daughter "coerced" me into watching the Walking Dead with her and now I'm hooked on it. Clearly without Joe Ledger that is what would have come to pass!! (Normally I hate spoilers, but if you're reading the review of a book obviously about zombies and the first in a detective/spook series, you pretty much have it already.) Remarkably this book even makes The Walking Dead quite believable.
I'll definitely go for the next book in the series, as I learned to like these characters pretty easily. The narration if perfect for the characters and the genre. As cool as the old Dragnet no nonsense dialogue except with emotion. It's definitely a can't-put-downer and has helped fill the gap until the onset of the next season of The Walking Dead. Enjoy!
I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.
Absolutely love these series and the narration is fantastic! A must have and I hope to see more in this story line.
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