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)
I loved this book. I am giving it five stars across the board because as soon as I was done listening, I went on to read the next one immediately, and then the entire series. In fact I would say I enojyed them all, perhaps the last one was my least favorite. So, if you are looking for a book that you could continue following the stories of some of the characters for a few books, then I highly recommend this series.
The story is non-stop, action packed and filled with such expletive detail both fiction and non that you can believe that this may be a first hand report from a tactical operation. I am a 21 year veteran of the US Army and have known operators as well as called them friends, this series honors what those men and women do for us that we will never know and can never truely apprciate... Take Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, Ethan Hunt and Jet Li and you have Joe Ledger.
As I said before, non-stop, action packed and takes the characters to the brink of human endurance and beyond. The author lets you into the characters minds and souls. Some you like what you see because you see yourself in them, others you don't because he lets you see the ugliness that humans posses in their souls. A deep meaningful message wrapped in the candy coating of and action thriller...
By far, Mr. Church... Reminded me of John F. Kennedy in voice and mannerisms blended with the finality of God!!!!
I would love to have a long conversation with Mr. Church, his easy calm, his assuring presence and decades of experience would make and evening of intrigue and a realization of the harsh realities that surround us.
As a frequent listener of romance and erotica, I don’t buy these types of books often. And my taste might make it harder to interest me. But this book did it with no problem.
Like Patterson’s Zoo, this story left me looking over my shoulder. I think this crap could actually happen based on the way this author formed this story. It’s almost too plausible, which was both great and frightening. The start of this book got me interested very early on, though I was irritated with the date and time-stamp chapter introductions. Eventually, that info sort of faded into the background for me and, a few times, it helped me to get a clear idea of how long people had been engaged in something. So I begin to appreciate it a little, though not always. I liked that this very smart book also had sly humor and had no unnecessary wordiness or details. And, as a smart book, the unveiling of the guilty folk confounded me, and I loved it. The author’s ability to seamlessly move from hint after hint to the slow reveals was beautiful. I enjoyed feeling like a dufus It doesn’t happen often enough in the book I listen to/read. I also loved how the humanity—both the good and the bad sides—were honestly shown and made relevant to the acts of the characters. It had great plausibility and depth to this story. It was crazy amazing to see the adaptation of the characters/beings in the story. It helped me to remember this was fiction b/c it was frighteningly plausible at times.
Near the end of the story, there was a bit too much love-drama between the wealthy, American mastermind of the zombie conspiracy and his Middle Eastern, married, female co-conspirator, but it was a rare negative in this book. Near the end, it was also a bit irritating how Joe managed to survive an especially difficult attack of several zombies against one person, him. But, the story detailed his great skills early in the story; in fact, that’s why he was chosen. So it was plausible, even if I was left thinking “Really?!”Also, some listeners might be irritated by the interjection of tactile acts or skills, explanations of why a certain move worked or won’t work. But it didn’t detract from the story for me. I don’t know whether that info is right or not, so it just seemed to prove the author’s knowledge about fighting or killing skills. This story continues.
And as great as this story is, the narrator is just as great. It’s a perfect combo.
I would absolutely listen to this book again. There are so many sciences behind this story that I actually paused a few times to look things up. Completely believable to the point of sending a chill down my spine.
At first, my favorite character was, obviously, Joe. But after listening to the entire book, I fell in love with Grace. She is such a badass.
I got chills every time I heard Gault.
The moment they entered the first facility that had the children in the cage, I almost burst into tears.
Excellent writing, excellent narration. I will be listening to the rest of the series for sure. Totally addicted to Joe Ledger.
Not especially. I got it with the daily deal and it was probalby worth the $5ish I paid for it but definiately not worth a credit.
The book had plenty of action but it's mostly bland.
Ray did a good job narrating. I'd listen to other books he's read.
The characters are this books weakness.
They're flat and never really touch on being anything more than 2D cardboard cutouts.
Of the only two women characters in the novel, one of them spends half the time crying, in tears, eyes rimmed in red, eyes puffy, etc.
Of course, both of the women are amazingly beautiful.
Of the first half of the book, all I can remember is how much time was spent on how amazing the main character is. There was literally a scene around a board table with two people watching a video and the man quizzing the woman on how awesome he is after every bit.
At best the main character is just a generic bad-ass, does whatever he wants, huge smart ass but his super serious boss who takes no crap from no one is okay with it, gets the girl who didn't like him after spending only one day in combat together because he's just that amazing, smartest person in the room and knows how to do it all, beats up people because he can, cookie cutter character.
Is it just me or does it seem weird to be reading a review on an audio site? It is, that is why there is a record button for reviews......
First off, Ray Porter you rock as a narrator. Seriously one of my favorite to listen to I can not imagine anyone else narrating Joe voice.
As someone else mentioned this book falls more into a Military/Horror area in my opinion. What Maberry did with this book to really sell me on it was he took something as cliche as the "zombie apocalypse" took modern day science and showed how, hypothetically it could be created in a lab today. From there the action ratchets up to 10 and the rest of the story is about following Ledger and his team work to prevent this from happening.
Soooo how is this different, still seems cliche right? Well a good chunk of this story is spent on the damage that Ledger and his team suffer because of there job. I am not talking about cuts or bullet wounds I am talking about honest to god emotional/mental trauma and Maberry weaves these aspects into the story seamlessly as to drive the empathy hammer home for the characters you are following. That right there made it possible for me to really get into the characters of this story and enjoy this fast paced thriller.
The story in of itself is simple in nature when compared to other books. But I swear I can continuously come back to this book for a good reliable listen. Book 2: The Dragon Factory is by far my favorite out of all the books in this series.
I would definitely recommend the audio over the print version due to the sheer talent of Ray Porter. If there is one audio book to try, let it be this one.
One of a kind so far. I found a new author to add to my favorites list.
The voice and personality of Joe Ledger is only brought to life by Ray Porter. Joe Ledger is an all time favorite character out of all the various book I have read.
Don't want to spoil anything.
I like to drive and run while listening to audiobooks, but at home I like to pick up a different book that I am reading myself. In this case, I listened to the audiobook in the car, while running, and at home. Could not believe the job Ray Porter does as Joe Ledger.
Don't get me wrong, I can see why this book may be popular....but it's not for me. I forced myself to listen all the way through, I kept thinking it could get better, but it never did.
It's almost like the author watched all the cheesy 80s and early 90s movies and checked off every tired cliché he could find....he even has a bad guy gloat while holding the good guy at gun point.
To be fair, I enjoyed the action scenes and there are a fair number of them, it's just unfortunate that there was such a flimsy plot line filled with cheesy dialog and stereotypical bad guys from the Muslim extremist to the greedy billionaire.
This story would be a great Van Dammed movie from 1992, but not so great as a novel.
I would recommend this one to a friend who finds the science interesting.
Yes. I don't usually get into the zombie books, bit this one is more a thriller which happens to have zombies.
I have not listened to Ray Porter performances before, but love his style. I have already downloaded the second book in the series in large part due to his performance.
Yes, it took me about 4 but only because I had to go to work at some point!
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