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)
As a fan of zombie novels, movies, etc., I found this to be a refreshing take. It was a completely new origin of the zombie virus, and a point of view that I haven't seen before!
This book was actually able to get my husband interested in a novel, which is nothing short of amazing. The story was so interesting and performed so well that he couldn't wait to hear more!
I haven't listened to any of Ray Porter's other performances, but I can promise I will again. He was fantastic! He transitioned seamlessly between characters (something very many audiobooks are lacking) and simply put, he WAS Joe Ledger. I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job! I've just purchased the 2nd and 3rd Joe Ledger novels and cannot wait to listen to them!
I can't say enough good things about this novel. The writing was fantastic and original. The story kept my interest for every second of its nearly 15 hour length. And Ray Porter is amazing! If you have any interest at all in zombies, please please please read/listen to this book. You will not be disappointed!
Blows your mind!
When Joe and 'the Fighter
I enjoy his work very much, he is one of the better narrators out there.
And you thought zombies were fake...
I highly recommend all the Joe Ledger books. Narrator is great and the story line seems to really be based on science fact... just plain scary to think about and it sucks you in.
Just when I thought that an intelligent zombie novel was an oxymoron, I took a chance with this one. Maberry uses prions to explain how zombies just might be created. The premise is treated seriously, without resorting to snarky fantasy. Ray Porter is a truly talented narrator, handling multiple accents with ease. I have listened to literally hundreds and hundreds of audiobooks and I don't give praise like this frequently. If you like action fiction with wit, intelligence, and, yes, even a little well-written sensuality you will not be disappointed.
I've been branching out trying new authors and very much liked this book. I was unsure about buying it, but glad I did. I'm not sure if I read the entire description because I was surprised when i got into the book. Good storyline, loved the characters, lots of action and I thought it was believable. Not for the faint at heart, but definitely a good read. Was very pleased with this book and would buy more from this author. Bonus was it was on the $4.95 sale! I feel like I cheated Audible :)
Oh absolutely! I love books that while maybe the story line isn't funny, the commentaries that go on inside of the characters are funny.
The Dresden Files Series. Harry Dresdan has such a great sense of humor of himself, and so does Joe Ledger. The thoughts in his head make me laugh outright at the wierdest times while I'm listening
I'm not totally crazy about all of his character
I listen to audio books while I'm on the road (which I am my entire work day) and I find myself laughing out loud, or even commenting...
WHEN IS THE NEXT JOE LEDGER BOOK DUE???? I want more!
I'm not into Zombie/Monster books...This book never really felt like one. It was a fun listen. The character development was excellent. Ray Porter did a very nice job with character voices.
Story put together well enough to be very disturbing. Creative story line and action. Starting on 2nd book immediately
Action in the lab
Aires male -- often butts head against reality
As many previous reviewers get right, this book has the pulpy feel of a novelized made-for-TV movie. But I disagree with those who dismiss this book as juvenile fiction. Maberry has taken pains to paint the scenery, mount the sets, and choreograph the actors. It takes patience to fully enjoy this verisimilitude, and today's attention-deficit teen would have his finger on the fast forward button for much of this, missing half the point of the novel.
I'm relatively new to sci-fi recordings. Is there a sub-genre called
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
I think the narrator did a great job with what words he was supposed to read, but that's the trick - sometimes the words just can't be read without sounding cheesy. This book reminded me of when you watch a low-budget cop show... cheesy lines read cheesy-ly. Doesn't mean it can't be fun, but just wasn't what I was looking for.
Yes, action packed, hard to put down.
The liberty bell celebration that went terribly wrong and the story was told minute by minute really drew out the suspense.
Enjoyed the gruesome details, made me squeemish just listening. The voice of Rudy couldn't decide if he had a hispanic accent, a scottish accent sometimes a mixture of both. If you are going to narrate in a certain accent, make sure you can carry it off through the whole story.
Yes, very exciting, especially at the end.
Immediately looked for a second in the series, enjoyed the Joe Ledger character a lot.
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