When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.
Accompanied by the beautiful assassin called Violin, Joe follows a series of clues to find the Book of Shadows, which contains a horrifying truth that threatens to shatter his entire worldview. They say the truth will set you free… Not this time. The secrets of the Assassin’s Code will set the world ablaze.
©2012 Jonathan Maberry (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
"Maberry delivers plenty of action." (Publishers Weekly)
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
IT WAS SO GOOD, AND IT ENDED TOO FAST!!!!!!!!!!
Joe feels better now, he and his team is on a mission, nothing special(Supernatural).
Mission was a success and everything was OK up until everything comes apart!!!!
He receives an information that makes him tremble in fear.
He is attacked by someone who cannot exist.
The old enemies are showing their hand
The mysterious organization is hunting him down
Even The Holy Inquisition decided to get in this business
When Joe tells everything to Mr Church(Bishop, Priest), he receives a clear orders to run do not try to fight, run!!!!!
One more masterpiece from Jonathan Maberry
NEXT BOOK IS "EXTINCTION MACHINE"
This title will be released on March 26, 2013
The story arc continues as some of the villains from The King of Plagues are behind a new threat to the world based in the Middle East. In Iran for a rescue mission, Echo team and Joe Ledger are tipped off that seven, or more, nukes are in the hands of an ancient order known as the Red Knights and are currently planted around the world. With an end game that intends to turn the world into a radioactive mess the DMS has very little time to come up to speed and formulate a response. With Ghost at his side, Joe Ledger starts to reveal just who these Red Knights are and he is having a hard time believing what he finds. After all, vampires aren't real, right?
Turns out this threat goes all the way back to the 9th century and is part of an ancient pact that gives new context to the war between Islam and Christianity. Although they do drink blood, these Red Knights aren't traditional vampires and don't propagate by biting others and turning them. In fact, they have a hard time keeping their numbers up at all and their strength is dwindling as they suffer from problems with inbreeding. That is until the modern science of genetics allows them to engineer a solution. This discovery prompts them to decide to alter the world into a radioactive wasteland where they can flourish since it turns out that they are immune to radiation. This armageddon scenario also has ties to prior books as both Hugo Vox, former member of the Seven Kings, and Nicodemus, the enigma who inexplicably escaped his prison cell in The King of Plagues, return to play key roles within the Red Knights' scheme.
This story moves along at a frantic pace and jumps around between multiple points of view and between the past and the present. The usual cast of characters from the DMS is also involved but Joe and Ghost do the heavy lifting and they are pushed to the brink. Joe's inner personalities fall out of balance as the pressure builds and he does some things that he instantly regrets. With Rudy a world away he must fight his inner demons on his own but he does find some new allies along the way too. This one builds to a big finale and I definitely recommend it for Joe Ledger fans.
Ray Porter does another great narration and at this point any switch away from him for the audiobooks would just not be the same. He is the voice of Joe Ledger.
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
When I first stumbled upon my first Joe Ledger book, I loved it. The plot was outlandishly fantastical, the action non-stop, and the main character likeable. The amazing narration of Ray Porter did nothing but enhance my enjoyment of the adventure. The second and third books I liked progressively less, for reasons provided in my other reviews; but I still thought they were a fun way to spend a little time.
Now, with the fourth installment, I feel some sort of corner has been turned. Our hero, who always had a sarcastic, irreverent sense of humor and a chip on his shoulder, seems to have just turned angry. Through the entire book, he yelled at everyone – friends, co-workers, strangers, vampires, ageless-vampire-fighter-ladies, his boss, you name it. It was so over the top – the sheer breadth and depth of his aggression…and ironically, the same narration that I got so much enjoyment out of previously now did nothing but exacerbate the issue. Ray Porter seemed to have thrown everything he had at every rude, impatient, and sarcastic line. I wondered at times if perhaps the story could have been more enjoyable if the reading was done with a more tempered interpretation of dialogue. By the end, I just couldn’t take the anger anymore.
Would I read a fifth installment, when each book thus far has (for my taste) been a step down from the previous? I’m not sure yet. I have to admit to considering it, mostly for the mysterious “Church”; I find him fascinating, and get the impression there is a significant back story that is being slowly laid out. I even have a personal theory there may be more reason for those yellow glasses than we yet know – but I could be way off base with that.
Another audible reviewer I respect and avidly follow recently pointed out that a low star review is not a mean review – and I hope this isn’t taken as such. I just found it impossible to root for or enjoy a character as unpleasant as this one is becoming. Here’s hoping Joe can work through some of his anger issues before we join him for Book 5.
The story just keeps pounding away at all of you it hits you like Echo Team breaching a room, flash bangs to her heart and soul!
It holds you like a lovers embrace or an Assassin's hands around your throat!
The last 1 1/2 hours will have you sitting in your drive way not wanting to leave the story to go in the dam house!
This book is the best so far, I have been on board this ride since Patient Zero the writing of Jonathan Mayberry is some the best I have ever had the pleasure to listen to and Ray Potter’s narration deserves some sort of award, ( do audio books have Oscar’s?). I have led at times a life of violence at times, some it just and unjust, the conflicts with in Joe Ledger are conflicts I had and still have, if nothing it’s a cathartic time when I read these books, to have my thoughts given voice. Mr. Mayberry do not stop, do what ever you need to do to keep going with this! I need to hear more tales of the things in night who take aim by the light of hero’s to give them a chance!
As is usual with the Ledger series it was a massively entertaining and well researched fiction. I always learn something reading this series. Ray Porter's performance is nothing short of amazing. He doesn't simply narrate. He acts.
Joe Ledger and Ray Porter are absolute gold together. I always look forward to seeing... (hearing) what good ol' Joe is gonna get himself into next.
Joe is always excellent thanks to the author and the narrator. I would like to thank both of you for your efforts and time and for my enjoyment.
These books are literary junk food, but I love them. Salty, greasy, delicious junk food.
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