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Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4 | [Jonathan Maberry]

Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

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.
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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

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"Maberry delivers plenty of action." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Elizabeth Alaska 01-24-14
    Elizabeth Alaska 01-24-14 Member Since 2012

    Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...

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    "J. Mayberry and R. Porter do it again!"

    Another rollicking storyline and more masterful, entertaining and fantastic narration by Ray Porter. Love it when the voice *is* the character. No one else could do Joe Ledger like this! Really enjoying this series. Action, good story building, good characters and some gore---but nothing you have to take too seriously.

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    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 08-31-13
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Go Joe"
    What did you love best about Assassin's Code?

    I always enjoy the challenges And you never know what echo team will be running into. Beasties, vamps, newbies. I also like the way Jonathon Maberry brought in an older series in this one. It was not in this book persist but bears mentioning.
    The Pine Deep Trilogy was my first read by Maberry. Recommended by a family member when I first got a reader. I'm hooked!


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of It. The characters are so real and your either routing for them, hating them or scared of them.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ray is one of the top three. I will search out a book looking for narration first because the narrator IS the story. His voice vocabulary is amazing. Child, man, women, or beasties..Ray Porter is a PRO.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course


    Any additional comments?

    I am sad the series ended...or I think it did.If there are more PLEASE make sure the narrator IS Ray or his equivalent. A great author and great book can be ruined with poor narration.

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    Books and Crannies Recycled New Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-13
    Books and Crannies Recycled New Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "J.I., V.I., M.S."

    I highly recommend reading this book (and the others in the series) to find out what this code means. The concept of the bad guys is out there...wayyy out there, but I love that Cpt. Ledger's reaction is as incredulous as my own.

    Ray Porter's narration is fantastic! I listen to everything I can find read by this guy.

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    Beemaster Manchester, NJ 06-09-13
    Beemaster Manchester, NJ 06-09-13 Member Since 2014

    Beemaster

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    "Red Dots on your shirt... here comes the whoop-ass"
    If you could sum up Assassin's Code in three words, what would they be?

    Ledger Loves Ghost - not to simplify this novel, but just as all Dean Koontz books have underlying love stories, Assassin's code is a book about a man and his dog - with atomic bombs, vampires, black-ops, rescue missions and settings deep in Iraq all thrown in to support the interaction of Ledger and his faithful dog Ghost.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Church. Here is a man who could speed dial the President and he'd stop a live Whitehouse Briefing to answer the phone. Church has grown to get the reader's respect with his insight, contacts, knowledge, faith in his team and his vulnerabilities which are all deep layers of Mr. Church.If I could change one thing about Church is his height. No kidding, Church is a 6 foot 1 and I have known people in my life who have had great responsibility and power and FEW were over 5 foot 7. It would be nice to see a character that didn't fit stereotypical frames.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my 4th Joe Ledger book and I am glad I lucked upon the series. I try my best to explain to my coworkers that these are Black-ops modern warfare books but with twists like zombie and vampires - they don't get that DNA manipulation and selective breeding is creating creatures that so seamlessly fit in these novels.That is what mankes the Joe Ledger books so special, there is a real niche for us horror/black-ops fans - I know that sounds like country/techo/rap music but without the creatures in Ledger books, I don't think these stories would grab the attention as they do with its fan base.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The one relationship that Ledger treasures is with his dog Ghost. After losing Grace, a character not developed as well as some books would have layered her in, we all rooted for her and Ledger and their relationship, Ghost though is different.He is faithful and knows more hand-signals than Coco the Gorilla and he is an extension of Ledger, more powerful ears, eyes and smell. He can take a man down faster than a double tap, one to the chest, one to the head.To see Ghost (no spoiler) in this story brings he and Ledger closer together than ever and how important Ghost is to the sanity of what has happened since his days as a Baltimore cop.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was far better than the last, which frankly ended too quickly, had some characters that you neither liked nor loved to hate. It is BAD people that make Ledger especially good and book three lacked all but Vox, who in this novel grows into a much more villainous character.I still wonder about Top, he is a character that confuses me - I swear I wonder who's side he is on, which I guess is exactly how Top supposed to be. As Oliver North said when testifying "You don't understand Senator,,, if you knew who I am, than I wouldn't be doing my job. Better put - I would likely be dead."Joe Ledger books seem to focus each book on a few of the team members, expanding our knowledge of them like adding layers to onions. I like that format NOW that I understand it - I'm sure some readers might give up thinking the characters are shallow, but between the grand interludes that literally bring us two books in one and the cliff hangers of each chapter, Maberry knocked this one out of the park for me.

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    Dawn 06-03-13
    Dawn 06-03-13
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    This is one of my favorite series to read. Looking forward to more! (?)

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    michael WOODVILLE, OHIO, United States 03-06-13
    michael WOODVILLE, OHIO, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2015

    I don't give spoilers

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    "The Joe Ledger Novels"

    I like this series of novels starring smart ass super cop Joe Ledger. I'm not into detective or cop books so I can't compare it to any others so I'll just say it's like a James Bond, Jackie Chan mix action movie for your ears.

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    Justin P. Anderson 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Now we're in Business"

    Okay, I have now listened to all 4 Joe Ledger novels and this is a doosey. I wont spoil it for anyone, but as things progress the listener is like "Wait, WHAT just happened?" and it should be unbelievable. However, the characters reaction, the bad guys actions and the sheer force of Ray Porter suspends all disbelief. Plus, the imagination shown by the author is nothing short of an achievement. It was a real joy to plug in and be a part of that, and I would recommend not just this book but the whole series to any fan of escapist fiction/action thrillers. Squares Beware: if you take your self too seriously {you know who you are} then don't bother- no one wants to hear your griping about using a credit on a book you KNEW you wouldn't enjoy in the first place.

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    Knight Texas 02-21-13
    Knight Texas 02-21-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Joe Ledger is consistently cool."

    Hold on for another wild ride. Maberry's Joe Ledger series is the best thing ever, full of character, funny lines, heart racing action, ass kicking good guys, scary bad guys and even scarier monsters. If you like techno thrillers and horror fiction you must check these out.

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    JJ Tabor BECKLEY, WV, US 02-13-13
    JJ Tabor BECKLEY, WV, US 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Best Series Available"
    What did you love best about Assassin's Code?

    The characters are what makes this series so damn great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Assassin's Code?

    The opening scene when the red scope lights end up dancing a little to far south for Joe's tastes.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ray Porter is Joe Ledger. If they ever lost him as the narrator for this series, it would take a serious hit and that's saying something because its so well written. Nobody else could do this like Ray Porter does.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Whenever he is reminded of a certain person, don't want any spoilers, the Maberry/Porter duo really makes you feel the hurt and loss Joe is dealing with.


    Any additional comments?

    Any Ledger novel, as well as the short stories is worth the precious credit.

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    Gerry Prairie Grove, AR, United States 01-30-13
    Gerry Prairie Grove, AR, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2015

    Hello, I am an avid, when I have time, reader and have been with Audible since 2002. I have a vision problem which makes it hard to read books, so the audible format is a God Send!

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    "You have got to read this!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Assassin's Code to be better than the print version?

    I absolutely love the stories in this series. This book stands alone from the others and is wonderfully written and performed. I can't wait to read more.


    What other book might you compare Assassin's Code to and why?

    I would compare these books to Clancy. Lots of detail and behind the scenes insight. Martial arts references are great as well. The Day By Day Armageddon Series is also much like this series of books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entire book kept me wanting to read, but the flashbacks or "interludes" where very well done and vital to the story line.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Heart pumping action!


    Any additional comments?

    I am visual impaired and I truly appreciate the Author and Audible for making these books available. I have been a member from almost the very beginning.

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