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)
I would listen to this again for the same reason I watch Chuck Norris movies--it's just great action.
I definitely recommend this for those friends who enjoy a little horror and sci-fi mixed in with their action.
I love Porter's narration; it's fluent, lively, and the subtle vocal differences he employs when reading the dialogue of different characters is flawlessly maintained throughout the story.
While the novel lacks depth and gravitas, I find the protagonist oddly compelling.
While I'm sure there are women out there who enjoyed this, it's testosterone-packed action designed to satisfy those of us who grew up watching GI Joe after school, who watched and re-watched every Chuck Norris film, and who like to turn our brains off with a good action flick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I don't give spoilers
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.
Non Stop Action!
The Dragon Factory, The King of Plagues.
Joe Ledger, Hugh Vox, Mr. Church.
The last 5 chapters..
Ray Porter did a smashing job as the main character Joe Ledger. Really captured the smart ass bad ass that we all know and love. 5 stars!
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
This series has a great cast of characters and so far we love all of them This one just keeps getting better
Yes, Mr Mayberry does know how to mix it up with a full range of emotions
We haven't had the pleasure of his other works but he does an excellant job on these we would not hesitate to listen to his other works Great job
As truck drivers in confinement for up to 6-8 hours a day Mr Mayberry does touch both emotions and yes it got to all of us, We can't stress enough how much we like his books
Please don't retire on your sucess Keep up the good works Mr Mayberry, Dennis
If you liked the other Joe Ledger books than this one will not disappoint. Fast paced with a bit of supernatural mystery and Joe's mouthy commentary. Lots of fight scenes like the previous books and some old and new characters. Listened to it in two days while doing some mundane tasks. It kept me quite entertained and I had a hard time putting it down when I needed to actually concentrate on something.
Funny, action, thrilling
A great and funny story. This is probably the only book that have made me laugh out loud! This story have many great elements and is worth a listen. I have not read the first 3 books, but it is not needed. There are only a few references to the other books. Looking forward to reading the other three.
Ray Porter is one of mine favourite performer. He brings out every character in a unike way. Ray Porter will be missed until the next book
Joe Ledger is back!
This book is a little big different from the other books in the series, but in a good way. I liked investigative feel rather then the fight fight fight approach in the other books.
1) I love Ghost and really feel for him in every encounter
2) I pretty much skipped over the 2000 year old flashbacks. They didn't add much to the story in reality.
3) For some reason the audio quality was a little lower in this book compared to the others. Not sure why.
4) Liked getting more details on Mr. Church. The unfolding of his character has been very well done.
I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!
This was another fun book from Jonathan Maberry. Each of his books is similar in tone and pacing; they're filled with action and snappy dialogue. This one is no different.
Ray Porter is always super regardless of what he's reading. This performance is no different.
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