Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2014
In Extinction Machine, the fifth Joe Ledger book by Jonathan Maberry, the DMS must go up against someone - or something - in search of new technology that could bring about world war.
The president of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth. There are rumors of alien-human hybrids living among us.
Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences rush headlong into the heat of the world’s strangest and deadliest arms race, because the global race to recover and retro-engineer alien technologies has just hit a snag. Someone - or something - wants that technology back.
©2013 Jonathan Maberry (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
Yes, but only after I'd made them listen to all the other books in the series.
Well, I admit to loving Joe the most, but Ghost is a close second. And Bunny. And Top. And Mr. Church.And Bug.....Maybe I should just confess that I love all the good guys and the bad guys get what they deserve.
I've said it before and I will say it again. RAY PORTER IS AN AUDIO GOD. Seriously. The expressiveness in his voice (he never, ever reads you the story. He tells you the story) is amazing, but his range of voices is not of this world. How on Earth can the voices of Mr. Church and Top Sims come out of the same person? And he is one of the few guys who can make a female voice sound authentic.
Fingers. That is all I am going to say.
Can you tell I'm an out and out fangirl? This series just gets better and better. WIth any luck, Mr. Maberry is chained to a desk somewhere working on the next installment.
No. I don't listen to books again, if I can avoid it. I may forget what I listened to 10 years from now, but that is my issue.
Absolutely. Just grabbed one now. A new favourite series! Ledger and his supporting cast are wonderful
The scenes with the "enemy" are damn fine, funny and worth the credit alone.
Joe Ledger: Ensure he is on YOUR side!
Ray Porter as Ledger is amazing. Once again I must note that the core Audible performers ( think Brick, et al ) are getting so good, and Porter deserves to be considered in this group.
I'm willing to toss my spare change into any hat that is passed to keep this guy writing! These are the only books I read of this kind, but, I don't care what genre of books you usually prefer, Maberry's Ledger series is lightning paced entertainment that is a crazy fun. I look forward to Joe Ledger's smart-a$$ mouth and wicked sense of humor like a kid looks forward to a trip to Disneyland. It's not easy to find an author that can take you to the brink of crazy and not let you tumble over, but Maberry does it consistently with his team of Joe, Bunny, Deacon, Ghost, and the boys, every time. This time out, someone kidnapped the President, and the DMS is after the Men in Black and UFO's (not so much aliens). This wasn't my favorite in the Ledger series or my favorite bunch of villains, but I still had a great time. I think some of the dialogue and comments from Joe were the best yet--he had me laughing out loud.
If new to the Ledger books--you can pick any of them up and start reading since each book is its own adventure (although there are a few comments that refer back to other books). There's language, some rough and tumble, and a little sex--but it's behind closed doors. Possibly you read Maberry's review right here on Audible for Assassin's Code (well, it had his picture and name); he said it...*Ray Porter IS the voice of Joe Ledger*. I didn't think Porter could get any better, but he is so convincing this time around that I'm beginning to wonder whether it's Porter as Ledger, or Ledger as Porter. There's Halloween, Christmas, Easter, the 4th of July, and New Ledger book time!
Counter-terrorism has been a consistent theme over the first four books of this series but that doesn't mean the stories have been repetitive. Joe Ledger and the DMS have actually faced quite a variety of adversaries so far, including zombies, super soldiers, and vampires. In each case there has been a scientific rationale to explain the existence of these seemingly supernatural creatures thus Joe Ledger has learned the hard way that he must keep an open mind if he wants to stay alive. However, all of those lessons don't seem to help much as he begins to uncover the facts in his latest case. It all starts with an impossibility - the President of the United States is abducted from the White House and not a single secret service agent saw anything. The only piece of evidence left behind is a crop circle on the White House lawn but that has to be a hoax. Right?
It turns out that the "real" arms race is not nuclear in nature at all. Instead, the various governments of our planet have been engaged in a secret arms race to collect pristine parts from alien craft that have crashed on earth over the years. The first country to successfully re-create an alien engine will have a power source/weapon that no other country will be able to stand against. This is a deadly game with extreme consequences when things go wrong. The Kunlun earthquake in 2001, the Ruichang earthquake of 2005, and Sicuhan earthquake of 2008 were all caused by research failures as the Chinese government attempted to re-construct the alien engine. The Haiti quake of 2010 and the Mount St Helens eruption were rumored to be caused by American failures to do same. Which country is closest? Is it even possible? Does 'impossible' even mean anything any more?
The one person who seems to have some actual insight into what is going on is Junie Flynn. She hosts a conspiracy podcast but also claims to have a copy of the Majestic Black Book which is rumored to have a list of every crashed alien craft ever discovered on earth. This becomes very important when the book is demanded in return for the President. With the President sidelined, Vice President William Collins is back in power and that never bodes well for Joe Ledger and team. Collins has been trying to shut down the DMS for a while now so Joe must find the book and sort out what is going on before Collins can disrupt the investigation to stay in power.
Even though the action is over-the-top and the story is a bit out there this was my favorite book of the series so far. Once again Jonathan Maberry takes well known events from our recent history and gives them unexpected causes to put the DMS to the test. Fans of the series should definitely pick this one up and you can trust that Ray Porter does another excellent job on the narration.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
This book was awesome, liked it more than the previous book. I really wanna explain here why i liked this book. But the smallest slip and you will press "No" down below so i'll be careful.
This book started good, i mean really really good. Then it was really fun, then again damn good. This how was the book the whole way through it, I either laughed from a joke, or was intensely focused on what was going on.
New characters come to play in this bok. and major action is going through the whole thing.. i really can't explain more other than if you didn't ready this series yet, so grap the first book and all of them and read them NOW!!!
What do you want me to say more? Narration was good? Author is good???? YOU KNOW THAT ALREADY!!! A great series
Really enjoyed this latest edition to the series. A little different from the prior books. A little less action, replaced by more suspense. More depth to some of the characters. Can't wait for the next book.
The reading for Ray really brings Joe Ledger and crew to life. Can't imagine any other voices doing these characters.
Would make a great movie series or even a good TV show if done right (Fringe quality).
There are few things better than a good story well told!
Frankly it's a tie between a fantastically good story and superb narration. Mr. Maberry is very good at taking the unbelievable and making it not only completely plausible but he makes you look at it from a wholly new prospective. Yes, the story is about alien visitation but it has nothing to do with little green men or space lizards that come to conquer. It will make you think, worry and wonder while enjoying a rousing thriller. (Heavy sigh) now the wait until the next installment.
Ray Porter is why audiobooks rock. He takes the character of Joe Ledger and the series to another level.
Yes, this is one of those books where the narrator adds a little something extra. Ray Porter knows Joe Ledger and listeners reap the benefits!
The narrator's take on Joe Ledger is exemplary. The sarcasm, the anger, the wit. Fabulous!
I tell my husband that Joe Ledger books are "guy books". There's blood, gore, violence, stereotypical or idealized female characters and loads of sci-fi. And I LOVE it!
This book brings the series back on track from the strangeness that was the Seven Kings. It focuses on aliens, alien technology and alien abductions with a little apocalypse thrown in.
It moves faster than others in the series but still has some of the information dump syndrome that plagues previous Ledger novels. I dislike how Jonathan Maberry adds information that appears irrelevant or overly detailed upon closer examination. The "Joe" parts of the book move the fastest, as usual, and the book itself is an excellent thriller. It's worth the credit!
This might just be the best Joe ledger book I have listened to date. J Mayberry has yet again cranked up his creative mind, brought in space travelers(that you never meet by the way...what a smart way od introducing alien presence.
The president vanishes, and after a lot of incompetent finger pointing, Joe, Me Church and many top level are thrown under the bus by the VP as he steps up to take the reigns of power.
We all know of the legendary men in black, and now they possess a little black book,and a number od pieces of space artifac from crash sites from around the world...there is a small group of peopl I control of the space treasures and they are attempting to take over the world, and destroy anyone or thing that gets in their way.
Joe gets a new love interest...but their future is questionable, Rudy is badly injured and his future is not looking good. The world hangs in the balance and it's not looking like a joke....
What am I saying Joe s our hero...tune in find out for your self. It's all good and you'll laugh out loud and enjoy a fast action thrill a moment shoot Em up book that will leave you happy you listened to The Extincion Machine
I'd say at least in my top five suspense/thriller genre books. Overall, top ten easily.
I can't really say any of the other books I've read compare to this one. I've tried other thrillers and either got bored or the narrator was bad. This one blew me away, and I'm a tough critic. The action, suspense, and unexpected twists kept me coming back for more. Very well written story. This was my first Jonathan Maberry book, and I'll be getting some of his other books too, now that I know what to expect...pure entertainment.
Joe Ledger of course. Ray Porter would sound good reading stereo instructions, he literally makes the listener "experience" the book. He's that good.
It could easily be one of those books to listen to all in one sitting, narrator Ray Porter combined with excellent writing, you can't go wrong.
As I said, this was my first Maberry book, and I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. I read the reviews, bought the book, and am now a big fan.
"Great escapism without being over the top."
This is a very well written & formulated story, I can't wait to read more from this author.
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