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Extinction Machine: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5 | [Jonathan Maberry]

Extinction Machine: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Patrick 05-31-13
    Patrick 05-31-13

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

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    "Buy this book...trust me"
    Where does Extinction Machine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say at least in my top five suspense/thriller genre books. Overall, top ten easily.


    What other book might you compare Extinction Machine to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Joe Ledger of course. Ray Porter would sound good reading stereo instructions, he literally makes the listener "experience" the book. He's that good.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hall Los Angeles, CA 05-16-13
    J. Hall Los Angeles, CA 05-16-13 Member Since 2007

    prplhart

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    "My favorite of the series. Mr. Porter is awesome."

    This was, for me, the best of the series. Brief moments of extreme exposition but I prefer that to the sappiness of a couple of the earlier Ledger books. Ray Porter's performance is one of the elements that makes this series... But the plot had me completely hooked as well. I definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Radford Arlington, VA, United States 05-04-13
    Radford Arlington, VA, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bring the Pain"
    If you could sum up Extinction Machine in three words, what would they be?

    Joe Kicks Ass!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extinction Machine?

    Wow, without giving anything away, It has to be when a Major event happens to the DMS Warehouse in baltimore and Joe's reaction to it.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter is awesome for this series. If this ever gets greenlight for the television series I can actually picture who I would like Joe to be (Jason O'Mara).

    The way Ray voices Joe is just spot on. The tone, the attitude, everything. I love what he does with the other characters as well. You have to give serious props to Ray for bringing the writing to life. One of my favorite parts in this book from a narration perspective is when Top is speaking with Joe at Joe's uncles house right after they arrive.


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

    Joe's mental dilemma in the cavern after he's been caught and gets free and has to make a decision on what to do with the people in the "lab" I'm using lab very loosely here in order not to give anything away.


    Any additional comments?

    Read all the other books in order. You don't have too but it will so enrich the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Igrayne Columbia, MO 05-03-13
    Igrayne Columbia, MO 05-03-13

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    "Best Ledger Novel Yet!"
    Would you listen to Extinction Machine again? Why?

    I have already listened to it 3 times in a row. Fabulous, complex novel. I catch new things each time I listen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Joe and the cast of characters seem to come to life. Ray Porter does an awesome job of keeping the voices the same throughout the series. He pulls off the cocky Joe Ledger perfectly. I love when the good guys win.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    *SPOILER ALERT* When Joe has the villian tied up on his desk with Ghost standing on the bad guy's chest. Also love Joe's quote: "There is rich, there's rich and then there's fu*k you."


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

    There are moments of humor but by far the suspense of finding out if the team can stop the bad guys. I mean, I was pretty sure they would but lots of people died along the way. Some of the characters we have come to know and admire.


    Any additional comments?

    Please keep the series going, Mr. Maberry. I shall be giving you my money with glee.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Akim BROWNSBURG, IN, United States 04-28-13
    Akim BROWNSBURG, IN, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Maberry does a decent enough job with the story, kept me interested but Ray Porter was phenomenal. He is a full cast!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ray Porter


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    All!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kristina Parsonsfield, ME, United States 04-24-13
    kristina Parsonsfield, ME, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I love Joe!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I can't get enough of this series. Ray Porter has stolen my ears and Joe Ledger has stolen my heart!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 04-21-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This is the best one yet I want more"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have read all of these and this is the best one yet, Mr Maberry has a story line that keeps you in the game,Mr Porter is one of the best readers for this set of characters you could wish for


    What other book might you compare Extinction Machine to and why?

    All of the other Ledger books are good, this one is the best


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

    I must admit that few readers can carry off such a range of characters as Mr Porter
    He does a great job and hope he will continue his professional work


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

    Actuall yes, I got into it but time won't allow one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the series will continue, Love the action and the storylines and the characters Please continue to write more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Silverton, OR, United States 04-19-13
    Jay Silverton, OR, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2015

    Turn ons??? 1) Obedience 2) Respect 3) Learning to please Master. Master does not do turn offs. He guides and trains His little stooges past what does not please Master.

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    "Maberry doesn't disappoint with this chapter!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Extinction Machine to be better than the print version?

    didn't read it


    What did you like best about this story?

    the performance and the story (lots of action)


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings to life Ledger's sarcastic humor...it's perfect


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    MIB are p*ssys next to the DMS


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 04-19-13
    Dean 04-19-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Awesome story, best in the series"

    This was a very compelling listen. It's been a while since I've heard a book that captured my attention so completely. I've listened to the rest of the Joe Ledger books, and enjoyed them all, but this is the best in the series. It's an interesting mix of science and science fiction, fast-paced, with well-written dialogue and a fascinating plot. I was sorry when it was over, and it's going to be tough to find another book to follow it up with.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 04-18-13
    Sean 04-18-13

    Sean

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    "Jonathan Maberry Rocks it with Joe Ledger Again!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Extinction Machine the most enjoyable?

    The story line and the narration is phenomenal!!!! There is no one better than Ray Porter for Joe Ledger!


    What other book might you compare Extinction Machine to and why?

    I really can't say as Jonathan's characters are so exquisitely written...


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is an excellent narrator... He shouldn't be considered as "Read by" it should be "Performed by"


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

    The whole book was excellent...


    Any additional comments?

    I love how Jonathan writes and the humanity he gives his characters (even if they are a little over the top) :) and the way he can evoke such gut wrenching emotion from a reader to actively despise a character is a credit to his skill... Thank you for Joe and all of the DMS... Much appreciated and a great ride!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "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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