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
The bad guys in this segment were rather weak. They weren't the lease bit intimidating. But as usual Ledger kicked some serious butt. I mean how can you not like him, Mr church, and echo team. Definitely worth the time and credit but it's no "patient zero" or "dragon factory" by any means.
This was another great ledger novel. At first the aliens and men in black almost made me give up on the series. After vampires, zombies, and mutants I started to think that's enough. I bought it so I kept going.
As usual Ray Porter is phenomenal. My brother got in my truck while it was playing and was amazed at how good the narration was. He couldn't believe that one guy was doing all of the voices. I actually get so lost in the stories I tend to forget that. He doesn't usually listen to audiobooks and I think this short exposure may have gotten him hooked.
The story doesn't have as many action sequences as those in the past, but the ones they had were great. The story was pretty good, I am not really a huge UFO sci fi guy, but the way he backs up the story with all of these facts got me pretty interested in the subject and made me turn on the new X files when I got home.
His story formula is very familiar to his past ledger novels. It's kind of like watching law and order, familiar but addicting.
If you enjoy Ledger, but it, you won't be disappointed.
Joe's humor and sarcasm, action, mystery and the supporting characters make this story a good listen.
I would have liked more dialogue with the characters from Patient Zero.
I liked how Church told Joe at the end that the "women" is part of them now, to be protected.
Probably a movie Gerard Butler if he is not too old and is fit enough for the action parts, would be good with the sarcasm and humor.
If a movie is made, it should be Patient Zero. That is the best Joe Ledger so far.
I feel like he should be less "superhuman" like. He rarely makes a mistake. Overuse of "she smiled" or "he smiled". Not a terrible book, but it made me not want to finish the series.
I love audible!!!
Jonathan Maberry has become one of my favorite authors. His charters are full of life the way he describes them. The detail is all there it's like I'm watching a movie in my mind when listening to his books. Ray Porter voice is the only voice I want to hear his voice is Joe ledger. Must read you will not be disappointed.
I thoroughly enjoy Ray Porters reading style and it fits really well with the brilliant stories from Jonathan Maberry about Joe Ledger.
He IS the voice of Joe Ledger. and I don't think I would get it right in my own mind.
Yes and no. *SPOILERS*At first I was really put off by all that talk about aliens. It kind of deminished all the other entities from the previous books, like it was hard to comprehend that vampires, super soldiers, zombies etc. would co-exist with aliens, but Mahberrys angle on the subject was plausible and "toned down" enough to slowly win me over and really start enjoying the story without making the universe (of the series) hard to believe in.... And I want to believe.*SPOILERS*
Had this been a seperate book I would probably have given it 5 stars for the story aswell, but the 4 stars reflects that tough beginning, where I was of two minds to either put it down or keep reading. I'm glad I chose the latter.
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