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
As usual. You start and can't stop listening.
Story and performance are exceptional.
There is always something new that you did not expect.
Extinction Machine is an exciting and action packed sci-fi book that will definitely keep you wanting more. I have listened to this book as well as the others in the Joe Ledger series at least five times. I suggest buying Patient Zero as well as the others in the series. It is a great way to start the summer. Maberry is an amazing author and Ray Porter is by far the best narrator I have ever heard. He definitely makes a great book into a fantastic, spectacular and entertaining experience.
I enjoyed this book, but it is not without problems. Standard Joe Ledger fare: Evil secret shadow government organization tries to take over the world. On his way to kill the bad guy, Joe describes in detail his super ability to win fights. In the meantime, Joe meets a love interest who is set up to be centrally integral to the plot, after which she becomes totally irrelevant when Joe finds what he's looking for in the bad guy's office.
One of the biggest problems is that you'll figure out where the plot is going hours before Joe figures it out. Once you get it, it seems like the story is simply padded with irrelevant situations while you wait for Joe to get on the same page.
Another problem is that the story introduces a new gun that would make short work of most of the fight scenes if Joe would simply use it. Pok - enemies destroyed. No need for intricate fighting strategies. So how does Maberry make sure Joe can still describe his fighting skills? He simply decides for Joe not to use the gun in most situations. Problem solved, except it leaves us wondering WHY Joe wants to do it the hard way.
Oh, well. Still a fun ride, for the most part.
Joe Ledger, Mr Church and Echo Team Rock! Jonathan Maberry doesn't just tell a tale, he tells an adventure! the Joe Ledger saga is absolutely awesome!
As in wear them all Jonathan Maberry books does Joe ledger series is a pleasure to read
I was a big fan of XFiles but am a staunch skeptic. Even so, I loved how JM tied it all together into a just-plausible-enough plot with the best characters (as usual) with a great balance of action, drama, and science.
Good read and my favorite Joe Ledger book so far. Recently read a review calling Rudy the Jar Jar Binks of the Joe Ledger world - I don't dislike the character, but that's funny.
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
Ray Porter *is* Joe Ledger! Everything about this story clicks and it like the best roller coaster rides, it's over far too soon!
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