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The King of Plagues Audiobook

The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured.

1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen.

Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission into a viral hot zone during an Ebola outbreak.

Soon Ledger and the DMS begin tearing down the veils of deception to uncover a vast and powerful secret society using weaponized versions of the Ten Plagues of Egypt to destabilize world economies and profit from the resulting chaos. Millions will die unless Ledger meets this powerful new enemy on its own terms as he fights terror with terror. 

Take another thrill ride with Joe Ledger.

©2011 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A fast-paced, brilliantly written novel.” (Brad Thor)

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    Robert McCloud, CA, United States 01-25-12
    Robert McCloud, CA, United States 01-25-12
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    "Politically Painful."

    I was a little reluctant to purchase The King of Plagues as Maberry had begun to out himself as a lefty in The Dragon Factory. I decided to give it a go however, and after this morning's drive to work, realized I made a mistake. If your political leanings are to the left, and you still have an ax to grind against President Bush, than this is the book for you. For the rest of us who look to fiction as an escape from the daily stresses of life, you would do well to pass on this one. The review above mine nails it.

    As in the previous two books, the reader, Ray Porter, does an absolutely outstanding job bringing the characters to life, and is the sole redeeming factor on what is really an old, overly used story-line. I don't want to play spoiler, so I'll only say that when one of the groups behind the great conspiracy is mentioned by name, I would have laughed if I wasn't groaning.


    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 11-02-12
    Professor 11-02-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "JOE IS MOURNING"

    Joe was hit hard by everything, he was ready to leave his old life and DMS behind, but does it ready to let him go.

    We will have old and new enemies, we will see human and animal sides of some characters, we will see love, loss and betrayal.

    And we will see the breaking point of the modern world.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Merrick Anchorage, AK, USA 06-14-11
    Steven Merrick Anchorage, AK, USA 06-14-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Way too Poltical"

    This third Joe Ledger book is again well worth the credit. It's another fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, intense story where Joe Ledger and his team are called upon once again to save the world at the last possible moment from the dastardly plans of the evil masterminds, and again the author pulls it off well.

    With that said, Jonathan Maberry just had to go off on several long-winded left-wing political rants using the voices of his evil masterminds that did not seem to add a single thing to the story, but will probably serve the author???s presumed intent to score him a round of high-fives at his next literary cocktail party. For a few short examples, one of his bad guys calls former President Bush ??????a Texas jokester who couldn???t manage a Walmart,??? rants that ???the Iraq war was just a grab for oil,??? calls George Bush a ???war criminal,??? and says ???the previous administration would be held accountable if this ever got out,??? but that they ???don???t have the same type of control over this current president, which is why they are trying to weaken and discredit him.??? Oh, puh-leeze! Several chapters - yes, ???chapters!??? - of this kind of blather, after which he follows this up with, ??????but let???s not get political.??? Yes, Jonathan ??? let???s not.

    5 stars for the exciting and well crafted book, minus 1 star for the author???s attempt to turn me into a member of his mindless zombie political horde.

    20 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 04-27-14
    Leslie 04-27-14

    I'm an engineer that took all my electives in English and Art! Fantasy novels with moral depth and colorful worlds fill my library.

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    "Great action between the twisted history"

    The first book in the series was great, the second, way too much drama --and a tear jerker too. This one spends HOURS describing twisted left-leaning political drivel to build a "plausible" (seriously?) storyline--but this portion reads like a very bad history book. If the author wants to include history, then he would be best off to learn it (as he has the other things--police work, combat fighting, etc.-- that he does write well about.)

    When the action is happening--Joe and his team make for great action scenes--but most of the time, I had to force my way through the historical perspective of the terrorists behind the scenes. Why not keep it simple--this depth of background doesn't add anything. This is 85% drama and 15% action.

    I don't think I'll buy any more of this author. It just isn't enough action to balance out the boredom.

    The reader continues to rock--he makes this series interesting when otherwise I might not have given this third book a go.

    In short if the last book left you bored, then this one is much worse. The first book was as good as it gets. If you liked the last one, then proceed--it is more like the second than the first.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 10-30-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2016

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "A good thrill ride"

    The 3rd novel in the Joe Ledger series follows a similar script as the first two. Joe finds himself immersed in a situation which he must stop to save the planet. Although the patter may be the same the author, Jonathan Mayberry, does a good job of mixing up the type of trouble not only from book to book but also within the book. He also does a good job of mixing action and moving the plot along. I also like that all of the Joe Ledger books (so far) are good stand-alone stories so if you want to pick up the series without reading the first two books you really don’t miss anything. If you’re looking for a thriller with a lot of action and a main character who’s a bit of a smart ass, the” King of Plagues” is right up your alley.

    As in the previous books Ray Porter does a great job.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve EAST TROY, WI, United States 03-12-13
    steve EAST TROY, WI, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, because I thought the first two books were excellent. I thought the production and narration was very good and the author is a good story teller.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed the series very much up to this point, but in this book, the author seemed to have too much of his own real political veiws as the story line. I listen to books like these to escape reality, not for a political ad. The author has made it clear through the other books in this series what his veiws are, but went too far in this book. I will continue to listen to the rest of the series because the first two books were very good

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    valarie hollister, ca, United States 01-15-13
    valarie hollister, ca, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2014

    Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.

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    "Everything Jonathon Mayberry writes is GOLD"
    Where does The King of Plagues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I give this series the highest marks!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The King of Plagues?

    Every moment with Joe Ledger is memorable!


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

    I cannot imagine another narrator for this role.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    All of the Joe Ledger books are great!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Millgrove, Ontario, Canada 03-24-12
    Clayton Millgrove, Ontario, Canada 03-24-12 Member Since 2014

    I am a sucker for a good story

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    "The Bad guys just don't die"

    And that is okay - it gives you someone to continue to root against. I think the entire series a real quick and engaging listen. I have only heard of Maberry about a month ago - but in that time - I have devoured 4 of his books. Keep on writing and I will definitely keep on reading.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Harbison 09-03-16
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    "Good but not Great"
    Would you listen to The King of Plagues again? Why?

    Nope. Heard it once, I'm good. I don't re-listen often.


    Would you recommend The King of Plagues to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably if they had a free credit and had the first two.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He did a really good job reading with the different voices and inflections.


    Any additional comments?

    Look, this is a pretty good story. Some old characters come back, new ones are introduced and there are much more intense left turns in the plot then before. However, Joe seems to be getting much more sarcastic and smart*ss in this book. I didn't really mind it in the first two, but with this it seems more prevalent and out of place. It's not good to be too much of a wisea** because he just gets annoying after a while. Another issue is his self pity. I understand a bit of self pity and introspection on your loss and dark side is needed for a well rounded and non-psychotropic character, but MY GOD. Every time Joe starts a monologue somehow we end up hearing about his dark side, the Warrior personality ((which is one of three apparently completely different and split personality)) that he's trying to suppress, the sheer despair over what's happened to him and all that. There's almost more of this than there is fighting when it's all added up. Still, pretty good and the story is good.

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    GreyWolfLeader 08-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "WOW"

    I would stay in my car just to listen. I love this story! Action, real human emotions, and brutal truths.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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