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The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3 | [Jonathan Maberry]

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

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.
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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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    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 10-02-14 Member Since 2014

    AKA The Geeky Blogger

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    "Holy Joe Ledger!"

    Read in April, 2014

    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.50
    Story Rating: 4.50
    Character Rating: 4.50

    Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: Holy Joe Ledger! The King of Plagues by Jonathan Maberry was packed with action and intrigue.

    Overall Thoughts: (Quick Review) The King of Plagues was a little bit detective work and whole lot of kick ass Joe Ledger. OMG Jonathan can write a thriller. Even though I know this always has levels of Fringe, to me these are hands down some of the best thrillers on the market. Joe is a detective with some very special skills. His best one though is following a lead and deducting where the clues will take him. Sure he can kick ass, has an awesome dog, and has a highly trained team helping him but Joe is just brilliant. This story combines the very real (and timely in this case) threat of madmen trying to take over the world.

    I want to add a quick note about the kick-ass women that Jonathan writes in this series. He never pigeon-holes them or makes them "eye candy". They are generally smart (book and street), diabolical (if that is their role), and just as important to the team as the guys. Thank you for the Mr. Maberry!

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Ray Porter / Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins


    This is one of those series that initially I didn't like on Audio. I admit that Ray didn't blow me away in book 1. However, now I can't see anyone else being Joe. His deliverance and pacing is perfect for Jonathan's writing.

    Final Thought: On to the next one (this is another series that I am pacing so I don't get caught up) :)

    1 of 1 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 2012

    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.

    1 of 1 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!

    1 of 1 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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 09-21-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "WOW They just keep up the action and a great story"
    Where does The King of Plagues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just as much action as any of them with a great cast of characters As Good as Reacher


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

    When we found out about Mr Church's past Plus when Toys made a new ally


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

    On The same level we enjoyed it a group of truckers who like to be entertained while on the road Keep up the good work


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

    Yes very emotional at the lab with the wife and son infected


    Any additional comments?

    Both writer and reader are at the top of their game Look forward to reading more of these

    1 of 1 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 2014

    kaywak

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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.

    15 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Barber PA 01-09-15
    R. J. Barber PA 01-09-15 Member Since 2012

    Tool junkie

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    "A real listening treat!"

    Great story line and exceptional narration. I wanted to keep listening until the end. I am ready for the next installment of action.



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    Norman 11-11-14
    Norman 11-11-14

    amazon addict

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    "Jumped the Shark?"

    Maberry is pushing the envelope of my personal capacity for suspension of disbelief in this one, although the plot lines are becoming increasingly formulaic, the story telling is still excellent. Even with the predictability, the plot development and maintenance of suspense are very good. As usual the technical details are supreme. Still highly recommended if you are a fan of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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