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.
“A fast-paced, brilliantly written novel.” (Brad Thor)
I found this book hard to follow and disjointed. The story line, as far as I got, seemed to focus on "depravaties" of the characters rather than a story line.
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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!
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) :)
I'll see ya in the smoke.
Because it is stupid and insipid it's sure to be a blockbuster. The bad guys are so baaaad. The hero is so gooood. The doggy is so cuuuute. Jeez, it's a hyper cliche of the entire genre of story.
Oops I almost forgot, the women are so seeeeexy.
A London hospital is bombed and thousands of people are killed, incinerated without a chance of escaping. Joe Ledger barely healed physically and emotionally from his last violent mission in "The Dragon Factory", decides to come back and work for the DMS. (Was there any surprise in this?) Joe is back with all his anger intact and exacerbated by the tragic ending of the last book. And he is out for blood ready to kill the parties responsible for this heinous act of violence.
An international group of terrorist hunters gather to try to figure out who is responsible for the hospital bombing and why but for now no one has a clue. Meanwhile more and different types of attacks are planned as innocent people working in labs with deadly pathogens are forced to help anonymous terrorist in releasing deadly viruses that will spread and kill millions. The only clues Joe Leger and the DMS have to go on are The Seven Kings logo left after the bombing and anonymous phone calls from an insider. And then the DMS is warned that The Seven Kings have people everywhere even in the DMS and trust no one.
Pretty good story, although not as intricately plotted as the two previous novels in this series. But this book provides a more realistic adversary for Joe and Echo team this time out. No zombies or hybrid mythical monsters. The story, at times, is painfully bogged down with seemingly endless round table discussions on the DMS side centering on who could have done this and why all juxtaposed by conference table discussions by the Seven Kings using biblical references and philosophy of long dead historical leaders to justifying what they are doing and each King offering a different and deadly terrorist act to leave the world in chaos and destruction. The Seven Kings, the baddies this time around, are a vast network of people all over the world. So big that the members don't all know each other. They are planted everywhere. They use window dressing to make themselves mysterious since they are religious fanatics. They follow a "Goddess" as their leader and do what she wishes. Long and complicated rants of why terrorize the world when the reason becomes so very simple. The discussions are needed to a point but they go on for most of the first half the book and I wondered when the story would focus and move forward. It was like listening to "Meet the Press" for 8hrs. But luckily, the book does finally focus down to a few bad guys and Joe and his team.
The other problem I had with the book is that with all the terror events that were happening globally, why would you go forward with high profile big celebrity filled charity event on a cruise ship? Why have such an obvious target for terrorist be carried out? OK yes there are more that a few celebrities on this ship we could all do without, no one sane would want to be bait themselves on this ship.
There are some great new characters mainly Joe's new partner a military trained and multi-talented German Shepard dog named Ghost. Lovable in courage but not a dog you pat on the head if you need your fingers for typing. The other great new character is wonderfully creepy Nicodemus who is the all knowing, and the only somewhat "supernatural" element to the book. I have a feeling he will show up again in the future. He is so damn creepy he even has Rudy the DMS psychiatrist, is scared of him. And Rudy if you say "Dios Mios" again I will scream. The good news is that some old familiar bad guys from a previous book we thought were dead make a come back although a bit crispy around the edges. But they are welcomed as they make worthy adversaries for Leger and when they get to work and start plotting evil, fighting Joe and fighting each other the book finds its stride and becomes truly enjoyable.
There are a few unresolved story lines so I can't wait to read the next installment. And as always Ray Porter does an EXCEPTIONAL job with all the voices. Especially the Scottish accent which is really difficult. His children voice even sound like children. Love him as Joe Leger. Nobody does a character better.
This is my second go-round. I read the entire series, figured out the order of the mini-books, put them where they belong and started over. I love Hugo. I love Toys. i LOVE Joe Ledger. Ray Porter does them all justice.
Really? There are too many.
Everything. Especially after listening to the interview with him and Ray Maberry in the Special Ops set of shorts. I smile every minute I'm listening to these.
Yeah, but it would let secrets go, so I can't say.
I love the series. I'm just not sure what I"m going to do when I'm finished with it the second time.
I have read all of the Ledger books. In fact I devoured them one after another. Great storytelling. A combination of a bit of fact, a bit of fantasy and a bit of science fiction. Jon Maberry is my new favorite. As for narration, Ray Porter is the very best I've ever heard. He IS Joe Ledger in my book. I've read all six of these and I'm hungry for more.
Its a really good book and a really good series. Maberry spins a really great tale and his research is excellent. I love how he makes the unbelievable believable.
The way it is connected to previous books in the series.
Yes but Ray Porter made an unforgivable mistake. The narrator had obviously read the book before hand, and knew the story. In one sentence he unwittingly revealed one of the biggest punchlines of the book ahead of time by inserting the name of the villain that was supposed to be secret until a later time. Im certain this was a mistake but it really killed the intrigue for me and made the book much less enjoyable.
Dont Trust Anybody
Yes. Ray Porter needs to re narrate the book otherwise the ratings will go down due to the screw up.
The story was good but Ray Porter made it great. He has several characters and his inflexions are on the mark.
Yes. The writing is good and the reader, Ray Porter, really brings an energy and life to Joe and the other characters. The plot is complex and jumps back and forth between past and present thru most of the first half to 2/3 of the book...then it all comes down at the same time and place. Characters are well crafted and behave the way you would expect. There are apparently two books earlier than this in the Joe Ledger series and I will probably have to go back and get them.
It's a book about terrorism and how to deal with it on many levels. In some ways, it's too real and is scary because of that; but I liked the reality of it.
I haven't but I will.
Haven't read the print version. Mr Maberry's books are hard to find in Australia!
Like all his stuff, and as I've said many times before, this is a very human story that gets you angry, excited, and makes you (or me, anyway) cry. Many times.
Ray Porter IS Joe Ledger. He's all of them. He's fabulous with the humour, with the tragedy, with the accents. I just can't fault him so far in this series.
Many, many, but I don't like to give away things for people who haven't read/listened yet!
I finished listening to this book this afternoon. I'm downloading the next book right now, and I'll start listening to it in about ten minutes, as soon as it's on my iPod. I can't get enough of this series.
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