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The King of Plagues Audiobook

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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    Justin P. Anderson 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Solid Joe Leger Addition"

    I have listened to the other Joe Ledger novels, and this is a solid addition to the series. Ray Porter once again kills it as the reader and really brings the story and characters to life. With that said, I think this was my least favorite Joe Ledger novel. I just didnt really like the bad guys. Joe and his compatriots were excellent, but the evil masterminds were a little hard to get behind on this one. It's a good book and I enjoyed, but showed its colors a little as a "bridge" addition for the author to add dimension to the characters moving forward. Still worth a listen for sure.

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    Jules 02-15-13
    Jules 02-15-13
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    "Times are Tough for Joe"

    I love this series. It is thrilling and action packed. It tides me over until the next Jim Butcher Dresden installment.

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    Pablo SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 01-01-13
    Pablo SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 01-01-13
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    "You'll like this book."

    Joe Ledger is a loveable chac. which you can't wait to see what he does next.

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    Lizbeth BOLINGBROOK, IL, United States 09-25-12
    Lizbeth BOLINGBROOK, IL, United States 09-25-12
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    "3rd of Joe Ledger novels is not my favorite"
    Where does The King of Plagues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a newbie with audio books, Out of the first 3 Joe Ledger novels this one ranks 3rd.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was good and the ending has twists I did not see coming, but it was just missing that something the first two books had.


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

    The performance of Ray Porter was excellent!! He really brings characters to life in this reading. That is why I give the review a 5 out of 5 overall.


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

    Joe Ledger and his team did make me laugh out loud at times. I am really growing to like Joe. I describe him as Jack Bauer with a smart ass attitude.


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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

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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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

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    Jamie Richardson, TX, United States 08-31-12
    Jamie Richardson, TX, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!

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    "Super fun!"
    What made the experience of listening to The King of Plagues the most enjoyable?

    Ray Porter breathes life into each of the characters that Jonathan Maberry has created. The material itself is fun and exciting but Ray Porter's performance brings it to life.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Although he doesn't speak, Ghost (Joe's dog) is one of my favourite characters.


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    Richard Smyrna, TN 08-17-12
    Richard Smyrna, TN 08-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Joe is at it again"
    What made the experience of listening to The King of Plagues the most enjoyable?

    Bringing the vilians of the last book back in play


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

    Church's daughter


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

    As great as the others


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Bryan Harvest, AL, United States 08-01-12
    Bryan Harvest, AL, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good, not as good as the first though."

    There was a lot of politics involved in this issue, i don't know if these are the authors beliefs also, I don't think that this detracted from the story though. Would have to say that the political beliefs stated in the book were by the "evil" villains who wanted to rule the world. I thought it was quite appropriate that those beliefs stated were held by the people who wanted to destroy the world for their own gain. The beliefs weren't stated in a way that implied they were the correct ones, or even held by decent people. I only mention this because several other reviews stated that the political views turned them off from the story. Great story line.

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    Sandra Mead, WA, United States 07-30-12
    Sandra Mead, WA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great adventure"
    If you could sum up The King of Plagues in three words, what would they be?

    If you like adventure, thriller and mysteries this is the book for you. All of Jonathan Maberrys, Joe Ledger books are great. I hope he continues with this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fast moving, funny and a good story line.


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    Susanna 06-27-12
    Susanna 06-27-12

    Reader, writer, quilter, needleworker, Kentuckian.

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    "An excellent few hours of entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to The King of Plagues the most enjoyable?

    The fast-paced action, the weaving of the storylines, and the narrator's ability to imbue the characters with different voices.


    What other book might you compare The King of Plagues to and why?

    I would say a combination of Stephen King, James Rollins and Preston & Child, because of the action, intricacy of plot, and interjection of some possibly supernatural elements.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Porter gives each main character a distinctive voice, and cycles through accents with ease. He also emphasizes the pacing of the action with more or less intensity in his voice and speed of reading. I find his narration to be an excellent complement to the story.


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

    No, I couldn't listen to it in one sitting. For one thing, it's too long to sit right through. It's also very intense at times. I typically have 2 or more audiobooks going at one time, and interrupted this audiobook by listening to and reading in about three other books.


    Any additional comments?

    Maberry has a very inventive mind, and I'm glad I found him. I only discovered his books about six weeks ago, and I've already finished his Ghost Road trilogy and the first three Joe Ledger books. I agree with some reviewers that Ledger is beginning to feel angrier, which in one sense I understand, given the difficulties physically and emotionally of the situations he faces. At the same time, I think he needs to find some way to chill a bit occasionally or he's going to become a ball of fury that is no longer entertaining to read about. That's not happened yet, though. I'm looking forward to reading his next book (in audio, of course). I think Maberry's books are enhanced by audio, because they're very cinematic. That's not surprising, given Maberry's writing history and attachment to comic books.

    Other reviewers have mentioned that this book is very political. I both agree and disagree. It's clear from Maberry's books generally that his politics are mostly in the arena identified as liberal in our society. Mine are very different. However, aside from occasional jabs that made me roll my eyes, I didn't find it distracting. I'm used to it, given our modern entertainment industry. He did make efforts to de-politicize it (including the Bush twins in one scenario, for example). And it adds a little thread of irony, given that the actions of the main protagonists are more in line with policies advocated by the more conservative among the US citizenry. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to my friends, regardless of their political leanings. I think they're grown up enough to handle it.

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