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)
Solid story and Ray Porter is enjoyable, despite the occasional over-acting moment. This one left me wanting more, which I'm downloading now.
give me action
Always a good listen. Action packed, fast paced, and entertaining! The main character, Joe, is one of my top favorites.
Another great entry to the Joe Ledger series! absolutely loved it! it's so fluid and Ray Porter's narration is amazing!
Great story line and exceptional narration. I wanted to keep listening until the end. I am ready for the next installment of action.
But the comment here is about Porter.
The greatest comment about any narrator is about they disappear. That is the listener hears the story without any notice that it is being read. The story simply exists in one's perception. Characters are distinct and exact, there is no awareness that they are anything but present. There is no repetition of voices and each is appropriate to the character in both tone and accent.
This is Ray Porter. The only time I know he is there is when I am once again amazed by his talent.
This talent is perennial, but the Ledger series is a great exhibition of it.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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) :)
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