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 was disappointed by the second Joe Ledger book Dragon Factory and almost didn't read this one. But, I was such a fan of Dust and Decay and Rot and Ruin (absolutely fantastic btw) that I decided to give this one a shot.
I don't think it was as good as Patient Zero but it is damn close.
I cannot choose which is my favorite Joe Ledger book, I have tried by listening to them each several times. Jonathan Maberry is one of the most talented writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading. His books are smart, creepy, and will pull you into the world in which his characters dwell. The King of Plagues is the third part of the Joe Ledger trilogy, My advice is start the book when you have plenty of time to listen, because once you start you will not be able to stop.
Jonathan Mayberry's books are like a cross between Dirk Pitt, Agent Pendergast, and Indiana Jones. The main character Joe Ledger has battled zombies, mutated gorilla men, and now he's on to terrorists. I love mayberry's work and hope to keep listening to more. The narration is spot on. Definitely worth a credit.
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
In the third full-length installment of the Joe Ledger series, we again find ourselves blessed with one of the best narrators available; Mr. Ray Porter. His performance alone is more than reason enough to spend time on this book.
This was my least favorite of the series so far, a casualty of overtly political sentiments that felt clumsy and heavy-handed, and a couple of overly obvious plot set-ups that left little to be surprised by in the end.
That said, there are still things to recommend this book, and overall I do recommend it; both for the reading, and for the (by now) familiar characters that I continued to enjoy. Mr. Church/Deacon/Pope (the main character's mysterious boss) continues to be one of the more interesting characters I've enjoyed in the thriller genre in some time, and I will happily pick up the next installment of the series when it comes out.
Final Verdict: Not as good as the first two, but worth the credit if you've enjoyed the series thus far.
This is a worthy installment in the Joe Ledger series. Lots of well-written action by Maberry, plus excellent narration by Ray Porter.
The threat is broader, darker and more insidious than ever before, made worse by the reappearance of some characters we've already met before (if you've read the preceding books, which you should).
One of the things I found most rewarding about this book was the new insights we get into two supporting characters.
When I first started this series it was a break from the normal in depth books I tend to read. The quick action, interesting characters and end of the world ( or at least chaos of the world) plots are just simply delightful and addicting.
This book brings back Galt and Toys and the author did it in a good way. It didn't feel cheesy or forced. I really hope that they follow through on this and make the TV series.
If you read or listened to the other books you know the basics already. Good Guy Joe Ledger and the DMS must save the world again against the evil organization of the Seven Kings and the Goddess.
So if you need a break from the complex books, like action and can put aside the near invincibility and luck of Joe Ledger, I highly recommend this book. This is one of those books to just sit back, enjoy and go with the flow.
I am a sucker for a good story
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.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
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.
Joe's character and dialogue were too over the top. Same with the kings plot. Seems like the series jumped the shark with this one. Performance was very good as always.
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.
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
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