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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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    Jeremiah Fountain Valley, CA, United States 12-23-11
    Jeremiah Fountain Valley, CA, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Better Than The Second Joe Ledger"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 05-12-11
    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 05-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Joe Ledger ROCKS!"

    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.

    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-02-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "THIS ISN'T A SODDEN COMIC BOOK"

    IF YOU GO TO AMBUSH SOMEONE DON'T MAKE A SPEECH FIRST.
    Keep in mind that as I criticize this book that I have already given it four stars for story and overall. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME SOMEONE FALLING IN LOVE LISTENED TO REASON. This is book number three and it is not as good as book number two, which was no where near as good as book number one "Patient Zero". Though this is not a comic book it does come dangerously close. The bad guys are Chaos (the same bad guys in Get Smart). At over 16 hours I thought the book was too long. The same thing that happens to most popular authors, seems to be happening to Maberry. His writing is getting longer as he says less. Editors keep their mouths shut, so as not to get fired. This would have been a little better at ten or twelve hours. There are places that go extremely flat and even Ray Porter sounds bored.

    UGLY WINDS BLEW ACROSS THE DARKNESS OF MY INNER LANDSCAPE.
    Keep in mind the above sentence was said in total seriousness. Joe Ledger is becoming a real softy. He is even more touchie feelie and introspective in this book then number 2. Diane Rowland's Zombie character Angel has a bigger set of balls then Joe now. Don't get me started on how Maberry is trying to turn this into a super politically correct novel. The speeches on how there are lots of good Moslems etc... are endless. The series has been optioned for a TV series, so Joe has to clean up his act. The mileage they get out of Joe's girlfriend's death in book two is unbelievable, even while they set up his next girlfriend.

    WHAT IS EVIL?
    IT IS WHAT THE LOSERS CALL THE WINNERS.
    Having said all I have said this book is worth your credit. It is still better then most books out there. It has some good action and plenty of great macho lines. I enjoyed it and will be getting the next book in the series.

    Ray Porter, may be the best narrator on the planet.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 04-17-11
    Kindle Customer ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 04-17-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Mayberry has done it again!"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Ewing, NJ, United States 05-22-14
    Andrew Ewing, NJ, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sorry, no."

    A number of things wrong with this book, the series and the character of Joe Ledger. Really? A psychiatrist on staff that the hero needs to call in the middle of an op? Super duper at combat just because he was a grunt years ago? I know, everything is over-the-top in books like this, but this stretched too far.
    Then, he goes and starts playing politics in this book. He was commendably neutral in his first two, but Mayberry decided to send a message in this one. I'm done with his books and which he never got a penny from me for the first two.

    On a positive note, the Ray Porter does a great job, and I've enjoyed his work with other books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-04-12
    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "Ray Porter - Still worth the price of admission."

    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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 11-28-12
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Danger Broadens"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Radford Arlington, VA, United States 03-31-12
    Radford Arlington, VA, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I have become a fan of Joe Ledger"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Millgrove, Ontario, Canada 03-24-12
    Clayton Millgrove, Ontario, Canada 03-24-12 Member Since 2002

    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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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 10-30-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2009

    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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