Lots of people have reviewed this book already so I will just aim my comments to those (like me) who hesitate to get this because of the cartoonish co..Show More »ver art and well the whole zombies thing. I like zombie fiction but eventually it does get pretty predictable. This book is not your typical run and shoot zombies take over the world tale. It is not a gratuitous gore-fest. The story has multiple layers, science, mysteries within mysteries, strong characters, and intrigue that will keep you guessing and glued to your earphones to the last word. Yes, it is that good. And Ray Porter’s performance is flawless perfection.
It starts off as a straight up butt-kicking action novel, with a tiny hint of political back-story to give it some suspense. This continues nicely for..Show More » about half the novel, then there is an 'intermission' where we get a very long lecture on how horrible eugunenics are. First one character, then the next, then the next, weigh in on the misery behind eugenics or genetic cleansing, or nazism...
Don't get me wrong, these are all bad things, but i don't want a 20 minute lecture in the middle of an action novel about the horrible-ness of it all. If I wanted to read a treatise on ethnic cleansing, I'd go pick up a book on that subject, not one that I thought was a quick and easy butt-kicking action novel.
Even the romantic component is lame...actually, it's so pathetic, I'm not going to bother talking about it. Fortunately, it can be safely overlooked as it's just a quick plug in (heheh, no pun intended) here and there in the story. I suppose it was there to give more depth, but... anyway...
If one could overlook the moralizing and lecturing (which I don't think you can because there is a LOT of it from midway onward), it would be more like 3.5 star. I just can't get all the blah-blah-blah out of my head, and the whole premise is a little too fantastical for my tastes... either it's a thriller, or it's a fantasy. But don't go putting dragons in my butt-kickings. And, no, I don't have a problem with superhero-like butt-kickers, I just don't want the story overstepping its own reality.
I already have Patient Zero in my library so I hope this is indicative of JM's writing. The story seemed to flow naturally. I chuckled a time or two ..Show More »and I felt for the character. For me it also always helps to have a dog in the story. I normally don't like stories with long fight scenes, as I don't believe it takes a lot of talent to write fight scenes, and I prefer that they just tell me who won. The fight scene was not too long, seemed necessary and had a surprise.
This isn't Proust or George Eliot, but it fits my taste.
At 57 minutes I am hoping it is a good introduction to Maberry's work.
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 talent..Show More »ed 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.
Just spent the week with Joe Ledger, all 4 in a row, and WOWeee......did I have a good time! Not since I rode the roller coaster 11 times in a row ba..Show More »ck in high school, (and subsequently lost my corn dog and sno-cone) have I had this much of a wild rollicking ride. When I read the first Ledger book, I thought it was a very enjoyable diversion; I had no intention of continuing on with the books--but 4 books later...I can't think of a funner way to spend the summer than with Joe, Ghost, Bunny, Church, and the rest of Echo Team, on 4 completely different spine-tingling adventures.
Because Assassin's Code is the 4th in a series about Ledger, rather than a continuation of a plot, this book is as strong as the first Ledger installment, and could easily stand on its own. There's no following a strung out plot and dragging to the finish line. (I actually liked the first and this fourth the most.) Instead, Maberry's creativity seems to be picking up speed, and hints at more fun to come. Fast paced, spooky, and crazy fun--but there's just enough reality and science to put a little chill in those thrills; and writting that goes effortlessly from technical, to sarcastic and funny, to down right scary. You'll love the good guys, hate the villains, cheer for the dog, and be intrigued by the mysterious Mr. Church...what more could you want in an action-adventure-thriller?! Ledger may be this era's answer to James Bond. Ray Porter is, once again, outrageously good as narrator/Joe Ledger (is it my imagination, or is he sounding more and more like Ron White?) and gets better with each book.
Assassin's Code is wildly entertaining on its own; don't be surprised if you end up wanting to go again, and again on the Ledger/Porter/Maberry ride.
Yes, I am a die-hard Ledger fan, I love this series, but unfortunately the last few books have strayed from what made Ledger so awesome. Maberry has ..Show More »slowly integrated more and more of his politics into these books and it is starting to dominate the narrative. The second "grievance" I have is that Maberry feels the need to have Ledger spend 2 minutes rationalizing his kills. I don't need Ledger to explain to me how much it hurts him inside each time he has to put someone down, just be a bada** and put the bad guy down! Reading some of the narrative I feel like Maberry is a pacifist and has a hard time writing this violent character. He can still be human without going all soft every time he pulls the trigger. To his credit, Maberry does get Ledger back to being his traditional self in the last few chapters. Again, I love this series, I buy every book pre-order, and even if Maberry keeps up this style I will keep buying. Just wish he would infiltrate less (lets be honest, liberal) politics into the writing and just let us enjoy the awesome character we met in Patient Zero.
Oh, one last thing...the DMS is the top military organization in the world! - and yet every single book they are defeated by jammers! every single book. The DMS would have solved this problem by now, let's get a new plot device Maberry!