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.
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 stor..Show More »y 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.
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.
I have read the earlier books in the series, the problem with this one is: so has the author and he keeps rehashing the old stuff. Some of it is to fi..Show More »ll in gaps in the character, but mostly I interpret this as reading leftovers and filling space to get another book out of it. I have started this several times and then something good comes out and I switch to Lucas Davenport or Sheriff Longmire, and not too eager to pick this one up again.
[Helloooo Joe! ] Next to eating Cracked Pepper sunflower seeds at my kids' baseball games (BP no-no); Joe's my next favorite guilty pleasure. It ..Show More »was a brilliant beginning; a tie-in to the Seven Kings (no spoiler here, but what a hoot!). Depending on your poison, whether you like the zombies, aliens, vampires, plagues, super-soldiers, or the more political foes, will determine how much you like this latest Ledger adventure. My least favorite of the series was The King of Plagues (and Dragon Factory) and you need to have read that book to clearly have a grasp of who The Gentleman is, and the threat he poses to the DMS.
Most fans will probably love this one--I'm a fan and I merely liked it. Maberry has reached back and pulled in some old foes, dropped a few new bombshells, opened some questions, and shown a vulnerable side to his seemingly impervious team -- and it seems speculative of something ominous brewing for the next Ledger novel. But I feel sympatico with another reviewer that pointed out the political leanings of the author, political Joe/Maberry can be a buzz-kill. Speaking of buzz...while the casualty count is high in P1, the whole drone thing, didn't get it for me. I still see drones delivering shoes from Zappo's, the neighborhood pack of boys chasing my dog, and haven't made the intellectual jump to terrorism by mechanical mosquito.
The team seemed a little less dimensional, dropped into the middle of one surprise attack after another that left them helpless, without a plan, and spending a lot of time in the hospital. Reading this felt a little like watching my kids play what ever it's called that they play with their action figures -- and listening to Joe practice his stand-up routine. Wise-cracks are one of Joe's most endearing qualities, but that's when they are wise, or smart, not just testosterone-fueled comments like those spinach-fueled comments mumbled by Popeye.
Bottom line: Even a bad day with Joe and his group is a good day. I'm counting this one as a mediocre lead-in to a fantastic 8th in a series (unless that *went up in flames* wink wink). Porter? Come on, it's Porter! Awesome as usual, only little problem for me was he had to read Joe as Maberry wrote him this time, and I personally want Joe to keep his day job and pass on becoming a full time comedian.