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.
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!