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The dead rose. We fell.

The survivors are trapped in a world of monsters who prey on the helpless. Some of them are zombies...but they are not the only predators who feed on pain and suffering.

Dark of Night is a story of worlds in collision. Three heroes who have survived the apocalypse are in a deadly race to save a busload of children from ravenous zombies and ruthless human scavengers.

This brand new novella brings together three of New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry's award-winning series. Captain Joe Ledger (Patient Zero and Code Zero), Officer Desdemona Fox (Dead of Night and Fall of Night), and Rachael Elle (Bits & Pieces) are caught between an endless wave of the living dead and an army of corrupt men who want to enslave the last human survivors.

©2016 Jonathan Maberry and Rachael Lavin (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Dark of Night: Joe Ledger Returns!!

Mayberry is nothing less than sheer genius! All three books in this series were nonstop, sheer heart-pounding action! The unbelievably well described graphic horror was primo!
Des Fox was refreshing as the lead female protagonist. Mouth like a sailor. Tough, no nonsense and yet compassionate and caring. She pulled no punches and her authenticity made her one of my favorite characters throughout all 3 books.
The ending left me hanging so I’m hoping we will see another book in this series in the near future.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The Walking Dead, but better

What did you like best about this story?

Fast paced, thrilling, immersive

Which scene was your favorite?

The introduction of Captain Ledger and his dog

Who was the most memorable character of Dark of Night and why?

Captain Joe Ledger, he is a good guy, doing bad things to bad people.

Any additional comments?

In Dark of Night: A Joe Ledger Novella, New York Times and award winning thriller writer Jonathan Maberry brings together three of his heroes, from multiple series to fight against The Walking Dead. The book is co-written with another talented author, Rachael Lavin. This was my first experience with Mr. Mayberry‘s work and I’m very happy with the end result.

If you are like me, a big audiobook fan, you probably search for new books by your favourite narrators. This is exactly what I did, I finished listening to Into the Storm, performed by the amazing Ray Porter and I looked for more books read by him. When I saw that Dark of Night was rated with 4.9/5 I decided to give it a shot, especially since it’s just 5 hours long.

The story follows three main characters, which are separated at first, then later they will combine their collective forces in order to save a bus full of children from the horrors of a world ruled by the walking dead and by some really nasty individuals. Yes, this is a zombie book, but one so fast paced and thrilling that I couldn’t stop listening until Ray Porter delivered the last sentence.

I liked very much US Rangers Captain Joe Ledger and his tank of a dog, called Baskerville. For a book this short it’s just amazing to see how fast the authors are able to pull you into the story. I usually don’t listen to zombie stories, but this one is more about the living and about the survivors, good and bad, while the living dead are more of a bump in the road for both parties.

If you like The Walking Dead, you’ll love Dark of Night, because it is a story about what it means to try to remain human in a world without hope. Speaking of hope, the book opens on a hopeless note and after all the horrific events that took place, it ends on a positive one.

After a short search I discovered that many of Jonathan Maberry‘s audiobooks are performed by esteemed actor, voice over artist and award winning narrator Ray Porter. In Dark of Night he gives life to all the characters, attributing each ones a different voice and accent, keeping them well differentiated in the listener’s mind. His voices range from the scared little girl to the ugly, ruthless NKK (New Klux Klan) assholes. Ray is a force of nature, he reads, acts, shouts in all the right moments. He is sad, funny, scary or neutral as the plot dictates it. My ”first contact’ with Mr. Porter was the awesome thriller called The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow and since then he stayed in my top 5 male narrators, alongside Scott Brick, Dick Hill, Grover Gardner and Michael Prichard.

Ray Porter and the two authors deliver with Dark of Night a great and deeply immersive post-apocalyptic story, filled with unforgettable, vivid characters. The action starts on second 1 and keeps going with a blazingly fast speed until the last word.

Now, with this review over I will purchase Patient Zero, the 1st book in the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Mayberry and also performed by Ray Porter.

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Solid zombie story

It was a good zombie book. Believable characters. Makes me want to read the other books in series.

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Short, Sweet & Spectacular!

This story fit nicely into the Joe Ledger stories and helped me remember why I loved the series so much.

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  • ebony
  • LANSDOWNE, MD, United States
  • 11-29-16

Anything with Joe Ledger!

Wish there was more to this book right now. I put off reading it because I knew I would want more!

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The perfect knot to tie it all together...

Mr Maberry has become likely my personal favorite over the last 5 years. All of his stories are stellar and edge of the seat from start to finish. This piece is the one that brings all the stories together and it's perfect.... keep them coming Jonathan... please!

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Good addition

This is a good book but I'm a little confused on the time line. Hope there's another one coming out with the rest of echo team.

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Excellent

Excellent addition to the series, I love anything with Joe Ledger. Just wish there was more of it!

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Maberry and Porter does it again.

The book includes characters from several of Maberry's other novels. The main characters,of course, are Joe Leger and Desdemona Fox. *SPOILER* First let me say these two teaming up is CRAZY. They are a perfect couple in Maberry's post apocalyptic zombie world. The story is awesome, fast paced, and very well written. It drowns you in so much fear and chaos and doesn't seem to let you up to take a breath. My only complaint is, I wish it were longer. It seemed so short, I just wanted MORE!!!!

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NKK, NEW KLUX KLAN

FIRST--OUCH, SECOND--DON'T EVER DO THAT AGAIN
Joe ledger is the main character, so there is comic relief. If somehow you have gotten through life without meeting Joe Ledger, this is a good way to do so. As Maberry explains in the Intro, even though this involves characters from three different series, you don't need to read them to listen to this.

SHE'S NOT SCARED ENOUGH, IF SHE THINKS ZOMBIES ARE THE WROSE THINGS OUT THERE.
Like the majority of zombie books, this is more about the evil humans and they are evil. The zombies are not ignored though, they play a big part in the book. It is an action packed book with some very scary parts to it. I will have to admit that, there were times when my mind did wonder. It is time that writers start getting a little more creative with their zombies. As the judges on AGT like to say, make it your own.

SINCE WHEN HAS LADY LUCK EVER GIVEN US ANYTHING BUT, A BAD HAND JOB.

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  • DC
  • 02-10-17

Ray Porter never disappoints

Finished off the series very nicely and I very much enjoyed the bringing together of two of his best characters. Also nice to get a bit more Joe ledger, as I'm awaiting the new book

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  • Eddie
  • 07-14-16

Not nearly as good as previous Joe Ledger novels

Though the narration delivered by Ray Porter were excellent as always, the story line however really missed the mark on my opinion.
Except for the character "Joe Ledger", none of the other characters in previous novels made an appearance.
I really missed the clever banter and wisecracks which are so characteristic of the Joe Ledger character.
The other characters also did not impress me that much either and were (in my opinion) a bit unbelievable.

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  • Anja Radford
  • 07-05-17

absolutely loved it

can not begin to say what i liked the most. the convergence of stories and storylines from most of maberry's books plus new characters. and ray porter is just fantastic. i do hope there will be more of the rot and ruin dead of night and joe ledger books and collaborations. rachel l was my favourite and baskervilles.