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Extinction Machine: A Joe Ledger Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Maberry
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Book Description

In Extinction Machine, the fifth Joe Ledger book by Jonathan Maberry, the DMS must go up against someone—or something—in search of new technology that could bring about world war

The President of the United States vanishes from the White House.

A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds.

All over the world reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. 

And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth. There are rumors of alien-human hybrids living among us.

Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences  rush headlong into the heat of the world’s strangest and deadliest arms race, because the global race to recover and retro-engineer alien technologies has just hit a snag. Someone—or something--wants that technology back.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Get ready to have your mind boggled. In the fifth Joe Ledger novel, Maberry provides explanations—plausible, logically consistent, tantalizing explanations—for alien abductions, UFO sightings, the 1947 “flying saucer” crash at Roswell, and those pesky rumors of secret technologies reverse-engineered from extraterrestrial devices. When Ledger and his Department of Military Sciences team—they defend the U.S. from science-based terrorism—are tasked to investigate a wave of cyberattacks, they wind up in a race against time to stop a brilliant and powerful megalomaniac. From the first Ledger novel, 2009’s Patient Zero, the author has tackled such subjects as zombies and bioengineered mythical creatures, but he never lets the fantastic elements get out of hand. The Ledger novels are exciting sf thrillers that just happen to involve stuff that’s a little out there (and Joe himself is a realistically portrayed soldier who, from time to time, has a hard time dealing with the weirdnesses that surround him). Readers familiar with the series will need no prodding to check this new one out, and newcomers, immediately upon finishing the book, will want to hunt down the earlier installments. --David Pitt


Praise for Extinction Machine:

"The Ledger novels are exciting sf thrillers that just happen to involve stuff that’s a little out there (and Joe himself is a realistically portrayed soldier who, from time to time, has a hard time dealing with the weirdnesses that surround him). Readers familiar with the series will need no prodding to check this new one out, and newcomers, immediately upon finishing the book, will want to hunt down the earlier installments." - Booklist, starred review

Praise for Assassin's Code:
"Maberry delivers plenty of action and intrigue." - Publishers Weekly
Praise for The King of Plagues:

"A fast-paced, brilliantly written novel.  The hottest thriller of the New Year!  In The King of Plagues, Jonathan Maberry reigns supreme."  - Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Athena Project


Praise for The Dragon Factory:
"While Joe has announced his retirement, eager readers can look forward to one more volume in this humorous, over-the-top cross-genre trilogy." -Publishers Weekly
"Like a video game on steroids mixed with The Island of Dr. Moreau. --Booklist

Product Details

  • File Size: 832 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312552211
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096QZ6PI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story in a Great Series!! April 9, 2013
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If you haven't read any of the other books in this terrific sci-fi action series, try to start with Patient Zero. Joe Ledger and company hook you from the first page and help explain some of the back-story.
Extinction Machine is fast moving, shoot 'em up, blow 'em up, who dun it. One new character has a secret you can see coming a mile away, but she adds nicely to Joe's story. Mr. Mayberry comes up with some very interesting bad guys and he certainly doesn't disappoint here. The less dark tone of this novel (compared to some Joe books) was definitely a positive thing for me as well. I kept checking how far along I was on my Kindle because I didn't want it to end.
If you like sci-fi, high action thrillers, there is no better series than this one. Check it out...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, what can I say? March 21, 2014
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It amazes me how Jonathan Maberry can maintain his level of quality with his Joe Ledger series. Each time I review his books, I sound like a broken record stuck on the same lyrics, but here I go again. Excellent story, great characters, outstanding pacing, blah, blah, blah, you see my point. Read this book... Better yet, read the entire damn series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah Mr. Maberry has done it again February 12, 2014
By E. Peck
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I have read all of the Joe Ledger series and love them all, currently anxiously awaiting the next.

First let me say how much I ADORE Jonathan Maberry's writing. He keeps me engaged and I cant stop until it's done. If you like Military, INTENSE Fighting, Secret Gov't Agencies, Creatures, Zombies, Mad Scientists, Aliens etc then the Joe Ledger series (all of them) are for you. I recommend reading from book 1 to this but you dont HAVE too, each story is its own with some recollection of the last, I find it def helps to understand Joe's character better and the others if you follow from book 1.

This book is along similar lines to others in the past with mad scientists but has more alien vibes (not gonna give anything away) That said my personal favorite of the series is Patient Zero, but thats bc I'm a zombie FREAK (I recommend his "Rot and Ruin" series and "Dead of Night" if you are into Zombies)

Keep the books coming Mr. Maberry, I look forward to them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Series June 23, 2013
Previously, Ledger and his team from the Military Science Division have battled vampires, zombies, Genetically enhanced creatures and assorted terrorists. It seems almost natural for him to eventually have to contend with aliens. The central premise of the book is that the Roswell incident in 1947 was indeed a UFO crash and that there have been many other crashes over the years. Since then, all countries have been desperately trying to combine parts from different crashes to build one working model. However when the components are assembled, they inevitably explode in a spectacular fashion causing horrible death and devastation. China and America are the furthest along in this new arms race and secret leaders within each county will stop at nothing to assure that their county comes out on top.

When the President of the US vanishes from the White House, it is unclear what has happened to him. Was he kidnapped by terrorists or a foreign power? Or, could he conceivably have been the victim of a UFO abduction? In either case, is this a declaration of war? Ledger must figure out what is going on and do what is necessary to prevent the death of over a billion people.

I hope this series continues as each book is more exciting than the last.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UFO Madness April 10, 2013
By Rahvin
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This is not an Area 51 conspiracy book, it goes so much further than that. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort that went into the research for this book. Putting the book down at night to get some sleep proved to be problematic and every time I woke for any reason I found myself reading just a little bit more and promised myself that sleep was on the way - such a liar. This was an excellent Joe Ledger book and be you a fan or not, I highly recommend it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ledger just keeps getting better! April 4, 2013
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I'll admit, when I first heard Aliens would feature in Ledger's next adventure I was a bit skeptical, but I should have never worried, as Maberry manages to come at aliens from a fresh perspective and as always writes a damn fine thriller. Loved this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Joe Ledger novel! November 7, 2014
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I only want to say that I have read very Joe Ledger novel out there and started with this one the professional narration. I am here to sing the praises of Jonathan Mayberry's amazing skill as a story teller and the professional narration that added so much more to the "feel" of the story. The narration opened the words from Mayberry to the at times heart breaking emotion, the unbreakable bonds of brotherhood forged in combat, and the true sense and feeling of my most beloved characters in such a perfect story. I have been purchasing my Kindle books with the narration when every possible. :) 6 out of 5 stars!

P.S. Your fellow Pennsylvanians from Newtown to Fairless Hills, or Levittown to Langhorne, or Richboro to New Hope, miss their famous son and the old coffee house has not been the same. Godspeed to where ever life takes you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Ledger is awesome. June 16, 2014
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Maberry is a master storyteller, this book won't let you down. I've already ordered the next one in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic and Predictable. That's WHY I Love it!
Maberry's winning combo of likeable characters, snappy dialogue, and high tension moments guarantees a good time, EVERY time. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Michele Kingery
4.0 out of 5 stars fun to read, a bit out there
I enjoyed the book just like those before it. Another interesting Joe Ledger novel in a universe we only wish was real
Published 12 days ago by Larry Tingen
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe my favorite so far
As unhappy as I was with the last Maberry/Ledger novel I read, I couldn't be more delighted with this one. Crass and witty at his best. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Machine rolls on
Joe Ledger is a machine. This book proves it once again.

Interesting ideas that made me think, yeah, that could happen.

The characters are fun to follow. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe is a bad a**.
Mr. Maberry never fails.. Joe is a bad a**... Great read!
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Augustine
4.0 out of 5 stars Maberry managed to pull off an enjoyable read involving UFOs
So far I have loved every Jonathan Maberry book I have read and Extinction Machine did not disappoint. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Debbie's World of Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
I've read every book in this series in order and haven't been disappointed yet. each book is different enough that I haven't gotten bored with them yet. keep up the good work JM.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT!!!
I always enjoy the Joe Ledger books and the emotional journey the books carry me across. I can't wait to be attached to the next one. (That I just bought today)
Published 2 months ago by Immanuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good luck and happy reading
Totally hooked on the entire Joe Ledger series! This is a must-have must-read novel series! Good luck and happy reading :-)
Published 4 months ago by T. Samuels
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; now in development for film; named in Booklist's Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; nominee for several state Teen Book Awards; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards); DUST & DECAY (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; FLESH & BONE (September 11, 2012; and FIRE & ASH (2013). His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin's Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; THE DRAGON FACTORY, 2010; HE KING OF PLAGUES, 2011; ASSASSIN'S CODE, 2011; EXTINCTION MACHINE, 2013; CODE ZER0, 2014, and JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES, 2011 from Blackstone Audio.

His horror novels include The Pine Deep Trilogy from Pinnacle Books (GHOST ROAD BLUES, 2006, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel; DEAD MAN'S SONG, 2007; and BAD MOON RISING, 2008), as well as DEAD OF NIGHT, 2011 and its forthcoming sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014. And the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation.

He is also editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW.

Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary, ZOMBIES: A Living History. He will also be featured in That $#(!'ll Rot Your Brain: How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture, a forthcoming documentary on horror movies directed by Robert Tinnell.

His many nonfiction works include VAMPIRE UNIVERSE (Citadel Press, 2006); THE CRYPTOPEDIA (Citadel, 2007 -winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction; co-authored by David F. Kramer); ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (Winner of the Hinzman and Black Quill Awards and finalist for a Stoker Award; 2008); THEY BITE! (2009 co-authored by David F. Kramer); WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (2010; Bram Stoker finalist; co-authored by Janice Gable Bashman); THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS FIELD GUIDE TO THE UNDEAD (2001, written under the pen name of Shane MacDougall); ULTIMATE JUJUTSU (Strider Nolan, 2001); ULTIMATE SPARRING (Strider Nolan, 2000); JUDO AND YOU (Kendall Hunt 1991); and many others.

He writes a variety of projects for Marvel Comics involving CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK PANTHER, DOOMWAR, WOLVERINE, DEADPOOL, THE X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, the NY Times bestselling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER. MARVEL UNIVERSE vs WOLVERINE and the upcoming MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE AVENGERS. All of Jonathan's comic book collections are released as Graphic Novel collections within a month or two of individual comic publication.

Recent short stories include "A Footnote in the Black Budget" (MADNESS OF CTHULHU, 2013), "Pegleg and Paddy Save the World" (HISTORY IS DEAD, Permuted Press 2007), "Doctor Nine" (KILLERS, Swimming Kangaroo Press, 2008; and reprinted in THE STORIES (in) BETWEEN Edited by Greg Schauer, Jeanne B. Benzel, and W.H. Horner. Fantasist Enterprises, 2009), "Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost" (LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE 2, Bloodletting Books, 2008), "Clean Sweeps" (AND SO IT BEGINS, Dark Quest Books, 2008), "Family Business" (THE NEW DEAD, St. Martin's Press, 2010), "Like Part of the Family" (NEW BLOOD edited by Patrick Thomas and Diane Raetz, Padwolf Press, 2010), "Zero Tolerance" (THE LIVING DEAD 2, Night Shade Books), "Flint and Steel" (GI JOE: COBRA WARS, 2011), "Saint John" (THE MONSTER'S CORNER, 2011, St. Martin's), "Spellcaster 2.0" (An Apple for the Creature, Ace Books, 2012), "Jack and Jill" (21st Century Dead, St. Martin's Griffin,2012), "The Death Song of Dwar Guntha" (Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, 2012, Simon & Schuster), "The Wind Through the Fence" (an original e-story available for all e-readers), "Property Condemned" (scheduled for the premier issue of NIGHTMARE MAGAZINE), "Chokepoint" (included in THE UNINVITED, Vol 2), and many others. His essay, "Take Me To Your Leader" is included in the nonfiction book, TRIUMPH OF THE WALKING DEAD: Robert Kirkman's Zombie Epic on Page and Screen edited by James Lowder (BenBella Books/Smart Pop, 2011).

In 2012 Blackstone Audio released two collections of Jonathan's short stories: Tales from the Fire Zone and Hungry Tales.

All of Jonathan's novels are available on audio, including the audio-only collection, JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES (Blackstone), which includes the short stories "Countdown", "Zero Tolerance", "Deep Dark", "Material Witness" and "Dog Days". Another Joe Ledger short, "Mad Science", will appear in the audio anthology LIAR LIAR from The Liars Club.

Jonathan is the co-creator (with Laura Schrock) of ON THE SLAB, an entertainment news show in development by Stage 9 for ABC Disney / Stage 9. He was also a 'blog correspondent' on Sony's zombie-themed web show 'WOKE UP DEAD'; and was a recurring character on Laura Schrock's 'IT'S TODD'S SHOW'.

Jonathan's Big Scary Blog ( focuses on the publishing industry. Jonathan's interviews include Sandra Brown, Gayle Lynds, Alafair Burke, Charlaine Harris, James Rollins, Harlan Coben, Jeff Abbott, John Saul, Jonathan Kellerman, Barry Eisler, CJ Box, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jack Ketchum, Tom Piccarilli, Dale Brown, Kevin J. Anderson, Joe Lansdale, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Carrie Ryan, and many other best-selling authors.

He is a frequent keynote speaker, guest of honor and workshop leader at genre cons, libraries, writers conferences and publishing industry events, including KeyCon, ThrillerFest, Zombie Fest, Heather Graham's The Writers for New Orleans, Central Coast Writers Conference, NeCon, NY Comic Con, Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Sisters in Crime, BackSpace, PennWriters, Dragon*Con, PhilCon, Horror-Realm, Boucher Con, HorrorFind, Monster Mania, Philadelphia Writers Conference, Balticon, Romance Writers of America, American Library Association, The Write Stuff, Hypericon, AnthoCon, KillerCon, NAIBA, LunaCon, and many others.

Jonathan has sold more than 1,200 feature articles and 3,000 columns; as well as greeting cards, song lyrics, poetry, technical manuals, call-floor scripts, and two plays, including Tales from the Fire Zone. He is developing a psychological thriller novel based on that play.

Jonathan is a Contributing Editor for The Big Thrill (the newsletter of the International Thriller Writers), and is a member of SFWA, IAMTW, MWA, SCBWI, SFWA and HWA, as well as a jurist for the Edgar and Stoker Awards.

Jonathan was the Executive Director of the Writers Room of Bucks County (2005-06) and co-owner of the Writers Corner USA (2006-2009). Jonathan regularly visits local middle schools, high schools and colleges to talk about books, reading, publishing and the writing life. He is a board member of the River Union Stage, a professional equity theater based in Stockton, New Jersey.

Jonathan is a founding member of The Liars Club, a group of networking publishing professionals that includes celebrated authors Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Ed Pettit, Dennis Tafoya, Keith Strunk, Don Lafferty, Kelly Simmons, Marie Lamba, Solomon Jones, Stephen Susco, Chuck Wendig, Sara Shepard, William Lashner, and Laura Schrock. The Liars Club works to support booksellers, raise awareness and support for public libraries, and cultivate a joy of reading and books. The late NY Times bestseller L. A. Banks was a founding member of the Liars Club.

On the last Sunday of every month Jonathan hosts the Writers Coffeehouse, a free three-hour open-agenda networking and discussion session for writers of all genres and levels of skill. The event is held at the Barnes & Noble in Willow Grove Pennsylvania. The Liars Club has begun launching additional Writers Coffeehouses throughout the region.

Jonathan has been a popular writing teacher and career counselor for writers for the last two decades. He teaches a highly regard series of classes and workshops including Write Your Novel in Nine Months, Act Like a Writer, Revise & Sell, Experimental Writing for Teens, and others. Many of his students have gone on to obtain representation and/or publish in short and novel-length fiction, magazine feature writing, nonfiction books, TV, film, and comics.

In 2004 Jonathan was inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame largely because of his extensive writings in that field.

Jonathan lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Sara Jo, to whom he dedicates all of his published works, and their dog, Rosie. His stepson, Sam West-Mensch, serves a general manager of Jonathan's writing business.

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