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Extinction Machine: A Joe Ledger Novel Paperback – March 26, 2013
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*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
“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
“Maberry delivers plenty of action and intrigue.” ―Publishers Weekly on Assassin's Code
“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, on The King of Plagues
“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 on The Dragon Factory
“Like a video game on steroids mixed with The Island of Dr. Moreau.” ―Booklist on The Dragon Factory
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At its core this is "good guy vs bad guy" stuff. The good guys will win, but they'll go through hell in the process. By the time they come through, Joe, "Bunny" and "Top" will feel like friends. And Mr. Church, for all his mystery and ambiguity, is someone you'd definitely like on your side.
I call on "Echo Team" whenever I'm in danger of overdosing on too much serious, heavy, overwrought, dark and/or head-scratching, "important" "literature" (see: "Olive Kitteridge", anything by Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood or Cormac McCarthy (esp Cormac McCarthy) "The Goldfinch", most "memoirs" (see "Wild") and a lot of contemporary fiction). Joe and the guys are the perfect antidote to all of that.
As long as Maberry keeps writing them, I'll keep buying them.
This one starts with the Captain Joe Ledger and Echo squad of the DMS in Wolf Trap, Virginia. They are at Shelton Aeoronatics. They are doing legwork, tracking down cyberterrorists since there have been many cyber attacks directed at the defense industry in the last few months.
They find those working there in pieces. Pieces on the floor, the walls and the ceiling.
They also find two men who say they are Federal Agents. Two men who turn out to be way more than they appear to be. Two men who have a gun no one has ever seen before and silk thin Kevlar and muscle enhancers to boot.
So begins another fine read.
This one has Joe, Joe's Military War Dog Ghost, Church, Rudy, a POTUS kidnapped from the WH, the Majestic 3, a man named Tull, another man named Aldo, a man named Bones, another man named Shelton, murder, attempted murder, a plot by the Majestic 3, a woman named Junie Flynn, a Joe Leger who has been framed, a Black Book, VP Collins who becomes the acting POTUS, a Collins who does his best to dismantle the DMS, the destruction of the Warehouse, dead friends, the Chinese, a flying T craft, the owners of the intel for that craft, threats, a knock down drag out fight, enemies, friends and Joe Ledger and the DMS in a fight for their lives.
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.
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.