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Kill Switch: A Joe Ledger Novel Paperback – April 26, 2016
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"Is Kill Switch recommended? Yes, without question...Series fans will certainly have much to celebrate in this new Joe Ledger entry. Those who somehow missed or avoided the series are urged to seek out the previous titles and join the ranks of those who so admire this wonderfully unique, suspenseful and endlessly ingenious series." ― Bookgasm
"A blend of sf, horror, technothriller, and crime novel, this is one of the best adrenaline reads out there." ―Library Journal, starred review
"Maberry evokes Lovecraftian elements and modern-day thriller tropes to craft a fast-paced tale that incorporates a wide array of conspiracy theories, fringe culture motifs, and Cold War weird science into a sort of kitchen-sink affair that shouldn't work nearly as well as it does." ― Publishers Weekly
Praise for Predator One:
"An action-packed read that sets hearts pumping and fingers quickly turning those pages... enjoy this thrilling roller-coaster ride of a book." ―The San Francisco Chronicle (4 1/2 stars)
"A harrowing addition to the Joe Ledger series...fast-paced and gripping." ―SFSignal.com (4 1/2 stars)
Praise for Jonathan Maberry:
“Top grade horror fiction.” ―Booklist, (Starred Review) on Code Zero
"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
“Wow! From the first page of Patient Zero you know you're in the hands of a master...This is high-concept with brains, action with soul and fast paced tension with psychological insight.” ―M.J. Rose - bestselling author of The Reincarnationist
“The Ledger novels are exciting sf thrillers that just happen to involve stuff that's a little out there...Readers familiar with the series will need no prodding to check this new one out.” ―Booklist, starred review on Extinction Machine
"Capt. Joe Ledger of the Department of Military Sciences returns for his exuberant eighth adventure (after 2015’s Predator One), in which he once again has to prevent a disaster of apocalyptic proportions.... With his enemies able to hijack brains and turn allies into traitors, Joe can’t trust anyone, turning this into one of his most personal missions yet. Maberry evokes Lovecraftian elements and modern-day thriller tropes to craft a fast-paced tale that incorporates an a wide array of conspiracy theories, fringe culture motifs, and Cold War weird science into a sort of kitchen-sink affair that shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does. The sheer intensity of the story takes a heavy toll on Ledger and his team, leaving it anyone’s guess where Maberry will take readers next" - Publisher's Weekly
About the Author
JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, anthology editor, and comic book writer. He writes horror, thrillers, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, and suspense for adults and teens. Several of Jonathan's novels are in development for movies or TV, including V-Wars, Extinction Machine, Rot & Ruin, and Dead of Night. He also writes comics for Marvel, IDW, and Dark Horse. His V-Wars books have been developed as a board game. He is a popular featured expert on History Channel shows like Zombies: A Living History and True Monsters. He lives in Del Mar, California, with his wife, Sara Jo, and their dog, Rosie. Visit www.jonathanmaberry.com.
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The way things are described and the pace of the book are stunning and will evoke your imagination and bring every detail to life. It doesn't hurt either that the things Joe and his team say will have you laughing out loud and causing your family or co-workers to give you an odd look.
Joe is seriously hilarious with his quips. I have a serious man crush on Joe, he is my hero. Yes, I am fully aware that I sound like a moron. No, more like a Trekkie who suddenly found himself in an elevator with Captain Kirk. I don't actually have many hero's, but when I go bromance I go full bromance.... ;-)
This is a must read for any Sci-Fi fan and will have you rethinking what you think you know about science fiction. So with that, I will leave you with this…
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
If I had one complaint about last year's installment, Predator One, it's that I knew who the "villian" was very early on. I had known early in Code Zero, but loved the way it was done so it can either work for or against the book. This years wasn't one of those where you know early, it wasn't till around 60% of the way through that I had a strong idea, and not knowing the exact "Why" was a big reason I wanted to finish the book all the faster.
Kill Switch brings back many of the fan favorite characters from the previous books, and introduces you to some new, intriguing personalities. If nothing else, Maberry is great at introducing you to a character and making them all feel genuine and unique. Love the little "easter eggs" for some of his other works mixed into the book here and there, I spotted them and instantly thought "Ohh I know what he's referencing here" cause I've read a large portion of Maberry's library.
If you love the Joe Ledger series and action packed books that will keep you guessing at every turn, then you'll love this book. I'd recommend picking it up at a time where you have a lot of free time to spend reading, because if you're anything like me, that's all you're going to want to do.
This one starts with Joe, Bunny and Top headed for Antarctica. Mission?? A handoff from the CIA. A handoff from Harcourt Bolton. A Bolton who's a living legend in the spy world. A man Joe has some hero worship for. A man he has a loads of respect for. A Bolton no one really knows at all.
The mission was in two layers. The cover is a surprise inspection to evaluate the status of a research base designated Gateway. This is a repurposed facility. The original Gateway was an old radar station from the early cold war era. Satellites made it mostly obsolete so it was closed up. Operative word is was. The base was built at the foot of Vinson Massif, the tallest mountain in Antarctica. The Russians and Chinese both have research stations in the same region.
From intelligence received in the last twenty-eight hours the Russian and Chinese bases have gone dark. No radio, no communication of any kind. Nineteen hours ago our facility also went dark. Joe and his team are about six hours ahead of the Russian and Chinese teams thanks to Bolton getting wind of the investigative teams headed out. Bolton was busy with something else so he passed it off the Church and the DMS. Hence Joe, Bunny and Top headed for Antarctica.
Gateway isn't a radar outpost anymore and hasn't been for over a decade. but that's where things get muddy. Bug the computer geek for DMS had trouble finding out who actually opened it and what they are doing. Bug found out its some kind of black budget thing, but he only found that because of how well the details had been hidden. Very little of it is in any of the databases Bug and his geek squad had infiltrated. The place is now a mystery and Joe Ledger and his Echo teammates are going to find out what's what. Its a mission which will almost cost Joe, Bunny and Top their lives.
So begins another damned fine read by Mayberry.
This one has Joe, Bunny, Top, Church, Bolton, Violin, Harry Bolt, Junie, Ghost, Prosper Bell, his father Nathan, Lydia, Sam, Joe and his team who come down with the Spanish flue after their trip to Antarctica, a sickness from the past, a bunker system underground, the God Machine, mind control, a Joe, Top and Bunny who begin to think they are losing their minds, a Bolton who is appointed as co director of DMS, a DMS who used to be number one for reliability, a DMS that lately has been less than stellar in performance, a Bolton with his own agenda, a Church who's got an idea about what's going on, the Unlearned Truths, Violin and Harry making it out with one of those books, a Prosper who's the key, the POTUS and his hatred of Church and the DMS, a POTUS who will appoint Bolton as its director and cancel the charter, a Church and Lilith who save the day, a Joe looking for his inside Killer, a Ghost who senses something is wrong, murder, attempted murder, an egomaniac who wants the world to worship and adore him and Joe Ledger doing his best to figure it all out, hang onto his sanity and stay alive.
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