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By and large, this is an outstanding achievement by the writers who contributed. I was on the edge of my seat throughout. The writers really did a great job working with the DMS characters that we all know, keeping them true to canon while giving fresh looks into their lives.
We don't just wander with Joe Ledger, either. We get a great chicks-kick-butt story with Lydia and a fun story about off-time with Top, Bunny, and Lydia.
We also get a story in Joe Ledger's days as a uniformed police officer. That was a really exciting and fun one.
Then there are the stories told from the point of view of people traveling with Ledger, and I found the external view of him fun to experience.
I thought that the tie-ins to other universes risked cheesiness, but that was not at all the case. The tie-ins were very well done, introducing me to some characters that I may find the books for and listen to.
And the last story written by Jonathan Maberry himself... WOW! Freaking outstanding.
I did, however, have two stories to gripe about.
My top two favorite authors are Jonathan Maberry (Ledger) and Larry Correia (MHI and Grimnoir). I finally to got the Larry Correia's story with great anticipation. And I was kind of let down. The story was told in vivid detail with fascinating concepts. But in the end, it just kind of went nowhere and fizzled out right when it could have become really gripping.
The other is about a reporter who is supposed to be super virtuous. It's written by a former reporter and is an obvious attempt to show that reporters and their editors aren't monsters willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to create chaos they can sensationalize to promote their careers. Having seen how reporters operate on several tense occasions first hand, I found the story to be a transparent, self-serving, and insulting.
Other than those two stories, I absolutely loved the rest of the anthology and will be giving it a second go-around.
And then there's Ray Porter. That guy is an incredible reader, and he in top form in this series of stories. Of course, any Joe Ledger audiobook fan will recognize the established characters of the DMS world. But Ray Porter seemed to give real life to new characters and the ones from other universes. I suspect that he could read a math textbook and it would be exciting.
Overall, a great buy and highly recommended!
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Very disappointed with this book - the mashup of short stories from other writers, most of which in my view cannot hold a candle to Johnathan Mayberry style of writing the Joe Ledger series, really didn't do it for me.
Didn't even finish the whole book - if it wasn't for the top notch quality narration by Ray Porter, I don't even think I would have gotten this far.
Also nice link up with other books, shall check some of them out to. Especially liked the Scott Sigler short story.
Jonathan Maberry as the head chef creates this drug and his friends in the industry cook this highly addictive drug and Ray Porter delivers it directly to your brain via your ear! MAN WHAT A TRIP!!!!
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