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Just spent the week with Joe Ledger, all 4 in a row, and WOWeee......did I have a good time! Not since I rode the roller coaster 11 times in a row back in high school, (and subsequently lost my corn dog and sno-cone) have I had this much of a wild rollicking ride. When I read the first Ledger book, I thought it was a very enjoyable diversion; I had no intention of continuing on with the books--but 4 books later...I can't think of a funner way to spend the summer than with Joe, Ghost, Bunny, Church, and the rest of Echo Team, on 4 completely different spine-tingling adventures.
Because Assassin's Code is the 4th in a series about Ledger, rather than a continuation of a plot, this book is as strong as the first Ledger installment, and could easily stand on its own. There's no following a strung out plot and dragging to the finish line. (I actually liked the first and this fourth the most.) Instead, Maberry's creativity seems to be picking up speed, and hints at more fun to come. Fast paced, spooky, and crazy fun--but there's just enough reality and science to put a little chill in those thrills; and writting that goes effortlessly from technical, to sarcastic and funny, to down right scary. You'll love the good guys, hate the villains, cheer for the dog, and be intrigued by the mysterious Mr. Church...what more could you want in an action-adventure-thriller?! Ledger may be this era's answer to James Bond. Ray Porter is, once again, outrageously good as narrator/Joe Ledger (is it my imagination, or is he sounding more and more like Ron White?) and gets better with each book.
Assassin's Code is wildly entertaining on its own; don't be surprised if you end up wanting to go again, and again on the Ledger/Porter/Maberry ride.
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FAKE IT TO MAKE IT
There is a lot in this book, including GOAT JERKY, FETCH DOG, CLOAK AND DAGGER BULLSH__, SATURDAY PEOPLE, BROWNIE POINTS, 531, PURRELL, and PHOTOGRAPHY. It also includes a lot of discussions, self pity and soap opera style drama. Mostly it has Ray Porter who alone with the Joe ledger's smart assness, saves the book. I have to be honest that it was a chore at times to finish this. I know if a nuclear bomb goes off and kills millions that would be very sad. For some reason bombs just don't seem scary in a story or make me want to throw up like Ledger. The political correctness of the story is hard to miss. For some reason, I feel the Joe Ledger who entered a room in Patient Zero and started kicking A__, is not the same touchie, feelie, Joe Ledger in all the sequels. The White Trash Zombie is tougher than Joe. I will continue the series, on the strength of Patient Zero.
I KNOW MORE WAYS TO KILL YOU, THAN YOU KNOW HOW TO DIE
HISTORY IS TOLD TO SUIT THE TELLER
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interesting if gory on occasion story. seemed to flow and change enough to keep me reading
Firstly, a real frustration is that audible have available in the UK, books 1, 4, 5 & 6 in this series... Not 2 and 3 that are available in the states... That's mental.
Fortunately I sourced them elsewhere.
Love this series, this the second I've listened to confirmed that and spurred me to order all of the others. Recommended for virtually anyone and I'm glad to see its finally becoming a movie