Predator One : Joe Ledger

  • by Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • Series: Joe Ledger
  • 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On opening day of the new baseball season, a small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it's a prank or a publicity stunt. Until it explodes, killing dozens.
Seconds later a swarm of killer drones descends upon the picnicking crowd, each one carrying a powerful bomb. All across the country, artificial-intelligence drive systems in cars, commuter trains, and even fighter planes go out of control. The death toll soars as the machines we depend upon every day are turned into engines of destruction.
Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences go on the hunt for whoever is controlling these machines, but the every step of the way they are met with traps and shocks that strike to the very heart of the DMS. No one is safe. Nowhere is safe. Enemies old and new rise as America burns.
Joe Ledger and his team begin a desperate search for the secret to this new technology and the madmen behind it. But before they can close in, the enemy virus infects Air Force One. The president is trapped aboard as the jet heads toward the heart of New York City. It has become Predator One.

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Maberry needs to get Ledger back to his roots.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I am a die-hard Ledger fan, I love this series, but unfortunately the last few books have strayed from what made Ledger so awesome. Maberry has slowly integrated more and more of his politics into these books and it is starting to dominate the narrative. The second "grievance" I have is that Maberry feels the need to have Ledger spend 2 minutes rationalizing his kills. I don't need Ledger to explain to me how much it hurts him inside each time he has to put someone down, just be a bada** and put the bad guy down! Reading some of the narrative I feel like Maberry is a pacifist and has a hard time writing this violent character. He can still be human without going all soft every time he pulls the trigger. To his credit, Maberry does get Ledger back to being his traditional self in the last few chapters. Again, I love this series, I buy every book pre-order, and even if Maberry keeps up this style I will keep buying. Just wish he would infiltrate less (lets be honest, liberal) politics into the writing and just let us enjoy the awesome character we met in Patient Zero.

Oh, one last thing...the DMS is the top military organization in the world! - and yet every single book they are defeated by jammers! every single book. The DMS would have solved this problem by now, let's get a new plot device Maberry!


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Great ending, no issues.


What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ray Porter is...the number one narrator in the audiobook world. Hands down.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

nope, mostly in-line with what I expected.


Any additional comments?

Said all I had in the first box.

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- Marcus

Well; I liked the cover!

[Helloooo Joe! ]
Next to eating Cracked Pepper sunflower seeds at my kids' baseball games (BP no-no); Joe's my next favorite guilty pleasure. It was a brilliant beginning; a tie-in to the Seven Kings (no spoiler here, but what a hoot!). Depending on your poison, whether you like the zombies, aliens, vampires, plagues, super-soldiers, or the more political foes, will determine how much you like this latest Ledger adventure. My least favorite of the series was The King of Plagues (and Dragon Factory) and you need to have read that book to clearly have a grasp of who The Gentleman is, and the threat he poses to the DMS.

Most fans will probably love this one--I'm a fan and I merely liked it. Maberry has reached back and pulled in some old foes, dropped a few new bombshells, opened some questions, and shown a vulnerable side to his seemingly impervious team -- and it seems speculative of something ominous brewing for the next Ledger novel. But I feel sympatico with another reviewer that pointed out the political leanings of the author, political Joe/Maberry can be a buzz-kill. Speaking of buzz...while the casualty count is high in P1, the whole drone thing, didn't get it for me. I still see drones delivering shoes from Zappo's, the neighborhood pack of boys chasing my dog, and haven't made the intellectual jump to terrorism by mechanical mosquito.

The team seemed a little less dimensional, dropped into the middle of one surprise attack after another that left them helpless, without a plan, and spending a lot of time in the hospital. Reading this felt a little like watching my kids play what ever it's called that they play with their action figures -- and listening to Joe practice his stand-up routine. Wise-cracks are one of Joe's most endearing qualities, but that's when they are wise, or smart, not just testosterone-fueled comments like those spinach-fueled comments mumbled by Popeye.

Bottom line: Even a bad day with Joe and his group is a good day. I'm counting this one as a mediocre lead-in to a fantastic 8th in a series (unless that *went up in flames* wink wink). Porter? Come on, it's Porter! Awesome as usual, only little problem for me was he had to read Joe as Maberry wrote him this time, and I personally want Joe to keep his day job and pass on becoming a full time comedian.
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- Mel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-07-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio