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  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427235066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427235060
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; now in development for film; named in Booklist's Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; nominee for several state Teen Book Awards; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards); DUST & DECAY (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; FLESH & BONE (winner of the Bram Stoker Award; 2012; and FIRE & ASH (August 2013). His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin's Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; THE DRAGON FACTORY, 2010; THE KING OF PLAGUES, 2011; ASSASSIN'S CODE, 2011; EXTINCTION MACHINE, 2013; CODE ZER0, 2014, and PREDATOR ONE, 2015.

His mystery novels include the upcoming Dylan Quinn mystery-thriller series for teens: WATCH OVER ME (Simon & Schuster, 2014) and COLD, COLD HEART (2015); and the NIGHTSIDERS series of middle-grade horror/sci-fi adventures, which debut in 2015.

His horror novels include The Pine Deep Trilogy from Pinnacle Books (GHOST ROAD BLUES, 2006, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium; DEAD MAN'S SONG, 2007; and BAD MOON RISING, 2008), as well as DEAD OF NIGHT, 2011 and its forthcoming sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014. He also wrote the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation; and is scheduled to write DEADLANDS: GHOSTWALKERS, an original novel inspired by the million-copy-selling role-playing game.

He is also editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW, and its forthcoming sequel, V-WARS: BLOOD AND FIRE; and he'll be writing a new V-WARS ongoing comic book.

He is also the co-editor for the REDNECK ZOMBIES FROM OUTER SPACE (2013) and editor of the forthcoming dark fantasy anthology, OUT OF TUNE (JournalStone, 2014).

Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary, ZOMBIES: A Living History. He will also be featured in That $#(!'ll Rot Your Brain: How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture, a forthcoming documentary on horror movies directed by Robert Tinnell. And he was participated in the commentary tracks for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: REANIMATED.

His many nonfiction works include VAMPIRE UNIVERSE (Citadel Press, 2006); THE CRYPTOPEDIA (Citadel, 2007 -winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction; co-authored by David F. Kramer); ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (Winner of the Hinzman and Black Quill Awards and finalist for a Stoker Award; 2008); THEY BITE! (2009 co-authored by David F. Kramer); WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (2010; Bram Stoker finalist; co-authored by Janice Gable Bashman); THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS FIELD GUIDE TO THE UNDEAD (2001, written under the pen name of Shane MacDougall); ULTIMATE JUJUTSU (Strider Nolan, 2001); ULTIMATE SPARRING (Strider Nolan, 2000); JUDO AND YOU (Kendall Hunt 1991); and many others.

He writes a variety of projects for Marvel Comics involving CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK PANTHER, DOOMWAR, WOLVERINE, DEADPOOL, THE X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, the NY Times bestselling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER. MARVEL UNIVERSE vs WOLVERINE and MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE AVENGERS. In 2014 he'll launch two new comic book titles: BAD BLOOD (Dark Horse) and V-WARS (IDW), and will be writing a ROT & RUIN ongoing comic for IDW as well. All of Jonathan's comic book collections are released as Graphic Novel collections within a month or two of individual comic publication.

Jonathan has published several dozen short stories in a variety of genres: mystery, horror, thriller, science fiction, military fiction, fantasy, western, urban fantasy, humor and others. His collections include JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES, 2011 from Blackstone Audio; HUNGRY TALES (2012) and TALES FROM THE FIRE ZONE (2012) and the forthcoming JOE LEDGER: SPECIAL OPS (2014, JournalStone). His work also appears in the audio anthology LIAR LIAR from The Liars Club (released by Blackstone Audio in 2013).

Jonathan is the co-creator (with Laura Schrock) of ON THE SLAB, an entertainment news show in development by Stage 9 for ABC Disney / Stage 9. He was also a 'blog correspondent' on Sony's zombie-themed web show 'WOKE UP DEAD'; and was a recurring character on Laura Schrock's 'IT'S TODD'S SHOW'.

Jonathan's Big Scary Blog ( focuses on the publishing industry. Jonathan's interviews include Sandra Brown, Gayle Lynds, Alafair Burke, Charlaine Harris, James Rollins, Harlan Coben, Jeff Abbott, John Saul, Jonathan Kellerman, Barry Eisler, CJ Box, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jack Ketchum, Tom Piccarilli, Dale Brown, Kevin J. Anderson, Joe Lansdale, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Carrie Ryan, and many other best-selling authors. Jonathan also writes the SCARY OUT THERE blog, through which he and his guests explore teen horror fiction in its many aspects. Current and upcoming guests include R.L. Stine, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Nancy Holder, Kim Harrison, Ellen Hopkins and many others. That blog can be found on the website of the Horror Writers Association: In 2014 he'll launch THRILL RIDE, a new blog discussing mysteries and thrillers for teens.

He is a frequent keynote speaker, guest of honor and workshop leader at genre cons, libraries, writers conferences and publishing industry events, including the American Library Association, KeyCon, American Library Association, ThrillerFest, Zombie Fest, Heather Graham's The Writers for New Orleans, Central Coast Writers Conference, NeCon, NY Comic Con, Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Sisters in Crime, BackSpace, PennWriters, Dragon*Con, PhilCon, Horror-Realm, Boucher Con, HorrorFind, Monster Mania, Philadelphia Writers Conference, Balticon, Romance Writers of America, American Library Association, ZenKaiKon,The Write Stuff, Hypericon, AnthoCon, KillerCon, NAIBA, LunaCon, and many others.

Jonathan has sold more than 1,200 feature articles and 3,000 columns; as well as greeting cards, song lyrics, poetry, technical manuals, call-floor scripts, and two plays, including Tales from the Fire Zone. He is developing a psychological thriller novel based on that play.

Jonathan is a Contributing Editor for The Big Thrill (the newsletter of the International Thriller Writers), and is a member of SFWA, IAMTW, MWA, SCBWI, SFWA and HWA, as well as a jurist for the Edgar, Stoker, and Scribe Awards.

Jonathan was the Executive Director of the Writers Room of Bucks County (2005-06) and co-owner of the Writers Corner USA (2006-2009). Jonathan regularly visits local middle schools, high schools and colleges to talk about books, reading, publishing and the writing life. He is a board member of the River Union Stage, a professional equity theater based in Stockton, New Jersey. In 2006 he helped found the Wild River Review, an notable online literary journal.

Jonathan is a founding member of The Liars Club, a group of networking publishing professionals that includes celebrated authors Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Ed Pettit, Dennis Tafoya, Keith Strunk, Don Lafferty, Kelly Simmons, Marie Lamba, Solomon Jones, Stephen Susco, Chuck Wendig, Janice Gable Bashman, Cordelia Biddle, Eric Red, Amber Benson, Kathryn Craft, Jeff Marriott, Nancy Holder and Michael Boatman. The Liars Club works to support booksellers, raise awareness and support for public libraries, and cultivate a joy of reading and books. The late NY Times bestseller L. A. Banks was a founding member of the Liars Club.

Jonathan created the Writers Coffeehouse, a free three-hour open-agenda networking and discussion session for writers of all genres and levels of skill in multiple locations each month.

Jonathan has been a popular writing teacher and career counselor for writers for the last two decades. He teaches a highly regard series of classes and workshops including Write Your Novel in Nine Months, Act Like a Writer, Revise & Sell, Experimental Writing for Teens, and others. Many of his students have gone on to obtain representation and/or publish in short and novel-length fiction, magazine feature writing, nonfiction books, TV, film, and comics.

In 2004 Jonathan was inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame largely because of his extensive writings in that field.

Jonathan and his wife, Sara Jo, to whom he dedicates all of his published works, and their dog, Rosie, live in Del Mar, California.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian_OWC on 8 May 2013
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The best that can be said of the latest Joe Ledger novel is it's a page turner but as I got further into the novel I was reminded of the tv series Lost, which had cliffhanger endings for the sake of it, and not because they made any sense or advanced the plot. Reading this, I felt Maberry had completely lost the plot and has forgotten what made Ledger a great character in the first place. The series has gotten increasingly ridiculous to the point I can no longer suspend disbelief. However, it's not so much that I can't "buy" UFOs (or zombies, unicorns etc), it's that the plot is mundane and silly. Some quick bullet points that spoiled my enjoyment a bit: the Indiana Jones reference telegraphs too obviously what happens next; if Tull has trained the 'men in black' bad guys so well, why are they so easy to overpower?; the Chinese jet flies safely away from the US fleet but later we're told it was shot down during the attack; and typos! So, overall, not a disaster because it's entertaining but it's completely unmemorable and by far the weakest in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By timB on 12 Dec. 2013
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This is the 5th Joe Ledger book I've read and I love the series as a whole. This entry into the series is a little slower than some of the earlier books, but I found it enjoyable enough.
The use of technology that is beyond state of the art and Mr Church's "friends in the industry" do get a bit of a hammering in this book, but not really at the expense of the story.
One review refers to Extinction Machine as being "slightly tongue in cheek" and thats exactly how I felt about it.
Zombies, Terrorists, genetic freaks, Vampires and Aliens, who can Joe go up against next?(Politicians and Bankers anyone?)
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By Zotwot on 11 July 2015
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The Joe Ledger series has done zombies, super soldiers and vampires and this time round it does aliens. Except the aliens don't actually ever appear. It's a story where aliens exist but it's more about the conspiracy side of things.

The president appears to have been abducted by aliens. There's a global arms race as nations across the world try to use alien technology to build weapons. Plus there's cyber attacks and Joe Ledger seems to being targeted personally. Just an ordinary day for the DMS...

This felt a lot more multi-layered than some of the other books in the series. Usually we pretty much just get what Joe is up to (fighting lots of bad guys) and what the big bad guys are up to but here there are more angles. It's also very much a DMS operation rather than simply a Joe Ledger operation- everyone is involved and the scale is huge.

There's something of an X-File feel to it, the massive conspiracy that the government is keeping the existence of aliens quiet (and building weapons from their technology). What I really liked about it is that there was lots of factual information packed into the conspiracy and that meant it was hard to tell where the facts end and the fiction begins. Maberry always does a really good job at making his outrageous plot lines as realistic as he possibly can.

The book sees lots more of Bug, because there's lots of research to be doing, Mr. Church showing a side of him we haven't really seen before and Ledger really being pushed to the limit. It has a particularly James Bond feel to it as times, especially when Ledger confronts the 'super-villain' in his house towards the end. Plus, there's an interesting new female character- although you can probably guess where that plot line is going.
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If you like reading Joe Ledger books you will like this one. Better than Dragon Factory, not quite up to Pateient Zero. Really helps if you have read the other books in order & know the charecters - not that any of them are necessarily safe. Joe meets some very strange people, something weird happens with the President & the DMS has unfinished business with the VP. The details of the aliens are never made clear & thats a good thing to me - enough wierdness with humans using alien tech. If you like a realistic down to earth drama not the book for you, but if you like fast paced not too improbable stories with action & matial arts details that you end up reading half the night to see what happens give the series a try. As usual, the author gives his own unique view to themes like Roswell, Men in Black, alien abductions & government coverups. Continuing characters (including Ghost the dog) add to the reading pleasure. A lot of people die, Joe never emerges unscathed from his adventures, & I hope he is allowed to at least heal up & enjoy a brief holiday before the next relentless adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Knights on 2 Feb. 2014
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Joe ledger kicks pass again, aliens and baddies,does seem to end quite quickly and I was left hoping to read how certain characters got there come uppance but things petered out. But a must read for Joe ledger fans
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I've been ploughing through the Joe Ledger series at a phenomenal rate - having cleared up to and including this book in the series in about two weeks.

I found this book a bit weaker than the previous ones. Violin - leftover from the previous book - is essentially a throwaway character, and the story arc is substantially weaker than the previous books. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th books were all pretty much on a par with the first one, but this was a bit of a step down in my opinion.

Still enjoyable, if you're this far in you know exactly what you're going to get, but a bit less enjoyable than the previous ones.
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