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The King of Plagues [Paperback]

Jonathan Maberry
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21 April 2011

Joe Ledger, ex-cop and now special forces killer must lead his elite team against a criminal mastermind who threatens to unleash a super plague that could wipe out humanity.

Third in the series of all-action spec-ops adventure thrillers - Andy McNab meets 24.

Frenetic pacing, thrill-a-minute adventure, breath-taking and realistic (author us a seventh Dan Karate black belt) violence. Perfect for the male readership.



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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575087013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575087019
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (www.jonathanmaberry.com) 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: http://www.horror.org/yahorror/?p=280. 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.

Visit his website/blog and sign up for his free newsletter at www.jonathanmaberry.com
www.facebook.com/jonathanmaberry, www.twitter.com/jonathanmaberry

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King of Plagues is unrelentingly fast-paced, the combat scenes brutal and bone-crunchingly authentic. Ledger is brash and cocky but he has just enough insecurity to keep you rooting for him as he saves the world once again. (James Lovegrove THE FINANCIAL TIMES )

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Joe Ledger and Echo Team are back again and facing a biological apocalypse.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Ledger or Jack Bauer? 8 April 2011
Format:Paperback
Joe Ledger fights more than just your common, everyday criminal. He fought zombies in Patient Zero. A former cop, he is now a member of the elite DMS (Department of Military Science). Villains you thought died in Patient Zero are back to reek havoc. There is a shadow organization called the Seven Kings that has infiltrated just about every part of society all the way to the top. And they are duplicating biblical events, metaphorically, to fulfill their goals. By threatening family and loved ones, they can get innocent people to do their bidding. Santoro is the knife-wielding assassin who truly loves his work and loves the "Goddess" who is at the head of the Seven Kings. From London to Canada to a cruise liner off the coast of South America, Joe and his team, with the mysterious Church at the helm, are at a loss to figure the Seven Kings' next move. Toss in the Inner Circle of the Skull and Bones and you aren't sure if the world can survive. The author has given Joe his version of Dexter's "dark passenger" which he calls the "warrior." Joe can switch from cop to warrior in the blink of an eye. This is a fast-paced thriller with a twist at the end which might give us another villain for the next Joe Ledger novel. If you haven't discovered Joe Ledger yet, it isn't too late to start. Joe is Jack Reacher and Repairman Jack rolled into one. Doesn't get any better than that!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to a fantastic series! 25 Jun 2011
By N. J. H. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
NO SPOILERS!!

For those of you simply browsing this is the third book in the series. "The king of plagues" features Joe Ledger, a brilliant and funny lead. Now, what's he doing this time around? Joe is back to lead his team against another villain out to cause havoc. I don't want to reveal too much for fear of ruining the surprise for anyone so I won't explain any further than that.

I did lend this to a friend who had read the series too and they felt this was less gripping than the previous two but I disagree. The reason for this being, I felt the second book ended on a massive hook and so this book would explain a few things. The introduction of a couple of new characters and a new plot was also great and kept me on my toes. I can understand why some might feel this was the weakest of the three because it wasn't as action packed as the previous two so if this is what you loved the most you might be disappointed in that respect.

I felt that I was still engaged though and wanting to know more so for that reason I've rated this a four star. A sign of a good book to me is when you finish and are hoping the next one has already been written. I'm interested to see where Maberry will go from here with Joe and his team - A fantastic series in my opinion and well worth a read.

Bring on Joe Ledger 4 - "ASSASSIN'S CODE". So far seems to be scheduled for release late March 2011!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking third instalment 20 April 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
If you want a thriller that has real world threats with a touch of the supernatural then you really have to read Jonathan Maberry's work. It's creative, it is cleverly thought out and when you add a real world feel to the events within it's a story that will haunt as long you read leaving you feeling that something may have been added to the ink or pages to keep you hooked.

It's well done as usual through the authors magical sleight of hand, the twists you don't see coming and when you add a deliciously twisted mind to the work it's a story that really is fascinating. Finally add to this, great prose, a great action hero that just keeps you glued alongside a pace that just won't let up and it's a satisfactory third addition to this cracking series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars All Filler, No Thriller 22 Jun 2011
By Mr
Format:Paperback
The first two Joe Ledger books are superb. King of Plagues is mediocre at best. The dialogue is a poor imitation of Mickey Spillane. The plot is stupid. And the amount of introspection Ledger experiences would make him a great candidate to appear on Oprah. Maberry's first two Ledger books are amazing rollercoaster rides into the fantastic. All I kept thinking while reading King of Plagues was "are we there yet?" I can't believe Maberry's heart was in this book and I feel cheated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable But Lacks A Solid Hook 10 May 2011
By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having kicked off his series of Joe Ledger/DMS novels with an adrenalin charged bang in Patient Zero, Jonathan Maberry followed it up with the far weaker second installment The Dragon Factory, which although enjoyable I also found to be overly convoluted, self-indulgent in places and struggled to maintain any plausibility. Now Ledger and the rest of his surviving crew from the Department of Military Sciences are back for a third adventure; The King of Plagues.

Whilst it doesn't come close to hitting the heights of Patient Zero, this third DMS book is a definite improvement on The Dragon Factory. This is a more streamlined effort than its predecessor, and whilst its undoubtedly a work of fantastical fiction its doesn't veer so far into the realms of implausibility as The Dragon Factory did. Maberry also appears to have reigned in his most self-indulgent tendencies. Whilst his prose still sometimes strays into the realm of the overly-melodramatic it does so less frequently and he's scaled back on the cod-psychology and rambling internal monologues from Ledger (although they do still pepper the book and you still have to suffer the Modern Man/Cop/Warrior claptrap).

The previous two book's strong points, namely pacing and action, remain in place for this third outing. There are some great action set-pieces on offer here, especially an intense shootout at a Starbucks coffee shop. The only disappointment on the action front is the grand-finale, which feels somewhat rushed and rather anti-climatic, although thankfully there are no mythical creatures or scorpion dogs on display this time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Joe ledger read...
The third book in the series. Can't wait to start reading the fourth book. If you haven't yet read any of this series of novels I highly recommend you give a go and hopefully... Read more
Published 3 months ago by dave johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Just reading this one now. Good start, but a little slow to get going. Also noticed that it is hard to work out the order of the books. Must read them in order!
Published 4 months ago by Keith Taylord
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start wicked finish
Another good book in the Joe ledger series.

Although I found it a little slow in the beginning it soon picked up the pace and became the book I expected it to be... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stephen Clarkson
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I have really enjoyed the first two books and am loving the third instalment I can't wait to read the fourth book.
Published 11 months ago by staceym
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable hokum!
This is the third instalment of the adventures of Joe Ledger and the Echo Team. The plot involves a ultra terrorist network known as the Seven Kings using weaponised forms of the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pazza
2.0 out of 5 stars Complete and utter disppointment
Not to go into it too much but quite simply....nothing happens. That is the fundamental problem with this book. You get through the first 200 pages before there's even a fight. Read more
Published on 9 April 2012 by S Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent threequel
Joe Ledger returns to fight another band of oddball villains bent on world domination/destruction, one of which is the titular King of Plagues. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by Mr. G. Battle
2.0 out of 5 stars From Potentially Good To Ridiculous
I bought all the books in this trilogy (so far) together, based on the reviews here.

'Patient Zero', even with the seriously flawed science, psychology, history,... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by BDI
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine entry in a superb series
Rather than, spend time on plot spoilers, or explanations, i will start simply by saying that if you come to the page for this book having not read the previous 2 entries in the... Read more
Published on 19 May 2011 by D. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Prime Cut
After being drawn into the world of Joe Ledger in Patient Zero and then again receiving the equivalent of a birthday and Christmas present all at once with Dragon Factory I very... Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by Harkin Cain
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