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Extinction Machine

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  • Audio Cassette
  • 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 (22 customer reviews)

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Praise for Assassin's Code: "Maberry delivers plenty of action and intrigue." - Publishers Weekly Praise for The King of Plagues:

"A fast-paced, brilliantly written novel. The hottest thriller of the New Year! In "The King of Plagues", Jonathan Maberry reigns supreme." - Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Athena Project"Praise for The Dragon Factory: "While Joe has announced his retirement, eager readers can look forward to one more volume in this humorous, over-the-top cross-genre trilogy." "-"Publishers Weekly "Like a video game on steroids mixed with The Island of Dr. Moreau. --Booklist

Praise for Extinction Machine: "The Ledger novels are exciting sf thrillers that just happen to involve stuff that's a little out there (and Joe himself is a realistically portrayed soldier who, from time to time, has a hard time dealing with the weirdnesses that surround him). Readers familiar with the series will need no prodding to check this new one out, and newcomers, immediately upon finishing the book, will want to hunt down the earlier installments." - Booklist, starred reviewPraise for Assassin's Code: "Maberry delivers plenty of action and intrigue." - Publishers Weekly Praise for The King of Plagues:

"A fast-paced, brilliantly written novel. The hottest thriller of the New Year! In "The King of Plagues," Jonathan Maberry reigns supreme." - Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Athena Project"

Praise for The Dragon Factory: "While Joe has announced his retirement, eager readers can look forward to one more volume in this humorous, over-the-top cross-genre trilogy." "-"Publishers Weekly "Like a video game on steroids mixed with The Island of Dr. Moreau. --Booklist

A fast-paced, brilliantly written novel. The hottest thriller of the New Year! In "The King of Plagues," Jonathan Maberry reigns supreme.--Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Athena Project, on The King of Plagues

The Ledger novels are exciting sf thrillers that just happen to involve stuff that's a little out there (and Joe himself is a realistically portrayed soldier who, from time to time, has a hard time dealing with the weirdnesses that surround him). Readers familiar with the series will need no prodding to check this new one out, and newcomers, immediately upon finishing the book, will want to hunt down the earlier installments. "Booklist, starred review"

Maberry delivers plenty of action and intrigue. "Publishers Weekly on Assassin's Code"

A fast-paced, brilliantly written novel. The hottest thriller of the New Year! In "The King of Plagues," Jonathan Maberry reigns supreme. Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Athena Project, on The King of Plagues

While Joe has announced his retirement, eager readers can look forward to one more volume in this humorous, over-the-top cross-genre trilogy. "Publishers Weekly on The Dragon Factory"

Like a video game on steroids mixed with The Island of Dr. Moreau. "Booklist on The Dragon Factory"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

JONATHAN MABERRY is a "New York Times "bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of "Patient Zero, the Pine Deep Trilogy, The Wolfman, Zombie CSU" and "They Bite." His work for Marvel Comics includes "The Punisher, Wolverine, DoomWar, Marvel Zombie Return" and "Black Panther." His "Joe Ledger" series has been optioned for TV. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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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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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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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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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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Joe Ledger is an excellant character and in this book he doesn't fail to impress. Jonathan Maberry writes with a passion and knowledge that can be lacking in books about a special operations team.
The story is a great follow up and keeps you hanging.
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For me 'Extinction Machine', Jonathan Maberry's latest Joe Ledger novel, feels rather like the literary equivalent of popcorn or a cheap take-away meal; pleasurable at the time but without real substance and entirely forgettable.

I read the book several months ago (March 2013 according to my Amazon history) and when it came to finally writing this review I had to go back and look up what the plot had been about. Whilst I read a lot books and they do have a tendency to merge with each other in my mind, being unable to recall anything about the plot of a book is very rare indeed, but that was the case with Extinction Machine. I couldn't even remember that it had UFOs in it.

I cannot say that I had the same problem with any of the other Joe Ledger novels, which says something about the quality of this latest effort. Yes, I enjoyed reading it at the time and it includes all the usual action and excitement you would expect from a Ledger novel, but in hind-sight it feels insubstantial compared to some of the preceding books.

Why this is the case however, is something I am struggling to pin down. Maybe the central hook (UFOs) isn't as compelling as zombies or vampires, maybe Maberry spin on the 'men in black' myth isn't original enough, maybe the stakes aren't high enough (despite trying to forcibly increase the sense of jeopardy by including one devastating attack on DMS personnel) or maybe its a combination of all of the above plus a sense the whole book is a somewhat rushed affair. Whatever the reason Extinction Machine isn't a terrible addition to the series but nor is it anything other than a serviceable one that satisfies at the time but doesn't linger long in the mind.
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