Dogs of War Review (Sci-Fi Thriller)

Title: Dogs of War | Series: Joe Ledger #9 | Author: Jonathan Maberry | Publisher: Macmillan Audio | Pub. Date: 2017-4-25 | Length: 536 p/ 17 hrs 46 m | Narrator: Ray Porter | Genre: Science Fiction Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: Acts of pedophilia, inferred rape, suicide | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased audio book

Dogs of War

Robots are no longer science fiction. Autonomous, programmed to react like animals: fast, relentless, deadly. From microscopic nanobots to massive self-guided aircraft. This technology is here, it’s assessable, and it’s dangerous. What’s even scarier is that almost anyone can get their hands on it.

A freelance terrorist uses the latest generation of robot dogs to deliver WMDs into cities across America. Ultra-realistic robots in the sex industry are used to spread designer plagues. Sophisticated military weapons systems turn on their human masters. A technological apocalypse is coming and we may be too late to stop it.

Joe Ledger and a newly rebuilt Department of Military Sciences square off against this new and terrible threat. Dogs of War pits Joe against a merciless new enemy and an army of techno-terrorists in a race to prevent a global destruction.

Let loose the Dogs of War. – Goodreads


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Kill Switch by Jonathan Maberry #BookReview

Title: Kill Switch | Series: Joe Ledger #8 | Author: Jonathan Maberry | Publisher: Macmillan Audio | Pub. Date: 2016-4-26 | Length: 18 hours | ISBN13: 9781427279347 | Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased audio book |

Kill Switch

What do you do when the power goes off?

A terrorist group has acquired one hundred E-bombs. Each bomb’s electromagnetic pulse is powerful enough to blow out all power and all technology from a major city. The terrorists plan to hit one hundred American cities in a campaign of destruction. Word has gotten out about the coming blackout and gangs, criminals and terrorist strike teams are poised to attack when the lights go out.

Joe Ledger knows how to stop them. He has the names, locations, abort codes. But a targeted EMP weapon kills the electronics aboard his plane. Joe crashes in the deepest and most remote part of the vast rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Joe and his combat dog, Ghost, survive the crash -but they are lost in the wilderness with no weapons and no way to get the information to the authorities.

Time is running out. And Joe is being hunted by a terrifying new kind of assassin. A team of remote viewers have the ability to take over any person and turn ordinary citizens into killers.

Joe and Ghost may have to kill the innocent in order to save the entire country from falling during a night of darkness and mass murder.Book cover for Kill Switch

Kill Switch Review

I was a bit nervous to pick up Kill Switch. I wasn’t overly impressed with Predator One, and there have been a few other books in the series that didn’t really thrill me. They were still interesting listens, because Ray Porter does an amazing job narrating the series, but the story lines themselves were extremely predictable and it was getting old fast.

Thank Cthulhu (literally), Kill Switch was different. Maberry leans closer to the horror side of things than he ever has in this book. Sure, there’s been zombies, vampires, and so forth, but they’ve always been a bit neutered. It tends to make the Joe Ledger series very hard to classify beyond ‘thriller’, because if you were to put it down exactly it would be something like “supernatural special ops thriller’ which still doesn’t describe exactly what you’re going to get when reading the series. In Kill Switch, Maberry brings in HP Lovecraft’s ever-popular mythos, and lets the Old Ones out to play. The DMS has been up against human evil, and tinges of the supernatural in the past, but this? This is so much more than that.

Kill Switch brings Joe Ledger and the rest of Echo team to a point where hope seems to be lost. Joe, Top, and Bunny (especially Top and Bunny) get their feet swept out from under them in a way that a few days (or weeks) in the hospital isn’t going to fix. And though Maberry’s characters have survived stuff that would have broken other people time and time again with little in the way of mental scarring to show for it, the events in Kill Switch show that they are all truly human. Except for Mr. Church, because who knows what in the world that dude is at this point. (I kind of want to know exactly what is going on with Church, but at the same time I hope I never find out – if that makes any sense at all.)

As usual, even though he might fumble the minute details, the web that Maberry weaves is truly a wicked one indeed. While threads from previous cases are present in Kill Switch, there is one particular person that is blessedly absent. (Sebastian Gault was one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever known.) Though Maberry continues the familiar format of alternating hero and villain sections, in Kill Switch it has a slightly different flavor to it which is decidedly refreshing. The flashes into the future were intriguing, too. Was Maberry setting the stage for future books? Probably. We’ll have to see.

Overall, Kill Switch was a much-needed unexpected delight. Jonathan Maberry delivered a story that kept me on the edge of my seat, deprived me of sleep, and got him cursed at a few times. His habit of getting right to the point of a piece of action happening and then showing us a peek into the past sometimes drives me to the point of screaming into pillows. I already have Dogs of War lined up, but I’m nervous about reading it now. But not for the same reason I was nervous to read Kill Switch. Quite frankly, I’m afraid to read Dogs of War because I don’t see how it’s going to be anything but middling in comparison to the awesomeness that was Kill Switch.

Jonathan Maberry and Ray Porter delivered a fantastic experience yet again. Definitely recommend giving this series a go! If you haven’t read any of it yet, please start with the first book,  Patient Zero.

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Assassin’s Code Review (Sci-Fi Thriller)

Title: Assassin’s Code | Series: Joe Ledger #4 | Author: Jonathan Maberry (site) | Publisher: Macmillian Audio | Pages: 432| Narrator: Ray Porter | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased audio book | Purchase on Amazon


Assassin’s Code

In ASSASSIN’S CODE, the fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series, Joe Ledger and the DMS go on a relentless chase to stop an ancient order of killers from plunging the entire world into Holy War.

When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran,the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

Accompanied by the beautiful assassin called Violin, Joe follows a series of clues to find the Book of Shadows, which contains a horrifying truth that threatens to shatter his entire worldview.

They say the truth will set you free…
Not this time.

The secrets of the Assassin’s Code will set the world ablaze. – GoodreadsBook cover for Assassin's Code

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Rot and Ruin Review (Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic Horror)

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1) - for Rot and Ruin Review on Sci-Fi & ScaryRot & Ruin: In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human. – Goodreads

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For a Laugh: My Zombies Obsession

Okay, anyone who has followed my site for any amount of time knows that I love zombie books. The amount that I love them is a little absurd, though.

Here’s the books from my goodreads “zombie” shelf. I’m pretty sure I’m actually missing several still. Now, I put zombie in parenthesis because not necessarily every book contains your typical zombies, but in my head, if they act in a certain way…they’re zombies! (In order by author)

Don’t be surprised by the fact that you don’t see complete series on here. I hardly ever actually read a whole series.

Is there a zombie novel you’re shocked isn’t on here? Let me know! I’m always looking for the next good one!!