The King of Plagues: A Joe Ledger Novel (Anglais) Broché – 29 mars 2011
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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.
After dealing with zombies and genetically-modified monsters, Joe Ledger was hoping for a break. But in the world in which he lives, evil is only just around the corner. His job is to protect the world from maniacs, maniacs who often have resources and support that his team doesn't. The enemy also has a brutal willingness to kill - and that is one thing Joe doesn't have a problem with ...
Frenetic pacing, thrill-a-minute adventure, breath-taking and realistic (author is a seventh Dan Karate black belt) violence. Perfect for the male readership.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Poche.
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It was the last thing he wanted, but Joe Ledger is back . . .
Saturday 09:11 Hours: A blast rocks a London hospital. Thousands are dead or injured...
10:09 Hours: Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate.
The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Joe rejoins the Department of Military Sciences and within hours is attacked by a hit-team of assassins. Then comes the suicide mission into a viral hot zone during an Ebola outbreak. Joe and his team are being pushed over the edge.
To get to the bottom of what is going on Joe Ledger and the DMS must tear down veils of deception. What they uncover is something far more horrifying than nature or legend could have imagined. Millions will die unless Joe Ledger meets this powerful new enemy on their own terms. In this war you fight terror with terror.
Praise for PATIENT ZERO:
'Heated, violent and furious' PETER STRAUB
'His writing is powerful enough to sing with poetry while simultaneously scaring the hell out of you' Sunday Times bestselling author TESS GERRITSEN
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He's also coming up with some need Bond-like gadgets like the BAMS ("Bio-Aerosol Mass Spectrometer"). It's still not the size of a tricorder but it's getting there.
THE KING OF PLAGUES is the third outing in the Joe Ledger series (after PATIENT ZERO and THE DRAGON FACTORY). It opens with the D.M.S.'s enigmatic leader, Mr. Church, abruptly terminating Joe Ledger's walkabout or bereavement leave or pity party or whatever you want to call it. Ledger is tapped to investigate the shocking obliteration of a venerable London hospital, and the death toll mounting in the thousands. And this is only the opening salvo. Joe and the D.M.S. suspect that this is only the first leg in a series of nightmarish assaults. Having mostly existed in rumor and urban legend, having fomented fear and paranoia thru insidious management of the social media (not to mention the application of vile threats and abductions), the Seven Kings have finally stepped out of the shadows and are about to launch their most ambitious act of aggression: the bringing about of the biblical Ten Plagues of Egypt. Things are about to get all Old Testament-y. And as Joe and his colleagues find, the reach of the Seven Kings is all-encompassing. Their influence extends even into the heart of the D.M.S. itself. Mr. Church, learning this, is really grinding down on his vanilla wafers now. And because author Jonathan Maberry likes to top himself, he throws in a second secret society (although the Bonesmen's impact is pretty negligible).
This is another stay-up-late-lie-to-your-boss-call-in-sick-the-next-morning sort of read; and I liked it almost as much as PATIENT ZERO. THE KING OF PLAGUES is edgy and feverishly paced and finds our heroes really up against it. The Seven Kings are devilish villains, and they seem to be always a few steps ahead of our guys. Since the death of a core character in THE DRAGON FACTORY (which, by the way, has made Ledger a more melancholy cat), I've gotten pretty concerned about the survival of my favorite characters. THE KING OF PLAGUES also features the return of two twisty old foes, Sebastian Gault and Toys, and they are predictably up to no good. Factor in two strikingly disturbing cats in the shapes of a sadistic Spaniard and this freaky inmate named Nicodemus, and the Sinister-o-Meter just darted to the red.
Lots of Joe Ledger frantically scrambling from one emergency to the next, and maybe my favorite sequence is Echo Team's savage firefight at a Starbucks. And, as per norm with this series, Maberry writes chapters presenting the big bads' perspectives, giving us a well-rounded, fleshed out narrative. The Echo Team is back in action, and it's nice to see familiar faces like Top and Bunny, and the new team members seem really promising, even though the laconic sniper guy smacks of the cliché.
Things get a wee bit surreal in the final act as Joe and the D.M.S. converge on a cruise ship hosting a world benefit concert and therefore deemed a prime target for an all-out terrorist attack from the Seven Kings. Maberry works in famous performers such as Pink, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, and a host of others. One of the closing passages features Bono chatting Joe Ledger up. Weird, but really cool. And, of course, the cruise ship is attacked, becomes the stage for the climactic big fighty fight. At the end of the day, chalk up another apocalypse averted, Echo Team taking names and kicking beaucoup booty, one disclosure regarding Mr. Church, and that freaky inmate Nicodemus raising the hair on the back of your neck and possibly paving the way for the fourth Joe Ledger thriller (ASSASSIN'S CODE, due out in 2012 and supposed to feature genetically-engineered vampire assassins).
How awesome is Joe's faithful dog, Ghost? (Answer: pretty damn awesome).
But back to The King of Plagues. It might not feature as much as action as the first two, but it gets into the character and world of Joe Ledger a little more. I give it a solid 4 stars. Can't wait for the next one. I am picking up the Joe Ledger short stories where ever I can: Material Witness: A Joe Ledger Bonus Story and Countdown: A Joe Ledger Short Prequel Short Story to Patient Zero so far.
Joe Ledger gives me my Jack Bauer fix now that "24" is off the air. While I have all 3 Joe Ledger books in paperback, The King of Plagues is my first in the Kindle format (and I do not double dip alot).
You can't help but like the whole echo team and the DMS. The characters are so alive and so believable. The plot and twists are amazing. I could read the Joe ledger series many times over and never tire of what I was reading. I love the action and excitement that Maberry packs into this installment.
In this one Maberry focused on the 10 plagues of Egypt that can be read about in Exodus. Very interesting plot to the story. And playing the roles of our villains are is a would be Goddess and 7 would be kings, one of them being the King of plagues. Joe and the DMS must stop these new terrorists from wreaking havoc all over the world. A lot of action and excitement in this one and I loved every minute of it.
The characters are at their best I think in this installment. I love them all and it is hard to pick favorites along with Joe, because he will always be my favorite. A lot of new villains to love to hate, along with a couple that we are already familiar with, Gault and Toys.
If you love Jonathan Maberry, then this series is a must read for any fan of his work. I look forward to the next installment, Assassin's Code