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Deep Silence: A Joe Ledger Novel (Joe Ledger, 10) Paperback – October 30, 2018
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"Effortlessly blending cutting-edge science fiction, military action, and Lovecraftian horror into a memorable synthesis, Maberry delivers a story that starts strong and doesn’t let up until the end." ―Publishers Weekly
Praise for the Joe Ledger Series:
“Top grade horror fiction.” ―Booklist, (Starred Review) on Code Zero
“A fast-paced, brilliantly written novel. The hottest thriller of the New Year!” ―Brad Thor on The King of Plagues
“Wow! From the first page of Patient Zero you know you're in the hands of a master.” ―M.J. Rose, bestselling author of The Reincarnationist
“The Ledger novels are exciting sf thrillers that just happen to involve stuff that's a little out there.” ―Booklist, (Starred Review) on Extinction Machine
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin (October 30, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250098467
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250098467
- Item Weight : 14.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.42 x 1.35 x 8.26 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #203,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unfortunately, in the past two books or so, more so in this latest addition there was a deep political bias ingrained in the story which I found annoying and jarring. Leisure reading is meant to be an escape not preaching political stances that will inevitably alienate at least half of your readers/fans. Prior to this and the penultimate entry into the Joe ledger series, the story has its own politics and intrigue that unfolded as part of the narrative. When you create politics around the Characters you enrich the lore of said character's world, however when you bend them to fit outside politics, you detract from the same.
I'm ok with disagreeing or diametrically opposed political opinion, but I do regret paying to have someone else's shoved in my face rather than get what I meant to be paid for, a good entertaining story.
Ps. Military branches are traditionally supposed to be capitalized as the author forgot to do in the end.
So why did I only give it three stars? Well, the political bias is so blunt that Mr. Maberry could have named this novel "Donald Trump Sucks, a Joe Ledger Novel." Don't get me wrong, I'm not some die-hard conservative who is in love with Trumpism, I'm actually a Libertarian and vote that way. I just don't like being preached at. I understand that many people have very strong feelings about the political spectrum in the US at the moment, and I also recognize that Mr. Maberry has every right to do as he pleases. That being said, this novel took it a bit far and was Mr. Maberry clearly wanted to sway his readers to his particular viewpoint of the current administration.
A substantial number of Mr. Maberry's readers are likely ex-military or action junkies, simply because this series would appeal to those people. A LOT of those people are likely Republicans. I think quite a few of them will be turned off by this novel, and given how strongly people feel on both sides of the aisle these days, this novel may cost Mr. Maberry quite a few readers. That's a shame because I love his books and want him to keep writing. As long as he's making money, he's writing.
So, bottom line. Great story, but too preachy with regards to the current administration. Like I said, his viewpoint doesn't offend me, I just don't like sitting down to read a novel and instead finding myself on CNN.
So the "Ledger Formula" is all here; cutting edge science developing world destroying weapons (earthquakes), a demented or resurrected villain, a president or someone in power working behind the scenes to destroy Joe and the DMS, heroic last second actions by Joe and his allies, etc., etc. Seems no one in government ever appreciates that DMS has saved the world multiple times.
In and of itself, this formula has exceeded it shelf life and could use something new to pep it up-but certainly not a screed against a President and party Maberry apparently despises. Authors and Hollywood elites have the right to color their products however they choose--at the risk of alienating much of their potential audience. For me, the choice is simple, I read escapist fiction to be entertained, not distracted by the author's personal bias.
Second, and without trying to overstate something that is, after all, a book that occupies an inherently pulpy sub-niche, ie, horror/scifi-ish thrillers, Joe Ledger is a pretty well developed character. Maybe more so than more mainstream characters of "big" thriller series like Jack Reacher. Mr. Maberry invests his work with fear, loss, and every other dark human emotion; IMHO it comes across as deeper and more plausible than a lot of the other stuff I read (and enjoy), despite the "X-Files" universe it inhabits.
Finally, those who have enjoyed this series will definitely love this book unless they simply can't accept its portrayal of the President, who is unnamed, by the way. And despite the Amazon blurb about it being the last chapter, I wouldn't take that to the bank.
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If you told me this was fan fiction rather than penned by the author I wouldn't be surprised.
To my mind Mr Maberry needs to drop the badly regurgitated Lovecraft bull and the pseudo psychology and go back to the strong story lines of the early Joe Ledger books.
The pacing does drag in places, and it's hard to tell if certain revelations are supposed to be horrifying or tongue-in-cheek hilarious. But it does a good job of showing how the DMS crew would handle certain situations in a semi-grounded manner, the crazy high-tech gadgetry aside.