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Dogs of War: A Joe Ledger Novel (Joe Ledger, 9) Paperback – April 25, 2017
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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. 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.
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin (April 25, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250098483
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250098481
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.58 x 1.38 x 8.32 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #606,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The title refers to the mechanical dogomorphic robots developed by companies like Boston Dynamics even though they were only near the beginning and end of the book. I'm sure that the author did his research but it seems curious that robots developed by the military would have electrical cable bundles running between the head and torso that are so vulnerable. However, without those, how would any human survive and up close encounter with one of these (even though they didn't attack with "tooth and claw" but were mobile machine gun platforms).
This was the first Jonathan Maberry novel in which I found a wrong word (which I reported to Amazon). Typically his novels are superbly edited.
Because of the emotional trauma to the reader, I'm going to wait a bit before I read the 10th book in the series.
All the elements of the Ledger series are here in "Dogs of War" – a self doubting Ledger, an evil mastermind with a cock-a-mamie plan to destroy much of the world, advanced robotic dogs, drones and nano technology primed to deliver plagues into the modern world. It will take everything Ledger and his team, the Department of Military Sciences, and the enigmatic Mr. Church have to combat this new threat posed by figures from the past.
Once again Joe's warrior spirit combined with his natural instincts and refusal to lose help him lead his team in a battle for the future of the world. As usual, Maberry takes the evil scheme right to the edge of success before Ledger and the forces of good can begin to to make headway--and of course, the irrepressible "Ghost" is very much in the action for you dog lovers.
My only quibbles are minor yet reoccurring as the series continues to grow. The plot lines for the series are becoming somewhat redundant and the villains never seem to be totally destroyed--as I have lamented previously. Each new Ledger novel seemingly has a villain from the past or a villain's prodigy or a villain's child returning to continue the nefarious work for which they were groomed. Comic book writers learned long ago that a good villain was too valuable to eliminate and it seems Maberry also subscribes to this idea. However, I have read each of the Joe Ledger adventures so far and I will continue as, hopefully, Maberry branches into new waters with his superb cast of characters.
This one starts with young girl who's at the Imperial Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. She's a prostitute and about to go crazy and kill two men. She will become the focal point of the investigation that Church and his DMS will begin.
Joe Ledger had just returned from a dirty little piece of business in San Antonio and was looking for a chance to relax. He and his MWD Ghost needed a little R&R. Junie, the love of his life, was in some remote Brazilian rain forest on a joint World Health Organization and a FreeTech venture intended to improve water purity.
Joe gets a call from his boss Mr. Church. He needs Joe on a plane to Prague. Violin will be accompanying him. Its a trip that will lead to one hell of a mission. A mission that will cost many lives.
So begins one damned fine read.
This one has Joe, Ghost, Bunny, Top, Church, Cole a new recruit to DMS, Zephyr Bains, a very rich woman with a vision for the future of the world, a vision that will cost billions of lives, John the Revelator, a man who is far more than he appears to be, Sean who is Joe's brother and a police detective in Baltimore, a kidnapped family, an Army Captain who runs the farm where the wardogs are tested, death, destruction and Joe Ledger doing his best to figure it all out, save his family, protect those he can and stay alive.
That having been said, without giving details away, this book reconstructs Joe, Echo Team, and the DMS and sets them up for the future both on an in-universe and meta level. After the Lovecraftian weirdness of the previous book (which some readers felt deviated too far from the "reasonably hard science fiction" formula of previous books into something too far divorced into the realm of the quasi-supernatural), this novel does a good job of helping the series find its feet again and setting up how it could deal with strangeness in the future. Lots of good, well-rooted science, return retroactive appearances by some of the major underlying nasties of previous books (without overly relying on them; another complaint of previous novels like "Predator One"), and finally some semblance of movement toward understanding how one particular recurring villain may operate.
Ultimately at its core, it's a story about characters finding their strength and balance to stand and be heroes again. And if you're a loyalist of the series, the ending will make you smile and look forward to the future.
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I can also off the top of my head give you highlights of all the books up to extinction machine.
After that I couldn't tell you
This one and kill switch just don't cut it. Its more Joe brooding and barely any action which we know is a trademark of the ledger series
After extinction machine its like Jonathan Mayberry ran out of ideas. Zombies, genetic killing machines, aliens, illuminati type societies, vampires then one book with them all combined. Then it goes cold
And adding the names of other teams that deal with strange happenings that are creations of other authors feels like everyone is now copying the shared universe template created by marvel films.
Mr Mayberry is a great writer though I think I will be giving future Joe ledger novels a miss after this one
This isnt the best in the series, for me thats still the original (patient zero).
Im a big fan of Mr Maberry and have all his books, they are always well written and exciting i would only recomend this book if like me you are a fan of the series.
If you 've not read this series ......you missing out .....Joe ledger should have a tv series at least (he s better then . Jack reacher)
Jonathan maberry - I sat up till I finished ...couldn't put it down