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Joe Ledger Paperback – October 31, 2017
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- Publisher : Griffin (October 31, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 396 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250090806
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250090805
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.48 x 0.99 x 8.29 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #726,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am not a huge fan of short stories ( except anything by Jonathan Maberry, or short stories by Jeffrey Archer). Anyway, I read this group of stories knowing they would involve Joe Ledger or someone from his world. I actually read a few of the authors that contributed to this collection, or I found myself attracted to a couple of authors I have not read before.
I enjoyed almost all the stories, there a couple that were just “okay” but me not loving a story or two, did not distract me from the overall giddy enjoyment of being able to spend time with Joe Ledger, or his companions from the DMS.
Great collection, I have also purchased the audible and plan on listening to all the stories I enjoyed reading. If you are a fan of Jonathan Maberry and Joe Ledger, I am sure you will find this read worth your time.
Oddly enough, many of the stories I enjoyed the most are crossovers with other authors' characters, like Jeremy Robinson's "Prince of Peace," or Scott Sigler's "Vacation," despite my lack of familiarity with the other characters. Javier Grillo-Marxuach's "No Business at All" packs a lot of Hollywood satire into relatively few pages, and is actually funny, although the coincidence that gets Ledger to a TV studio is a real stretch. "Strange Harvest" by Jon McGoran has fun with aliens, MAYBE. "The Honey Pot" by Steve Alten opens with Ledger in a really tough spot and then raises the stakes admirably. "No Guns at the Bar" is a fun Ledger without Ledger story.
Many times, as I started a new story, I found myself thinking that it could clearly use at least another round of editing/rewriting, whether for voice or clarity or whatever, but I glanced at the table of contents just now, and I don't remember much of anything about any of the other stories, even the ones by authors I'm more familiar with, and I think that's the real problem. Say what you will about the Joe Ledger Library, but it should never be forgettable.
Each story is crafted very carefully and with the Joe Ledger and DMS team are fleshed out and made into very deep independent individuals and almost like peering into the life of a good friend whom you appreciate even more for being your friend. I highly recommend this book for all fans as an essential addition and to newcomers as simply well done stories.
Top reviews from other countries
don't normally read short stories but this was a great collection form some terrific authors