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Predator One: A Joe Ledger Novel (Joe Ledger, 7) Paperback – April 7, 2015
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“Top grade horror fiction.” ―Booklist, Starred Review on Code Zero
“Wow! From the first page of Patient Zero you know you're in the hands of a master...This is high-concept with brains, action with soul and fast paced tension with psychological insight.” ―M.J. Rose - bestselling author of The Reincarnationist, on Patient Zero
“The Ledger novels are exciting sf thrillers that just happen to involve stuff that's a little out there...Readers familiar with the series will need no prodding to check this new one out.” ―Booklist, starred review on Extinction Machine
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin (April 7, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250033454
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250033451
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.46 x 1.28 x 8.26 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What distinguishes this thriller series is the depth and complexity of the characters and their worlds. Ledger, physically and psychologically, has been beat to hell. The people he loves are all in danger, of course. They are all well-drawn, and the interactions between them in life-and-death moments and the rare interludes of quiet are to be savored. Other reliable features with Ledger novels are the very latest in military hardware (I know just enough to know the envelope Maberry is pushing is within plausible reality) and complex adversaries who are masters of misdirection.
Even great authors have tiny slips - an A-10 pilot fires his "last bullet" when it should be "last shell," and I can't figure out how they camouflage a dog's infrared signature at one point. Maberry, though, makes you WORK for those moments. This is a book with depth, characterization, and suspense: you know some people you like are going to die, but who remains uncertain until the last act. Hop aboard the Ledger train.
Filled with over-the-top actions scenes, larger-than-life menace and page after page of jaw-droppingly great dialogue, this remains one of the most consistently great long term series I've read.
Maberry turns up the peril dial in "Predator One" to the max. Absolutely NOBODY is safe from the bad guys in this one. Unlike some of the prior works, there are a lot simply grim, but well done, scenes in this book. In addition, there appears to be a bit more focus on the "internals" of character's relationships with one another and the emotional tension serves as an interesting counter-balance to the tension of the plot itself.
In the thriller style of writing it is common for the protags to achieve a near success which snowballs into a total failure and the cycle perpetuates until the plot is resolved with an "all-in" paroxysm of action, vengeance and high body count, often followed by a 1:1 confrontation with the evil mastermind and finally resolution. Maberry takes that convention and tosses it out the window. From the first chapter until the epilogue, everything is desperate gamble against ridiculous odds - but the story is crafted in such a way that the resolution and triumphs are entirely believable.
I'd highly recommend this series to any reader interested in the thriller genre but who has an appreciation for top-notch writing, laugh-out-loud dialogue and a good ole fashioned revenge tale.
The book opens with a HALO drop by Echo Team into a secret Gitmo-like facility, and things go quickly into the crapper when some of their activities are captured by a camera drone, and end up on the 'net. From there, Maberry fires the afterburners on the prose, and never eases back until the final page. We see the return of some familiar faces, some evils from Echo's past, and some welcome new faces to the Maberryverse. There's even a quick reference to the Rot & Ruin series tucked away in the story, which is a welcome shoutout to more of Jonathan's YA series. Blend in hacked and tampered military and transport software - it's a recipe for disaster. But then, disaster recovery is Ledger's bailiwick.
The frenetic pace led to what sincerely has to be the most action-packed finale of any book in the series thus far, but as much as I love the protagonist, I was delighted to see the finale spread out over multiple fronts, showcasing some great combat scenes with characters who have been part of the fun but hadn't had that much spotlight prior to this. Stellar, tightly-paced action sequences are Maberry's specialty, and he deftly wove the story across the various fronts with pacing that kept you firmly on the edge of your seat. As I've come to expect though, Maberry knocked this one outta the park.