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Uneven and ultimately disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2018
I love Jonathan Maberry. Joe Ledger is one of my favorite characters. This collection closes with a story by Maberry that, while short and sweet, satisfied the itch for more Ledger while we wait for Deep Silence in October. The rest of it is a mixed bag, and while there are a few other standouts, most of the stories are just okay.
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.