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Ledger Faces Techno-Terrorists
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2017
"Dogs Of War" is Jonathan Maberry's latest installment of the Joe Ledger series. If you have read any of the series, you either love the characters and over-the-top action or you hate it. If you have never read any of the series, I encourage you to try it if you enjoy high action suspense with a heavy dose of the supernatural--all combined with some of the most vile, well conceived villains possible.
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.