This post is going to be a bit different since it’s about six books instead of one. I decided I did not want to write an individual post for each book in this series because since I read them all back-to-back, it really felt more like one very long book rather than individual ones.
My friend Ricardo and I talk audio books a lot and during one of our conversations he mentioned a book he was excited about, the fifth book in the Joe Ledger series. I went and looked up the first book on Audible and was instantly hooked by the description. A new government agency designed to fight the things we don’t hear about? A deadly plague that turns people into zombies? A terrorist Joe Ledger has to kill twice? Oh yeah, bring it on!
There was no stopping me once I started the series. I had no desire to read anything else. I wanted to just keep hanging out with Joe Ledger and Mr. Church and Rudy Sanches and Top and Bunny and oddities oh my!
I flew threw these books, unable to put them down. The book I read last, “Joe Ledger: The Missing Files”, is a compilation of short stories that tie up some loose ends. When I was done with it, I was sad. I felt empty. I craved the escapism of the incredible clandestine agency, the mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer that is Joe Ledger, the mystery that is Mr. Church and the terrifying creations straight out of The X-Files. How do you follow that?
I just got sad after writing that. That’s when you know a series is great! Below I’ve left links to each book with the book’s rating. REading them back-to-back really was a roller coaster, with each book not getting the same rating, not every book making my heart pound as hard, but as a whole, the series pretty much gets a Marriage Material rating from me. I’m assuming the next book will be out next year and I can’t wait! Oh and Ray Porter? Excellent narrator! He nails the badass tones during fights and then almost makes you cry when Ledger is feeling emotional. I’ve looked up Porter’s other books, he’s that good. I also think I’m going to start on more science fiction books, which he seems to like to narrate.
Oh, if you don’t like blood and gore, be forewarned. There are some very graphic scenes in every book. The action rarely stops so there’s a lot of blood. But, there’s also a service dog! How’s that for perfect? He’s so cool!
Ok, I’m done raving. I love love love these books! In fact when I finished the short stories book, I listened to the beginning of “Patient Zero” again to revisit how it all began. Then I had to force myself to move on. Is it next year yet?
Series Rating: Marriage Material