Joe Ledger: Special Ops

Joe Ledger: Special Ops

by Jonathan Maberry


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Captain Joe Ledger. Former cop. Former Army Ranger. Currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world's most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction. Designer bioweapons. Cutting edge transgenics. Real mad scientist stuff.

If they have to call Joe Ledger - it's already hit the fan.

JOE LEDGER: SPECIAL OPS collects several of the Ledger short stories and presents two brand new tales exclusive to this volume. Bonus features include character profiles and a never-before-published glimpse behind the scenes of the Department of Military Sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940161396
Publisher: JournalStone
Publication date: 04/25/2014
Series: Joe Ledger Series
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 497,020
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author and five-time Bram Stoker Award winner. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and steampunk for adults, teens, and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Rot & Ruin, Mars One, and Captain America, which is in development for a feature film. He writes comics for Marvel, Dark Horse, and IDW and is the editor of such high-profile anthologies as The X-Files, V-Wars, Out of Tune, Baker Street Irregular, Nights of the Living Dead, and Scary Out There.

Ray Porter is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Almost Famous, ER, and Frasier.

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Joe Ledger: Special Ops 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book in a giveaway on the Library Thing Early Reviewer program. I started reading this book from a mostly neutral position regarding whether I would enjoy it or not. It looked to have a paranormal theme (which I don’t normally read) so I wasn’t sold on whether this was for me or not. I was pleasantly surprised that the paranormal stuff was very low key and the book turned out to be quite a bit of a “fun” read!! The book is filled with short story missions that take the main character (Joe Ledger) and his team into action against the minions of evil (assorted zombies and vampires oh my…) . Joe does not let us down and kicks ass from the first page to the last. I did spend some part of the book looking for more detail on both Joe and his team but this was somewhat helped by further details as the book moved along. I know I would have enjoyed this even more if I had read any of the previous Joe Ledger novels and this is something I plan to do in the not too distant future. As I was reading, it occurred to me that the author was presenting a pretty clear message regarding the evils of unregulated science exploration. All of the actual bad guys in this story (and apparently in other JL novels) are either the scientists generating the miscellaneous monsters or the money guys paying for it. I wonder if my impression is correct??? I can recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of action filled stories. Whether you like zombies, vampires or other monsters or not, you will enjoy this one!!! 4 out 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can i say? It wasn't all new to me but i was entertained nonetheless. You will be as well. It's Ledger! It doesn't get any better than this!
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
Joe Ledger: Special Ops is a collection of nine short stories, all but two of which have been previously published and four of which are available as stand-alone ebooks. This was a little frustrating for me; as a long-time Joe Ledger fan, I had already read almost half of this book before I started it. On the other hand, this makes Joe Ledger: Special Ops a great purchase for those new to the series, particularly because the book also contains a chronology putting all of the stories and novels in order. In addition, there are brief biographies of all of the major characters noting the novel or story in which that character made his or her first appearance, which is another handy reference for new readers. All of the stories are fun and can be enjoyed without any prior knowledge of the series. My favorite was "Artifact," in which Joe is tasked with retrieving a mysterious device with extraordinary powers. Unlike the typical Joe Ledger story, neither Joe nor the reader is told the origin of the device; the partial explanation at the end adds a neat twist which I just saw coming before it was revealed. My least favorite was "The Handyman Gets Out," which is a predictable action story with little of the "mad science" I have come to expect from the series. While the fast pace carried me along, much of the action sequence didn't make sense to me, as Joe manages to do a lot of walking with his ankles duct-taped to a chair. I did have one significant complaint. Joe Ledger: Special Ops is the first of the Joe Ledger series to be published by JournalStone Publishing, and the new stories contain numerous typographical and grammatical errors, particularly tense changes within sentences. This suggests that JournalStone does not have the same quality of editors and proofreaders as Maberry's previous publisher St. Martin's Griffin. JournalStone's website indicates that it is publishing expensive limited-edition hardback reprints of several of Maberry's books; I hope that they will be more careful with the editing and proofreading of those volumes. I received a free copy of Joe Ledger: Special Ops through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to listen to more Ledger that I didn't even realize that the first two stories were also included in Joe Ledger: The Missing Files. Initially I was very irritated. Thinking that I just got duped to spend money on stories that I already own. Then came the new ones and all was forgiven. I love the creativity of Maberry. He is able to take a simple series of the most engrossing characters and weave them in and out of all the stand alone novels and his other series. And it isn't annoying to me at all. It just makes my want to explore more of the world, yes he is creating a singular world, that he has crafted. Many of the stories contained in Joe Ledger: Special Ops serve multiple purposes. First, they are a great way for newcomers to this storyline to explore without getting too involved. Second, they let us, the listeners, know what is going on in between full length novels. This is important to die-hard fans. Sure there are some major spoilers for many of the novels, but this is great, Maberry has added disclaimers at the beginning of each to let us know if we should continue or not. Even if you are like me and do not really like anthologies. Yet you're a Ledger / Maberry fan. You will eat this short collection for breakfast. So if you love or even hat Ledger, do your self a favor and listen to this one. Audiobook provided for review by the publisher. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a review copy thru LibraryThing Early Reviewers This is the first Jonathan Maberry book I’ve read, this collection of short stories seems to be a taste of what to expect from his full length novels, Joe Ledger on his own, or with Echo Team backup, go up against Super soldiers, weather enhanced or cross breed DNA, Zombies or super natural, in hard hitting fire fights with the most modern weapons and top class intelligence, sending them back to the hell they came from. I am always pleased to find a new author and series that I can follow, if you like fast moving action packed reading with just enough science to keep it plausible but not bog you down, with a bit of horror and super natural, you will enjoy Jonathan Maberry.
jlgc More than 1 year ago
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