For those who are reading Maberry's Joe Ledger series, this book is going to knock you on your ass.
- Assassin's Code - Joe Ledger, Book 4 (Jonathan Maberry)
- 432 pages
- St. Martin's Griffin
- ISBN-10: 1250006678
- ASIN: B00A17NS2O
It continues to follow the arc of fighting unknown evils in a world where we are kept blissfully unaware of the horrorshow behind the scenes. Ledger and the DMS have already conquored biological warfare, genetic engineering, nazis offspring, secret societies, varying global destruction plots, and the trust of bottled water.. How is a guy supposed to top that? Maberry has no trouble doing so. He pulls from his world an ancient pact in the middle east, rival factions and an absolutely f*cked up history for some potential Department of Military Sciences allies, some long awaited glimpses into Church (the man and the org) backstory, and a whole lot more.
The difficulty here is a this is book four in a series. Book five is already on shelves, the sixth book is coming out April 2014 (this month) and a collection of digital shorts in the same universe is also ready to stock in bookstores. What this means is that pretty much everything that I say will be a spoiler. I must be delicately aware of my wording so I do not give plot elements away. My delicate resolve will be just to avoid the plot completely.
I would like to point out that Joe ledger became quite the mouth dude this book. His sarcasm was always pretty intense in previous books. When he would normally be very careful in wording, he seemed to be overtly antagonistic and unable to concentrate on the finer points of common conversations. Though this did not make for a bad book, it did add a a level of tedium to the novel that is normally absent.
Not needed. Publisher description is adequate. Being part of a series, most readers will already be invested.
In ASSASSIN’S CODE, the fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series, Joe Ledger and the DMS go on a relentless chase to stop an ancient order of killers from plunging the entire world into Holy War.
When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood. Accompanied by the beautiful assassin called Violin, Joe follows a series of clues to find the Book of Shadows, which contains a horrifying truth that threatens to shatter his entire worldview. They say the truth will set you free…not this time. The secrets of the Assassin’s Code will set the world ablaze.
Source: Powells books took money from my pocket in exchange for pulp wood product materials. They confused my lumberjack beard with that of a hipster and would not listen to me when advised that lumberjacks get paid for sourcing wood products. It is possible security may have been called, but reasonably so I took my book/reciept and left the store.