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Assassin's Code (Joe Ledger #4)

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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
Paperback, 422 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 14, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
Echo team is doing a covert operation in Iran. Three American hikers have been captured and accused of spying by the Iranian military. Joe and Echo team go in to rescue them, hopefully, without sparking off a war. The mission goes well. The team is away and Joe is getting ready to follow his own exit plan when everything goes to hell. He plays tag with a couple of snipers, meets with the head of Iranian Intelligence, and gets attacked in his hotel room by a man with superhuman strength and fille ...more
Sep 22, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, nook-read
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Without a doubt, the BEST book of the series yet, and the best book I've read this year till now. This Awesome action thriller had it all: Insane bloodpumping violant action sequences one after the other, nuclear threats of hidden nukes (not one or two, s-e-v-e-n!), secret shadow war between secret societies going on for 800 (!) years, mindnumbing conspiracies, heartbreaking histories and deaths, headscratching twisted puzzles and mysteries one on top the other, ancient mathematical codex & ...more
Robin Edman
Apr 11, 2012 Robin Edman rated it it was amazing
It's refreshing to see talk about the Middle East that doesn't embrace hatred. I enjoyed the approach to religious tolerance, though I felt a little sorry for Captain Ledger when I learned that he believes in god, which is just silly for a man who has seen what he has seen. I am choosing to believe that it was one of his minor personality splinters who said that, though it was probably really the rule-accepting Civilized Man.

Jonathan Maberry has an amazing ability to describe an action sequence
Janie Johnson
Apr 08, 2014 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing
Is it even remotely possible that this book could get any better than it's predecessors? Well I can answer that question and it is yes! Although the other 3 were 5 stars and were most excellent, this one went a step further I think. I am not usually one for military, terrorism and the like, so when and author can make me like reading about those things, then he has a great talent! This series revolves around terrorism in one form or another. Each book is a different form and they just keep getti ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Mar 20, 2012 Kristin (MyBookishWays Reviews) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
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Joe Ledger is back in the 4th thriller from Jonathan Maberry! I’m a huge fan of this series, and have loved every one, so I was eager to dive back into Joe’s world. The day after Joe and Echo Team rescue a group of college students held hostage in Iran, Joe is sitting in a coffee shop with a laser sight trained on his groin. He gets a call and a mysterious female voice gives him very specific instructions to meet a man in
Paul Montgomery
May 24, 2012 Paul Montgomery rated it it was amazing
I first caught Jonathan Maberry when I bought Patient Zero on a whim a couple of years back. Basic story was that lunatic terrorists were creating a zombie plague (of sorts), and a hastily-assembled tactical team attempted to take them out. In the course of the book, we were introduced to key characters Joe Ledger (our protagonist), Ghost (his dog), Rudy (his friend and therapist), Echo Team (the hastily-assembled tactical team), DMS (the covert agency responsible for dealing with situations lik ...more
Julie Davis
Mar 14, 2013 Julie Davis rated it really liked it
In my trade, confidence is built on a platform whose legs are made up of good intelligence, continuous training, proper equipment, and field support. I had a sick dog, a dead man’s gun, a stolen briefcase, a vampire hunter’s stake in my belt, and a cell phone…

Joe’s dealt with zombies, the island of Dr. Moreau, and the Seven Plagues of Egypt. Surely nothing can surprise him now. At least that’s what he thinks.

After rescuing American college students held hostage in Iran, Joe is contacted with the
Aaron Advani
May 13, 2012 Aaron Advani rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant book by Jonathan Maberry which follows the insanely hectic and dangerous life of Joe Ledger, each book has gotten better and better ramping up the stakes and thrills to an extremely high level each time out.
These books don't fall into any one genre but for me straddle two, horror and thriller which jonathan pulls off with seemingly great ease, the lead character Joe is a man that has alot of personal baggage and inner personalities that fight to come to the fore, which they do
So Joe Ledger and Echo Team are up to their chins in it again. Poor Joe seems to be losing his mind-just a little. He is also separated from his team for the better part of the novel, which, if you know Joe, just means that his personal body count went up significantly. He has help from an outside source that he's not sure what to think of, as well as his dog, Ghost. And the threat this time is more deadly and immediate than any he has faced so far with the DMS. The bad guys are sufficiently cre ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Giedre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Joe Ledger: Cocktail of Weird Shit so far.
Rick Fisher
Oct 06, 2014 Rick Fisher rated it it was amazing
This series continues to impress me. With each new entry into the Joe Ledger saga, I become more and more enamored with the writing of Jonathan Maberry. I am convinced this man is a literary master of his genre.
There is constant movement, constant tension, constant comradery and constant suspense. And, it all flows smoothly and effortlessly.
Pure fun and high octane adrenaline.
This is the number one series I recommend to all my GR friends.
Michael Worthan
Apr 18, 2012 Michael Worthan rated it it was amazing
When I picked up Patient Zero all those years ago I knew I made a good choice. From then on I've been hooked. This is a spectacular book that has been tied together by all of its predcessors. I highly recommend this one, and the entire series to all thrill lovers.
Shaon Castleberry
Feb 19, 2012 Shaon Castleberry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Another fun romp for Joe Ledger & Echo Team. Vampires with nukes no less!
Mar 19, 2015 Reanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had some trouble with the premise in the last book that pretty much all bad stuff in the world is caused by one group (or two groups) of evil masterminds pulling strings. This book has a similar problem by trying to make me believe that all religious strife and hatred and violence is caused by secret masterminds behind the scenes intentionally stirring things up. This all strikes me as very naive. Like the author doesn't realize that some people and some ideologies are just inherently evil. Li ...more
B.O. Riggs
Nov 21, 2014 B.O. Riggs rated it liked it
Shelves: conqured
In ASSASSIN’S CODE, the fourth book in author Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series, Joe Ledger and the DMS go on a relentless chase to stop an ancient order of killers who are also vampires from plunging the entire world into Holy War…. Also… They are Vampires with nukes…. Cus what’s more scary than a vampire with nukes??? Probably a bear with a knife…


When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, which provides a convenient vehicle for placing
Jeff Miller
May 15, 2013 Jeff Miller rated it really liked it
The Joe Ledger books are like the summer blockbuster with lots of action and doomsday plots and multiple hidden organizations competing against each other. They also have some depth to them in the characterization of Ledger who is a bit more than the action star. In fact the hero seems to be self-consciously aware of portrayal of the action star killing people and emitting one-liner.

One problem when you have a series a books each trying to top each other with the next doomsday scenario that must
Apr 10, 2012 Tad rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, ebook, arc
Assassin’s Code: A Joe Leger Novel is a fast-paced thriller with a slightly paranormal edge. Joe Ledger is an engaging hero. He is tough, but not superhuman, with a wise-cracking sense of humor, a split personality and a scarred pysche. Along with the team Joe commands is his dog, Ghost. I worried that the dog would either be a throwaway character or would otherwise be distracting. Instead, Ghost was a solid character in his own right, and an effective foil for Joe in what might otherwise be int ...more
May 23, 2012 Dave rated it it was amazing
When I was a kid I was drawn to horror stories because essentially they were about men and women going into the dark to face monsters, being tested, and walking away victorious. The older I got the more I understood and appreciated the fact that some monsters are all too human and all too often battling these monsters would change people. They were battles worth fighting, but fighting and winning them comes with a cost. When I find a story that can combine that youthful feeling of excitement wit ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Markus rated it really liked it
Best one yet. Solid 4 and half stars. How much more Joe Ledger can take before his sanity drops to zero? Once again Maberry shines on action scenes, especially martial arts stuff, you could almost feel the pain of each punch and kick, primal is a one word that's comes to mind. New conspiracy-plot is not as crazy as previous, but up there high at wtf-scale, and once again it fits nicely in the Ledgers world. An old enemies come back, a new allies are introduced, some warriors die, and lot's of ac ...more
J.F. Penn
Jan 17, 2015 J.F. Penn rated it it was amazing
A race of vampires with nukes engaged in a centuries old religious battle ... Joe Ledger & Echo team are joined by ark light, female assassins for whom this battle is terribly personal. Fantastic.
Aug 24, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
Once again, Jonathan Maberry delivers a great adventure with Joe Leger and Echo Team. His ability to describe an action sequence puts you right in the middle of a fight ducking the punches. And along with the physical pain of battling with enemies, you feel the psychological pain of these characters. This is never brushed over and even the DMS psychiatrist has a difficult job trying help the team cope with loss and give them confidence to battle the evil forces that Team Echo may be no match for ...more
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March 25 2014
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Third Quarter Review

Title: The Assassins Code
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Main Characters: Joe Ledger, “Bunny”, Codename ‘Violin’ (never revealed, sniper), Mr. Church.
Summary: At first it was supposed to be a simple mission. Joe Ledger would go to coffee shop, wait for his target, and then put a bullet in his head. This became complicated when he was called by a female sniper. He is told to wait in the coffee shop, until after his target leaves, an
Mar 31, 2016 Thezoo232 rated it really liked it
John Maberry's "Joe Ledger" series is quite entertaining. If you like TV shows like 24 or ALIAS the stories fit into that kind of genre. I enjoy listening to them on Audible because the actor is great at the many voices. One thing I wish though is Mr. Maberry would be more succinct in his writing. The books are very long and I don't think they need to be as long as they are. The length won't stop me from finishing the series; it just would be nice if it were a bit simpler to stay up on.
Apr 20, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing
The 4th in the Joe Ledger/DMS series by Jonathan Maberry. I rather enjoyed this outing since it touched on several of my niche interests. Any book that has me pulling down reference books and doing web searches is a real plus in my book. Not that I couldn't follow the story with out them, rather I wanted to know more details on the very real information that Maberry used as the backbone of some the story. This is NOT your typical men's adventure fiction, that would be selling it far short.
3.5 Not as good as the first two books of the series, but a pretty fun read nonetheless. Maberry always has a fresh, seemingly plausible take on the paranormal (zombies, vampires, etc.). I love how his mind works. Note: must write a letter to Mr. Maberry explaining why the term "alpha" should not be applied to the relationship Ledger has with his dog Ghost. Go ahead and use it in terms of military relationships, but save me the Cesar Milan when I'm trying to enjoy a novel.
Franklyn Thomas
Feb 13, 2016 Franklyn Thomas rated it really liked it
Assassin's Code

I've become a big fan of the Joe Ledger series. I look at it as the popcorn movie in my TBR list. Are we getting deep, life changing events? No. Are we getting radical philosophical shifts? Of course not. But what we are getting is fast-paced, highly entertaining action. And I'll take it.

The fourth novel chronicling the adventures of Joe Ledger and Echo Team is set primarily in the Middle East, where the covert rescue of American political prisoners in Iran put Joe directly in the
Apr 12, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
After rescuing a group of American college kids in Iran, Joe Ledger and his team are asked to locate six nuclear bombs. It seems that a group of vampires have them and are set on destroying our world. I enjoyed reading the first Joe Edger novel Patient Zero, and although missed the next two in the series, this was as thrilling and exciting as the first. Joe is one cool protagonist and Maberry knows how to keep the evil coming and Joe busy trying to save mankind!
Dec 12, 2014 Tobe is currently reading it
This book is a very interesting yet very strange story to me. If you look at the cover of the book, it reads "Assasin's Code, with an actual assassin like man on the cover, with two soldiers carrying weapons and rockets on the left, implying that everything in the book has something to do with things like ninja weapons, supernatural fighting, etc, against normal Army men. But as the story starts, it introuduces an American man drinking coffee in an unusual place - Iran. He is all of a sudden thr ...more
Aug 28, 2015 Trever rated it really liked it
Thus far, every Joe Ledger book has been consistently good, and this is one of the better ones. The formula is simple - Joe and the DMS (Department of Military Sciences) take on various classical monsters and madmen, re-imagined in more realistic scientific versions. In this one, the crew has to deal with a band of "vampires" (Really an evolutionary offshoot of humans with greater strength and speed and blood drinking, who have garnished their own rep over the centuries as beasties of legend) wh ...more
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

His novels include the Pine Deep Trilogy: GHOST ROAD BLUES (Pinnacle books; winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), DEAD
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