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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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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
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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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
Rick Fisher
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
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
Another fun romp for Joe Ledger & Echo Team. Vampires with nukes no less!
Jeff Miller
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
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
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
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
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.
B.O Riggs
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
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
Harry Wyckoff
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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
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.
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!
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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
Maberry returns to the concept of secret societies in this book after creating the Seven Kings in The King of Plagues. What I admire about Maberry's writing is his ability to weave factual events with the fantastical and make it seem as though it could possibly be real. He shifts gears with his writing style, taking more time to develop the story and rightly so since there are more groups involved this time and Maberry takes care to set the structure so that his tale comes and hangs together. As ...more
The fourth book in the Joe Ledger (and Ghost) series, starts of in Andy McNab territory, with the rescue of some students from the Middle East, however, that's not how it stays as it isn't long before we are back on familiar territory as the DMS uncover (yet) another plot of destroy the world, wipe out the human race.

If you've read the three before this then you know pretty much what to expect Joe will get into endless scraps, do some wisecracks and then in a great piece of self awareness, wond
Virginia Flowers
So freaking good. I mean seriously, vampires and nuclear weapons, what more could you want? How about the possibility of vampires WITH nukes??? You aren't really sure who has the nukes for what reason for a while and it's a fun romp figuring it out.

Joe is at his ass kicking best. Church and the rest of the DMS crew are of course along for the ride. We see a lot of old "friends" in this book, I love how Maberry does that.

I would give this book 5 stars except for 2 reasons. There are like 54 (oka
2.5 stars.

A bit of a misstep for the usually reliable Maberry. All the usual pieces of the Joe Ledger series are present in this fourth book: international intrigue, tough guy dialogue, vaguely supernatural bad guy, and a whole lot of punching. I don't know if it's because the series is starting to feel a little threadbare or because Maberry just hit a fallow patch, but not much here works. Even the premise – vampires have nukes! – feels strained. There's some good stuff (especially the discover
Giovanni Gelati
Intense read that is hard to put down. Joe Ledger is an amazing character.Maberry has put together another winner here that just keeps giving and taking the reader to new levels of tension and suspense.If you have not had a chance to get a read on a Joe Ledger novel, I suggest you stop what you are doing right now and grab one.
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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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