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Extinction Machine (Joe Ledger #5)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  2,090 ratings  ·  215 reviews
The President of the United States vanishes from the White House.

A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds.

All over the world reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate.

And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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It's a good time to be a fan of super special agents (almost always an ubermale) novels. Mainstays David Baldacci, Lee Child, Brad Thor, and Vince Flynn, newcomers Brad Taylor and Ben Coes and to some extent Alec Berenson and Daniel Silva all deliver the goods. It may be time to add Jonathan Maberry to the list of cannot miss thrill authors.

Jonathan Maberry, the author of 4 previous Joe Ledger books, is out with the next novel, Extinction Machine, a densely written 430 page thriller, and althoug
Eeek! It's Joe Ledger time! Please allow me a moment to geek out...Thanks, I needed that. Here we have EXTINCTION MACHINE, the fifth Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry. I'll admit, I was a little panicked going into EXTINCTION MACHINE because I saw some rumor online declaring it the last Joe Ledger Novel. The good news is: this rumor was pure speculation, there is a sixth book in the works. The great news is: it will be called CODE Z, and it is a direct sequel to the debut Joe Ledger Novel - P ...more
The reason that I come to the goodreads site is that I feel like those of us who review books here are actual readers. Not the psuedo reviewers of Amazon or Barnes and Noble or friends of the author or editor. That being said, I must have gotten a different version of this book than everyone else because I could not stand this book (BORING). I had to force myself to finish this one. I LOVE J.Maberry's books. I am a huge fan but this book felt rushed and underdeveloped. There was no imagination o ...more
Julie Davis
“So, basically if we keep trying to save the country and maybe the world from a bunch of murderous assholes with outer space weapons, then we're the bad guys?"

"In a nutshell."

"Then, hey ... let's be bad guys.”
Joe's back.

Pulled off vacation, Joe Ledger and Echo Team are knocking on research lab doors, looking into cyber-attacks so clever they can't be tracked back to anyone. But no one's answering, even though all the lights are on. Until a couple of strangely inhuman Men In Black step onto the
J. J. Tabor
Best series there is right now. I like Jack Reacher and Repairman Jack, love Harry Dresden, Sandman Slim and Special Agent Pendergast, and I even like Sookie(in small doses). Monster Hunter International is another good series. In my opinion none of them are nowhere near Captain Joseph Edwin Ledger of the DMS. When each book comes out I immediately stop what I'm reading and start on it. And for those of you that have never heard Ray Porter's audiobook reading of the series you are missing a trea ...more

Extinction Machine is the fifth Joe Ledger book out from Jonathan Maberry and all I can say is, wow. It’s astonishing to me how he manages to raise the stakes every time without tipping over into absurdity. Every hit Joe and his team take in this book is as emotionally wrenching for the reader as the very first one in Patient Zero. Every success feels personal. I found myself bobbing and weaving in my chair during fight scenes and clutching my dog during heartbreaking moments. I’m in. I am absol
Fifth book in the series featuring Joe Ledger of DMS (Department of Military Sciences), a shadowy and covert agency tasked with fighting global threats of the most dangerous and bizarre. Think Jack Bauer meets 007 mixed with a little Tom Clancy and you might get close...but make no mistake, author Jonathan Maberry has crafted a thrilling and original series that only gets better with each subsequent novel.

The President has been abducted from the White House, vanishing without a trace, except fo
Robin Edman
Oh. My. God. Too much exposition!
Joe Ledger and the DMS team keep getting thrown new curve-balls that they have to hit out of the park to save the world. This time, it is to find the MJ3 Black Book to get the kidnapped President of the USA back. The DMS team has to deal with UFOs, evil industrialists, and an obstructionist acting President who hates DMS. With the timely help of a beautiful blonde and a fore mentioned UFOs, evil is thwarted and peace of a sort is restored, at least until the next book. Neat device, the microwave ...more
John Patrick
I got into this series when I received a free copy of the second book The Dragon Factory as a giveaway from a book convention at my work and I have been hooked ever since.

This series follows Joe Ledger a former Army Ranger and FBI agent and Captain of the Department of Military Sciences. The DMS is a nominal government agency, run by the enigmatic Mr. Church (Ya it sounds corny but read the books, seriously this guys is a bigger implied bad-ass than Gandalf and a mystery to everyone), that is re
Janie Johnson
Wow I have to say that this has been my favorite of the 5 books I have read so far, and that could be because it is fresh in my mind since every single one of these books were brilliant. I am so glad that I have gotten to be a part of this epic journey and battle between good verses evil. And the story still goes on with what I am guessing is 3 more books.

In this installment Joe and the team have to fight a force that would be quite happy to tear America apart along with it's allies. We get an a
I just plain love this series. My adrenaline gets completely hyped up as I'm reading these books. I remember having to repeatedly put down the first book in the series just to let myself breathe for a minute. I have to be honest and say I had a bit more trouble connecting to this book than I have to others in the series. At first I thought it may be due to the alien component but honestly how is that any more sci fi than vamps, zombies, etc? Overall though this had everything I love about the se ...more
Formulaic (genetics making super-people again - which even he recognizes as a trope for this series), repeated material from previous as well as within this work (with some verbatim copying), covering back history which the reader knows (just like in the previous books), and the most critical of flaws - the title is not in the book! How can people claim to have read this, and missed that little fact? There is an engine, but there is *never* any threat of extinction. There are other lacks of cont ...more

Before reading Extinction Machine by Jonathan Maberry, my favorite book in the Joe Ledger series was Patient Zero. I felt like it had the right amount of intrigue, it had the perfect bad guys, it had just enough action to keep me on the edge of my seat, and the story, the characters (both Main and Secondary) held my attention from start to finish. It was a book that I COULDN'T put down. I didn't WANT to for a second. I finished Patient Zero hours upon getting it.

And it was the same for Ext
He’s fought vampires, zombies, genetic mutants, you name it. So what’s next for Joe Ledger and the Echo Team you ask? Aliens, of course! Maberry cleverly blends Area 51, Roswell, and numerous other UFO crashes which I for one had never heard of. I didn’t take the time to check out if those particular crashes existed since I was too engrossed to interrupt my reading. It starts with the President being kidnapped and escalates to a demonstration of the latest in aircraft…a race to duplicate an alie ...more
I'll be honest, when I started this book I was kind of unimpressed with the plot. but, Maberry is an excellent, and very skilled writer. he was able to get me hooked in to the book. it took longer than usual. but, still the final 50 pages or so You cannot put the book down. This is a good book. not the best Joe Ledger novel. but still a good book. I believe the next book will be much better. As I read this I felt it was a "bridge" book, or an in between book for the next book. where in Code Zero ...more
Eve Nolon
Annnnd we're back to one star! After really loving Assassin's Code (even if I keep getting the title wrong), I was looking forward to the newest Ledger book because it had to keep getting better, right? Book #4 couldn't just be an anomaly right? Nope, I was wrong. I disliked this one almost more than books #2 and #3 because of the seriously disgusting bed-hopping by Ledger, especially when he chose the WRONG WOMAN, obviously. (view spoiler) ...more
Jason (RawBlurb)
Extinction Machine follows the trend of DMS fighting battles against foes of legend. In this case, Aliens. Or more accurately, humans in a 50+ year secret race to recreate technology from downed alien craft (roswell et al). My opinion of the book should not block a fan from reading, or a potential fan from starting the series. This is just me being a cry baby fan boy who is potentially over critical.


This was my least favorite of the Joe Ledger series by Maberry. It isn't that the plotline wa
Awfully cliché and full of platitudes, like a bad action thriller starring Dolph Lundgren or Sylvester Stallone. After all the great reviews it gotten earlier I was quite dissappointed.
Virginia Flowers
I really wish I could give this a 3.5. It's better than a 3 but not quite a 4.

While it's not my favorite of the Joe Ledger series, I really enjoyed it. As usual, the last 100 pages you cannot (and will not) put down. I finished it up at my desk at work!

Vampires, clones, zombies, Nazis...aliens? Sure why not. I love this series, it's so much fun. I think I was initially put off by the book because there is some set up/framing on Joe (I hate frame ups). It wasn't bad though. Any confusion about wh
David Dalton
This Joe Ledger thriller is even more like a strange combination of the "X-Files" with "24" or "Fringe" with "Strike Back".

Not to knock the book, but I would haved liked to have seen more of this story devoted to Top, Bunny, and other team-members. Yes, these book are all subtitled "a Joe Ledger novel", but this is not Diana Ross and the Supremes. Share the action and character development, or they just become cardboard characters. I would like to see all the members get involved MORE in each st
Al Gaito
I believe that this is the best of the Joe Ledger series for various reasons that I'll review later.
Library Linsey
Amazing. Just when I think this series cannot get better. What will I do now until the next one comes out?
#5 Joe Ledger series

Joe Ledger and his Echo Team of the covert Black Ops unit DMS return in #5. This is my favorite of the series, and that's saying a lot.

From back cover:

The President of the U.S. vanishes from the White House. A top secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight by a craft that vanishes immediately at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFO's are increasing at an alarming rate. In remote China, dinosaur hunters have found something definitely n
Gary Fong
The writing seemed rushed for some reason and I couldn't get into the storyline.
I adore Joe Ledger - but I found this book to be very disappointing.
5 Stars

WOW! What a rush!

That is probably one of the wildest rides I have had with Joe and his team. It was like the ass-kicking brother of the The X Files, after experiencing it, you are left to wonder, "Is it true?"

"I want to believe."

Every bit of information in this book gave me an itch to start Googling, cross-referencing and searching the local card catalog, with due diligence. Are there truly aliens out there? Who flew that T-Craft!? How was the president captured, and by whom?? Is the cro
Joe Robles
I really love these books. To me, granted I'm a soft grader when it comes to books, this series stays consistently great. This time the Department of Military Sciences (DMS) dealt with Project Majestic, which if you're a UFO buff(and I was during my teen years) you know was a secret group that was formed after the Roswell Crash. The really amazing thing is that we hear a lot about aliens, we're talking about alien tech, but the book never straight comes out and shows us any aliens. I found that ...more
Alanis Garcia
This isn't one of those books that goes oooh, there might be aliens, then slowly backs away till we find out that it was Mr Henchley doing it all along.
This book makes it clear from the very beginning that aliens do exist in this book's universe.
Most of the book is dealing with man's interaction with the alien artifacts that have been found.
It is a conspirators wet dream
Men in Black
Human Abductions
Alien Hybrids.

And Joe Ledger.
He is becoming one of my favorite series.
So far I have loved every Jonathan Maberry book I have read and Extinction Machine did not disappoint. Joe Ledger has face vampires, zombies and more but I had to admit I was a little leery about how a story revolving around UFOs would come off. It worked surprisingly well and I found myself addicted to the story.

I loved Joe, Mr. Church and the rest of the crew as usual but it was the story line that really grabbed me. I will admit at first I was confused with so many things going on and differe
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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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“The word "impossible" used to mean something. It was a line that couldn't be crossed. It was the outer edge of the safe zone.
I can't find that line anymore”
“So, basically if we keep trying to save the country and maybe the world from a bunch of murderous assholes with outer space weapons, then we're the bad guys?"

"In a nutshell."

"Then, hey ... let's be bad guys.”
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