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Extinction Machine (Joe Ledger #5)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  2,729 ratings  ·  252 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
ebook, 528 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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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
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
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
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

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
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
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
As usual, a GREAT thrillride from Jonathan Maberry, and another awesome adventure from the incomparable Joe Ledger & Echo Team. All the perfect ingredients were there for a winning formula: A vast mindboggling conspiracy of epic proportion stretching decades hidden behind the curtain, a group of super-genius super-evil super-villains doing everything to coverup the conspiracy and achieving their final masterplan, an immediate threat to the world that will certainly bring end of everything, a ...more
The Joe Ledger series has done zombies, super soldiers and vampires and this time round it does aliens. Except the aliens don't actually ever appear. It's a story where aliens exist but it's more about the conspiracy side of things.

The president appears to have been abducted by aliens. There's a global arms race as nations across the world try to use alien technology to build weapons. Plus there's cyber attacks and Joe Ledger seems to being targeted personally. Just an ordinary day for the DMS.
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
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Captain Joe Ledger is on vacation. How long do you think that will last, given the nature of Joe’s job? Turns out, not very long at all. Per orders from Mr. Church, Joe and his DMS team are knocking on the door of Shelton Aeronautics in Wolf Trap, Virginia. Joe is hoping that this will be easy. In and out. Unfortunately, it’s the complete opposite. There’s been a massacre at Shelton Aeronautics, and the men they come in co

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 didn't like it as much as the previous book, Assassin's Code, but this is a fun follow-up. Joe's tackled zombie terrorists, weird shit a la Doctor Moreau, a Plagues of Egypt scenario, and some nuke-toting vampires (yeeeep, that's totally my fave so far) in the previous books. What's next, you ask. UFOs, of course. Cue the X-Files music.
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
The start of this one drew me in right away, however in the middle it started to drag for me. There was too much explanation going on, and I had a hard time buying into what was happening, which is saying something considering what all Joe has gone through.

What I really like about these books are the relationships between Joe and those in DMS, they are a very dysfunctional family, but they work. They took some hard hits, but when one was bogged down, there was someone there to talk them back.

I'm hooked! From now on, when I need a thriller/action fix I'm going to hunt down JOE LEDGER! With EXTINCTION MACHINE, Jonathan Maberry weaves together science, conspiracy theories, UFOlogy, humor, emotion, and balls-to-the-walls action. Highly Recommend!
I still think that Assassin’s Code (four) was the strongest Joe Ledger story I have read so far. As the fifth book in the series, I thought that Extinction Machine was a weak follow up after a superb action-packed book four. I am rather surprised, but I felt as though the driving force – technology for this book – was not handled as competently by Maberry as he has with the other specialties in his past books. Overall, I thought the pacing was slower through most of the book and only in the last ...more
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
First off, I have to admit that I *hate* alien conspiracy theories. Really. A lot. You couldn't get me to read a book about the crash at Roswell or alien abduction or any of that stuff if you held a gun to my head---unless Jonathan Maberry wrote the book. Then I'm all there, jumping in with both feet. And, as expected, Maberry made the topic both plausible and entertaining. It wasn't nearly as annoying as I expected and the return of Joe Ledger makes it all worth while. Maberry manages to make L ...more
The fifth in the Joe Ledger series and by now we know pretty much what we are going to get. Some super-villain, or villains, will have hatched a plan to destroy humanity as we know it with the use of some sort of supernatural beings, while there's some government in fighting to hamper the DMS's work.

And so it is once more. Joe does all the fighting of course along with his dog Ghost, and the regular crew, plus a few new ones to fill in for those that didn't make it to the end of the previous boo
Jonathan Maberry is a mad scientist of ink and paper and it is a glorious thing.
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.
Sinistre Imrul
I am truly disappointed. After reading the summary, which was quite intriguing, I really thought this one would surpass all the previous ones. To be honest, first half wasn't as bad. In fact I liked the thrill of it. But then somehow the story lost it's track. And the finishing?? Come on. I liked that vampire story in the last one but this one definitely lost it's track.

Now I always liked humorous lines of ledger. This one wasn't any different. In fact, that father-groom talk by church was awes
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Joe Ledger (9 books)
  • Patient Zero (Joe Ledger, #1)
  • The Dragon Factory (Joe Ledger, #2)
  • Midnight Echo Issue 9
  • The King of Plagues (Joe Ledger, #3)
  • Assassin's Code (Joe Ledger, #4)
  • Code Zero (Joe Ledger, #6)
  • Predator One (Joe Ledger, #7)
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“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.”
“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”
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