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(Rogue Team International #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,114 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Rage is the first title in Jonathan Maberry's brand new Joe Ledger spin-off series of international weird science thrillers.

A small island off the coast of Japan is torn apart by a bioweapon that drives everyonemen, women, and childreninsane with murderous rage. The people behind that attack want Korea united or destroyed. No middle ground. No mercy. And they are willing
Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Phil It may be although I like to think both series take place in parallel universes and Ledger have stopped the plague in his 'main one' ;).

You've missed…more
It may be although I like to think both series take place in parallel universes and Ledger have stopped the plague in his 'main one' ;).

You've missed books, which (according to Maberry's FB post) take place 15 years after Joe Ledger adventures and its first installment is named 'Dead of Night' (currently [2020] four volumes alltogether). It starts just before the outbreak and later we meet some well known characters.(less)
Alexander Not really. Mayberry does a good job of updating the characters in the story in a way that is not overdone. It is helpful to me since the last couple…moreNot really. Mayberry does a good job of updating the characters in the story in a way that is not overdone. It is helpful to me since the last couple have been a year a part. I came in on the third book, read half of it, then went back to book one, and caught up from there. But if you start with this one, you will be good - BUT you will want to go back and read the earlier ones. (less)

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Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to St. Martin's Publishing, Netgalley and the amazeballs author Jonathan Maberry!
We are now Rogue Team International! That's right! Church, Ledger and the team's are now unofficially "of course" working internationally! I love it! To Heck with being under the thumb of one whacked out President. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Trump! Now?
As always Joe and his team rock! And as always I can never loosen up because I have learned that in this series many people die! I love that, and I hate
RAGE by Jonathan Maberry is the first book in a new series featuring Joe Ledger. This time he is no longer with the Department of Military Sciences, but leading a team of independent troubleshooters, Havoc Team. The new series is called Rogue Team International. This action thriller / military thriller can be read as a standalone novel, but the previous Joe Ledger series would give the reader more of the back stories of the key players.

Joe Ledger and Havoc Team start out by trying to rescue a
My favorite Joe Ledger book thus far! It just kicked my ass down the road and back again.

Now I'm experiencing some RAGE waiting for the next book!

Bravo to Mr. Maberry and to Ray Porter!!!
Michael Hicks
My review of RAGE can be found at High Fever Books.

The DMS may have disbanded, but Joe Ledger isnt one for resting on his laurels. No longer beholden to the government of the United States, Mr. Church has put together a new organization that exists under, but is not beholden to, the UN: Rogue Team International. Now-Colonel Joe Ledger and his international team of shooters (goodbye Echo Team, hello Havoc Team!) are the first line of defense against global threats involving mad science run amok.

Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, I've got to say that I love me some Joseph Ledger. How often do you laugh out loud while you are reading? The internal and external dialogue is so often funny, sarcastic, biting...often all at once. The closure of the DMS brings our "hero" to RTI, the same animal in a different environment with different rules. Luckily, we still have the same characters, good and bad.

This world can be quite complicated and characters come in and out of stories. Sometimes years apart. About a year back I
Malina Skrobosinski
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scarathlon
Okay, I'll confess, this was my first Maberry read. I know, I know, shame on me. Having said that, I have sort of a mixed review.

I've found that I enjoy his writing, his snarky action based characters, but alas, I wish would have been more familiar with his work sooner. Having no knowledge of the Joe Ledger series, I feel I was at a slight disadvantage with this one.

Let me tell you what really pushed this from a 3 star rating to a 4 star rating for me... Ray Porter. His narration was FABULOUS.
Matt Shepker
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Chuck Atteberry
Recommended to Matt by: Chuck
Shelves: read-2019, giveaways, arc
Thanks to the publisher and Goodreads for the ARC of this book.

This was a fantastic addition to the Joe Ledger story arc. He's the same guy with the same team, just operating as an independent international group instead of one that was, tangentially at least, an American governmental organization.

The core cast of characters remains the same. I wish we would have seen more Ghost and Toys and we saw very little Junie (which was enough for me). There are a few new characters that are very
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
New series that's really just a new arc for Joe Ledger & Team. It's a good thing, because I really like the established formula of these books. Anyway, I think new readers could start here. But I wouldn't recommend it. You'd be missing out on a lot of things.

This is a hard "first" book to review without avoiding series and book spoilers, so I'll just say this: it's heartbreaking in so many ways. Just prepare yourself for the good old action-packed Joe Ledger & Team hustle to save the
Victor *True Unagi Master*
Wow. Rarely does a story leave me speechless.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, audiobook
11/03/2020 Notes:

- I didn't enjoy the re-read of the book as much as I did the first time. But! I am eager to see if the foreshadowing in the first series come about in RTI.
- It's cool that my re-read of the series landed me in November for this book. =)

11/19/2019 Notes:

I would not recommend jumping into this book without having read the other Joe Ledger books. It jumps right into the action and there are brief summaries but not enough to give you the depth of know how that you gain from
Kim the Strange
This was another great addition to this series. Lots of pros and some cons. Certain characters still annoy the shit out of me *cough, cough, Junie, cough, cough*. The two new members were my favorite part. Also can we get more of Violin because shes my FAVORITE!!!! ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope springs eternal. Arteries do not.









Joe F*ucking Ledger.

What do you do when they turn off all your lights?
You become the darkness.

Not really a mood thing at this point. I'm just flat out bored.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Joe's done dealing out mercy - he's only interested in handing out murder now. . .Hooyah!
Love every single episode, and I have to say this is my favorite to date. A plethora of deaths, torture, and plotting out the best way(S)to take down some of the most decadent degenerates Joe has encountered to date. Siblings, Adam & Eve are perfectly serpent like and a fantastic addition to stir a pot that's already boiling over with "havoc" and "chaos".
The ending blew me away and never imagined this
Horror DNA
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shane-d-keene
Jonathan Maberry wont be a new name to many of you, probably not most of you. Author of the Pine Deep Series, the straight up trilogy of traditional horror novels that made his bones and started him down the path toward success, hes made himself pretty much synonymous with franchise genre fiction since 2006 and his name is steadily on the tips of tongues everywhere in the horror reading community. He made his start there and cemented a lot of lifelong fans for himself in the genre. In fact, its ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed the Joe Ledger series as silly fun, but this one seems like it was written by a second-string assistant in the Maberry factory just spitting out another novel with the same plot, but with less care. For example, we're told many times about how the Sea of Japan is west of Korea. No, it's not. If it doesn't matter, then don't mention it over and over. If it does, then take ten seconds to think about it or to look at a map. Also, this book is just full of gloominess in the main ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first book in a new series featuring Joe Ledger, RAGE by Jonathan Maberry is a non-stop action novel with an exciting plot and fine characterization. Though I have yet to read all the books in the previous series this one works as a stand-alone novel. It involves North Korean and bio-weapons. As expected, its up to the Rogue Team International to save the day. Will they? I didnt expect to have so much fun reading RAGE but I did, reaching the end at a lightning speed. If you like tightly ...more
Lisa Cobb Sabatini
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won an Advance Reader Copy of Rage: A Joe Ledger International Novel by Jonathan Maberry from Goodreads.

Readers figuratively jump on a speeding train as they begin to read Rage: A Joe Ledger International Novel by Jonathan Maberry. This fast-paced story starts with intrigue and action, and barely let's up all the way to the explosive ending. Even then, readers are shocked and tantalized, left breathlessly waiting for the next Joe Ledger novel. It is impossible not to get hooked on this series.
Danielle Gosson
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't bad, but It was difficult to see past the descriptive violence and vulgar language. It would be the perfect book for someone, just not me.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a new series name but it really is another Joe Ledger book and we see favorite characters from the previous series along with some new faces. I did initially find the storyline hard to follow as it jumps around between the past and present A LOT and trying to figure out when certain scenes were taking place vs other scenes was initially quite difficult for me. However, as the story progressed and we learn more and more about each character it all came together to make another fascinating ...more
Brittany Larson
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.

I've read all ten books in the previous Joe Ledger series, and to be honest, I'm not totally sure why Maberry decided to start a new series with this one. It felt very much like a continuation of the previous series, and I mean that in the best possible way.

This series picks up where Deep Silence left off, with many familiar characters (Joe Ledger, of course, as well as Church, Junie, Top, Bunny) and some new, super
Kay Mcleer
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, the characters were great and I enjoyed the plot of the book. It had what I was looking for in this type of book. I liked Joe and thought he worked well as a leader, I look forward to seeing where this series goes.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I know these characters are fictional, but I am so ready to open a can of whoop ass on Kuga and Daddy myself. How dare they?
Ray Palen
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Maberry has had much success in his career that has featured a diverse list of both novels he wrote as well as various anthologies he has edited. He is a five-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, the first for the vampire trilogy of novels that he burst on the scene with --- GHOST ROAD BLUES, DEAD MAN'S SONG, and BAD MOON RISING --- a different take on the over-populated vampire genre that is one of the best and most original I ever read.

However, he is best known for his most prolific
Slaven Tomasi
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, he writes comics which includes Marvel, writes about vampires, horror novels, young adult fiction, teen books, childrens books and thrillers. Many of his past work has been adapted for television, some upcoming Netflix original series are also slated for release soon which is based off his vampire anthology. His upcoming novel RAGE featuring protagonist Joe Ledger and Rogue Team International is ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, scfi
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Joe's back! Joe's back! Gah, I love this guy.

However, I did not love (overmuch) what happened to him here. Two things: First Mr. Maberry, apparently you've been reading some steamy romance novels. Hoo baby! Second, I knew you were going to do something drastic - while I was listening I kept imagining standing there pointing at you and saying "don't you do it! Don't you do it!" Well, you did it anyway. This time my heart isn't breaking over Joe, it's for Joe. You're going to have to double time
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Goodreads and St. Martin's Press for the ARC!!

I have been eagerly awaiting this book for months. I had no idea Id won it in a giveaway until the book showed up. I was incredibly excited. Ive followed the Joe Ledger series for about ten years and even named my cat, Cobbler, after Joes cat. When I found out Jonathan Maberry was going to continue the series indefinitely, I was very happy. Each book has been new and exciting without the drop in quality that sometimes happens.

This book was
Marika Charalambous
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review at

Oficially, Rage is a new series, but in reality, it's just a continuation of our beloved Joe Ledger series. With the exception of two new members and the departure of one or two existing ones, all others are there, including Joe himself, Church, Bunny, Top, etc. The big change now is that the team is rogue. They're no longer working for any government; instead, they can now take on cases all over the world. And the case they invariabily get
Preston Halcomb
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Rogue Team International novels look to be an interesting evolution of the Joe Ledger series as a whole. To be fair, it took me a while to get into the writing style on this one. It is just subtly different than the previous entries, either intentionally or just as a natural evolution of Mr. Maberrys writing craft. I was well into the swing of things after about a quarter of the way through the book. It was very well written, entertaining and thought provoking. I loved how the new dynamic of ...more
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Todays Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.

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