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Kill Switch

Joe Ledger, Book 8
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Series: Joe Ledger, Book 8
Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Summary

What do you do when the power goes off?

Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to 10 major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come.

And in that terrible darkness, a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions.

At the same time, the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder, and suicide. Even the Department of Military Sciences is stumbling in its response to the growing threat.

Time is running out, and Joe is being hunted by a terrifying new kind of assassin. A team of remote viewers have the ability to take over any person and turn ordinary citizens into killers. Where can you turn when there's nobody left to trust?

Joe Ledger faces his deadliest challenge as friends and allies become enemies and all of the lights begin to go out...

©2016 Jonathan Maberry (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Fantastic

Amazing as always, brilliant story. Can't wait for the next book. When is the next book?

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  • DC
  • 26-09-16

Ray Porter is Joe ledger

Would be weird to hear anyone else. Yes good entry into the series this, the most 'out there' plot to date, but very enjoyable. I'm sadly completely up to date so bring on the next please

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  • Adrian
  • United Kingdom
  • 20-09-16

Kill Switch.

Just love the Joe Ledger books. Such great stories and the narration is exquisite. Another few hours spent in bliss - I look forward to getting back in the car for the commute so I can listen to the next chapter.

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Awesome fun

Some authors are good and maintain a fairly constant level of quality, others fade; some have great ideas but their execution are a disappointment. Maberry keeps getting better and better. In a market where churning out mediocre novels is rather prevalent, Maberry has taken the time to hone his craft; he clearly loves what he does.

I think of Maberry as a much more intelligent version of other authors in this space. His Joe Ledger books take paranormal fantasy and couch them in an intelligently constructed scientific framework. Okay vampires don't exist, but if they did how could they come about? This particular book is not about vampires but you get the point. He delivers this in an action packed dramatic and deft way with surprises that will thrill and grip you. He is clearly a master of his craft and I look forward to more from this writer that is clearly a cut above most of his contemporaries.

So far I have read Maberry's:

Kill Switch
Predator One
Extinction Machine
Assassins Code

They are all great books and I gave them the same rating as this one, however I felt Predator One had too much of the 9/11 conspiracy about it I still enjoyed the book as much as all the others and I agreed with most of the political/philosophical points he was making but it had a bit too much of secret government action against the interest of the populace for my taste. The fact that I was still able to enjoy the book is a testament to the skill of the author.

I also read his books backwards Kill Switch being my first. Something else I like about Maberry is that he is able to write continuations giving just the right amount of previous events away teasing them enough for you to be temped without spoiling them. The order in which I read the books did not degrade the enjoyment even adding an extra little frisson of tension, excitement and expectation to the experience.

Ray Porters performance of the Joe Ledger stories is quite frankly utterly brilliant. It is the job of the narrator to present the most accurate reflection of the authors intent for the characters and Ray Porter plays this role perfectly.

All that remains for me to say, is just hit the buy button! Mash it!

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Best Joe Ledger yet...

Loved it, hard to write too much without spoilers, so suffice to say it's just a must read for fans of the series!

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Boring worst in the series.

Hours of listening with nothing happening. Very little action and the whole idea was far fetched even for this series. Hopefully the next book will be better.

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  • Will
  • 19-06-16

Joe Ledger should be on the big screens

loved it. it did not disappoint. Certainly a detailed listen, it was a slight bit predictable, and the previous books I thought were stronger, but this was still a great listen.

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  • Ryan Hooey
  • 26-04-16

When the lights go out

SO what can you really say about this series that has not already been said. It just keeps getting better and better. Maberry will make you believe that your neighborhood is filled with zombies, or that drones will get you at a sports stadium or even that the guy sitting next to you at Starbucks drinking his latte is a quarter alien. So, to be honest I did not listen to the book yet but I just want my review to be posted first to let everyone know what is guaranteed in this book

1. Ledger, Church, Ghost and the rest of the team are bad asses
2. Ray Porter is going to bring it with his performance
3. Yes, Maberry will make you believe this could actually happen
4. Every other single book in this series will be inter woven in to this one
5. And… Church will have a friend in the industry
One last guarantee, this will receive 5 stars in all categories from me. Happy listening!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-05-16

I'm in the minority I suppose...

Let me preface this by saying I love the Joe Ledger books. Love them. I eat them up. I also see the rave reviews by everyone and think there must be something wrong with me, because I did not enjoy this one nearly as much as previous installments. I enjoy how Maberry runs these plotlines right along the edge of fantastical...making the plotlines just feasible enough to let you suspend disbelief. It's a major reason I like them so much. This one? Not so much. To be frank, one of the key factors in the whole story was so...well..utterly stupid, I couldn't stay engaged. That said, it was well written (as you'd expect) and I do still love the series. This one just didn't really do it for me. That said, it's still better than 80% of the swill out there right now, so ignore my complaints and buy it anyway.

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  • Cheri
  • 27-04-16

Starts off Intense and Doesn't Let Up!

Wow, this was another awesome addition to the Joe Ledger series!

Where does Jonathan Maberry come up with these ideas? Kill Switch was a fast paced "edge of your seat" story full of action, suspense, and weaved enough fantasy, the story had believable elements. He's a genius at combining fantasy and reality and making you believe, if it could happen, this is how it would occur.

I love Joe Ledger and the rest of the characters, especially their banter. They will have you laughing out loud, even when they are serious.

Ray Porter is one of the all time best narrators I've listen too. I really enjoyed his performance on Joe Ledger series. He has a voice for each of the characters and I really love how projects the different emotions throughout the story. (Every time I hear his voice, I think of Joe Ledger.)

This is a must have series for all Thriller/Sci-fi fans and it will be a great addition to anyone's collections.

I really enjoyed this story and it was well worth my time and credit.


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  • nik
  • 16-12-16

great narrator and awesome story

loved the H.P. Lovecraft stuff that cropped up in this series. it was done well and added rather than detracted from the story with its strange nature.

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  • DG
  • 03-07-17

Painful

I love this series but had to force myself through Kill Switch... Wish I skipped...

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  • Nate_D
  • 26-06-17

COME ON!!!

When I listen to a Joe Ledger novel, I want a few things. I want to be immersed into the exciting world of the DMS complete with all of the awesome characters that Maberry has created in these books...I want to hear the dulcet tones of Ray Porter narrating his arse off, as usual...and I want JOE to be JOE! For the past 3 books now, Joe has been emasculated or otherwise "LESS THAN" in comparison to the first 5 books of the series! I want to see Joe kicking butt and taking names! I want him in the field, and running echo team! That's what I read these books for, but I have been let down over the past few books.

This book went even further off the rails than the last 2, in regards to Joe being Joe. I don't want to give too much away, but, man....I miss the old Joe and the old Echo team. Even though, in this book, it is all explained as to WHY Echo team is "off their game", I still don't like it.

Okay...that being said, I sill love the world created here by Maberry, and I love the team and family of characters that is here. The feeling of the book is still true to the first few books, and Ray Porter is the BEST narrator out there for this kind of book, so all was not lost. I have heard the book 9 gets Joe back to where he used to be. All I can say is, I hope so.

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  • JB
  • 12-05-16

Could the world survive without the DMS?

Joe Ledger and his team are my favorite protagonists in the thriller / adventure / sci-fi space of stories. The villains in this series commit outrageous transgressions, often resulting in the ultimate sacrifice of DMS operatives. In this story, agents of the DMS are on a bad run and are being marginalized by other security organizations. This occurs at a time when a new and horrifying threat is emerging. Joe, Echo team and friends will need to fight through self doubt and local challenges in order to save the world. Great audiobook with an excellent story complemented by a brilliant audio performance.

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  • Junius
  • 03-05-16

Spectacular

I don't even know where to begin..Jonathan Maberry continues to impress with the story of Joe Ledger and his team..As soon as the book was released I was all in and as the hours ticked away it was truly bitter sweet. I feel about Joe the way he felt about his hero..You'll understand once you read/listen to the book...Ray Porter is my favorite narrator and doesn't disappoint thus go around...I just wish I could give Jonathan Maberry a hug for continue to take me away from the cares of this life with his fantastic writing...Wonderful job and I can't wait for the next book.....

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  • Allen Anthony
  • 02-05-16

Another hit for Mayberry!

Best story since Patient Zero.. Mr Church and company spin a really griping tale of terrorism of this world and future or parallel worlds. Capt. Ledger gets plenty banged up but once again proves he is up for the fight, but it's a close call.
This book has 3 different plots that all converge near the end with some surprises...it all makes for an enjoyable brawl...if you don't like macho, trash talking heroes, that live bigger than life, you would probably be well served to choose a different title.

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