Extinction Machine #BookReview

Jonathan Maberry | March 2013 | 433 pp

Goodreads Summary: 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 found something that is definitely not of this earth. There are rumors of alien-human hybrids living among us.

Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences rush headlong into the heat of the world’s strangest and deadliest arms race, because the global race to recover and retro-engineer alien technologies has just hit a snag. Someone—or something–wants that technology back.

My Experience:

Another fast paced Joe Ledger book! Number 5 in the series is about the Baltimore born, James Bond-esque, super detective, Joe Ledger and his band of ex-military heros in the fictional Department of Military Science, facing off with aliens. Or, well, folks that seem to have gotten there hands on alien technology..or maybe they are aliens? One cannot be sure. In Ledgers world, anything is possible.

This one centers on crop circles, aliens among us and Ledgers latest love interest: Junie Flynn. The President goes missing from the White House and The Department of Military Sciences highest ranking nemesis, the Vice President, is now in control of the free world. This cannot be good. In fact, Ledger spends most of the book getting his ass handed to him. The Vice President even winds up disbanding Echo Team! Will they come back from this? 🤔

Cons: Book number 4, Assassins Code, felt scattered to me and this one, even more so. There are so many characters and so much going on in different parts of the world, its just really hard to keep up. We have the typical college credit course work mid-book to make sure we can all keep up with the science dujour..alien technology. Typically, I walk away understanding more than I want, this time not so much. I still have no idea why there was a crop circle on the White House lawn after the President is taken. 🕵🏾‍♀️

Pros: Per usual, good story, Maberry, taking what we think could never happen, and making it come alive! Fast, consistent action, and enough going on to keep you reading. The bad guy in this one included the Vice President, while acting as the President. That meant he had more absolute power over Joe and his agency than I think we’ve seen in the past. Taking away some of Joes typical advantages made this as interesting as the first book, Patient Zero.

Joe and/or his team typically suffer some losses but there are several really big ones this round. We get to learn more about the elusive Mr. Church as this book focuses more on someone coming after him.

Ghost is Joe’s very well trained dog and he actually plays a more prominent role as ‘cop dog’ in this book. I like Ghost slightly more than Joe, so that made me happy!

Overall, #GoodBook with a ton new sarcastic one liners from Joe. There are 8 more books in this series, so no need to pretend like Joe wont make it. He definitely will. But, the people around him have a tendency to die horrible deaths. Who’s next? GoodBook 25 of 42.

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