It’s been a while since I read a Jonathan Maberry and I was nervous to start The King of Plagues. I’ve loved his books but for the past several months, I’ve been on a reading diet of mystery/thrillers and urban fantasy. Was I ready to get back into the world of the Department of Military Science?
Most definitely, yes!
What I love about this series (besides Joe Ledger) is that while it started with zombies (brrrraaaaiiinnss), it has grown into just being solid thrillers. Fans of Lee Child will devour books 2 and 3 especially.
Many of the underlying themes are timely and Maberry excels with character development. The stories are detailed enough without becoming over-done. The King of Plagues does have a somewhat slow start. While there are brief action pockets in the first half, you have to read through a lot of set-up for the REAL story to reveal itself. I also have to admit that there were a couple of times that I felt too much political idealism came into play. We could argue if Joe L. would be a liberal or a conservative but that’s beside the point. He has a job to do and he does it. Just…a couple of times it seemed the author’s feelings on torture, the war on terror, etc. came through more than the story. Or, I could just be sensitive. With the election next year, everyone’s already started the Facebook political rhetoric and I’m sick of it. Whether I agree or disagree with someone on an issue, I really don’t want to hear about it all day every day. I want my entertainment, whether it be books, Facebook or television, to be politics free. Maybe not possible but a girl can dream.
4/5 stars. Another winner.