Review – The King of Plagues (Joe Ledger #3) by Jonathan Maberry

9120730It’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.

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