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Extinction Machine by Jonathan Maberry

June 16th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

Extinction Machine by Jonathan Maberry

Source: Received for review

Publication date: March 26, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Series: Joe Ledger #5

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.

So far I have loved every Jonathan Maberry book I have read and Extinction Machine did not disappoint.  Joe Ledger has face vampires, zombies and more but I had to admit I was a little leery about how a story revolving around UFOs would come off.  It worked surprisingly well and I found myself addicted to the story.

I loved Joe, Mr. Church and the rest of the crew as usual but it was the story line that really grabbed me.  I will admit at first I was confused with so many things going on and different players appearing.  Once it all comes together though it blew me away.  I love conspiracy theory based books because while they may seem so outlandish there is enough there that makes you go hmmmm.  The action is pretty much non-stop and there is a lot of Joe kicking some major ass which is always awesome.

I did have two minor problems with the book.  One was the conclusion to the president’s kidnapping seemed abrupt and I would have liked to seen a little bit more of an explanation of what happened.  My bigger issue was the relationship between Joe and Violin and then Junie.  I loved Violin and thought the chemistry between the two of them was great.  I loved that Violin had this complex background and could be an equal partner to Joe.  I was hoping she was going to play a larger part in this book than she did.  Then Junie came on the scene and it was like all thoughts of Violin flew out of his head.  Joe had a couple minor twinges of conscience but otherwise seemed to have fallen head over heels with Junie with so little to build on.  Their whole relationship seemed to be based on the fact that Junie could magically see into Joe’s soul and that was that.  It just didn’t feel as real as his relationship with Violin.

Still while not my favorite of the series this one was still an amazing read.

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