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Assassin’s Code by Jonathan Maberry

July 13th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Assassin's Code by Jonathan Maberry

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 10, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran,the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

Accompanied by the beautiful assassin called Violin, Joe follows a series of clues to find the Book of Shadows, which contains a horrifying truth that threatens to shatter his entire worldview.

They say the truth will set you free…
Not this time.

The secrets of the Assassin’s Code will set the world ablaze.

I am a huge fan of Maberry’s YA books and his adult zombie books have also been awesome. Dead of Night actually brought tears to my eyes at one point.  From the Joe Ledger series I’ve only read Patient Zero and didn’t realize there were two other Ledger books prior to Assassin’s Code.  So fans whether old or new will definitely enjoy this one!

For those who have watched the TV show 24 did you ever think that wow, Jack Bauer has to have the crappiest luck to have all those horrible things happen in the space of one day and night?  Well, Joe Ledger is having that sort of few days but on steroids.  The action is pretty non-stop as he breaks the college kids out of an Iranian jail, has the crap beat out of him several times, his poor dog gets tasered, people around him are being killed left and right and oh yeah, he has to stop some unknown crazies from nuking the world.  Really, can your week get any worse?

I found Joe a fascinating character in Patient Zero and the background we get in Assassin’s Code about how he came to be the man he is today made him all the more interesting.  He could probably be almost certifiably called crazy or psychotic and yet he managers to balance this killer side of him with a truly heroic side.  I loved his quirky sense of humor and the banter he keeps with Violin as you can feel the romantic tension building.

Besides the characters I love the unique take on vampires that Maberry took.  They aren’t the glorified, tortured yet romantic creatures that is all the rage now.  They are monsters through and through and their history is laid out in a way that makes it so plausible you wonder if something like them may really exist.

All in all another great book from Maberry! If you haven’t read his books yet go and do so now!

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