Dark of Night: A Joe Ledger Novella by Jonathan Maberry and Rachael Lavin

Posted July 22, 2016 by Paul (Audiobook Reviewer) in Reviews / 0 Comments

Dark of Night: A Joe Ledger Novella by  Jonathan Maberry and Rachael LavinDark of Night by Jonathan Maberry, Rachael Lavin
Narrator: Ray Porter
Series: Joe Ledger
Published by Blackstone Audio Inc on 21 June 2016
Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
Genres: Zombie Apocalypse
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

The dead rose. We fell.

The survivors are trapped in a world of monsters who prey on the helpless. Some of them are zombies...but they are not the only predators who feed on pain and suffering.

Dark of Night is a story of worlds in collision. Three heroes who have survived the apocalypse are in a deadly race to save a busload of children from ravenous zombies and ruthless human scavengers.

This brand new novella brings together three of New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry's award-winning series. Captain Joe Ledger (Patient Zero and Code Zero), Officer Desdemona Fox (Dead of Night and Fall of Night), and Rachael Elle (Bits & Pieces) are caught between an endless wave of the living dead and an army of corrupt men who want to enslave the last human survivors.

©2016 Jonathan Maberry and Rachael Lavin (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.


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When I first saw this coming out I was so excited. Because two Joe Ledger books in one year is a rarity. Sure it is a short novella, but I do not care. I devoured it in one sitting.

There is so much to take in. 15 years have passed since the last Ledger adventure. Several thing struck me. Ledger has a child, somewhere, if you have been following this characters development you will understand why this is so surprising. He still has a dog, but it is not Ghost but his descendant. Ledger seems to be carrying around so many more internal demons than before and an overall melancholy about his continues existence.

Des Fox is just who I expected from reading the Dead of Night series. If you are unfamiliar she is basically a female version of Ledger, yet a little deeper.

The newcomer to me was Rachael Elle a woman traveling the zombie apocalypse in cosplay or LARP gear, fighting the creatures she has dubbed “Orcs”. This character was fascinating to me. Yet was a master with a sword. I need to find out more of her story.

Without giving too much away I will try to summarize. All three of the above characters are living in the full on zombie apocalypse. Eventually meeting up and defending those that need it from the dead as well as the living. Not without their first encounters of each other.

There was this one part when Dez and Joe first discover each other where I was brought to tears. I was listening in my cubicle at work and actually let out an audible sob, to the surprise of my coworkers. The tears started flowing until the situation was resolved. If you have listened to this you know the part.

This Joe Ledger novella commands your attention throughout. Action filled as you would expect with anything written by Maberry. With a not so straight forward plot. I did not want it to end and then it did. Maberry is a master of writing in only one universe and every once and a while his stories converge on one another. Somehow his is able to keep it all straight and make everything so engrossing. I really hope that Maberry continues with this in between storyline.

As always Ray Porter brings Joe Ledger to life in a way that no one else could possibly come close to pulling off. Not only does he succeed there, but also embodies the personas of Dez Fox and Rachael Elle with ease. The anguish and other emotions that Porter injects into his performances are simply amazing. The tear jerking part above would not have been as successful had it not been for him.

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About Ray Porter

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I grew up in a small town in Indiana, got my B.F.A. in acting from CalArts and in 1990 went to work for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

I told my L.A. friends I’d be back in six months after I did “this theatre job”. I moved back to L.A. in 2008.

In the off seasons at OSF I would come to L.A. to do TV and Films. I started narrating at Blackstone Audio in 2007/2008. Since then I have been narrating for various audiobook publishers and love it.

My amazing wife is a costume designer for movies (I can’t tell you anything about her current project as assistant designer but Batman and Superman look great)and a six year old son who is brilliant (he’s doing his tutoring homework here at the table next to me and I needed to say that).

About Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

His novels include the Pine Deep Trilogy: GHOST ROAD BLUES (Pinnacle books; winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), DEAD MAN’S SONG (2007) and BAD MOON RISING (2008); the Joe Ledger series of action thrillers from St. Martin’s Griffin: PATIENT ZERO (2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel), THE DRAGON FACTORY (2010; now available), THE KING OF PLAGUES (March 2011), ASSASSIN’S CODE (March 2012), EXTINCTION MACHINE (2013); THE WOLFMAN (NY Times bestseller from Tor, based on the Universal Pictures film starring Benecio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Sir Anthony Hopkins; winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation); the forthcoming standalone zombie thriller DEAD OF NIGHT (Oct 25 2011); and the Benny Imura series of Young Adult dystopian zombie thrillers from Simon & Schuster: ROT & RUIN (2011; named in Booklist’s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award finalist; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards), DUST & DECAY (Aug 30 2011), FLESH & BONE (2012) and FIRE & ASH (21013).

Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary on zombies scheduled to air October 26.

His nonfiction works include: VAMPIRE UNIVERSE (Citadel Press, 2006), THE CRYPTOPEDIA (Citadel, 2007 –winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction; co-authored by David F. Kramer), ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (Winner of the Hinzman and Black Quill Awards and nominated for a Stoker Award; 2008), THEY BITE! (2009 co-authored by David F. Kramer), WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (2010; Bram Stoker nominee; co-authored by Janice Gable Bashman), and THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS FIELD GUIDE TO THE UNDEAD (2001, written under the pen name of Shane MacDougall).

He writes a variety of projects for Marvel Comics involving CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK PANTHER, DOOMWAR, WOLVERINE, DEADPOOL, THE X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, the NY Times bestselling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER and MARVEL UNIVERSE vs WOLVERINE. All of Jonathan’s comic book collections are released as Graphic Novel collections within a month or two of individual comic publication.

Recent short stories include “Pegleg and Paddy Save the World” (HISTORY IS DEAD, Permuted Press 2007), “Doctor Nine” (KILLERS, Swimming Kangaroo Press, 2008; and reprinted in THE STORIES (in) BETWEEN Edited by Greg Schauer, Jeanne B. Benzel, and W.H. Horner. Fantasist Enterprises, 2009), “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost” (LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE 2, Bloodletting Books, 2008), “Clean Sweeps” (AND SO IT BEGINS, Dark Quest Books, 2008), “Family Business” (THE NEW DEAD, St. Martin’s Press, 2010), “Like Part of the Family” (NEW BLOOD edited by Patrick Thomas and Diane Raetz, Padwolf Press, 2010), “Zero Tolerance” (THE LIVING DEAD 2, Night Shade Books), “Flint and Steel” (GI JOE: COBRA WARS, 2011), “Saint John”(THE MONSTER’S CORNER, 2011, St. Martin’s), “The Death Song of Dwar Guntha” (Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, 2012, Simon & Schuster), and “The Wind Through the Fence” (an original e-story available for all e-readers). His essay, “Take Me To Your Leader” will be included in the nonfiction book, TRIUMPH OF THE LIVING DEAD: Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Epic on Page and Screen edited by James Lowder (BenBella Books/Smart Pop, 2011).

About Paul (Audiobook Reviewer)

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