On opening day of the new baseball season a small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it’s a prank or a publicity stunt. Until it explodes, killing dozens.
Seconds later a swarm of killer drones descend upon the picnicked crowd, each one carrying a powerful bomb. All across the country artificial intelligence drive systems in cars, commuter trains and even fighter planes go out of control. The death toll soars as the machines we depend upon every day are turned into engines of destruction.
Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences go on the hunt for whoever is controlling these machines, but the every step of the way they are met with traps and shocks that strike to the very heart of the DMS. No one is safe. Nowhere is safe. Enemies old and new rise as America burns.
Holy freaking hell.
Jonathan Maberry has done it again.
He’s once again kept me at the edge of my seat, while reading a frightening realistic scenario that will forever change my views on certain up-and-coming technology. I loved every second of this novel. It scared the hell out of me, but I still loved every second of this.
Joe, the Echo Team, the DMS, and Mr. Church never seemed to catch a break this time around. The bad guys were too good, and they knew Mr. Church and the DMS too well. They knew what made them tick, and the bad guys knew exactly how to hurt them.
This was easily my favorite book of the series so far. While I wish there was more Joe and the good guys, I love that I was able to see into the dark, disturbing minds of the big bad bastards for a lot of this. Some of the big bads were new to the game, but the biggest bad bastard was someone the readers have met before, and when I realized who it was (pretty earlier on, it’s not like it was a secret), there was profanity. It was a major WTF moment for me.
Every time I review these books, I feel like I have to end with recommending the series. It’s an action-packed, techno-thriller series that I think a lot of people would love. Try it out, because the books just seem to be getting better and better!
(5 Stars for a group of Bad Ass Mother F*****s)