JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, he writes comics which includes Marvel, writes about vampires, horror novels, young adult fiction, teen books, children’s books and thrillers. Many of his past work has been adapted for television, some upcoming Netflix original series are also slated for release soon which is based off his vampire anthology. His upcoming novel RAGE featuring protagonist Joe Ledger and Rogue Team International is available now.
Joe Ledger is back in a new series with a new team, working for a secret organization calling themselves Rogue Team International or RTI. Previously employed by the U.S. Government, as part of the Department of Military Sciences, or DMS. The constant bureaucratic red tape made it difficult to operate at full potential, therefore their founder, Mr. Church, took them into international waters per se, and this gave them the advantage of picking their own cases and avoiding constant oversight.
Rage starts off with a daring rescue, filled with humor and high-speed action from the very first page. Quickly thereafter, the action intensifies with multiple things at play from the mastermind villain that Joe has been after for years. For this villain, things are personal, because not only is he a fierce adversary, he also holds a long burning grudge against Joe Ledger. Utilizing his vast network of cells he has spent years building, he unleashes hell on earth, utilizing coercion on anyone he needs to do his bidding. His reach seems to hold no limits and his desire to succeed knows no moral dilemmas. “If the Devil took human form, he would be this villain.”
A bioweapon is used to terrorize a small island off the coast of North Korea, targeting everyone – men, women, and children. Everyone who comes into contact with it goes into a murderous rage. A rage you as the reader get to experience in first-person perspective. Utilizing the dark web, the media, clever positioning of those coerced participants for their ultimate scheme, the world sees these villains the way they want to be seen, meaning they think these attacks are State sponsored. The United States, South Korea, and even China is implicated and soon world war III with nuclear threats is on the horizon.
Rage is a fun read, the type of novel you can’t simply put down at any point in the book. The desire to keep reading burns as the bad guys plot their scheme, the good guys try to get a handle on what is happening. The media throwing more fuel on the fire and the world at the brink of panic as threats become reality. In addition to top-notch action, gun fights, knife fights, fist fights. Rage also has an impressive amount of technology that rivals any Marvel movie in regard to high speed tech. One thing I absolutely have to mention is the ending, without spoiling anything, I can promise you a couple of tears may be shed. This must-read novel has earned itself a Blast Radius of a Dirty Bomb!
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Series: A Joe Ledger and Rogue Team International Novel # 1
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Follow Jonathan on Twitter: @JonathanMaberry
About the Author
JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times bestselling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Deep Silence, Kill Switch, Predator One, Code Zero, Fall of Night, Patient Zero, the Pine Deep Trilogy, The Wolfman, Zombie CSU, and They Bite, among others. His V-Wars series has been adapted by Netflix airing later this year, and his work for Marvel Comics includes The Punisher, Wolverine, DoomWar, Marvel Zombie Return and Black Panther. His Joe Ledger series has been optioned for television. He is also the creator of V Wars, soon to be a television show on Netflix.