Dogs of War (Joe Ledger) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/4/25
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Dogs of War: Robots are no longer science fiction. Autonomous, programmed to react like animals: fast, relentless, deadly. From microscopic nanobots to massive self-guided aircraft. This technology is here, it's assessable, and it's dangerous. What's even scarier is that almost anyone can get their hands on it.
A freelance terrorist uses the latest generation of robot dogs to deliver WMDs into cities across America. Sophisticated military weapons systems turn on their human masters. A technological apocalypse is coming and we may be too late to stop it.
Joe Ledger and a newly rebuilt Department of Military Sciences square off against this new and terrible threat. Dogs of War pits Joe against a merciless new enemy and an army of techno-terrorists in a race to prevent a global destruction.
Let loose the Dogs of War.
JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Code Zero, Fall of Night, Patient Zero, the Pine Deep Trilogy, The Wolfman, Zombie CSU, and They Bite. 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.
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Mr. Maberry is a great storyteller. This book is no exception. As with his other books, it can be read as a standalone, but I think if you are familiar with the series, this may be a standout. I have felt as if the Echo Team had lost some of it's control the last couple of books. Events were controlling them, rather than the other way around. Well, bam, this book takes the control back.
The author also sprinkled some other characters from other books through the story, great fun.
If audio is your preference, these books have a great narrator. I always listen to the Joe Ledger books after I have read them, this will be no exception. Already in my audio library.
The premise of the story itself is really scary, supercomputers, AI, nanotechnology. All can be very scary stuff.
If you are a first time Joe Ledger reader, you are in for a treat. If you are a regular to the series, fasten your seatbelt. There is a lot here.
That having been said, without giving details away, this book reconstructs Joe, Echo Team, and the DMS and sets them up for the future both on an in-universe and meta level. After the Lovecraftian weirdness of the previous book (which some readers felt deviated too far from the "reasonably hard science fiction" formula of previous books into something too far divorced into the realm of the quasi-supernatural), this novel does a good job of helping the series find its feet again and setting up how it could deal with strangeness in the future. Lots of good, well-rooted science, return retroactive appearances by some of the major underlying nasties of previous books (without overly relying on them; another complaint of previous novels like "Predator One"), and finally some semblance of movement toward understanding how one particular recurring villain may operate.
Ultimately at its core, it's a story about characters finding their strength and balance to stand and be heroes again. And if you're a loyalist of the series, the ending will make you smile and look forward to the future.