Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Kill Switch

Kill Switch

A Joe Ledger Novel

Joe Ledger (Volume 8)

Jonathan Maberry

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

What do you do when the power goes off?

Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to ten major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come.

And in that terrible darkness, a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions.

At the same time, the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder, and suicide. Even the Department of Military Sciences is stumbling in its response to the growing threat.

Time is running out, and Joe is being hunted by a terrifying new kind of assassin. A team of remote viewers have the ability to take over any person and turn ordinary citizens into killers. Where can you turn when there’s nobody left to trust?

Joe Ledger faces his deadliest challenge as friends and allies become enemies and all of the lights begin to go out…

Goodreads Choice Awards, Thriller Awards - Nominee







For the record, I don’t believe in this stuff.

No goddamn...


Praise for Kill Switch

"Is Kill Switch recommended? Yes, without question...Series fans will certainly have much to celebrate in this new Joe Ledger entry. Those who somehow missed or avoided the series are urged to seek out the previous titles and join the ranks of those who so admire this wonderfully unique, suspenseful and endlessly ingenious series." — Bookgasm

"A blend of sf, horror, technothriller, and crime novel, this is one of the best adrenaline reads out there." —Library Journal, starred review

"Maberry evokes Lovecraftian elements and modern-day thriller tropes to craft a fast-paced tale that incorporates a wide array of conspiracy theories, fringe culture motifs, and Cold War weird science into a sort of kitchen-sink affair that shouldn't work nearly as well as it does." — Publishers Weekly

Praise for Predator One:

"An action-packed read that sets hearts pumping and fingers quickly turning those pages... enjoy this thrilling roller-coaster ride of a book." —The San Francisco Chronicle (4 1/2 stars)

"A harrowing addition to the Joe Ledger and gripping." — (4 1/2 stars)

Praise for Jonathan Maberry:

“Top grade horror fiction.” —Booklist, (Starred Review) on Code Zero

"A fast-paced, brilliantly written novel. The hottest thriller of the New Year! In The King of Plagues, Jonathan Maberry reigns supreme." —Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Athena Project

“Wow! From the first page of Patient Zero you know you're in the hands of a master...This is high-concept with brains, action with soul and fast paced tension with psychological insight.” —M.J. Rose - bestselling author of The Reincarnationist

“The Ledger novels are exciting sf thrillers that just happen to involve stuff that's a little out there...Readers familiar with the series will need no prodding to check this new one out.” —Booklist, starred review on Extinction Machine

"Capt. Joe Ledger of the Department of Military Sciences returns for his exuberant eighth adventure (after 2015’s Predator One), in which he once again has to prevent a disaster of apocalyptic proportions.... With his enemies able to hijack brains and turn allies into traitors, Joe can’t trust anyone, turning this into one of his most personal missions yet. Maberry evokes Lovecraftian elements and modern-day thriller tropes to craft a fast-paced tale that incorporates an a wide array of conspiracy theories, fringe culture motifs, and Cold War weird science into a sort of kitchen-sink affair that shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does. The sheer intensity of the story takes a heavy toll on Ledger and his team, leaving it anyone’s guess where Maberry will take readers next" - Publisher's Weekly

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About the author

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, anthology editor, and comic book writer. He writes horror, thrillers, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, and suspense for adults and teens. Several of Jonathan's novels are in development for movies or TV, including V-Wars, Extinction Machine, Rot & Ruin, and Dead of Night. He also writes comics for Marvel, IDW, and Dark Horse. His V-Wars books have been developed as a board game. He is a popular featured expert on History Channel shows like Zombies: A Living History and True Monsters. He lives in Del Mar, California, with his wife, Sara Jo, and their dog, Rosie. Visit

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