The psychological creep factor. If a book doesn't stay in my head after I've finished, then what's the point. This one creeped me out.
I pretty much did. My SO and I listened to it on a road trip. I was so immersed in the book's world, I kept expecting zombies to shamble onto the roadway any minute.
Less a zombie book than one would expect. The plot focuses more around a fictional area of the government focused on bringing down terrorists who are trying to bring the zombie creating plague down upon the world.
This book is a long series of cliches and stock characters. It never goes anywhere new or does anything particularly interesting withing the two genres it tries to span, spy thrillers and zombie stories.
As spy books go, it's pretty dull. Standard plot centering on (this is all presented pretty early in the book, so I'm not spoiling anything) Islamic fundamentalists bent on waging jihad with zombies created by a massive drug company that hopes to get crazy rich selling anti-zombie drugs even though it's clearly already very prosperous. But the billionaire owner just has to be a trillionaire, even though that means killing most of the world, because reasons.
The biggest suspense point in the story was the identity of the traitor in the group of mercenary heroes, but when the reveal came, I didn't care. None of the characters mattered much to me as they were little more fleshed out than the nicknames the protagonist gives them.
There are some good action sequences that are well described, no easy feat, and Ray Porter does a great job making the various characters distinct. In the end though, it just wasn't worth the time it took to listen.
Secret government agencies, mysterious characters, excellent narration, and lots of zombies - not really much more you could ask for here! Some of the best narration I've heard in a long time, a solid collection of characters, and plot twists that definitely will keep you guessing! Was a great listen and I'm really looking forward to book 2!
This was not the typical zombie story. It entails a new take on the whole zombie craze that is going around.
I could not pick just one, Ledger of course I liked but I also liked Top Simms and Bunny Rabbit.
Sword of the faithful
As soon as I got to the point in this book where I learned the protagonist would be fighting zombies I almost shut it off and gave up. I really didn’t want to listen to a story about zombies; I wanted action/adventure, not fantasy. I decided to stick with the story for a few more minutes. I’m glad I did.
The author did create a plausible explanation for the existence of these creatures and then wove a (mostly) believable story around getting rid of them. It’s actually harder to believe that Joe Ledger is as good as he is than to believe in the creation of zombies. Joe seems to have superhuman powers when it comes to any kind of combat, from guns to knives to bare hands. He’s able to bring down his enemies with shots to the head while both he and his target are moving. But I suppose that if Annie Oakley could make such shots there’s the possibility that someone else may be able to also.
The story was complicated enough to stay interesting and simple enough to follow even though I wasn’t completely focused on it all the way through. It also seemed to be just the right length.
The narrator is excellent, creating enough different voices that you always know which character is talking.
All in all, I can recommend this book if you like action and adventure. Don’t be put off by the zombies.
Yes in a while, a very well researched and written book, probably the best zombie tale since the TV show the walking dead.
Will the plague infect the world - you never know.........
no, it's a zombie book - hello
A big blooper at the end, but we won't mention that.
Lots of action, intrigue and believable science.
A great adventure for audio book fans.
I haven't read the print edition, but the audio version is fantastic. Ray Porter does an amazing job with the narration. It's crazy how distinct his characters sound. Sometimes I had to remind myself that this wasn't a full cast recording.
The pacing. It's a definite roller coaster ride, and it's one of those books you don't want to put down. Maberry knows his stuff.
He does a great job all around, but his Joe Ledger is spot on. Not only does he have the necessary attitude for the role, but he sounds CREDIBLE as Ledger. Also a big fan of his Mr. Church.
I picked this up because I had heard Jonathan Maberry speak on a writing panel at Dragon*Con a few years ago and was impressed by how knowledgeable he was. That knowledge definitely translates onto the page. Patient Zero wasn't just a good book: it was a good experience. The combination of the quality writing and Ray Porter's narration makes this an audiobook I've recommended to several people.
I enjoyed this story and will probably listen to it again after some time.
I tried the second book. Not as solid.
Absolutely. It was an intriguing story with interesting characters.
It was an interesting take on zombie fiction. I really enjoyed the military action hero aspect if not the government fanboy perspective.
Are you Ready?
I loved that it showed more than just Joe Ledger. The character development was great and you really got into the story with all the action.
With other military type novels - I usually get really bored because it's not something that interests me. But with this story I couldn't stop listening! There was something new around every chapter.
I have not but I am now going to look at the others because this was by far the best narrator that I have come across yet.
I wouldn't. I think that it's the perfect name.
I cannot say enough about the narrator! He was brilliant with his delivery of every single character and I hope to see him making more in the future!