I'm not really a fan of zombie books but wow this was a great non-stop action thriller. I picked it up based on other readers reviews and was not sorry. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.
This story is really hard to find a stopping place so beware you may have a sleepless night ahead when you start it!
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
I'm sorry I waited so long to listen. This was thrilling and fascinating and a wonderful spin on a worn out trope.
I would listen to Patient Zero again. It was really interesting to see how a sci-fi style story is turned into a probably non-sci-fi story, by using bio warfare. This is a plausible story, and it was interesting.
My favorite thing about this story was the way in which the narrator was able to capture and craft the various personas within the book. It was very well done.
I don't really like Joe Ledger's personality very much. He could be much nicer, however, Ray Porter did an excellent job portraying this character. I don't like the character, but he was my favorite portrayal from the story.
I didn't want to listen to the whole story in one sitting, like I have for other books, like Monster Hunter International. The reason for this, is because it would sometimes get rather dull and bogged down with varying details that didn't seem too necessary to delve into... like psycho -evaluations of people. However, this was still a very good book, and didn't get too boring more than a handful of times. It was usually well packed with excitement and moving forward.
Didn't read the print version, but I now intend to read the whole series. This was one of my favorite books this year.
Absolutely. There are parallel stories, and Maberry knows exactly when to jump from one to the other to keep you hanging.
Joe is obviously terrific, but he also does a fine job with Toys.
When Grace visits Joe and shares her backstory was very well written and read.
I read a lot of thrillers (Flynn, Thor, Child, Silva, MacDonald), and I am always on the look out for authors who have a strong protagonist and a string of books to read. I am really happy that I found Maberry. He and Joe Ledger are now on my short list.
Great characters. Very good character development.
Who isn't on the edge of their seat with zombies breathing down their neck?
He was a great reader. However occasionally he lost the accents he was using mid character.
Definitely joe. But he'd be a smarta** all night.
Great book. I've recommended it to all my friends.
I would absolutely recommend this book and series to a few of my friends. The story might not be for everyone, but I know a few who will get a kick out of it.
It's sort of an amalgamation of a classic monster genre (in this book, zombies), mixed with genuine modern mad science and high tech spies and general action. I don't know that there is another book to compare it to.
The first book I listened to with Ray Porter as narrator was "Hell House" by Richard Matheson, which led me to "14" by Peter Clines (which I only tried because Porter narrated it ... turned out to be another great book with great narration). Maberry's "Joe Ledger" series, to me, could only be narrated by Porter. To me, he is the voice of Ledger, and he does so well with all of the characters and narration. Couldn't imagine another narrator taking over. Porter obviously loves the character/series, too.
This series is never going to achieve "classic" status, and while the material is smart, it's still easy enough for a layman such as myself to follow easily. The action is non-stop, the dialog is fun, and the characters are always entertaining. Of course, there are a lot of "yeah, right" moments, but Maberry puts enough science behind his plots to make them, if not believable, at least they aren't bizarre to the point of dismissal. Sometimes a gadget will end up being a bit of deus ex machina, or a character will find life when he should be dead *cough*JoeLedger*cough* but that's sort of the point. Ledger is a meat head, but he's not incompetent. The drama is sometimes heavy-handed, but then again, I never rolled my eyes at it.
At times dramatic, funny, scary, always thrilling and full of action ... I never wanted the story to end.
The story's main character is wise-cracking and sarcastic, and I got quite a few laughs out of this book, his humor is much appreciated in a the zombie story. A nice change-up from the usual strong and silent types. A lot of wisecracks, a little dark humor and definitely a lot of blood.
Anytime Joe Ledger; the story's main character, opens his mouth, really. Church, whom you are introduced to early on, is also entertaining in a very dry way, dealing Joe's wisecracks and definitely adding to the story by being a polar opposite of our hero. But, Joe isn't an idiot either. He is a well balanced character.
Joe. This seems to be getting a bit Joe-themed, I'm a fan of wisecracking and humorous characters like Joe, Richard Castle from Castle and Dante from the Devil May Cry video games, and the anime that was also released.
Beers with Joe? That would be a night of laughs that would be nearly impossible to turn down.
Absolutely worth while. Your money will not be wasted, unless you prefer a dry, serious main character at all times.
I liked the premise of the story. The different settings & characters at play all seemed believable. What I like least is how the build up for the lead character Joe Ledger painted him as this unrelenting killer, this all time, unfeeling kick butt of a guy. This dude turned out to be the biggest wus ever. He hesitated when having to shoot children that were 'undead' & trying to kill him - musing that 'it shouldn't be this way'. Feeling sorry for everyone around him & doubting his life choices while he should be KICKIN BUTT - I don't want to hear about his FEELINGS. What happened to great build up about this untouchable man? I guess he moved on to a different story. At what I like least is that HE FALLS IN LOVE! Give me a break. While fighting off the undead he's thinking about some chick. 'I wonder if she's ok. I don't want to lose her'. Blah blah blah. How friggin sickening. Ledgers whole persona just pissed me off. And the sneak peak it gave into the next book in this saga is that Ledger & this chick will lead together - oh brother! More of Mr. Wus & his feelings. I hate it when authors introduce chicks that become a 'love interest'. If Mayberry wanted to write a love story this wasn't the place to do it.
No, I've read some other zombie books that I like very much.
All the scenes that had to do w/ Mr. Church. He never wavered, he remained KICK BUTT. He remained mysterious & didn't sit down to have a friggin heart to heart with his team. He stayed true & was the only character I really liked.
Like what? Protect myself against a plague that turns people into zombies? No.
I'm reluctant to read anymore of this series because I know Ledger is a wus & now he's in love. Gag me with a spoon.
The action was very well described. It moved the story along very well.
Ray Porter does a great job as always.
The main character as we learn about him as time goes on.
The volume of this recording varies so I had to either turn up the sound or turn it down from chapter to chapter.