Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!
I found this to be a fun and entertaining read. Joe Ledger is a man with super human abilities and a moral code that leaves him with no choice other than to do what is right. However doing what is right seems to come with a whole lot of collateral damage! This book is full of action and has a Men in Black feel to it, but instead of aliens we get to dance with zombies. If you’re a fan of this type of story you will enjoy the ride, plus you get a bonus of zombies mixed in to give it that extra kick. If you are looking for a pure zombie tale you may want to explore other options, but if you need/want a zombie fix with some unique twists you have found one.
Be aware that book #1 is the only one in the Joe Ledger series with zombies in the forefront. Jonathan Maberry creatively introduces a different threat to human kind in each book with our only hope is Joe Ledger with the support of the super-secret Department of Military Sciences.
Each book in this series can be read as a standalone, but you will get more out of them if you follow the series in order. Ray Porter, who thankfully is the narrator for the entire series, does an excellent job.
Stay alert, move fast, have fun and don't get bit!!
As another reviewer pointed out, ignore the cheesy looking cover that implies this is a horror novel. This is an action novel, centering around a Bad*ss hero who must stop a terrorist biothreat to save the world. The author is a real life 8th degree Jujutsu Black Belt, so the fighting is crisp and realistic. The protagonist, Joe Ledger, is both tough and likable.. a little similar to Jack Reacher. The story is easy to follow, and the narrator is fantastic.
If you like action noverls, I recommend this book!
First, I want to thank the previous reviewers for recommending this book. Like others, I was turned off by the cover, and quite frankly, even the book summary doesn't do it justice.
This is a well-written, action-packed thriller. Yes - thriller - not horror. When you hear zombies, one automatically puts the novel in the horror genre, but that would not be accurate. This novel would be at home with some of the best suspense novels. The characters are well-developed given the short time frame in which the story takes place, and I instantly liked the protagonist. The story kept my interest throughout, but I must say, it was absolutely elevated by Ray Porter's narration. I'm not sure I would have it enjoyed it as much if I had read it, which is a rare statement for me.
Someone who isn't expecting much in the way of action in an adventure novel.
The first half of the book.
Given that this is an adventure/thriller/"zombie" type of book, I was disappointed by the amount of fretting the characters do. Although the second half moves along ok, the first half really dragged. Characters sit around brooding, worrying, suspecting, worrying some more, and so on. The plot thus moved very slowly as we waited for the military-types to finally do something about whatever plague it is that's threatening humanity this time. It was so hard paying attention to the story that I'm honestly not sure a month later what it was about.
I'm assuming that if you are thinking of reading a Zombie book, then you won't exactly be expecting a literary Picasso, so I'll frame my comments from that starting point.
I found this to be an entertaining read, although the only thing the main character couldn't do was be humble. That was the biggest detraction, although I guess it makes sense to some to have a hero that is larger than life and is infallible. Personally, I like my main characters to have one or two flaws.
Of course, in the end the world is saved, and the biggest plus to the story is the explanation of the genesis of the Zombies. When you think about it, most Zombie stories are alike, and the ones that stand out are those who find unique reasons for the Zombie apocalypse.
The narrator did a pretty good job with average material, and that made the experience more pleasurable.
So, give this story a try, so long as you keep your expectations turned down a notch.
No. The main character is over the top. We buy these books to suspend disbelief, but the main character is suposed to be some sort of superman. He controls rooms of people with harsh tones and knocks out SEALS with one punch...he is a baltimore detective. Could have developed the backstory on the main character much better.
Very much disliked the voice acting done by the narrator. If the book doesn't read as an over the top dramatization of every word he sure made it sound that way. Often became confused as to which character he was because all of his voices sounded similar.
The main character.
I've never read zombie fiction but picked this up anyway. What a great story. Plenty of layers and twists. He does the ping pong between settings a little too much for my taste but it was effective in moving the story along. I'm not sure why the opening used 2 different timelines - one story line used dates and times, the other relative (e.g. 3 days ago). But, an author this compelling can be quirky. I enjoyed the characters immensely.
I think I spent the last 2-3 hours of the book absolutely enthralled - if it was a paper book I might have said it slowed down because it seemed to take a while to get to the big confrontation scene. But in listening, it wasn't slow, it was just a good build-up - things kept happening to give more and more details.
That said, I have even more praise for the narrator. Ray Porter does a bang up job with Joe Ledger and the supporting characters. His women are very good and his ethnic and regional accents are good and consistent. He's going on my list of favorite narrators, up there with Scott Brick, Luke Daniels and the Nigel Planer (alphabetical order :) ).
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Part CIA thriller, part zombie apocalypse, ‘Patient Zero’ provides a great mix of zombie action and spy vs. terrorist entreat to create a unique type of book. There is a lot of action and the story moves well from place to place. The characters are likable and real, not just stone faced killers you sometimes get in these novels, but I wish Joe’s smart mouth continued a bit more throughout the book to bring just that touch of humor. A great read for zombie and thrill seekers alike.
The performance was really really good, but during some of the fight sequences Mr Porter was a bit monotone and Ben Stienish. Other than that he was top notch.
Have...several time! Great narrator, story moves along well. Great mental vacation.
Larry Correia's Monster Hunter series. Lots of guns n tactics, supernatural bad guys.
Brings Joe Ledger to life. Decent mix of voices without screaming, whispering or sounding strained.
Joe, of course. He'd tell a great story and more than likely get you into a complete mess...but he'd get you home alive!
Hope the rest of the Ledger books are this good of an escape!
Action. Adrenaline. Zombies.
Ray Porter Is Joe Ledger. Porter brings so much life to all the characters in the books that I could immediately picture every single character in the book. This book made Porter my absolute favorite narrator. The man has some serious chops.
Check out this book... No, this whole series. Maberry can really write some supernatural stories as good as any I've ever read. Porter brings the story to life. It's intense, action packed, smart, addicting, and zombies. Zombies on steroids.