(Spoiler alert) Zombies plus terrorists, everything you need for a great horror thriller. This book delivers solid entertainment on that account. But then just when I'm really enjoying the read it shoots itself in the foot with the same old "evil corporate greed behind it all because capitolism is the root of all evil" dud surprise ending. Yawn.
The doctor, who sounded exactly like Raul Julia.
Went out and shot zombies! They definitely were zombies, right?
Interesting and unusual shift between first person narration for the hero and then third person for the villians and everyone else. I think it worked well.
The first time I listened to Ray Porter was in The Four Hour Work Week (which is a great book btw) so it took me a while to get 4HWW out of my mind...now Ray Porter is Joe Ledger.
After Ledger beats the crap out of all the guys he's soon to be captain of. One of the guys threatens to get him back and Ledger just hits him in the throat! And says he'll need a medic.
I've always thought that Jack Reacher was the Jack Bauer of the literary world. Joe Ledger would give both Jack's a run for their money!
Yes. This book offers a twist to the usual zombie story. It also brings in characters that travel well to the other books. The narrator is really good. He is Joe Ledger and really has the story down and the mannerisms that make a character come to life.
All of the Joe Ledger books. Each one offers a little more about Joe and why he is the way he is.
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I think my favorite is in the beginning when Joe is interacting with those that will become part of his team. They have no idea who he is and they are arguing amongst themselves over who will be leader. I got a kick out of the way Joe jumped in, kicked ass and everyone fell into their places in the squad.
I think the Joe Ledger books are a must for zombie and horror fans.
Not just another zombie book . This is my new favorite series a well written story amazing and interesting characters it is action packed and still has a great story with really well put together fight scenes and people you really care about also its very funny I found myself luaghing out loud alot
I had this book on my wish list forever because it was slotted as a Zombie novel and man is that criminally limiting. The main character is amazing, complex without being tiresome. Strong without being made of steel and the other characters are nothing short of brilliant. I don't believe in spoilers so i'll keep those names to myself. Now the performance........ what can I say? I listened to this book 3 times back to back trying to figure out why it delighted me so. Well Ray Porter's reading of this book and i'm sure any book suitable to his voice is simply exceptional. In my humble opinion the best narrators are ones that make you feel like you're sitting in your favorite place listening with rapt attention to a good friend tell you a riveting story. And Ray Porter nails it. Thank You Sir.
3 way tie between Joe - C***** -T**
First meeting with C*****
Yes! Listened 3 times back to back.
Well executed. Extremely well narrated. The story is weaved together tightly like a Pendlelton Wool Blanket (for you northwest folks) abosolutely no holes. I am not quite done but I would characterize Jonathan Maberry on par with Stephen King (I just listened to 11/22/63 which was one of my favorite epic novels this year). He obviously studied currrent events, terrorist cells, government agencies and Joe Ledger is a tough guy that you can like, he even has some flaws.
Gault (or Galt) for his exteme ideals, Joe Ledger for being the tough guy that even goverment adgencies have to like.Finally Church for his stoic demeaner.
Ray Porter brought the characters to life. Not sure if he narrates the other Joe Ledger books but his take on each character both male and female was flawless
Grace, because she is obviously a well educated Brit with good looks and probably has a story or two to tell
I rate this book up there with Stephen Kings 11/22/63 and The Passage from Justin Cronin for the character development. I cant wait to listen to Mr Maberry's other books. I just started reading every Zombie Novel I could get my hand on and I think this one even surpassed World War Z which I am sure I will get critacism for my Zombie Blasphemy!
I usually stick with romance or sci fi , and althought there are some paranormal parts I would call this a thriller, I got this with a few others in a $4.95 sale and I am sooo glad I did.
My 14 and 17 year olds listened with me and we love Joe Ledger, he is a great new hero and the DMS a cool new agency. The book is non stop action and we are already listening to The Dragon Factory(book 2 of Joe Ledger). This book is worth the money!
Words are cool.
Ok, first of all, Patient Zero has taken the number one spot for best book of 2012 (thus far). Knocking "Lockdown" (the first book in the Escape From Furnace series) from the top position.
Patient Zero is a lightning paced biotech thriller introducing Joe Ledger (a kick-ass protag). Ledger is a detective from Baltimore who gets recruited by the Government to lead the DMS (Department of Military Sciences), a rapid response task force created to take care of problems too tough for Homeland Security. The DMS has to stop a terrorist group from releasing a bioweapon that turns people into Zombies. If released, this bioweapon could destroy civilization as we know it.
Ray Porter does a fantastic job breathing life into the characters of this well-crafted story. Great writing, tons of action with complex, authentic characters; and, oh yeah, zombies. What more could you ask for?
I LOVED IT!!! Need more...
As a fan of zombie novels, movies, etc., I found this to be a refreshing take. It was a completely new origin of the zombie virus, and a point of view that I haven't seen before!
This book was actually able to get my husband interested in a novel, which is nothing short of amazing. The story was so interesting and performed so well that he couldn't wait to hear more!
I haven't listened to any of Ray Porter's other performances, but I can promise I will again. He was fantastic! He transitioned seamlessly between characters (something very many audiobooks are lacking) and simply put, he WAS Joe Ledger. I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job! I've just purchased the 2nd and 3rd Joe Ledger novels and cannot wait to listen to them!
I can't say enough good things about this novel. The writing was fantastic and original. The story kept my interest for every second of its nearly 15 hour length. And Ray Porter is amazing! If you have any interest at all in zombies, please please please read/listen to this book. You will not be disappointed!
Blows your mind!
When Joe and 'the Fighter
I enjoy his work very much, he is one of the better narrators out there.
And you thought zombies were fake...
I highly recommend all the Joe Ledger books. Narrator is great and the story line seems to really be based on science fact... just plain scary to think about and it sucks you in.