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Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1 | [Jonathan Maberry]

Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....
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Publisher's Summary

From multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry comes a major new thriller that combines the best of the New York Times best-selling books World War Z by Max Brooks and James Rollins’ Sigma Force Series to kick off the start of a new series featuring Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences.

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle. This rapid-response group is called the Department of Military Sciences, or the DMS for short. It’s bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bioweapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Jonathan Maberry is the New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Ghost Road Blues, the first of a trilogy of thrillers with a supernatural bite. A professional writer and writing teacher, he has sold more than 1.000 articles, 17 nonfiction books, six novels, and two plays.

©2009 Jonathan Maberry (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Brilliant, shocking, horrifying, it puts the terror back in terrorist.” (James Rollins, New York Times best-selling author)

“Plenty of man-to-zombie combat, a team traitor and a doomsday scenario add up to a fast and furious read.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Jonathan Maberry has found a delightful voice for this adventure of Joe Ledger and his crew: while the action is heated, violent, and furious, the writing remains cool, steady, and low-key, framing all the wildness and exuberance in a calm rationality (given an almost comic edge) that renders it as palatable as your favorite flavor of ice cream." (Peter Straub)

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 04-14-14
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Okay story, excellent narrator"

    I'm not too into zombie stories but this one had an interesting twist in the reasons why. I won't be continuing on with this series but I will listen to a few of the Walking Dead audio books to see how they compare. Also, the narrator for this book is excellent, one of the best I've ever listened to at Audible and I will certainly look into other books he did.

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    Elltten Oceanside, CA, United States 08-17-13
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    I really wanted to like this book. I was very intrigued by the plot and I like a lot of action. After a while I found the characters to be mostly stereotypical and not really interesting. Although I liked the main character, he turned into an action hero figure by the end of the story. What bothered me the most about the book though was the end was so predictable. I knew exactly how it would end. There was a clue given in the book that was so obvious that it should have been part of the plot that the main characters figured it out. But the way the plot runs, all of these really smart people with all of the computers don't really follow it up. I kept hoping that the book would have a surprise plot twist-- which it didn't.

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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 01-01-13
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 01-01-13 Member Since 2007

    The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history

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    I once heard a movie critic say of one of the Jurassic Park movies that you if you go to a movie like that to get complex characters and deep, philosophical discussions on the nature of God, you’re going for the wrong reasons and you are going to be disappointed. You go to see dinosaurs. Lots and lots of dinosaurs.

    That’s how I felt about this movie—excuse me, book. It was everything a thriller should be. The hero was a brick who could hold his own in just about any fight, but had enough of a brain to wonder occasionally about what all the killing was doing to his psyche. The black hat had understandable motives for trying to unleash a zombie plague and had his own trials to overcome. There was a bit of a love interest. And there were zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. The pacing was terrific, the bon mots made me smile and the whole thing was so visual that it was easy to see how this would make a great movie. Listening to it as an audio book performed by Ray Porter was the perfect way to experience this adventure. I’ve started to get used to the way many of the best audiobook performers can switch accents seamlessly, but Porter really amazed me when he nailed the voice for the protagonists’ best friend, who is described in the book as sounding like “a young Raul Julia.” An all-around fun listen that will not disappoint anyone looking to be entertained.

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    james 10-26-11
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    "Better than anticipated"

    First let me say I love Ray Porter, and his voice and narrative style will get me (and probably you) into a book I may not have enjoyed actually reading.

    Second, Zombies really aren't my thing - but Maberry's approach is refreshing, and none of the characters ever lose their "you have to be kidding me - zombies?!" attitude that adds a nice touch of realism.

    A good book, with a great narrator - get it!

    J

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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-15-10
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-15-10 Member Since 2013

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "I was pleasantly surprised!!"

    I gotta admit, I don't have a clue who this author is...nor do I know who the narrator is. BUT, both did a superb job!! The narrator is one of the best "actors" (if you can call them that) of any audible book I've ever listened to. Usually, I'm not a fan of someone trying to act out a book, but here it works to perfection. In fact, I'd go so far as to suggest that Audible should pay this Ray Porter guy a set salary, to read ALL of their fiction new releases. If you like the war/zombie/thriller combo, then this is the book for you! You won't be disappointed.

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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 05-26-13
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "It's ok. Took itself too seriously though."

    Sorta like Sigma Force (ala James Rollins) meets "Walking Dead." I got through it okay but thought that there really wasn't anything new in this storyline.

    Though there was lots of dialog, which I like, a lot of it seemed to ooze a bit much with testosterone. It drones a bit much with the "warriors like us" and "nobody who isn't a warrior can understand us..." schtick.

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    The narrator though was excellent. Though a bit lacking in the female voice, he otherwise effectively managed a diverse range of character voices, accents and inflections. Narration was definitely a bright spot.

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    Anthony Iowa City, IA, United States 11-09-10
    Anthony Iowa City, IA, United States 11-09-10
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    "Kind of like a Tom Clancy of zombie books"

    This book was interesting. It didn't have the apocalyptic feel to it, but leaves room for more disaster in the future. The book plays alot off of the current Islamis terrorist theme. I personally thought that was the weakest element of the book (the author could have inserted any faction), but it worked for the book (unless your a Muslim, than it would be plain insulting). The characters were well done and the narration was pretty good. The fight scenes were definitly the best part of the listen. They were very well illustrated and easily got the nerves going. I am looking forward to a sequel.

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    At one point i was yelling at the book "JUST PUSH THE BUTTON!!!!" The ending is a HUGE disappointment. Very Days of our lives feel to giving waay too much attention to character development and not enough story line. Why do all Mad scientists make the dumbest mistakes? So Bad....getting refund on this one.

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    This is the most well written Zombie novel I have ever read, and I've read a lot. I listen to 3 to 5 books a month for the past 4 years and Ray Porter is simply the best narrator I have come across, period. I have already put many books narrated by Porter in my wish list simply because he narrates them. Pick this one up and I promise you will not be disappointed.

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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 08-24-12
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Action-packed Military Zombie-fest"

    If you like zombies and bio-terrorism storylines but find regular zombie books lacking in military tactical action then this book is for you. Personally, I found it a little too heavy on the macho military side of things, but I see what the author was trying to do and it gives a decent set-up for the series that is apparently in the works judging from the "Book 1" in the title. One thing I really liked is that this author doesn't mess around with contemplative and meandering emotional journeys - when it's time for the story to jump off it jumps off big time. I can't see myself hanging in there for books 2, 3 and beyond though - my appetite for audio is becoming increasingly picky as of late, and unless something stirs up the "I love this - gimme more!" reaction in me, I just add it to the pile and move on.

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