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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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    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.

    That could've been toned down a bit, or at least balanced with a bit more flippant humor. As it was I think the characters just took themselves too seriously.

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    james COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 10-26-11
    james COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2011
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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

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-15-10
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-15-10 Member Since 2008

    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.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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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.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 07-26-13
    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Just plain Blah...."
    Any additional comments?

    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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    "Best written and Best narration of the year!"

    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.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 08-24-12
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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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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    Steven Simi Valley, CA, United States 02-09-12
    Steven Simi Valley, CA, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Not just a writer, but a great storyteller!"

    I was dubious of the concept of mixing zombies and terrorists, military and police proceedures, et al; but Jonathan Maberry makes it work and seamlessly jumps from first person narrative to third person description of the terrorists' activities without a letdown in either action or drama. I've tried in vain to get through some of the latest titles by the big names in fiction and haven't been able to do it. It's time for some of the old school to retire and let the next generation of storytellers like Maberry take over. I am hooked, Mr. Maberry! Great narration as well. And thanks, Audible, for highlighting this author for me.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 02-08-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 02-08-12 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Zombies might be closer to reality than we think!"

    It has a similar tone to the early Joe Pitt books by Charlie Huston (the later ones in that series became preachy, but the early ones were hard-azz and justice-giving).

    I really like Joe Ledger. He knows how to "teach 'em a lesson" and that's really the only reason why I read books like this - not for "world-building" or "political commentary"... just to see someone kicking azz. And he does it all for the right reasons too. Imagine Jack Reacher (author: Lee Child) in a black ops organization.

    And there is a lot of that butt-kicking going on here - terrorist plot within terrorist plot and violence and guns and guts and zombies trying to get their teeth into some fresh victims. It is set in the "real world" and the science behind it all doesn't go as far into the improbable as I wish it did. It's violent and gory and there was some foul language but it wasn't overwhelming or out-of-place.

    I'm starting the next in the series now. (Though it's worth noting that this story is completely resolved within this book and there are no loose ends dangling around.)

    The narration is very good.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 06-29-11
    Jeremy Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 06-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "80's cliche"

    It reminded me of a bad 80's movie. The narration was fine, but the writing was so cheesy and hard to listen too. The main character's constantly telling the reader how bad ass he is; he's hard to like and hard to believe. Your better off renting Top Gun or somthing. It'll take less hours out of your life.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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