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Patient Zero Audiobook

Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

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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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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-15-10
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-15-10 Member Since 2016

    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.

    17 of 23 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chann 11-21-14
    Chann 11-21-14 Member Since 2012

    System and software engineer from the UK now living and working in Silicon Valley.

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    "A good book spoiled - too inconsistent"

    The story, less the science and technical detail, is quite engaging as zombie books go. The whole science of zombies is ridiculous, but this is fiction so who cares.

    The plot is reasonably complex and involved. The timing of events is reasonably well thought out, but the interactions with various military groups were rather far fetched. How much disbelief do you suspend?

    Ah, the reading. As an English man I found the 'English' accents terrible. Can he only do an English that sounds like a brain damaged Cockney? This is the sort of 'English' accent that Americans use when they don't know they are being offensive. The bad accents were too much of the story to ignore. Other than that, and some weird pronunciation, Aden is Ayden not Ahden, the reading was OK. He was, at least, consistent. But really, not good.

    It is a mistake to spend too much time explaining your fictional science, as an author you may be impressed with what you have learned, but it just provides more danger of revealing the holes. Prions are not indestructible, enzymes crack up proteins, even prions. They can be burned too. Reaction and action times probably come in this area too. The fastest anyone can react to a simple stimulus is around 100 milliseconds, typical is around 200. So NOBODY can react to a change and implement an alternate attack in 30ms. That's utterly ridiculous.

    He really needs to find a better firearms instructor. That thing about 22s rattling around in the head and mushing the brain... did he learn that at a bar? It is rubbish. No professional chooses to take a hand gun to a battle as their primary weapon. No professional enters a combat situation without body armor. Nobody can tell the difference between a 9mm or 40S&W Glock without picking it up and reading it, they are virtually identical. A heart shot with a firearm will still take 20 seconds to incapacitate someone. The things you stick in semi automatic handguns are magazines, gang bangers use clips because they know no better. A clip is a device for holding loose rounds for loading in to a magazine.

    People with a history involving the military don't go discarding advice to stay out of secure matters and go on to discuss what they have been told is secret with civilians. People who do do that sort of thing don't get hired, they get visits from

    Then there's the weird love of therapists and apparent disdain for scientists. His therapist is a giant of a man who is so vastly impressive that he gets instantly hired by the secret agency and gets taken along on missions. Err. No. You see the shrink when it is all over. But our hero is so offended with the tame scientist that he wants to smash his face in for not being broken up by the reality of zombie involved slaughter. And yet he makes a big thing of not being too concerned himself later. I have worked with a lot of military types and that sort of expectation, even demand, for an emotional response is very artsy American, this modern emotional IQ notion perhaps. It is funny that on the one hand the author has to have had to talk to some fairly educated people about the science, and yet he needs to show disdain in his writing.
    Over it all there was this weak minded pap about how damaged we were by 9/11 but that we didn't let the terrorists win by that and 7/7 and yet the US did let the terrorists win. The British, on the other hand, after 7/7, showed the US how it should be done. Life returned to normal the next day because you give terrorists their victory by changing how you live your life and spending trillions to attack uninvolved countries in a fit of teenage temper. That sort of attitude is not the attitude of special forces types who actually get the job done.

    In the end the credibility gap in the zombie storyline if fine, because that's the fantasy of the book, but the ignorance of the people portrayed is the death of this book.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    james 10-26-11
    james 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

    8 of 11 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 17 people found this review helpful
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    Zack 10-29-10
    Zack 10-29-10 Member Since 2015
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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 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 11-10-16
    Jonathan 11-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Well written, pretty good story, a few minor issue"

    Very well written. The suspense is very well done. The only real problem I had with it was the 25 minute chunk of solid exposition about how the disease works. I understand he wants to make a realistic zombie virus, and that takes some in depth science research, but the exposition was so boring that I had to take a break. It took me a few times of picking it back up to get through it. It was worth getting through, the rest of the story is great, but that whole section can be skipped without and loss and I think it would be a better book if that section was cut to about a tenth its size.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JJ 03-29-16
    JJ 03-29-16 Member Since 2014

    Long car rides have rekindled my love for 'reading' I like a good history book, thriller and - most importantly - zombie fiction.

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    "Lots of Action & Attitude, Left Feeling Meh"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It's okay zombie fiction but the main character's attitude got a little old by the middle of the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Soften the main character's attitude. The whole "I'm smarter than everyone" bit was played out by midway though the book. I get that he's supposed to be a tough guy but it started to detract from the story.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a good range of voices and, even though he kept pronouncing Amira's name wrong (A-meer-RAH; the emphasis in Arabic is a-MEER-a), he did a great job with all the other characters and their voices.


    Any additional comments?

    Bottom line: I expected something more based upon all the reviews. It has lots of action and a few plot twists, but the character development left me wanting. I didn't return it and don't regret the credit, but I'm not likely to get the next book any time soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 03-20-16
    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 03-20-16 Member Since 2012

    Sev

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    "I enjoyed it but . . ."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Patient Zero to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a big zombie fiction fan. I bought this book based upon reviews that indicated it wasn't a typical zombie book. It wasn't, but that doesn't change that there are many, many zombie interactions.

    I liked the plot aspects of the book very much. I think the storyline was well thought out with a plot that had some scientific basis. The problem I have is that I don't need to hear about repeated tedious battles with overwhelming hordes of zombies where our heroes manage to never get killed despite all odds. It gets tedious. Don't get me wrong, there were good ideas here and good writing. The narration by Ray Porter was wonderful. But even in the fictional world of the hero who can do it all no matter what, this got to be a little too much for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 02-09-16
    Ashley 02-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Typical"

    A lot of this story is predictable and the main character is typical macho man bs with a traumatic past to try to make him feel more human. I enjoyed it for the what it was , just don't expect to much revolutionary character design.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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