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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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    Really liked story. Thought the back and forth of story line made it harder to follow, but overall good.

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    Scott Karren Kingston, WA USA 01-31-15
    Scott Karren Kingston, WA USA 01-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as good as Monster Hunters"

    The dumb premise of the book gets in the way. Pace and action are ok. But, Zombies. I can suspend disbelief better for traditional monsters.

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    J. Waite 01-30-15
    J. Waite 01-30-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Awesome Action Book!"

    Loved every bit of it. Edge of your seat listening start to finish, great narrator!

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    pamela spencer 01-26-15
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    Narrator Ray Porter is amazing!!! The story was smart and captivating. I feel a must listen.

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    "Great listen."

    I'm not really a fan of zombie books but wow this was a great non-stop action thriller. I picked it up based on other readers reviews and was not sorry. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.
    This story is really hard to find a stopping place so beware you may have a sleepless night ahead when you start it!

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    Max Wood 01-09-15
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    IT WAS SO GOOD I LISTENED ALL DAY AND NIGHT SO VERY FANTASTIC THANK YOU

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    Amazon Customer Royal Oak, MI United States 01-07-15 Member Since 2010

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    I'm sorry I waited so long to listen. This was thrilling and fascinating and a wonderful spin on a worn out trope.

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    Would you listen to Patient Zero again? Why?

    I would listen to Patient Zero again. It was really interesting to see how a sci-fi style story is turned into a probably non-sci-fi story, by using bio warfare. This is a plausible story, and it was interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite thing about this story was the way in which the narrator was able to capture and craft the various personas within the book. It was very well done.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    I don't really like Joe Ledger's personality very much. He could be much nicer, however, Ray Porter did an excellent job portraying this character. I don't like the character, but he was my favorite portrayal from the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't want to listen to the whole story in one sitting, like I have for other books, like Monster Hunter International. The reason for this, is because it would sometimes get rather dull and bogged down with varying details that didn't seem too necessary to delve into... like psycho -evaluations of people. However, this was still a very good book, and didn't get too boring more than a handful of times. It was usually well packed with excitement and moving forward.


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    Spike72 San Antonio, TX USA 01-01-15
    Spike72 San Antonio, TX USA 01-01-15 Member Since 2010
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    "If Larry Correia and Brad Thor had a child..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Patient Zero to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version, but I now intend to read the whole series. This was one of my favorite books this year.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. There are parallel stories, and Maberry knows exactly when to jump from one to the other to keep you hanging.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Joe is obviously terrific, but he also does a fine job with Toys.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Grace visits Joe and shares her backstory was very well written and read.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of thrillers (Flynn, Thor, Child, Silva, MacDonald), and I am always on the look out for authors who have a strong protagonist and a string of books to read. I am really happy that I found Maberry. He and Joe Ledger are now on my short list.

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    Cassandra 12-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story then end had me yelling!"
    What did you love best about Patient Zero?

    Great characters. Very good character development.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Who isn't on the edge of their seat with zombies breathing down their neck?


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He was a great reader. However occasionally he lost the accents he was using mid character.


    If you could take any character from Patient Zero out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Definitely joe. But he'd be a smarta** all night.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I've recommended it to all my friends.

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