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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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    Katelynn 07-16-13
    Katelynn 07-16-13 Member Since 2014

    World traveling audiobook fan.

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    "Violent-but enjoyable"
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    I really enjoyed this book! I have a degree in Biomedical engineering and the science behind this book amazed me. The true horror concept of this book came from the science. it showed you that we are just a few steps and some irreputable people away from the events that take place. I also enjoyed the relationships between the characters, they honestly kept me guessing.

    The book however was violent for my taste, but not in the gorey way. However the violence is essential to the story line.

    In the end i have recommended this book to many friends and family members, and i recommend it for you too!!

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    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 05-21-13
    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2012

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "Narrator rocked"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you looking for a good start for some zombie action this is a good one.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This book is kind of stressful. And the ending gave stress a good time.


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

    Intensity.. like a mix of Scott Brink and James Marsters. The narration of this book made the book. If you want to relax this is not your book. Ray Porter is great.


    Could you see Patient Zero being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No it would have to be a TV series. No clue on the stars.


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    jessica 05-19-13
    jessica 05-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    Good read. Ledger is a very interesting character. Looking forward to other books with him in it.

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    Dohagirl Qatar 05-14-13
    Dohagirl Qatar 05-14-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Extremely enjoyable"

    Great story, generally good narration. I really enjoyed this, zombies meet '24'. BUT, Mr Porter, please get a voice coach for the English accent!!! It was absolutely terrible. Wrong vowel sounds, wrong stress and emphasis. That 'London' accent comes from the moon, or mars or somewhere, but not London!!!

    It kept pulling me out of the story and I almost didn't get the second book because of this. However, the other characters were great, the story ripped along and apart from Major Grace, the narration was very good.

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    Dean Dunston USA 05-11-13
    Dean Dunston USA 05-11-13 Member Since 2013

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    "meh..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    character development could have done it. i love action but this read like is was written by me when i was 15.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Maberry again?

    no, i think i can jerk it and shout semper fi all on my own thank you.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    where they were explaining the science behind the weapon


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    it was all so very see through. no depth to the protagonist, i didnt care about any of them.

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    Helen Brooklyn, NY, United States 05-08-13
    Helen Brooklyn, NY, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no.. I don't think my friends will like this book


    Has Patient Zero turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes. a bit.


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

    The performance was fair but I did not like any of the characters from the book


    Was Patient Zero worth the listening time?

    no. only reason I finished was to have something plugged in my ears while I am surrounded by annoying coworkers


    Any additional comments?

    too heroic. too typical. too shallow.

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    stephanie comanche, OK, United States 05-05-13
    stephanie comanche, OK, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW."
    What did you love best about Patient Zero?

    It is just an awesome story. Never a dull moment.


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

    Yes, kept you wondering if they were gonna solve the puzzle.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Each character has their own voice and you can tell them apart. He makes it more of a movie then a book. You can almost see each character by their voice.


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    Michael United States 05-02-13
    Michael United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Ray Porter is one of the best narrators I've heard"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This was my first "zombie" novel. It was fast paced and never a dull moment. The narrator is now on my favorite list, I'll look for more books read by Mr. Porter.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great naration

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    Robert United States 03-22-13
    Robert United States 03-22-13
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    "Just go with it!"

    The story is Jason Bourne meets James Bond meets Steven King meets Xfiles with dialog by Raymond Chandler. The deal is…the reader so AMAZINGLY effective with first-person tongue in cheek that you can completely suspend disbelief and not even care that what you are reading is just preposterous beyond any excuse. One of the most fun listens ever and I have 200 items in my audible library.

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    Scott 03-16-13
    Scott 03-16-13
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    "Keeps your interest, and kicks butt."
    Would you listen to Patient Zero again? Why?

    Yes, I like the story lines of good verses evil and all that goes with it. This book keeps your interest and there is constant action. And is read very well.


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

    they way he brings each character to life with there own identity, and personality.


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

    Bunny. I think he would have a great personality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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