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.
“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)
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.
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!
Eravamo cosa siete. Siamo quello che diventerete.
I'm sorry I waited so long to listen. This was thrilling and fascinating and a wonderful spin on a worn out trope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Didn't read the print version, but I now intend to read the whole series. This was one of my favorite books this year.
Absolutely. There are parallel stories, and Maberry knows exactly when to jump from one to the other to keep you hanging.
Joe is obviously terrific, but he also does a fine job with Toys.
When Grace visits Joe and shares her backstory was very well written and read.
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.
Great characters. Very good character development.
Who isn't on the edge of their seat with zombies breathing down their neck?
He was a great reader. However occasionally he lost the accents he was using mid character.
Definitely joe. But he'd be a smarta** all night.
Great book. I've recommended it to all my friends.
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