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Patient Zero Audiobook
Patient Zero
Written by: 
Jonathan Maberry
Narrated by: 
Ray Porter
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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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    Marty Council 11-05-14

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    "Finally Someone to Kick Clancy's Ass!"

    Mayberry's Joe Ledger puts Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan to shame and does so without forwarding Ayn Rand's Objectivist fantasies of a benevolent dictatorship in Ryan's hyper-moral hands. Marberry has mastered the technical side of black ops and mad science but develops his main characters and plot lines to the degree that fun can be had with the story without getting lost in minutiae. The character's political beliefs are blissfully absent from the narrative. Secondary characters tend to be one dimensional, and there are times that the plot gets bogged down in the blow by blow recounting of conflict scenes and Ledger's internal dialogue, but these are not overwhelming. We'll see if he improves this as the series continues.
    In the meantime I'm off on a Ledger binge.

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    Ken Hamblin Sr CASTLE ROCK, CO, US 10-31-14
    Ken Hamblin Sr CASTLE ROCK, CO, US 10-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A gripping and plausible story!"
    Would you listen to Patient Zero again? Why?

    This is worthy introduction audio book for people who say they fall asleep or have no patience for audio book. I rate this and One Second After nothing short of a "10" on the food for thought scale.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reality of it and the very high potential to happen,


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I am aware of but I will keep an eye open for his name in the future. Author and narrator were a perfect match.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    That's hard to say. However in Americas climate of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, Day of Wrath would likely be boycotted by the Islamic propaganda arm. And the anti israi, pro Palistian front would call it racist.


    Any additional comments?

    Day of Wrath has added value to my Audible membership. Thank you very much.

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    Ranndy Kellogg 10-30-14

    Ranndy Kellogg

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    "Zombies, Contagion, and the Taliban in one book!"
    What did you love best about Patient Zero?

    A compelling listening experience with only a little bit of unbelievable stupidity by the lead characters. When you get the clue bell maker and then go to a rededication of the liberty bell, should you not expect big trouble?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Patient Zero?

    Watch for the paper cutter becomes a sword moment.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    First time I have heard Porter. He has earned a spot on my favorites list with Bronson Pinchot, Allan Cumming, and Oliver Wymann.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the rest of the series is as well done as this first book.

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    J.K. Oregon 10-14-14
    J.K. Oregon 10-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Story was OK, but....."
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Maberry and/or Ray Porter?

    Probably not unfortunately.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the different approach to the standard zombie story.


    What aspect of Ray Porter’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have changed the way he narrated the Ledger character. I really didn't like the character, so I'm not sure narration changes would have changed my opinion.


    Did Patient Zero inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the Ledger character to be much too abrasive to be interesting. I think the author could have portrayed him as a strong leader and smart, tough man without the total over-load of testosterone.

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    steve champion fresno, CA United States 10-03-14
    steve champion fresno, CA United States 10-03-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I hardly remember it....."

    The characters and the story are so shallow, its hard to believe there are people listening to the other books in the series.... In fact I'm retuning it after writing this review....

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    Patrick 09-24-14
    Patrick 09-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Split personality writing?!?!"
    What disappointed you about Patient Zero?

    The characters come off as if written by two different authors. One time a character is strong and confident, and 5 minutes later they can't make up their mind. For one example, the lead female character is strong, experienced soldier early in the book, and later in the book she acts like a 14 year old, uncertain girl. In another example, the main character disrespects everyone and acts like a jerk, but then is given command of everyone and everyone follows his orders without hesitation.

    Good writing 101: Readers see through crap writing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Maberry again?

    Probably not, as his writing style is not consistent, and it seems like no editor was involved to make sure the story is cohesive.


    What three words best describe Ray Porter’s performance?

    Good, Not great
    (seriously, he did change his voice between characters, but not as good as other narrators have done... like Oliver Wyman, James Marsters, Michael Page or Jim Dale)


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for monsters (zombies, etc.) and more believable characters, more consistent writing style and a better story flow, I would suggest the writings of Jim Butcher, or Larry Correia.

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    Max 09-05-14
    Max 09-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Perpetuating the hegemonic statis quo"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was a cheezy action movie in book form. the hero sounded like a whiter version of master chief from a halo video game. Hoo-Rah Sir Yes Headshot Sir! The only two female characters were marginalized as sidekick to the villain and love interest to the protagonist. all the muslims are terrorists. 9/11, blah blah blah, I wanted a horror story and this was a syfy original.


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Maberry’s story?

    predictable.


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

    narrator did a great job of voice acting all the characters.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    somewhat entertaining and requiring very little attention to follow


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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    Rose 09-01-14
    Rose 09-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "GREAT BOOK!!!"
    What did you love best about Patient Zero?

    What a great book and reading! One of the best I have ever listened to on Audible. Has the wit and humor of Martian with the suspense of a zombie book.


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    Fletcher Federal Way, WA USA 08-28-14
    Fletcher Federal Way, WA USA 08-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't write in the 1st person as the hero..."

    I want to like this. I really do. I like the premise and it is well performed.. but I'm really struggling with the protagonist talking in the first person. He's not the narrator of others deeds, but the hero of the series. It feels like one of my own testosterone fueled day dreams (e.g. - where I'm the hero, rockstar, sage, star of the show, etc..) It gets old quick and it's hard to get invested from the point of view of "I said", "I did", "I knew" instead of "He said", "He did", "He knew". Sometimes Joe thinks and acts like me and it works great. Then sometimes he doesn't and when he doesn't from the 1st person it pops me out of the story. That just doesn't work.

    I'm a few hours in, but I had to put this down for awhile. I switched to The Hunter From The Woods. The difference was night and day. Story yanked me in to it and nothing has popped me out. It so clearly illustrates that essential and fundamental difference between telling a story about a group of characters and telling yourself a story about yourself.. The former works SO much better for the reader (listener).

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    R. Sumner 08-13-14
    R. Sumner 08-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "One word: RESEARCH"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who is completely clueless about the anything to do with the Middle East, and the US Military


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

    No, I do enjoy the genre, just not this author, reader, or this story. This book gets a 1 star because I can't give it less than that.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he really didn't do anything to make the characters seem alive, It was simply reading the story, and that was bad. seemed to be flat, paused at odd places and emphasized the wrong parts of the sentences


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

    Disappointment mostly, and some anger. If the author had done more than EXTREMELY light research, it might have been alright.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a difference between being a smart mouth, and being ignorantly obnoxious, this character doesn't just cross that line, he sprints across it and doesn't even bother to care. having spent a number of years in the Military, and being the smart mouthed NCO, I can say this character would not have made it. If he wasn't kicked out for his attitude, he would not have been liked, or respected, by either his troops or his superiors.

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