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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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    crystal Mossbank, SK, Canada 02-11-13
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    "excellent book"

    I really enjoyed this novel. I read the book a while ago, and decided i wanted to listen to the series. I was not disappointed. It is a great book. I love the characters and the whole premise. It is not your typical zombie story, more of a terrorist thriller.

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    Dennis Tempe, AZ, United States 02-04-13
    Dennis Tempe, AZ, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "BETTER THAN EXPECTED"

    LESS TIME AND LOCATION WOULD MAKE THE BOOK A BETTER LISTEN, LEDGER IS THE RIGHT ONE.

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    Jason waverly, TN, United States 02-01-13
    Jason waverly, TN, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "If you like MHI you will love these books"
    If you could sum up Patient Zero in three words, what would they be?

    A good read


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge Monster Hunter International fan and these books are right in line with them. Great writer and great reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    motown Bangor, Maine 12-28-12
    motown Bangor, Maine 12-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful and Engrossing!"

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book so I was blown away by it. The book grabbed me and kept me interested from the beginning. Yes, it stretched the imagination and was definitely over the top, but during the heat of the book it was all very believable. Only now, when I describe the book to friends and family, do I realize how crazy the whole concept sounds! During the book, I couldn't stop listening. My husband wondered where I had checked out to! The only thing I didn't 100% love was the narrator. He had an annoying habit of ending statement sentences with an upward inflection, making it sound like a question - which it wasn't. Over the course of the book I found it irritating. Still, I have downloaded book 2 and have book 3 as well as some of the Joe Ledger short stories on my wish list for the future (same narrator - it wasn't that annoying!).

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    Anne 12-24-12
    Anne 12-24-12
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    "Not my usual read--loved it!"

    I got this in a member's only bogo. A year ago I received an email/ad from Audible suggesting that I get out of my comfort zone with my audio books. I did, at the time, and enjoyed Inside the Third Reich. So, with the bogo I thought, well, why not try two new books that are not my usual style. Essentially I was only blowing one credit.

    I usually like basic murder mysteries. Mystery is essential to the book. This book has limited mystery. But it's compelling. A lot of action, some gore, but nothing over the top. The characters are well thought out. Is this great art, no. Is this a good read that seems well-written? Yes. I have no complaints.

    It is essential when crafting a story such as this that the author remain true to the reality of the book. This does not mean that the book is "real" or even "realistic". It means that when the author creates his/her world that he/she doesn't change the rules to have a 'gotcha!" at the end of the book.

    I have to say, I liked this book. I liked the characters.

    I will probably read #2 in the series.

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    Ken Mercadante Bedford, TX United States 12-15-12
    Ken Mercadante Bedford, TX United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Very Different Take on the Zombie Tale"

    What would happen if you had the chance to actually stop the Zombie Apocalypse before it started? Joe Ledger finds himself in that situation, and Jonathan Maberry does a first-class job crafting that story. It reads like a Tom Clancy thriller (without all the superfluous pages) that just happens to involve Zombies. And that approach works. It's a taught, emotional piece that keeps the story front and center, but still gives us characters solid enough to care about, and enough twists to keep us guessing without going overboard into the ridiculous.

    Ray Porter's narration was up to the challenge, and it was a great listen.

    Overall a great addition to the catalog of Zombie fiction. Well done.

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    jessica mathis NEWNAN, GA, United States 12-03-12
    jessica mathis NEWNAN, GA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2012

    i loove great books especially mystery and suspense and gregg hurwitz

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    "cant wait to read the rest in this series"

    I love the way this book was written and read. everything fit where is should and made since and for a book, the action and suspense was like a movie that you'd watch. If your into zombies and horror, this is your book series.

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    Mary Houston, TX 12-02-12
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    "Bit of a slow start, but then EXPLOSIVE!"

    I feel similarly about Stephen King - - craploads of build up only to get to the set-up that I already knew would come, based simply on reading the back of the book! It took 3 hours of listening before Ledger actually agrees to join the DMS... that bugged me. But once this story took off (Room 12...) it was spectacular. Non-stop party. LOVED IT!

    And this narrator is unbelievable. Best I've ever heard.

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    Patricia 11-26-12
    Patricia 11-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Oddly entertaining!"

    Would have never guessed I would enjoy Zombie genre, but this is well written and well performed!

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    Loves to Listen Upland, CA 11-25-12
    Loves to Listen Upland, CA 11-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Narrator.....great story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Patient Zero to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version but Ray Porter is an excellent narrator and makes the characters come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That there is nothing supernatural about the zombies.......they are all man/science made.


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

    Joe Ledger! By the time I was a few pages into the book I had a crush on him. As an earlier reviewer mentioned, Ray Porter IS Joe Ledger.


    If you could rename Patient Zero, what would you call it?

    No idea........


    Any additional comments?

    So worth the credit. This book kept my attention from beginning to end, even the second time around when I listened with my husband. Fun and entertaining.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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