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)
i love post apocalyptic fiction, and of course zombie fiction.
maberry took the zombie craze and put it into a great series. the first one is about the zom virus. the others dive into other weird terrorist attacks that are based around some appocalyptic outbreak.
i have read the whole ledger series and they keep getting better and better. Ray Porter does all the narrating and he is by far my favorite narriator. he just draws you in. and at no point to you get the feeling that he's actually reading a book.
Yes, great story and narration.
He is my new best friend.
Made me laugh (at the right times)
Loving Joe Ledger, maximus badassisness for sire!
It rank in the top 5, the whole series.
He is one of the best narrators i have listen to.
Every time i start a joe ledger book i do not want to stop listening to it. They make me want to take a road trip just to listen to them without interruption.
Honestly, I'd clean-up the graphic sexual situations to make it more appropriate for a young teen audience, to whom this book would otherwise likely appeal very much.
It could be a bit more "believable", if such a descriptive has any place at all in this discussion
His voice suited the main characters well
I'd likely see it, hoping for some star power (Wesley Snipes would make a good Joe Ledger, for example), and for the movie version to bring out the humor a bit more than the book was able - a la Beverly Hills Cop.
This book would not withstand any level of critical examination as anything other than light, silly tough-guy fluff. Comparison to books such as Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series are way off the mark - this is a zombie-flavored detective/secret agent novel, which would not be interesting at all without the zombie appeal it offers.
Joe ledger. Zombie infectionous virus. Terrorists. Secret coorporations. Mystery. Suspense. Comedy. Horror. --it has it all!
Within the first couple minutes I was hooked. I highly recommend!
Man, this new Joe Ledger series I found is awesome!! Joe Ledger is a smart ass, top U.S. Military leader, who is smart and a bad ass. This is like no other zombie book character out there. Storyline kinda follows the same path as the book "Day by Day Armageddon" where it is a daily/hourly/minutes chronicle of what is going on but with in its own style. You get so involved in all the different characters. The narrator did such an amazing job. I thought that Oliver Wyman from "The Morningstar Strain series" was the best zombie narrator but Ray Porter killed it! Not alot of "Zombies" as you would expect but the zombies in this story did not become the undead organically and it makes sense for the set up in this book 1.
I highly recommend this book 1 and my book 2 is downloading as i'm writing this review!!
I would and have already recommended this book very highly. If you have someone you believe would enjoy audiobooks, start them here. Maberry's writing is compelling, well researched and fast-paced. You are there and it is palpable. The occasional humor is spot on, timely and truly funny. I'm glad I found this series; I'm starting the second book this week.
Well...it's about Zombies but called Walkers in Patient Zero.
No, first time hearing Ray's performance but he is great.
Walker Zero, I guess because asked...
You will not be disappointed. Sierra Tango OUT
(Spoiler alert) Zombies plus terrorists, everything you need for a great horror thriller. This book delivers solid entertainment on that account. But then just when I'm really enjoying the read it shoots itself in the foot with the same old "evil corporate greed behind it all because capitolism is the root of all evil" dud surprise ending. Yawn.
The doctor, who sounded exactly like Raul Julia.
Went out and shot zombies! They definitely were zombies, right?
Interesting and unusual shift between first person narration for the hero and then third person for the villians and everyone else. I think it worked well.
The first time I listened to Ray Porter was in The Four Hour Work Week (which is a great book btw) so it took me a while to get 4HWW out of my mind...now Ray Porter is Joe Ledger.
After Ledger beats the crap out of all the guys he's soon to be captain of. One of the guys threatens to get him back and Ledger just hits him in the throat! And says he'll need a medic.
I've always thought that Jack Reacher was the Jack Bauer of the literary world. Joe Ledger would give both Jack's a run for their money!
Yes. This book offers a twist to the usual zombie story. It also brings in characters that travel well to the other books. The narrator is really good. He is Joe Ledger and really has the story down and the mannerisms that make a character come to life.
All of the Joe Ledger books. Each one offers a little more about Joe and why he is the way he is.
I have not
I think my favorite is in the beginning when Joe is interacting with those that will become part of his team. They have no idea who he is and they are arguing amongst themselves over who will be leader. I got a kick out of the way Joe jumped in, kicked ass and everyone fell into their places in the squad.
I think the Joe Ledger books are a must for zombie and horror fans.
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