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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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    Judy Stone Palouse, WA, US 09-22-12
    Judy Stone Palouse, WA, US 09-22-12
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    "Gruesome!"

    Although the story was intriguing, and very thought-provoking as a possible scenario for terrorism, the constant gore was too much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Manassas, VA, United States 03-21-12
    Amazon Customer Manassas, VA, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Terrible"
    What would have made Patient Zero better?

    Had to put this book down after the second hour. I love both Clancy and Zombie novels; this was a molestation of both. I can't possibly understand what the other reviewers saw in it. The main character is one big ex-army, cop cliche. More importantly, I don't think the motivations behind why the characters did certain things in the novel was very well developed. It left virtually every character unlikeable and the whole plot completely absurd, even for a Zombie novel. I will never read another novel from this author.

    If you want a good Zombie novel, read World War Z, or even, Dying to Live.


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

    No, just the author.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter?

    Ray was fine, maybe a little too good at acting as a arrogant bastard.


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

    No redeeming qualities. This book is terrible.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Me Springville, In, United States 02-25-12
    Me Springville, In, United States 02-25-12

    I am an Avid Reader, I love all different kinds of books, from Mystery to Sci Fi and Horror.

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    "This was a good book"
    Would you listen to Patient Zero again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to this again, only because this was the first book of his that I bought.


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

    when they were forced to shoot the private in the trailer, the angst that they went through was great suspense.


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

    Yes, and he is a very talented performer.


    Who was the most memorable character of Patient Zero and why?

    Of course Joe Ledger


    Any additional comments?

    This is the only book of Jonathan Maberry that I would recommend to others, he may come up with something else that is good, but after the last three of his that I bought(19,44,56 min long) I will never but another.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chance Louisiana, LA, United States 05-19-11
    Chance Louisiana, LA, United States 05-19-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Joe Ledger is incredible!"

    This book an the next two are very well worth the "listen". A whole new take on the zombie angle. But this is no zombie book; it is a kick-ass black ops must listen!

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    preston Moran, KS, United States 04-05-11
    preston Moran, KS, United States 04-05-11
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    "this book is awsome"

    I got this book with credits wich makes it more awsome, and it has an amazing plot that has even helped me with a book I've been writing. can't wait for book two

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ramon A. Gil New York 04-05-11
    Ramon A. Gil New York 04-05-11 Member Since 2009

    "if you look at something too close for too long, it loses it's meaning."

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    "This AudioBook is Awesome~!"

    I've listened to many zombie audio books including World War Z, Plague of the Dead, Day by Day Armageddon, Thunder and Ashes etc and this book is right up there with them. I highly recommend it. Ray Porter this at masterfull job with the narration and I'm looking forward to hearing him again. I just have to say..."Couldn't put my ipod down"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Birmingham, AL, United States 04-04-11
    Sara Birmingham, AL, United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Homeland Security meets Night of the Living Dead"

    Jonathan Maberry delivers an almost punishingly awesome adventure. Joe Ledger is a Baltimore cop with some pretty bad problems, but usually that's ok. Until the day he has to face down a man he's already killed once. Suddenly he's catapulted into the world of the DMS; Department of Military Science, a shadowy orginazation that answers directly to the president & protects the country from unimaginable terrorist threats. Like, as it might be, zombies. But there is nothing hokey or shambling about the creatures Joe Ledger and his team take down. These are monsters from our darkest nightmares.
    Ray Porter provides the voice of our hero and does an amazing job. His ability to slip in and out of the many characters is almost magical. And his characterization of Joe gives me a friendly voice to get me through the terror induced by Maberry's heart stopping plot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark United States 03-28-11
    Mark United States 03-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Zombies Rock"

    Action packed book. Joe Ledger is fearless. Can't wait for the movie! This new take on the zombie genre is interesting and almost believable. Regardless of the science involved, this book takes you to the edge of suspense.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Alpharetta, GA, United States 02-27-11
    Martin Alpharetta, GA, United States 02-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Zombie Fiction"

    Sure Zombies are fun but I found myself connecting with each and every character, including the zombies. Well written and well read. This a a must for any SF/Thriller library.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timmie Merced, CA, United States 02-26-11
    Timmie Merced, CA, United States 02-26-11 Member Since 2008
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    "MORE!!!"

    I got hooked on this one pretty fast! If you like the whole who done it novel or your like me and love the DARK type of books then your gonna love this one!!! The narrator is one of the best I have heard! The book goes from one side of the story to the other and I normally don't like that but in this book it was great!!! I can not wait for more!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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