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Patient Zero Audiobook

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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    Clayton Lawrence concord, CA, United States 05-15-12
    Clayton Lawrence concord, CA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2014

    i love post apocalyptic fiction, and of course zombie fiction.

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    "im a huge maberry fan, and this is one of the best"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    greg ARLINGTON, WA, United States 05-15-12
    greg ARLINGTON, WA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "GREAT Story!"
    What did you love best about Patient Zero?

    Joe Ledger


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, great story and narration.


    What about Ray Porter???s performance did you like?

    He is my new best friend.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh (at the right times)


    Any additional comments?

    Loving Joe Ledger, maximus badassisness for sire!

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    Jon League City, TX, United States 05-14-12
    Jon League City, TX, United States 05-14-12
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    "MUST READ"
    Where does Patient Zero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It rank in the top 5, the whole series.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He is one of the best narrators i have listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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    Chris Hookway Barrington, NH, US 05-14-12
    Chris Hookway Barrington, NH, US 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun story if you don't think about it too much"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It could be a bit more "believable", if such a descriptive has any place at all in this discussion


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    His voice suited the main characters well


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Charity LEHI, UTAH, United States 05-06-12
    Charity LEHI, UTAH, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved this book!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Joe ledger. Zombie infectionous virus. Terrorists. Secret coorporations. Mystery. Suspense. Comedy. Horror. --it has it all!


    Any additional comments?

    Within the first couple minutes I was hooked. I highly recommend!

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    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 05-01-12
    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Sledge Hammer Vs a Zombie Al Qaeda and you have..!"

    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!!

    -Big Art

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    Steven brighton, TN, United States 04-30-12
    Steven brighton, TN, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not just another Zombie story..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Well...it's about Zombies but called Walkers in Patient Zero.


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

    No, first time hearing Ray's performance but he is great.


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

    Walker Zero, I guess because asked...


    Any additional comments?

    You will not be disappointed. Sierra Tango OUT

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    Karl Anderson Greentown, Pa USA 04-28-12
    Karl Anderson Greentown, Pa USA 04-28-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great stuff for a while but then..."
    What did you like best about Patient Zero? What did you like least?

    (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.


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

    The doctor, who sounded exactly like Raul Julia.


    Did Patient Zero inspire you to do anything?

    Went out and shot zombies! They definitely were zombies, right?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Scott 04-26-12
    Scott 04-26-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Ledger is one bad dude!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Patient Zero to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    Ledger


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    14+ hours...really?


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Jenny white bear lake, MN, United States 04-20-12
    Jenny white bear lake, MN, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Zombie fans will like it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Patient Zero to and why?

    All of the Joe Ledger books. Each one offers a little more about Joe and why he is the way he is.


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

    I have not


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the Joe Ledger books are a must for zombie and horror fans.

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