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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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    GyAzJRD Goodyear, AZ, United States 03-18-14
    GyAzJRD Goodyear, AZ, United States 03-18-14

    Retired math & CS majors that grew up on SF of 50s-70s, and now is a devotes of Clancy, Ludlum, Greaney Child, Connerly, DeMille ,& Baldacc

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    "SiiFi-Terrorist Plague with Exaggerated Characer"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Believable characters, dialogue and story are needed before I could enjoy this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm always hoping for another book in the Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch or John Corey Series.


    What three words best describe Ray Porter’s voice?

    The Narrator did a fine job enabling the listener to distinguish one character from another.


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

    Some might enjoy the book being made into a comic book movie.


    Any additional comments?

    This author is now one that I am going to avoid.

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    Amazon Customer 03-18-14
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    "GREAT ACTION THRILLER/SUSPENSE/HORROR"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It's not the typical "Horror" story in which the main characters just try their best to get out of the zombies' way and stay alive, etc...the usual cliche..this one has lots of action and lots of suspense and a pretty good story line. I was really surprised!


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    M. Bowles United States 03-16-14
    M. Bowles United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2014

    I don't have a bunker and I would starve in 2 1/2 days, but I like to listen to people who do and wouldn't.

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    "Great story, Outstanding format, No apocalypse."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am a "How to survive an apocalyptic situation (Day by Day Armageddon, Swan Song etc...) fan. This story offers a 'this is how we stop an end of days event.' This said, the story, narration and charactors offers an OUTSTANDING read/listen, but in a 'we won, everything is ok,' no need to survive kind of way.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Maberry? Why or why not?

    Yes, I plan on finishing the series, but I need to find the next The End/The Long Road story to satisfy me first.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Outstanding narration.


    Was Patient Zero worth the listening time?

    Yes.


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    Theotokos NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 03-13-14
    Theotokos NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2014

    Mother, Amazon, Student, LSG

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    "Great fun read!"

    Classic tale of an antihero and his dark past, a long legged dame and zombies! I really enjoyed this book, it was well read and the story was fun and enjoyable.

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    jason northbridge, ma, United States 03-04-14
    jason northbridge, ma, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2011

    for 5 years has driven 180 miles round trip daily. That is a ton of listening time!

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

    World War Z


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding performance, one of the best I have heard.


    Any additional comments?

    A fantastic ride through action, sci-fi, love, horror and terror. Joe Ledger is as cool as Bruce Willis and harder than Vin Diesel. I can not wait to get started on book number 2.

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    mrs99mrs99 02-25-14
    mrs99mrs99 02-25-14

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    "Great book and superb performance by Ray Porter"
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    The story was good but Ray Porter made it great. He has several characters and his inflexions are on the mark,

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    James Somers U.S.A. 02-01-14
    James Somers U.S.A. 02-01-14

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    "Liked the story, but the language over the top"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO, but only because of the language issue. It was pervasive and I couldn't continue slogging through it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Maberry? Why or why not?

    yes... I have his rot and ruin for teens and this problem isn't really there. little bit but not too bad.


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

    no... he is a great narrator in my opinion. enjoyed the performance aspect just fine.


    Was Patient Zero worth the listening time?

    I like the story elements, but only the language issue was bad for me. Just can't enjoy it with all of the unnecessary language going on. really was gratuitous in my opinion.


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    J. Oliver Indiana 01-30-14
    J. Oliver Indiana 01-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Pleasantly Surprised"

    This story is not an apocalyptic novel or supernatural. It revolves around anti-terrorism and is almost believable. Maberry does a great job making it seem scientifically plausible to the average reader. I like that. Ray porter does a magnificent job telling the story. His Jack Ledger is awesome and much better than I was reading him when I started reading it on my own on the Kindle. I highly recommend this series. Later books aren't quite as good, but Ray Porter's delivery saves the day.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony WA 01-25-14
    Anthony WA 01-25-14 Member Since 2016

    Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!

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    "Saving the world with a zombie fix included"

    I found this to be a fun and entertaining read. Joe Ledger is a man with super human abilities and a moral code that leaves him with no choice other than to do what is right. However doing what is right seems to come with a whole lot of collateral damage! This book is full of action and has a Men in Black feel to it, but instead of aliens we get to dance with zombies. If you’re a fan of this type of story you will enjoy the ride, plus you get a bonus of zombies mixed in to give it that extra kick. If you are looking for a pure zombie tale you may want to explore other options, but if you need/want a zombie fix with some unique twists you have found one.

    Be aware that book #1 is the only one in the Joe Ledger series with zombies in the forefront. Jonathan Maberry creatively introduces a different threat to human kind in each book with our only hope is Joe Ledger with the support of the super-secret Department of Military Sciences.

    Each book in this series can be read as a standalone, but you will get more out of them if you follow the series in order. Ray Porter, who thankfully is the narrator for the entire series, does an excellent job.

    Stay alert, move fast, have fun and don't get bit!!


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    Glenn Encino, CA, United States 01-04-14
    Glenn Encino, CA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Action Hero Fiction!"

    As another reviewer pointed out, ignore the cheesy looking cover that implies this is a horror novel. This is an action novel, centering around a Bad*ss hero who must stop a terrorist biothreat to save the world. The author is a real life 8th degree Jujutsu Black Belt, so the fighting is crisp and realistic. The protagonist, Joe Ledger, is both tough and likable.. a little similar to Jack Reacher. The story is easy to follow, and the narrator is fantastic.

    If you like action noverls, I recommend this book!

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