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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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    Cindy Webb LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-01-13
    Cindy Webb LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great start to the series!"
    Would you listen to Patient Zero again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again. Ray really did a good job in bringing across who Joe Ledger was.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Joe. He was written very realistic.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ray's performance never seemed forced and he seemed to really understand the characters he was reading.


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

    It was a good book, but it was not one of those books where you get so emotionally wrapped up that you are unable to put it down.


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    Justin P. Anderson 01-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good ole escapist action flick"

    Look, some of the other reviews of this book slash it up, and that just is not necessary- if you are not intelligent enough to understand that this book is going to be fantastical and slightly formulaic, then don't get it. Those are the same people who go to the latest Die Hard movie and complain about the fact that "no one could realistically live through that...."

    If you're one of those people, this is not the book for you. If you happen to like Die Hard, then read on my fellow action lovers.

    The book is a whole lotta fun- faced paced, just believable enough that the tension remains real through out, the bad guys are REALLY bad and the good guys are flawed but good.

    It does have a few surprises, and I wont do a plot run down because that's boring and might spoil it. Bottom line, if you enjoy action movies, you will enjoy this book. Ray Porter gives a great performance, and I think I liked it more than I would have had I read it.

    Now go blow something up and single handedly kill 20 armed men in a desperate race to uncover the clues needed to save the world- or better yet, listen to Mayberry's characters do it instead.

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    ginabean of MN Minneapolis, MN USA 01-29-13
    ginabean of MN Minneapolis, MN USA 01-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A bad copy of Mitch Rapp meets Dawn of the Dead"

    I really did not like this book. The story is weak and I found the characters flat. I would not recommend.

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    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 01-23-13
    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A bit to long"
    If you could sum up Patient Zero in three words, what would they be?

    Good but long


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

    Ray Porter did a good job with all the voices. I could always tell who was talking. Even with the female voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I think if I would have choosen the abridged version, I could have given this 5 stars for story.

    I am just not that interested in foreign terrorism.
    Again Porter did very well with all the accents.

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    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 01-23-13
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Loving this"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Patient Zero to be better than the print version?

    Love the narrator. Sounds a little like Masters. My style. I enjoy hearing the voices and moods, tones.


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

    So far so good. Less detail sometime .... but still good


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

    So far, I like them all


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

    Tried to, but sleep is necessary


    Any additional comments?

    Happy I took a chance. I am a Dresden files or joe Pitt fan? This may be another series for me.Can't wait to get to the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Richmond, VA, United States 01-21-13
    Walter Richmond, VA, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy reading thrillers: espionage. I am ex Army. I work in the health care industry. I like to practice martial arts. I participate in IDPA matches. Genghis Khan is my favorite person.

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    "Change Up"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is a new twist on two old genres.


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

    None. This is the first time I have listened to a book with both zombies and espionage in the same book.


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

    No


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

    Yes, It mad me laugh out loud and appreciate that fact the author took his time to understand the appropriate use of tactical intervention.


    Any additional comments?

    More books like this to keep me listening to Audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda L. B. Illinois 01-15-13
    Rhonda L. B. Illinois 01-15-13 Member Since 2016

    For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George. My favorite illustrators are Johanna Basford, Millie Marotta, Richard Merritt, and Claire Scully (just to name a few).

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    "Ugh"
    Any additional comments?

    This was just not my cup of tea at all which is funny considering how much I love stuff about zombies. Maybe it was because it was more military crap than I like. I'm sure it would appeal to someone that enjoys narratives from the POV of someone in a special forces like team, just isn't for me.

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    Darwyn Toluca Lake, CA, United States 12-31-12
    Darwyn Toluca Lake, CA, United States 12-31-12
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    "'Hoorah' for Joe Ledger!!"

    Though this is one of my favorite genres, I skipped over this title for months. Something about the zombie image and the publisher's summary kept me from downloading it. Then, just a week ago, I read several of the reader's reviews and that was that... especially the one that said 'don't let the plot description dissuade you.' I give my thanks to that reviewer. I downloaded it and from the first sentence went on a none stop listening thrill ride.

    Now, I'm not going to write anything about the plot. It's simple: if you like intelligently written action/political thrillers with searing characters, this is the novel for you. I gasped, shuddered, laughed out loud and held my breath...over and over until the very last word was uttered. My only thought at the end was "Please Sir, I want some more."

    Addendum--I am now and will always be a Ray Porter fan. The narrator can make or break an audible novel. Porter not only embodies the qualities of the hero, but does the same, seamlessly, with every single character in the book! The accents and dialects are spot on and the women, actually sound like women. His reading is perfection and I hope he doesn't change one iota or try to improve on what doesn't need improving.

    If you like the genre, you'll love the listen.

    Now pardon me. I'm on to The Dragon Factory: Book 2 in the Joe Ledger series.

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    Breanna 12-30-12
    Breanna 12-30-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Great take on rage zombies."
    Who was the most memorable character of Patient Zero and why?

    Church is such a great straight man for the humor that he is involved in.


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    motown Bangor, Maine 12-28-12
    motown Bangor, Maine 12-28-12 Member Since 2016
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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!).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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