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)
Yes in a while, a very well researched and written book, probably the best zombie tale since the TV show the walking dead.
Will the plague infect the world - you never know.........
no, it's a zombie book - hello
A big blooper at the end, but we won't mention that.
Lots of action, intrigue and believable science.
A great adventure for audio book fans.
I haven't read the print edition, but the audio version is fantastic. Ray Porter does an amazing job with the narration. It's crazy how distinct his characters sound. Sometimes I had to remind myself that this wasn't a full cast recording.
The pacing. It's a definite roller coaster ride, and it's one of those books you don't want to put down. Maberry knows his stuff.
He does a great job all around, but his Joe Ledger is spot on. Not only does he have the necessary attitude for the role, but he sounds CREDIBLE as Ledger. Also a big fan of his Mr. Church.
I picked this up because I had heard Jonathan Maberry speak on a writing panel at Dragon*Con a few years ago and was impressed by how knowledgeable he was. That knowledge definitely translates onto the page. Patient Zero wasn't just a good book: it was a good experience. The combination of the quality writing and Ray Porter's narration makes this an audiobook I've recommended to several people.
A well-written and researched book. While it is of course a sci-fi book and not everything is believable, the author obviously took a lot of time in researching military technology and terminology as well as prion diseases. While there is a romantic element to this story, it does not overtake the action. Ray Porter did a great job narrating for each of the characters, and this was probably the most well preformed audible book I have listened to. This made my long commutes much shorter and I will be purchasing the next book in the series.
I enjoyed this story and will probably listen to it again after some time.
I tried the second book. Not as solid.
Absolutely. It was an intriguing story with interesting characters.
It was an interesting take on zombie fiction. I really enjoyed the military action hero aspect if not the government fanboy perspective.
Are you Ready?
I loved that it showed more than just Joe Ledger. The character development was great and you really got into the story with all the action.
With other military type novels - I usually get really bored because it's not something that interests me. But with this story I couldn't stop listening! There was something new around every chapter.
I have not but I am now going to look at the others because this was by far the best narrator that I have come across yet.
I wouldn't. I think that it's the perfect name.
I cannot say enough about the narrator! He was brilliant with his delivery of every single character and I hope to see him making more in the future!
Would I? Yes. Will I? It's my first book by Mr. Maberry, so probably not right away. I have a lot of books to listen to before I loop back around to the beginning.
Till the very end. The twists and turns got me all the way thru.
Every. Single. Word. I've now found someone I love as much as Scott Brick. I love his inflection, his tone, his voice. Maybe it was the content, he did a GREAT job .... I guess I'll find out ... I'll now look for books that are narrated by him - you know, when I'm done listening to every Jonathan Maberry book there is.
Yup, and I pretty much did it in two.
I'm a 50 year old with a grown son. The sum total of my chosen experience with zombies is Night of the Living Dead. But I LOVED the description of Joe Ledger. Reminded me of how I felt when I read the first FBI book by Catherine Coulter, so I gave it a shot. I'm so glad I did. I'm beginning the prequel now. Then will listen to 1.1 and 1.3 before moving on to The Dragon Factory .... (1.2 is evidently a "prequel" to Dragon Factory). I'm so happy I have a new author to love.
122 titles and counting i really should review more!
i am only halfway through and i am loving it!!! jack reacher as a real guy!!! i like the idea of the jack reacher character but his books are too comical. this has elements of realism that reacher is missing. secret government agencies, billionaires who only care about making the next million no matter who dies in the process, religious terrorist groups hellbent on world destruction!!! all that and then throw in ZOMBIES!!!!! yes please can i have another!
There were many twists, I never really new exactly who all of the "bad guys" were. The story took place in two locations, one part told in first-person by the main character and the other part in third person. The switch in locations was handled very smoothly.
There were many memorable moments, but I wont be specific because I don't want to give any of the plot away.
The final scene when the guilty got what they deserved.
Yes, I always wanted to get back to it. I listened to part of it while working out and felt guilty because I didn't want to stop when my friends joined me.
I already owned the third book in the series, but decided I wanted to read them in order so I purchased this. I'm glad I did because I understand the background of the mean characters. I'm going to get the 2nd book before listening to the 3rd. Ray Porter does an excellent job with the narration. He's very easy to listen to.
As a skeptic, I am ashamed of my zombie fixation. I know that the human body is a machine, and once it is broken, it will not not come back to life. There is no scientific principle that would permit the existence of zombies, but here I am listening to yet another zombie book and liking it.
Joe Ledger is a badass. The novel is well written and the kept my attention all of the way through. I thought the narrator reproduced the "Joe Ledger Voice" that I envisioned well.
Great pace and overall plot line
Amirha - crazy beautiful, psycho, zealot, genius - 'nuff said
Fun read overall, to be picky the dialogue is a bit challenged in places.....e.g. lovely heroine is pouring out her heart about the death of her child and hero's line is "have some beer" :)
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