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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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    Cerebral Mischief 07-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.

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    "Love this series!"

    Absolutely love these series and the narration is fantastic! A must have and I hope to see more in this story line.

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    SGL California 07-07-14
    SGL California 07-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Zombies, I hate Zombies, but…"
    If you could sum up Patient Zero in three words, what would they be?

    Improbably realistic Zombies. I generally don't like Zombie tales, they have a tendency to be far to over the top and completely unrealistic. This story at least allows you suspend disbelief and enjoy the story.


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

    The action was well paced with a realistic progression and the causes and underlying story are well thought out and progress in a natural suspenseful manner.


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

    Joe Ledger of course, over the top. Flawed but over the top.


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

    Zombies, the begining. Or a clinical nature of a bio weapon


    Any additional comments?

    Not your traditional Zombie tale.

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    Scot B Aspen, CO United States 06-27-14
    Scot B Aspen, CO United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2013

    Listener as I drive my 45 min drive back and forth to work. I love the action series and some of the more business/coaching self help stuff.

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    "Fun, but somewhat formulaic"
    Any additional comments?

    I have not read any of Mr. Maberry's books before. I was looking for something that was just going to be fun. I was hoping for a story that moved along with characters that were engaging and maybe a twist or two. For the most part, that's what I got.

    While I have to admit, the narration was not my favorite, it grew on me as the characters developed more.

    The story, to be honest, is pretty straight forward. I didn't find anything that I would call an unexpected twist, but it was a fun story to listen to. It moves along nicely with pretty decent character development. I felt like I got to know most of the characters, although they were somewhat 2 dimensional. I kept waiting for some of them to really flesh out with those dimensions that aren't so simple so they felt more like real people. That didn't really come. I would call the story very action movie like. Fun, fun, fun.

    I should admit, fiction is not what I usually read. And, I use Audible mostly on my commute, so I was listening to a few chapters at a time. I don't know how much that colors my thoughts, but I thought I would try to give some context.

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    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 06-17-14
    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2013

    Audible is better than TV

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    "I Hate Zombie Stories, This One Was Different"
    Where does Patient Zero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book itself is right in the 80% mark, but the reader is probably the best I have heard. Very well done.


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

    A light version of Clancy or Brad Thor book. It was intrigue with special forces and a hero.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Where do I begin. His pace and timing was perfect. His character voices were perfect, and the voices themselves painted a great picture of the characters being voiced.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I suck at answering this question. Power corrupts.....


    Any additional comments?

    As the title states, I hate zombie stories. I feel the genre is played out. This one was a bit different, and I liked it. I think the reader made the book better than the story itself. It had nice action. It was just a fun romp with heroes. I would tell you how it was different, but SPOILER.

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    Joshua Francis seawa 06-10-14
    Joshua Francis seawa 06-10-14

    f'in greasy

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    "constant d-bag accent ruined it for me."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    if the main character wasn't voiced like an annoying whiny teenager. "like dude, these zombies are all over, for real bro, it's extreme up in here". it's trying really hard to be what south park watching morons would consider hip. I just can't see a guy with this kind of training and serious mission acting like this- like if they put keanu reaves' character from point break in the role of jason bourne. "what a drag, bro, so many dudes to kill". if you always wanted to listen to a story about the d-bag with the lifted truck and bucket of hot wings down the street killin zombies this is for you. if you are generally annoyed with all the real life d-bags you have to encounter on a daily basis you will hate this. I did. glad it was only 4 bucks.


    Would you recommend Patient Zero to your friends? Why or why not?

    no. I value my friends. and don't really hang out with teenagers, which is clearly who this is aimed at.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    his stupid d-bag California moron accent, complete with up-talking to sound even more ridiculous. I just don't buy a super soldier talking like Bill and Ted.


    What character would you cut from Patient Zero?

    the main one, the d-bag. I didn't get too far before I was disgusted and turned it off.


    Any additional comments?

    CRAP

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    Mikaela OCEANSIDE, CA, United States 06-10-14
    Mikaela OCEANSIDE, CA, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Yes, that good!"
    What made the experience of listening to Patient Zero the most enjoyable?

    It's a gripping, well told, well thought out story that is also surprisingly funny. I could have done without the smidgen of romance. I didn't feel like it added to the story in any more than the hero gets the girl kind of way.


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

    This isn't my typical genre so I don't really have anything to compare it to.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He is Joe Ledger. I loved the cockiness!


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    Richard 06-05-14
    Richard 06-05-14
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    "Best audio series ever!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Ledger. I'm not sure if the only man-crush I've ever had is on him, Maberry, or Porter -- but what a great character!


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

    No, but I certainly plan to now.


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    Dawn 05-28-14
    Dawn 05-28-14

    Books, the best travel accessory - EVER!

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    "Take it with you on vacation..."

    It's easy to find yourself hooked on Joe Ledger and his team. He is a flawed hero with demons, both figurative and literal, dogging his heels. Trying to save the world from Walkers/zombies with a team of men you just wiped the floor with is a bit of a challenge. There is a little romance (nothing too graphic), the language is not too off color, lots of weapon lingo, and tons of gadgets for the geek squaders - so it's a good car listen with others. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Anne Collins 05-28-14
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    "NO DO NOT BUY"
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Maberry and/or Ray Porter?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I love horror as a genre so something scary, but this book is one of the worst most cliche I have ever read


    What character would you cut from Patient Zero?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not worth anyone's time or money. It is so contrived and predictable. Macho guy, girl with a tough exterior, but a good heart. Just a terrible all around book. If you want to read a good zombie book look for something by JL Bourne. I wanted something interesting and realistic like that and "Patient Zero" is not it. I was listening to this book while driving with my brother sleeping in the passenger seat and he woke up to tell me how little he now thinks of me for listening to such a miserable excuse of a book. Keep the well earned respect of your friends and family and look for any other book. This is the zombie equivalent of "50 Shades of Grey".

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    Ryan Weatherston 05-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Run of the mill action horror story"

    Pretty good story and the main character is so real with emotions. But the action parts seem very run-of-the-mill action scenes: good guys are outnumbered, short on ammo (supposedly, but they seem to always have some at hand), and are about to be overwhelmed when someone saves them/they manage to defeat all of the threats.

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