For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons. Within days there are outbreaks of mass slaughter and murderous insanity across the American heartland. Can Joe Ledger stop a brilliant and devious master criminal from turning the Land of the Free into a land of the dead?
Code Zero, a Joe Ledger novel from Jonathan Maberry, is the exciting direct sequel to Patient Zero.
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Intense, imaginative, impassioned, impeccable, inconceivable!
This series is simply engrossing! It has quickly become one of my favorites along side Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Lynch's Gentleman Bastards, Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles, and Flynn's Mitch Rapp series.
The despicable things the villain is capable of in this volume made me cringe out loud in my car, at work and in bed (while listening of course) several times over. Bravo to Maberry for being able to bring out such a guttural response!
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the utterly impeccable performance of Ray Porter. I'd listen to a reading of the phone book if he was narrating! Mr. Porter is the reason I discovered the Joe Ledger series in the first place. I searched for more of his work after listening to Power of the Dog by Don Winslow which, along with Code Zero, I highly recommend!
The performance of Ray Porter is always remarkable. The story meanders in places, and takes a huge leap to get into , but Joe L , and Porter as him, are tour de force.
Predictable. Fact that Joe L is still upright and functioning is always amazing.
Yes, as many as I can, and I will again. Porter has replaced Scott Brick as my favourite performer on Audible. He brings everything he touches to life.
Ledger's self reflection is always interesting.
This continues the series in a dramatic, predictably violent but thoughtful manner. I recommend it highly, if for nothing else for the performance of Porter.
I love this series but I have to admit that I was a tad disappointed in this one. Part of the fun is discovering the latest creatures and villains that have been concocted in Jonathan Maberry's crazy head...In Code Zero, the evils are recycled from earlier stories. The new villain is somehow not up to par with previous ones. It was a fun read...but simply not of the same caliber.
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To me this book tied in all the other books in very nicely. When I heard about this book I was all in. Lots of action and suspense, to me Jonathan Mayberry hasn't lost a step. I wanna tell you more about the code zero but in fear of spoiling it I won't. This book is worth the credit or money so read or listen to it, but you have to listen or read the other books first. Enjoy...
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Listening to a Joe Ledger book is like eating my grandma's wild blackberry pie -- nothing brings me more enjoyment. It's even a comfort to me, like visiting an old friend who never disappoints. This latest book in the series is no disappointment, and an extremely enjoyable listen!
Patient Zero - because it's the sequel!
Ray Porter IS JOE LEDGER. His voice inflections bring such life to the characters. He is my all-time favorite narrator.
Yes, and in fact I did! First time I've ever done this.
Do yourself a favor and get this book. It was fun fun fun from beginning to end.
I love espionage and detective thrillers but will listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The Joe Ledger series has many avid followers. I'm glad they enjoy it, but it's not for me.
Code Zero has all of the good stuff of many of the previous installments. on several occasions it had me sitting in my car listening, long after I had arrived at my destination, just to hear what was going to happen.
Ray Porter is AMAZING and is really good at making the different characters come to life and make their personalities shine through.
only gripe is that, at this time of writing there is only one book left in this awsome series.
Its my second favorite after "The Help". Love Ray Porter. He is a fascinating narrator.
Joe Ledger is may favorite. He is crazy as heck but a hero and good guy. Love the witty remarks and the fact that he is extremely sarcastic as well as a strategic fighter. All of that rolled in to one Bad A guy.
I have listened to all the books in the series. Ray Porter is so darn talented I can't put it into words.
There was a lot in this book that moved me. The fact the Wu finally showed some feelings was a shocker. I wish that Juny's story could have moved me, but i dont really care about her. Her loss left me empty and bored.
I am a big fan of this series. This is the only book I rated a 4 out of 5, instead of 5 stars. The time Maberry spent on Juny was a waste, but it is still a great book that i would highly recommend. The story was great. It was strong and intense and just plain ole scary as heck.
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My favorite thing about the Joe Ledger series is that in addition to the serious ass kickings dealt in every other chapter, it concentrates heavily on what fighting true evil does to those faced with it every day. Not only did this book scare the heck out of me, it opened up even more than I thought possible about the horrors involved in witnessing how truly evil humanity can be. I don't care if it's "fantasy" horror, there are plenty of folks that see this sort of thing every day...first responders, soldiers, hospital workers...you either go crazy or you have to die a little each day.
Doomsday and apocalypse don't do the evil in this story justice. I REALLY wondered how they would pull this off...and like in the other stories, there is no "happy ending". It is my favorite of the series by far.
There were a couple of elements in the story that weren't developed at all and seemed to be there entirely to "save the day"...as if the author couldn't think of any other way to pull off an important piece of the story. Hard to blame him, but I'm the tiniest bit disappointed.
I really enjoy the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the Joe Leger character
Joe Ledger because he is not only the narrator but the target of much of the nefarious activity on the part of Mother Night. I love his attitude. I must admit, however, that I also enjoyed all of the ways the member of Echo Team described testicles
His general reading ability and voice impressions are quite easy to listen to and he totally pulls off the smart ass nature of Ledger's view of life
And you thought your mother was a bitch...
When writing a series of this length, it is understandable that certain phrases will be repeated multiple times. I understand that this adds consistency to the Joe Ledger character but having listened to nearly the entire series in order, some of the phraseology becomes a bit predictable even though the overall plot lines still have twists and turns.
"Good but not great"
Found all the "Interludes" a bit annoying after a while and not enough "action".
However as always, the narration by Ray Porter was excellent keeps you spellbound all the way.
Overall a good book but not as good as previous Joe Ledger adventures.
"Simply the finest horror writer in existence..."
The combination of Jonathan Maberry's writing combined with Ray Porter's masterful narration mean I have listened to all of the Joe Ledger series at least twice already. I read all the books before I graduated onto the audio versions and having loved them in written form was actually blown away at how much these audio versions came to life.
Without a doubt, Joe Ledger. He is probably the world's finest reluctant hero, and Porter makes him come to life in a way that makes you laugh out loud and your heart bleed - sometimes even in the same chapter.
Rudy Sanchez and Church come a close second, the first for his heart and humour, the second for subtlety and pure enigmatic charm.
Probably the best character portrayals of any narrator. He can make a character come to life better than you possibly imagined was possible. Having read all the books first I can testify that Ray gives them a whole new dimension.
Once I start listening to these audio versions of the Joe Ledger series they usually take up my spare moments anytime I can concentrate on them - while cooking, doing chores, commuting to work, while working out - once you are in, you're hooked.
Audible really needs to at least get the full library of Joe Ledger books available for download - Patient Zero, The Dragon Factory, The King of Plagues. You can listen to the ones on audible as standalones but the series is at its best when you can listen to them all in sequence. I actually started listening to the Joe Ledger series thanks to the collection of short stories called "special ops" having already read all the main books, this started a mad desire in me to listen to all the audiobooks. Alas, I had to track down the first 3 books in very expensive Audio CD format due to them not being available here.
I would love to listen to Maberry's Pine Deep trilogy as well but these are even rarer to get hold of and upon my recent reading of them can testify that it is the best horror story I have ever read - so it should definetly be found on Audible - come on, guys, get with the program!
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