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.
©2014 Jonathan Maberry (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
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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.
It's true. This is not my genre. I like a straight up mystery. Not this weird terrorist stuff. Having said that I enjoy the many faces of Joe Ledger. I want to know him. He's got to be fun at a party. And a great guy to have around in a fight.
The plots are straightforward and keep my interest. The pacing is good.
The term Code Zero was coined in the first Joe Ledger book, Patient Zero, to indicate a threat composed of the Seif-al-Din virus, which if released would inflict a zombie plague upon the world. This book is pretty much a sequel to that first book with a smattering of threats from the other books thrown in for good measure. Over the course of the first five books of the series Joe Ledger and the DMS have turned aside one threat after another (designer plagues, pathogens, engineered viruses, etc) and they have been locking away samples of these threats in their most secure facility. Very few people even know these things exist and all of these secrets are closely guarded for good reason. However, this time around the threat comes from within the DMS itself and that makes it hard for Joe Ledger and Echo team to get the job done as they are unaware they have been betrayed...
A series of terror attacks start to occur around the world and it is obvious they are all related, with someone named Mother Night taking responsibility. Mother Night appears to support an anarchist agenda but a couple of things just don't add up. First, the attacks don't seem designed to cause global anarchy and second, they are composed of various threats that the DMS has already faced and contained. Threats that would be impossible for anyone to duplicate in such a short period of time, so how did Mother Night get her hands on them?
This book jumps back and forth between the present day, where Joe and Echo team are in the field trying to contain the various attacks, and flashbacks into the past, where the origin of Mother Night is detailed out. Due to certain events in their own past the DMS has a real blind spot when it comes to figuring this one out and many innocent people pay the price. Long time nemesis, Vice President Collins, is back in the center of the storm again and it all builds up to a showdown at DragonCon where pop culture based humor takes center stage.
Code Zero is another solid entry in the Joe Ledger series but it is paced a bit slower then the prior books. Ray Porter is back at the mic doing the narration and his performance is excellent as always.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but 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.
I’ll readily admit it. I have a stellar teenage-girl sort of a reader crush on Joe Ledger. Despite his melancholy, navel gazing during which he mentally flagellates himself for carrying out the more difficult duties as agent for the greater good, I adore this character. So, I was propelled beyond delight to find that Jonathan Mayberry has grown out of what I like to call his “Da Vinci Code” phase in the continuing saga of Joe Ledger, and Joe is back in all his fast-paced, world saving glory. Just when you think Mayberry could not possibly think of another manner in which mankind will meet its certain doom, he invents impressively original variations on annihilation scenarios.
Jonathan Mayberry is one of the finest if not the best current authors with regards to character development – developing his characters deep and wide. And bless him, his female characters aren’t feigning flowers nor are they man-hating harpies. They are the literary equivalent of baby bear’s porridge – just right.
What about Ray Porter’s narration? Divine! Ray is Joe Ledger in the way that Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot and Jim Marsters is Harry Dresden. Yes, dear reader, he is that good.
Completely worth the credit.
Reader. Wannabe writer. That's a picture of me standing in line to see Stephen King!
They’re all here! Amira’s zombies, the Jacoby twin’s berserkers, and Junie, Toys, Helmut, Violin and Arc Light all make an appearance, and there’s even a shout out to one or two of the short stories. It’s like a fireworks grand finale – they all go off fast and furious, and you have just enough time to recognize one monster before the next one explodes overhead.
Zombies, berserkers and quick-onset Ebola are scary enough, but what’s even more frightening is the DMS fighting the ultimate monster – one it created. There’s the real sense that Ledger and Echo Team are up against their greatest challenge. And in the end, do they really prevail? “Mr. Church” must answer some serious questions - for himself if no one else - about the DMS teams he’s created.
Code Zero is a fast-paced thrill ride full of monster mayhem and Ledger’s military might. Ray Porter’s narration is, as usual, brilliant. He is Joe Ledger. He is Mr. Church. He is Rudy, Bunny, Top and Circe too.
If you’re into monsters and badassery you can’t go wrong with Joe Ledger and the DMS. If you’re new to Ledger this isn’t the best book to start. At least read Patient Zero or the Dragon Factory first. For longtime fans and those who’ve read all the previous books, Code Zero is a real treat.
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.
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