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.
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.
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.
A fantastic addition to the series, this one does not disappoint. I can add this to the list of Jonathan Maberry books I've read/listened to that have made me cry (all of them). Ray Porter is wonderful, as always. This is one of those book series you just don't want to have to end, ever :)
These books are well written and a lot of action-packed fun, and Ray Porter's narration MAKES the series. He captures the sarcasm, anger, humor, and horror all at the same time.
This book brings together multiple past events in the series and ties them together in an intriguing way, and also digs into the structure of the DMS. Really liked it.
Burn to shine.
I think what Maberry does better than any other current author I'm reading right now is how well he captures the humanity and emotions of his characters. These are not just simple hard ass macho types because Maberry takes the time to delve into the raw emotions of how the characters feel not only in the "moment" but the after effects as well. This simple layer adds so much depth in the mastery of the delivery that it takes the story to a whole new level. With this latest addition this solidifies this series as my absolute favorite currently being written. Each one is consistently better and builds upon the characters so much that the plot; which is excellent in both delivery and research, almost becomes secondary.
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