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Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6 | [Jonathan Maberry]

Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    David 06-08-14
    David 06-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome reading... listening"

    Reading this series has been really awesome, I enjoy every book, and this one maybe is not the best one from the series, but is really good

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Books and Crannies Recycled New Hartford, CT, United States 06-02-14
    Books and Crannies Recycled New Hartford, CT, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Keep 'em coming!"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-13-14
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-13-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Joe Ledger continues to roll.."
    What did you love best about Code Zero?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable. Fact that Joe L is still upright and functioning is always amazing.


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

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ledger's self reflection is always interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-28-14
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as good as the earlier ones"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Pottstown, PA, United States 03-29-14
    Steven Pottstown, PA, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2009

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    ""scramble your team, we have a code zero""

    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...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Big Daddy Kaysville, Utah USA 03-25-14
    Big Daddy Kaysville, Utah USA 03-25-14 Member Since 2015

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    "My favorite series ever, and this is no exception!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Code Zero to be better than the print version?

    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!


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

    Patient Zero - because it's the sequel!


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter IS JOE LEDGER. His voice inflections bring such life to the characters. He is my all-time favorite narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and in fact I did! First time I've ever done this.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and get this book. It was fun fun fun from beginning to end.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    M. Thurman Canton, GA 05-12-14
    M. Thurman Canton, GA 05-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for the timid"
    Where does Code Zero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its my second favorite after "The Help". Love Ray Porter. He is a fascinating narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    I have listened to all the books in the series. Ray Porter is so darn talented I can't put it into words.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-08-14
    Jenn Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Still Great Brain Candy"
    Would you listen to Code Zero again? Why?

    I have listened to it again. It's fast paced and entertaining; just the thing to make a long commute seem short.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Maberry? Why or why not?

    Maberry has fast become my favorite brand of brain candy, and I've happily branched out into his other series.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Porter is Joe Ledger. His narration is excellent; seeing him listed as the narrator would cause me to give any book a second look, even if it wasn't a genre I'd typically have anything to do with.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Maberry does a good job of making his major characters multidimensional and human; even Church's master-of-the-universe veneer cracks under the strain. However, the moment that stands out *****SPOILER****** is when Riggs is killed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debineezer Seattle, WA USA 05-02-14
    Debineezer Seattle, WA USA 05-02-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Wow. Just wow"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan J Carter, Sr 04-28-14
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    "Maberry is a zombie genius"
    What made the experience of listening to Code Zero the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoy the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the Joe Leger character


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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


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

    And you thought your mother was a bitch...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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