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Publisher's Summary

“I didn’t plan to kill anyone. I wasn’t totally against the idea, either. Sometimes things just fall that way, and either you roll with it or it rolls over you. Letting the bad guys win isn’t how I roll.”

Meet Joe Ledger, Baltimore PD, attached to a Homeland task force … who’s about to get a serious promotion.

©2008 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Do not buy

It is basically the first five minutes of patients zero. Buy it instead. Waste of money.

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Unnecessary

If you've already read PATIENT ZERO then you don't need this.

If you haven't read PATIENT ZERO, this very very slightly helps kick start things, but 90% of what you hear on this 19 minute mini story, gets repeated later in the main novel anyway.

While not bad, it's just way too short, and way to much of what you get in the main book anyway.

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Disappointing

I love the Joe Ledger books, but this was disappointing. At only 19 minutes, you would think that there would need to be something special about this story to justify it being published at all. That is not the case. Much of this is word-for-word the same as the first few paragraphs of Patient Zero. Save your money and skip Countdown.

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if you read patient zero don't buy this

literally it is an excerpt from patient zero. word for word, nothing added, no back story or anything. save your money and get the full book

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skip it

it is pointless to purchase this short story. you will hear all but 2 minutes of this in patient zero.

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wasted $4

had I know it was only 25 min I would have spent the 4 dollars on something else.

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Good but VERY short

Where does Countdown rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

If you've already read Patient Zero, just skip this. If you are thinking about reading Patient Zero then READ THIS!!

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This adds no value to 'Patient Zero'

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who is unsure if they want to listen to 'Patient Zero'?

Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Maberry again?

Yes - Patient Zero was AWESOME

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

Didn't have one

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Dissappointment, anger? Other tha a vague intro to Mr. Church this was $3.95 to listen to word for work parts of Patient Zero. There was nothing in here worth listening to if you are going to listen to Patient Zero.

Any additional comments?

Don't spend the $3.95 - just get Patient Zero

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Do not buy this "book"

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is homepage teaser that you can find entirely in the Patient Zero full book.

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Really not necessary

They call this a prequel but it's more like the prologue from Countdown.
Imagine a physical book and the first 3 pages before the chapters begin, that's what this is.
If your expecting info on Ledger you won't find it in this. Everything in this short is covered in the beginning of Countdown.
Don't waste your money/credit trust me!!!

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  • dee
  • 08-31-21

Very short.

This is more of a sample than a prequel, but interesting and well read by Porter.

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  • Nahid hajialikhani
  • 07-28-21

Not original

It’s a typical stereotype post September eleven short story with a superhero, more like a long chapter as there is no conclusion. However the narrator is great and I like to listen to him.

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  • A. Hodgson
  • 08-24-17

can't wait for patient zero

an interesting way of looking at the zombie thing. Unfortunately, I am unable to find patient zero the book that this short story is a prequel of. I would really very much like to listen to it. :-)