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Patient Zero Audiobook

Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry comes a major new thriller that combines the best of the New York Times best-selling books World War Z by Max Brooks and James Rollins’ Sigma Force Series to kick off the start of a new series featuring Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences.

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle. This rapid-response group is called the Department of Military Sciences, or the DMS for short. It’s bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bioweapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Jonathan Maberry is the New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Ghost Road Blues, the first of a trilogy of thrillers with a supernatural bite. A professional writer and writing teacher, he has sold more than 1.000 articles, 17 nonfiction books, six novels, and two plays.

©2009 Jonathan Maberry (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Brilliant, shocking, horrifying, it puts the terror back in terrorist.” (James Rollins, New York Times best-selling author)

“Plenty of man-to-zombie combat, a team traitor and a doomsday scenario add up to a fast and furious read.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Jonathan Maberry has found a delightful voice for this adventure of Joe Ledger and his crew: while the action is heated, violent, and furious, the writing remains cool, steady, and low-key, framing all the wildness and exuberance in a calm rationality (given an almost comic edge) that renders it as palatable as your favorite flavor of ice cream." (Peter Straub)

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    Neoloki55 Rouge Valley, Oregon 02-18-13
    Neoloki55 Rouge Valley, Oregon 02-18-13 Member Since 2011

    "Language is a virus from outer space" William S. Burroughs

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    "Story bogs down under the weight of mediocrity."
    Any additional comments?

    It is too bad that after being a member of Audible for a little over a year and listening to some excellent books that I have to start here, a rather mediocre thriller, but it is what it is and it's better to start now than not at all. I have gotten so much from reading others reviews that I thought I would throw my voice into the fire.

    Ray Porter lifts this book from something that might not be listenable to a book just entertaining enough to not put down. I do prefer a few other narrators to Mr. Porter, Pacey and Brick, however he has the perfect voice for a thriller, or wanna-be in this case. So, if you are a major Porter fan and like your black ops mixed with a little zombie mayhem, this might be for you.

    The major problem with Patient Zero is the lack of an engaging, dynamic central character. Although, Joe Ledger is a relatively interesting figure he is not compelling enough to unite the story lines into a cohesive narrative. His most prominent personality trait, other than being a lethal warrior, is that he is a smart ass, however this is not depicted in a unique manner that defines his character. It simply comes off as flippant, unbelievable and juvenile. If this was handled in a way that gave his personality distinction it might have served a purpose, unfortunately it doesn't and Ledger best friend the psychologist Ray becomes a much more compelling figure.

    My last thought here is that you need a bad guy for this kind of story. At the beginning we are promised a type of mad scientist, a trope that approached properly could have been very successful in this type of story. We never got the mad scientist. Instead we have three different bad guys, well two guys and one woman, that have a sorted love story inside a malevolent end of the world plot. None of these figures gives us anything engaging enough to be concerned about or allow us to vent our hatred at what they are planning. They are benign and undefined. I personally didn't care what they were doing.

    I have said nothing very positive about this novel, but that is not to say I did not enjoy it at moments. Some of the action scenes are very well orchestrated, beautifully described and addicting. Mostly, I had the feeling of guilty pleasure while listening. Like watching a movie that isn't very good but does offer enough action and mildly interesting plot twist's to keep you occupied until the end.

    40 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    james 10-26-11
    james 10-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Better than anticipated"

    First let me say I love Ray Porter, and his voice and narrative style will get me (and probably you) into a book I may not have enjoyed actually reading.

    Second, Zombies really aren't my thing - but Maberry's approach is refreshing, and none of the characters ever lose their "you have to be kidding me - zombies?!" attitude that adds a nice touch of realism.

    A good book, with a great narrator - get it!

    J

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-15-10
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-15-10 Member Since 2017

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "I was pleasantly surprised!!"

    I gotta admit, I don't have a clue who this author is...nor do I know who the narrator is. BUT, both did a superb job!! The narrator is one of the best "actors" (if you can call them that) of any audible book I've ever listened to. Usually, I'm not a fan of someone trying to act out a book, but here it works to perfection. In fact, I'd go so far as to suggest that Audible should pay this Ray Porter guy a set salary, to read ALL of their fiction new releases. If you like the war/zombie/thriller combo, then this is the book for you! You won't be disappointed.

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Iowa City, IA, United States 11-09-10
    Anthony Iowa City, IA, United States 11-09-10
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    "Kind of like a Tom Clancy of zombie books"

    This book was interesting. It didn't have the apocalyptic feel to it, but leaves room for more disaster in the future. The book plays alot off of the current Islamis terrorist theme. I personally thought that was the weakest element of the book (the author could have inserted any faction), but it worked for the book (unless your a Muslim, than it would be plain insulting). The characters were well done and the narration was pretty good. The fight scenes were definitly the best part of the listen. They were very well illustrated and easily got the nerves going. I am looking forward to a sequel.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Zack 10-29-10
    Zack 10-29-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Best written and Best narration of the year!"

    This is the most well written Zombie novel I have ever read, and I've read a lot. I listen to 3 to 5 books a month for the past 4 years and Ray Porter is simply the best narrator I have come across, period. I have already put many books narrated by Porter in my wish list simply because he narrates them. Pick this one up and I promise you will not be disappointed.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 11-10-16
    Jonathan 11-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Well written, pretty good story, a few minor issue"

    Very well written. The suspense is very well done. The only real problem I had with it was the 25 minute chunk of solid exposition about how the disease works. I understand he wants to make a realistic zombie virus, and that takes some in depth science research, but the exposition was so boring that I had to take a break. It took me a few times of picking it back up to get through it. It was worth getting through, the rest of the story is great, but that whole section can be skipped without and loss and I think it would be a better book if that section was cut to about a tenth its size.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JJ 03-29-16
    JJ 03-29-16 Member Since 2014

    Long car rides have rekindled my love for 'reading' I like a good history book, thriller and - most importantly - zombie fiction.

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    "Lots of Action & Attitude, Left Feeling Meh"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It's okay zombie fiction but the main character's attitude got a little old by the middle of the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Soften the main character's attitude. The whole "I'm smarter than everyone" bit was played out by midway though the book. I get that he's supposed to be a tough guy but it started to detract from the story.


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

    He has a good range of voices and, even though he kept pronouncing Amira's name wrong (A-meer-RAH; the emphasis in Arabic is a-MEER-a), he did a great job with all the other characters and their voices.


    Any additional comments?

    Bottom line: I expected something more based upon all the reviews. It has lots of action and a few plot twists, but the character development left me wanting. I didn't return it and don't regret the credit, but I'm not likely to get the next book any time soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 03-20-16
    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 03-20-16 Member Since 2012

    Sev

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    "I enjoyed it but . . ."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Patient Zero to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a big zombie fiction fan. I bought this book based upon reviews that indicated it wasn't a typical zombie book. It wasn't, but that doesn't change that there are many, many zombie interactions.

    I liked the plot aspects of the book very much. I think the storyline was well thought out with a plot that had some scientific basis. The problem I have is that I don't need to hear about repeated tedious battles with overwhelming hordes of zombies where our heroes manage to never get killed despite all odds. It gets tedious. Don't get me wrong, there were good ideas here and good writing. The narration by Ray Porter was wonderful. But even in the fictional world of the hero who can do it all no matter what, this got to be a little too much for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 02-09-16
    Ashley 02-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Typical"

    A lot of this story is predictable and the main character is typical macho man bs with a traumatic past to try to make him feel more human. I enjoyed it for the what it was , just don't expect to much revolutionary character design.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pixie 01-16-16
    Pixie 01-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a thinking woman's zombie book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    So, did you see 28 Days Later? Remember how entertaining it was right up until they got to the military camp? Well, this book starts with the boring, one-dimensional military stuff and if it gets better, I couldn't invest more than 3 hours to find out. The lead character is extremely macho, and the narrator nails it perfectly, which is not a compliment.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Maberry again?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The premise that zombies are created by terrorists to be used as weapons is a good one with a lot of potential to be terrifying.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Fox news and Larry the Cable Guy, you'll love this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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