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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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Great book

Would you listen to Patient Zero again? Why?

I would strongly recommend this book to somebody who loves zombie audiobooks. It has an engaging character, a good storyline, and an awesome narrator (which really helps keep you listening).

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Fast paced action!!

Loved every minute of this book!
What made this book so good was the storyline, it was believable. The action scenes had me on the edge of my seat and I became invested in the characters. The reader did a wonderful job with the dialects and emotions of each character.
I may be alone in this but I like Mr. Church, he does what I would never have the heart to do but what is necessary.
Will continue with others in this series.

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Fun as Hell!!

I loved this story. Joe Ledger is a true badass, and the narrator is perfect!!

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Incredible start!

With the rise of the zombie phenom, it is hard to bring something new to the table. Jonathan Maberry definitely does just that! By introducing us to Joe Ledger and the DMS, he has more over proven that there are more things out there to be frightened of.

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Not your typical zombie story

I normally don't like zombie stories, but this one was not typical. The main reason for my purchase was the fact it is narrated by Ray Porter. I have become a huge fan of his readings.

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Surprisingly Great Book

I was shocked at how much I love this book. I'm not a zombie book fan but this one was thoroughly engaging and very well done, I highly recommend it

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Joe

this book is awesome great story even better characters the Joe Ledger series rocks this is book one gets it just gets better from here

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  • Damian
  • Brooklyn, NY USA
  • 04-25-16

Wow, nonstop thrill ride.

Definitely going to get other books in this series. Amazing performance, story and time well spent listening to this book.


Highly recommended!!!

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REALLY detailed

This was great to listen to... alot like the "remaining" series.. but has more focus on the governmental side. il

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Just OK

Any additional comments?

Upon reading the reviews "BRILLIANT" and such are an overstatement. I would say read it when you have credits to burn and don't get the follow-on book. I know Zombies are not realistic but taking a rogue cop in zero time and being put in charge of a team of SF guys to attack a zombie hold out pushes it way out there.