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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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    Scott Yutzy 01-08-16
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    "Excellent!"

    This book asking with the others in this series are some of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of reading our listening to. Also, Ray Porter does an excellent reading. He is a genius at giving it realism and doing character voices. I have already listened twice.

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    "Absolutely riveting. I loved every minute."

    I almost passed on this because of the ridiculous cover. I'm extremely glad I didn't. (I saw that someone else had said the same thing.)

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    "doesn't get better than this"

    this is an excellent book. I would say by far it is my favorite book. the whole series is amazing.

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    Jackie Canada 12-24-15
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    "Sensational!"

    I loved every minute of this story. The action was well paced and beautifully described and choreographed. The characters, especially the main one, were interesting and engaging. Simply excellent, and in an over played genre such as zombies this was a breath of fresh air and ingenuity.

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    "story is ok, narrator makes it great"
    What made the experience of listening to Patient Zero the most enjoyable?

    Ray Porter's narration made this book enjoyable. Ray Porter is the best. Ray Porter could narrate the phone book and make it fun and exciting.<br/>


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

    I would have given Joe Ledger some flaws to make him a more relatable character. As is, he's just a generic super-talented guy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure, the zombie scenes were all pretty good.


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

    The story is very suspenseful and I had trouble turning it off.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue listening to the rest of the series.

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    Marian Washington, DC, United States 12-21-15
    Marian Washington, DC, United States 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Scariest Zombies You've Never Seen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Patient Zero to be better than the print version?

    Not sure, I haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was fast pace and the protagonist was pretty intriguing.


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

    Joe Ledger was the best. Although, the way he read Joe's Therapist was very Raul Julia.<br/>


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wouldn't say extreme but it was very exciting.


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    Mrs. Bliss 12-12-15
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    "A fresh take on the genre"

    The author does a good job of piecing together a new and pretty innovative lens to the zombie genre. This is not your typical post-apocalyptic story of survival, but a struggle to stop the outbreak before it starts. The author deserves kudos for his research and imagination behind the story. Although he's obviously not going to be winning the Pulitzer for literature any time soon (the writing was full of cliches and sometimes bordered on sophomoric), the story was compelling and fun. The narrator really made the book, though. Great dialects and accents, plus he was able to bring each character to life in a very believable way. I will definitely be listening to him again!

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    SCRUM King 12-03-15
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    "Entertaining book, but unsympathetic hero"

    I enjoyed this book but the hero was hard for me to get behind. His animalistic way of verbally lashing his technical comrades was off putting. He seemed like a collection of heroic ideals rather than a real person. His only weakness being his anger, which really only heightened focus adding to his super powers. That aside, I did get pulled into the story and still enjoyed the book and narrator. I'd recommend if you're into zombies.

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    Kris 11-28-15
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    "Technical story line is good but too drawn out"

    the technical stuff on the zombies made this story good but the over kill on technical espionage stuff dragged out a little too much.

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    B. Pearce 11-24-15
    B. Pearce 11-24-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Unexpectedly great book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. The plot was never boring and kept me hooked cover to cover. Ray Porter did a great job acting out the different characters and really brought this book to life for me. I also like that Jonathan Maberry did the scientific research and kept those aspects accurate even though this is a work of fiction,


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

    Well, it's kind of like every other Zombie oriented book. There is a "disease" that could wipe mankind off the map that was made by man himself for one reason or another and we can't let it get out, you know? But Mr. Maberry did a great job adding in some plot twists and even a pretty cool twist on the disease itself, which is why I enjoyed this book as much as I did. That's what separates it from others like it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the operation at the warehouse where a bunch of subjects were being tested. The scene where the A/C units cut out and the subsequent heating activates the test subjects. That was pretty cool.


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

    It's hard for me to find time for the whole "one sitting" gig, but I definitely listened every chance I got until it was finished.


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to Ray Porter for being a great performer. I've heard him in other works such as "The Fold" or "14". Both of those works were written by Peter Clines, and I was kind of on the fence about those books. Listening to a different author's work performed by Mr. Porter really sold me on his ability. Thanks for the great performance!

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