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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Donna
  • Queensland, Australia
  • 04-27-14

Can't get enough of Joe Ledger!

A fantastic addition to the series, this one does not disappoint. I can add this to the list of Jonathan Maberry books I've read/listened to that have made me cry (all of them). Ray Porter is wonderful, as always. This is one of those book series you just don't want to have to end, ever :)

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  • Kathleen
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 04-18-14

Ray Porter Brings Joe Ledger to Life!

These books are well written and a lot of action-packed fun, and Ray Porter's narration MAKES the series. He captures the sarcasm, anger, humor, and horror all at the same time.

This book brings together multiple past events in the series and ties them together in an intriguing way, and also digs into the structure of the DMS. Really liked it.

Burn to shine.

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Another stellar installment

I think what Maberry does better than any other current author I'm reading right now is how well he captures the humanity and emotions of his characters. These are not just simple hard ass macho types because Maberry takes the time to delve into the raw emotions of how the characters feel not only in the "moment" but the after effects as well. This simple layer adds so much depth in the mastery of the delivery that it takes the story to a whole new level. With this latest addition this solidifies this series as my absolute favorite currently being written. Each one is consistently better and builds upon the characters so much that the plot; which is excellent in both delivery and research, almost becomes secondary.

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  • Marcus
  • SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
  • 04-08-14

Great return for ledger!

Would you consider the audio edition of Code Zero to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print, but since I prefer audio books in general, on a personal level, I would have to say yes.

What did you like best about this story?

As usual mayberry does pacing and story-telling right. Even with flashbacks and such, the story kept moving and was never hard (or a chore) to follow.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Ray IS Ledger. The voice is perfect. The sarcasm, the inflections. He just does it right.

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

No extreme reaction.

Any additional comments?

Another great entry in the series. I think Mayberry may have been a bit misleading in his social media marketing of the book as a return to Book 1 (as if the same people were involved), but it does heavily include the zombie virus from the first book.

I really liked the baddy in this book as it did deviate from the norm a bit. I also like the way the interludes wove the character into the backstory without seeming forced.

The action, humor and plot were all top notch as usual. If there were any things I didn't like, it would be the 2 things that I don't like in ALL the Ledger books:

1) His "rational man" persona is annoying. Listen, you're a special agent that has dealt with the insanity of your job for years. Enough of the "oh my god, we killed PEOPLE! They were actual PEOPLE! It hurt is so bad inside!".

It's also annoying when Joe gets all uppity in situations that those around him are perfectly calm and rational in (like when discussing things in the DMS war room and he goes all WELL $#% what do we DO?!?!?!". Come on Joe... So not you.

2) Love interests always seem like a side plot and an overly mushy intrusion into great action. This book is no different, sadly.

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  • Michael
  • grottoes, VA, United States
  • 04-08-14

Unbelievable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this series to anyone, it just doesn't get any better. Maberry nails it every time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe Ledger is just a badass!!

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

Porter's performance of every character is outstanding. His ability to change character voices within one conversation is amazing. I don't feel like i'm listening to a book, his performance makes me feel as I am watching the conversation unfold in front of my eyes.

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

There are many funny parts and many that could be tear jerkers. The entire book basically takes you through history as you get to relive some of the previous books.

Any additional comments?

I waited a year for this book and finished it within days, the only disappointment is that I now have to wait a year for his next book.

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Joe Ledger does it again!

If you could sum up Code Zero in three words, what would they be?

Fast, violent and suspenseful

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

This series stands on its own. The nearest I could compare would be Monster Hunters International but that is as close as I can think of off the top of my head. Both series are well written and both sets of characters are so well written that they each have their own "charisma" to them. If John Mayberry wrote weather reports I would read the damn things. He is that good!

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Ray Porter is an excellent narrator. One of my personal favorites. You know the character that is speaking immediately. This guy has great talent!

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

The whole book produces a series of strong reactions. The "Oh hell no!" moments to the times when Ledger says something so sarcastically funny you cannot help but laugh. It is a good read but start from Book 1!

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