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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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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-11-15

I decided to try a book from this series

The Joe Ledger series has many avid followers. I'm glad they enjoy it, but it's not for me.

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  • Karen
  • United States
  • 03-28-14

The Best Yet!!

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

Absolutely. Ray Porter brings the story to life.

What did you like best about this story?

Wow!! Tight plot, unrelenting pace, great characters, and of course, Ray Porter.

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

Well, he is an Audio God. I am a total fan girl of his. Every character has their own distinct voice. And they're all different and easily identifiable. How does he do that??

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Two that really got me. I'm not going to tell you because I don't want to spoil it for you.

Any additional comments?

This is the best entry yet in an incredible series!!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 10-09-16

The DMS takes a trip down memory lane...

The term Code Zero was coined in the first Joe Ledger book, Patient Zero, to indicate a threat composed of the Seif-al-Din virus, which if released would inflict a zombie plague upon the world. This book is pretty much a sequel to that first book with a smattering of threats from the other books thrown in for good measure. Over the course of the first five books of the series Joe Ledger and the DMS have turned aside one threat after another (designer plagues, pathogens, engineered viruses, etc) and they have been locking away samples of these threats in their most secure facility. Very few people even know these things exist and all of these secrets are closely guarded for good reason. However, this time around the threat comes from within the DMS itself and that makes it hard for Joe Ledger and Echo team to get the job done as they are unaware they have been betrayed...

A series of terror attacks start to occur around the world and it is obvious they are all related, with someone named Mother Night taking responsibility. Mother Night appears to support an anarchist agenda but a couple of things just don't add up. First, the attacks don't seem designed to cause global anarchy and second, they are composed of various threats that the DMS has already faced and contained. Threats that would be impossible for anyone to duplicate in such a short period of time, so how did Mother Night get her hands on them?

This book jumps back and forth between the present day, where Joe and Echo team are in the field trying to contain the various attacks, and flashbacks into the past, where the origin of Mother Night is detailed out. Due to certain events in their own past the DMS has a real blind spot when it comes to figuring this one out and many innocent people pay the price. Long time nemesis, Vice President Collins, is back in the center of the storm again and it all builds up to a showdown at DragonCon where pop culture based humor takes center stage.

Code Zero is another solid entry in the Joe Ledger series but it is paced a bit slower then the prior books. Ray Porter is back at the mic doing the narration and his performance is excellent as always. 

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Still surprising turns, but getting predictable

Unlike Extinction machine and previous books, this holds little surprises that can't be deciphered by the reader.
Except perhaps the video shown by the President turns out to be about the VPs indiscretions, i was able to predict fairly accurately where it would go.
Am surprised that a character like Joe Ledger was unable to do so.
And the continuing rumble between Aunty and Joe is not funny anymore. They should make up, or atleast not banter anymore.
The author has to start to let his characters grow and evolve.

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  • Steven
  • Pottstown, PA, United States
  • 03-29-14

"scramble your team, we have a code zero"

To me this book tied in all the other books in very nicely. When I heard about this book I was all in. Lots of action and suspense, to me Jonathan Mayberry hasn't lost a step. I wanna tell you more about the code zero but in fear of spoiling it I won't. This book is worth the credit or money so read or listen to it, but you have to listen or read the other books first. Enjoy...

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Maberry Delivers Joe Ledger Again Perfectly

Once again the Department of Military Sciences (DMS) are called to action. Joe Ledger and his elite team are confronted with a seemingly unbeatable nemesis that endangers the world. At first glance it may seem kind of silly or unbelievable, but this series is so much more than that. This is where the writing skills of Jonathan Maberry come into play. If you have never listened to a Joe Ledger Novel in the past, not sure where you have been, you will be happy to know that you will be able to enjoy this sixth book in the series. No prior knowledge is needed, while it is full of flashbacks and references to characters and events from the prior books, everything is explained very well. Joe Ledger, possibly the worlds best killing machine, is happy. He is starting to rebuild his life with a new love. His team is at the top of their game. Queue the villain, Mother Night, the leader of an bunch of what are thought to be simple anarchists, they are so much more than that. What was different for me was the story speed slow down, less action, but much much more character building of both living and of the ones that have passed, and not in a boring way. Maberry brought together all the horrible things from all of the previous books and multiplied them by 100. The DMS definitely had their hands full being attacked by so many different angles. Pulse pounding action, horrifying situations, and an ending that brought me to tears. This will continue to be one of my favorite series that I will drop everything to consume the next installment as fast as possible and begin the excruciating wait for the next one.

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  • Todd
  • Roswell, GA, United States
  • 11-28-17

Mediocre

Not nearly as good as the last one. The antagonist had so much potential as a villain but I feel that Maberry dropped the ball on how her character was designed. Lack of story led to unnecessary sex (it felt like around a fourth of the book was sex or erotic thrills) which in my opinion is boring and unnecessary to the story. I fully accept sex as a means of furthering plot, however this was not that. Porter crushes the read as usual. The book was okay but nowhere near what I have come to expect from the joe Ledger series. Villains like mother night bore me and while I like psychotic underlings, the ones who are like children with no drive tire me. Loved the previous book, this one fell so short that I had to work to finish it.

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Intense

I love all the Joe Ledger books. Like all books in the series this one is scary but not overdone with the gore. A fairly realistic rendition of what could happen, if you beleive in such things! You should read/listen to the first 5 before you listen to this one. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

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Series turning into a porn series

I used to really like these books, but the more the story goes, the more raunchy and masochistic sex is involved, which is unnecessary to the story. I tried the next in the series, Predator One, and it gets even worse.Since I don't appreciate audio porn, no more Joe Ledger books for me.

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Book 6...so far is the best!!!

This book was amazing. Mother night What a crazy B#$%.
Without spoiling the book, very topical fist few hours was slows but needed. Then OMG nonstop action.
If you have read books 1-5 then you already know you have to buy this book.