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Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel Paperback – March 3, 2009
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“I had a fine old time reading PATIENT ZERO. 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. This is a lovely feat, and Maberry has written a memorable book.” ―Peter Straub
“Patient Zero is high-octane excitement from beginning to end, and the start of a fabulous new series. Joe Ledger and the DMS have my vote as the team to beat when combatting terrorist threats on a grand scale.” ―David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of FIRST BLOOD and CREEPERS
“Scary, creepy, and gripping--PATIENT ZERO is 'Night of the Living Dead' meets Michael Crichton.” ―Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Power Play
“A fast-paced, creepy thriller that as prickly as a hospital needle and sounds a little too convincing. This guy is good.” ―Joe R. Lansdale
“Brutal action, insanely intelligent, and so real that the hair on the back of your neck stands up!” ―L.A. Banks, The Vampire Huntress Legends Series, New York Times Best-selling Author
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So, why not 5 stars? The action got a bit repetitive and ho-hum in parts. I feel like the book could have been condensed by about 50 pages. But definitely read this book! It is pure enjoyment from start to finish.
Hardened, world weary Detective Joe Ledger has seen it all in the course of his job. He knows the very worst that human beings can do to each other. Then he's not-so-willingly introduced to the Department of Military Sciences (DMS) and its mysterious, powerful leader, Mr. Church, and he finally learns that he hasn't scratched the surface of the worst that people can do. Turns out that religious fanaticism and hatred of the United States have met up with big-money corporate interests, and *voila* the Sword of the Faithful is born - zombie weapons unleashed by terrorists upon the U.S. to purge the world of infidels.
Ledger is all man. He's tough. He has an eye for the ladies and a deep abiding love for his country. He knows weapons and military strategy, and he's a natural born leader. He's chilled to the bone by this new, hellish weapon, but he and his team push forward to try to save the country before this plague spreads to the world.
If you like explosions, fighting, tough-guy talk and scary, brain-munching zombies, you'll love this book. I was riveted from page 1, and I raced to get to the last word. The zombies are strong and hungry. The good guys are the best, and the bad guys are the worst. There is nail-biting action at every turn, and a surprising amount of humor thrown in. This is one of the best zombie novels I've read in a very long time.
Bring on the sequel! I can't wait to see what Ledger gets himself into the next time.
That's how I felt about this movie--excuse me, book. It was everything a thriller should be. The hero was a brick who could hold his own in just about any fight, but had enough of a brain to wonder occasionally about what all the killing was doing to his psyche. The black hat had understandable motives for trying to unleash a zombie plague and had his own trials to overcome. There was a bit of a love interest. And there were zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. The pacing was terrific, the bon mots made me smile and the whole thing was so visual that it was easy to see how this would make a great movie. Listening to it as an audio book performed by Ray Porter was the perfect way to experience this adventure. I've started to get used to the way many of the best audiobook performers can switch accents seamlessly, but Porter really amazed me when he nailed the voice for the protagonists' best friend, who is described in the book as sounding like "a young Raul Julia." An all-around fun listen that will not disappoint anyone looking to be entertained.
Skip it. You can find something better to do with your time.
A well-crafted story. Great writing, tons of action with complex and authentic characters; and, oh yeah, zombies. What else could I ask for? LOVED IT!!! Need more...
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So Joe Ledger kills a terrorist and days later the same terrorist is back. In this book it's zombie terrorist. Read morePublished 29 days ago by joyful27
Just in time for the July 4th holiday I'm reading a novel book by Jonathan Maberry called Patient Zero. It's the first book of the Joe Ledger series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent plot, a great mix of World of Darkness RPG and science. Bought it for a gift. Arrived same day!!!!Published 1 month ago by LEJ
I’ve read other books by Maberry (ROT & RUIN, V WARS, DEAD OF NIGHT) and I’ve really enjoyed them so I went into PATIENT ZERO thinking that it wouldn’t be any different. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donna C
I feel that I can give this 3 stars. I started listening to this due to the 8th book, Kill Switch. I got Kill Switch through Audible on a free monthly credit. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The beginning was great, middle part was ok, the end wasn't bad. The only problem I have with Maberry books is they're all too long (15-20 %) .Published 2 months ago by Lukasz
I've never been a zombie fan. It is a genre I always avoided. But after getting hooked with "The Walking Dead", and enjoying the novel "World War Z", I figured I'd... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dic