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Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 28, 2014
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“Brilliant, shocking, horrifying, it puts the terror back in terrorist.” ―James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author
“Plenty of man-to-zombie combat…a fast and furious read.” ―Publishers Weekly
“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
“Scary, creepy, and gripping--Patient Zero is Night of the Living Dead meets Michael Crichton.” ―Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author
“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
About the Author
Jonathan Maberry is the New York Times bestselling and multiple Bram Stoker Award--winning author of the Pine Deep Trilogy, The Wolfman, Zombie CSU, and They Bite. His work for Marvel Comics includes The Punisher, Wolverine, DoomWar, Marvel Zombies Return, and Black Panther. His Joe Ledger series has been optioned for television.
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It is not only a great read within the genre, it is a great novel, period. Action scenes are amazingly well written, sometimes in a fast pace, sometimes in slow motion. Characters seem real, dialogues are good. I'm amazed I've never heard the author's name before (I am not from the US)
I already started the Benny Kimura series from the same author, and it also seems great.
Jonathan Maberry is probably one of the best thriller writers around. His book are engaging, very well written, and very hard to put down. This book starts the Joel Ledger series and is highly recommended.
The quality of the writing makes it well worth the asking price, and the content is much higher quality than many of the discount authors available. Believable action, characters you will care about, and plots that are thrilling and that seem all too real/plausible in today's world.
However, if you are sick to death of current stories that make the government look like an "omniscient" god, and its "ultra-secret" operatives as being our saviours, then you are going to get pissed off along the way. And as one of those pissed-off, anti-government types, I can say to my brothers and sisters, "Get over it and just enjoy the ride!" This is truly a good read/ listen. I'll be getting the rest of the series, if for no other reason than to laugh my ass off at yet another portrayal of a government that sets in motion an apocalypse, then tries to pretend to have the solutions to fix it. Enjoy!
The story starts quietly with Joe enjoying the beach and the scenery (girls in skimpy bathing suits, lol). Then very quickly escalates in fight after fight of putting down a terrorist attack scheduled for the 4th of July. The bad guys have created a new biological weapon. It is almost fool proof. In the midst of all of this, it comes to light that there is a mole, a traitor, in the new super-secret organization that Joe is now a part of. Will Joe and his team save the day? Read the book to find out.
I’ve been following Maberry for a while, but this is the first book of his that I’ve read. It won’t be the last. Science, adventure, monsters, with a little humor. Just the right mix for a fabulous read. Pick it up and check for yourself.