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Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 28, 2014
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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
“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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Top Customer Reviews
There are the characters. Joe Ledger is the main character and rather than being a super soldier, he comes along as a different flavor. Yes, he's "Warrior" but he's also a "Cop" so he doesn't have the freedom to act that some Special Ops characters tend to have. He's a "hero waiting to happen".
There is the team that he needs to lead: First Sergeant Bradley Sims, Second Lieutenant Oliver Brown, CPO Samuel Tyler, and Bunny Rabbit. Joe starts by offending all of them and then needs to shape them into a team who trust each other and work together.
His friend and "shrink" is Rudy Sanchez who gets swept up into the story and has his own role to play.
There's even a love interest in Major Grace Courtland however the author develops this slowly and let's Joe demonstrate his character and that he's a gentleman.
There are the "bad guys". Rather than picking a terrorist stereotype, the author comes up with a new concept: a corporate super-villain who uses terrorists who, in turn, use him. In addition, there are the moles planted by the villain in our government organizations.
The Bio-technology is plausible and well explained in the book.
"If you seek peace, prepare for war." ("Si vis pacem, para bellum")
The plot and the pace grew throughout the book and ended on a high note.
I'm looking forward to reading this author's next book.
I only found 1 typo in the Kindle edition of the book which I've reported to Amazon.
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.