Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel

By Jonathan Maberry
Read by Ray Porter

The Joe Ledger Series: Book 1

14.80 Hours 09/29/2010 unabridged
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From multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author Jonathan Maberry comes a major new thriller that combines the best of the New York Times bestselling books World War Z by Max Brooks and James Rollins’ Sigma Force Series to kick off the start of a new series featuring Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences. When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills—and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle. This rapid-response group is called the Department of Military Sciences, or the DMS for short. It’s bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bioweapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

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Summary

Summary

A 2009 Bram Stoker Award Nominee

A BookRiot Pick of the Best Zombie Books

Selected for the March 2009 Indie Next List

From multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author Jonathan Maberry comes a major new thriller that combines the best of the New York Times bestselling books World War Z by Max Brooks and James Rollins’ Sigma Force Series to kick off the start of a new series featuring Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences.

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills—and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle. This rapid-response group is called the Department of Military Sciences, or the DMS for short. It’s bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bioweapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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 combating terrorist threats on a grand scale.” David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author
“Jonathan Maberry’s Patient Zero strips today’s headlines and offers a frightening tale of how far extremists will go to succeed.  Brilliant, shocking, horrifying, it puts the terror back in terrorist.” James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author 
“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
“This time Maberry has outdone himself with a deliciously diabolical plot and bone-chilling scenarios that keep you riveted to every page. Brutal action, insanely intelligent, and so real that the hair on the back of your neck stands up!” L. A. Banks, New York Times bestselling author
“Wow! From the first page of Patient Zero you know you’re in the hands of a master. Maberry has created a brave, bruised, wisecracking hero destined to rub shoulders with the likes of Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch. This is high-concept with brains, action with soul and fast-paced tension with psychological insight. The brilliant beginning to a series destined for success.” M. J. Rose, international bestselling author of The Reincarnationist
“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’s as prickly as a hospital needle and sounds a little too convincing. This guy is good.” Joe R. Lansdale
“[An] exciting thriller…Plenty of man-to-zombie combat, a team traitor and a doomsday scenario add up to a fast and furious read.”  Publishers Weekly
“A dark, chilling and funny thriller about zombies…The book is as fun and funny as it is chilling and thrill-packed. Joe is a fantastic character, full of compassion, real vulnerabilities and a deliciously dark sense of humor. An immensely entertaining package.” Kirkus Reviews  

Reviews

Reviews

by Brian (Brian's Book Blog) 1/12/2019
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Superb and Masterful

Never has a book been more recommended to me than Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry – and, now that I’ve finished it, I can see why. Maberry is a masterful storyteller allowing a whole new world to come to life before my eyes (and ears).

Joe Ledger is the perfect main character and easily one of the funniest and easiest to like character I’ve read in a book in quite some time. He’s one of those guys who just say what’s on his mind and it’s almost always a smartass comment that cracked me up.

The science and technology that Maberry writes about in Patient Zero really ticked all the right boxes for me. Seriously, he had the technology behind the science right and the science dead on to the point of having me break out in a cold sweat when I really thought about it. A book with a title of patient zero usually swings and miss for me but not this one. Not at all.

I’m trying to figure out how to write a review on a book that I loved and one that I was told I was going to love. I honestly tried to find things that bugged me about it for the first few minutes but I was instantly sucked into a world that I loved and I stopped trying to find any flaws. This book was pure enjoyment and allowed me to be transported into a terrifyingly real world.

I’ve been putting off this book for apparently no good reason because it was awesome and now I’m at least 9 “main” Joe Ledger books behind. I’m also glad that Ray Porter narrates them all. He kicks butt as Ledger (and everyone else). The scenes near the end (I won’t give up too much) with certain speech parts were done so well that they creeped me out. A superb job.
by Erik Y 9/13/2017
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WOW

When I first came to this title, I didn’t know who Jonathan Maberry is, but I knew with Ray Porter narrating this title, it would be good. Little did I know that is was one of the best action/adventure audio books I have had the pleasure of listening to. Phenomenal!

Author

Author Bio: Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author and five-time Bram Stoker Award winner. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and steampunk for adults, teens, and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Rot & Ruin, Mars One, and Captain America, which is in development for a feature film. He writes comics for Marvel, Dark Horse, and IDW and is the editor of such high-profile anthologies as The X-Files, V-Wars, Out of Tune, Baker Street Irregular, Nights of the Living Dead, and Scary Out There.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 14.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English