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Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Patient Zero

by Jonathan Maberry

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Series: Joe Ledger (1)

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'Warning, mild spoilers'

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading my first Jonathan Mayberry book, ‘Patient Zero’. Even though I am a fan of the zombie genre, it has been overused in the past few years and has become increasingly difficult to pull off a story that has a fresh perspective. Jonathan Maberry was able to do just that.
I appreciated the way he handled the subject. Using the word ‘Walkers’ instead of ‘Zombies’ a large percentage of the time gave it a different feel as well. One would be inclined to think that the author used the word to piggyback on the success of the now famous TV show, ‘The Walking Dead’ however, Patient Zero was published over a year before the show aired its pilot episode.
The main focus of this story was its lead character, Joe Ledger. Joe was a person that was easy to like right away. His sarcastic attitude and disdain for authority was backed up by his ability to take care of himself. At first we’re given glimpses of what Joe’s capable of as he describes the mistakes people make around him, but later on we find out just how capable he really is.
The manner in which the story is told is very detailed and a little dry at first, but those details paint the picture very clearly as the story progresses.
The story itself is a bit of an upgrade as well. We find that there is a terrorist organization that is attempting to do horrible things, however this one is very well thought out, with layers of subtlety. In fact, most of the way through the book we find the terrorists to be many steps ahead of Joe and his team.
The supporting cast is well fleshed out with many believable and intriguing characters. The most intriguing is the enigmatic leader of the ficticious government agency that recruits Joe, the DMS. The character, ‘Church’ could easily fall into the category of tight lipped agent leading his own department. However Mr. Maberry gave him such a depth of character that I found myself wanting to know more about him.
What followed was a whirlwind hunt to try and stop the unstoppable. This added tension to the story when they found out that there was no cure and infection would spread like an unchecked wildfire.
The tension drove this story. Tension of the DMS and Joe finding that they are hopelessly behind in trying to stop this pandemic, tension between characters, and the tension of Joe himself not knowing if he can handle the stress mentally without snapping.
This tension was expertly broken up at just the right places to keep it from being too much. Be it a clever one-liner or Joe’s sarcasm showing through, it gave a break when a break was needed to let the reader catch their breath.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of zombie stories, The Walking Dead, detective, or military cloak and dagger stories. All those elements are well represented with a sprinkle of romance thrown in as well.

I myself will be reading the next Joe Ledger book soon, with high hopes that I will be pleasantly entertained yet again.
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  michaelkelso | Sep 15, 2017 |
Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry is the first book in his Joe Ledger series. Joe starts the book as a Baltimore police detective, but after participating in a joint force mission, he is recruited by a very secret government organization. Although there are zombie-like creatures this is not a “zombie” story, the plot unfolds in a series of covert operations, terrorist activities, uncontrollable scientists and greedy business men.

Instead of ordinary people trying to survive a horrific outbreak, this story told of well trained soldiers trying to suppress the distribution of a bio-weapon that would create billions of “zombie-like” creatures that would destroy the world. The purpose behind these creatures is sheer greed on behalf of a pharmaceutical company, they create the disease and then are ready to supply the very expensive cure. But this company made the mistake of using religious fanatics to deliver the disease to the western world, and these fanatics had a very different agenda.

There is plenty of action in Patient Zero but the true villains are human terrorists. Unfortunately “humans” were rather sparse as most characters came off more like cartoons. Joe Ledger reminded me of “Captain America”, in that he was smart-talking, two-fisted, clever and patriotic but without any depth or emotional maturity. I have enjoyed many of Jonathan Maberry’s previous books, but this series with it’s formulaic plots and cliched characters is one that I will pass on. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jul 30, 2017 |
One of the best opening sentences ever! An action packed, terrorist, zombie, co-op government series. I enjoyed it. The character are well written and likable. It was really heavy on the police/military stuff, which got a little dull for me, as I don't really care about the specifics. It had a good story line that kept me interested. ( )
  LenaR0307 | Oct 16, 2016 |
i absolutely loved this.it does read like something Michael Bay would film,here's.i love leave your brain at the door movies and this is the book equivalent.action,conspiracies and zombies what more could you want plus an ending that paves the way for a sequel ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
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. To make matters worse 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.

If this sounds familiar, well except for the zombie weapons, just read today's headlines. BUT...If you like explosions, fighting, tough-guy talk and scary, brain-munching zombies, you'll love this book. 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.

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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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Anyone who's read Jonathan Maberry's Pine Deep Trilogy, which culminated with last year's BAD MOON RISING, knows that the martial artist-turned-Bram Stoker Award-winning author likes his kill counts in the stratosphere.
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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Unhappy the land that is need of heroes. - Bertolt Brecht
Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage - Jean Anouilh
Wild, dark times are rumbling toward us, and the prophet who wishes to write a new apocalypse will have to invent entirely new beasts, and beasts so terrible that the ancient animal symbols of St. John will seem like cooing doves and cupids in comparison. - Heinrich Heine
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When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week, then there's either something wrong with your skills or something wrong with your world.
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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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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 that has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new taskforce 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 bio-weapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance....

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Baltimore detective Joe Ledger leads a new task force created to deal with problems that Homeland Security can't handle. His first mission is to stop terrorists from releasing a bioweapon that can turn people into zombies.

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