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Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel (edition 2009)

by Jonathan Maberry

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Title:Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel
Authors:Jonathan Maberry
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2009), Edition: Original, Paperback, 421 pages
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Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

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    Joles: Undead creatures that reanimate with a nice bit of real-world science thrown in.
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    Tooth and Nail by Craig Dilouie (magnumpigg)
    magnumpigg: Actually, this is my favorite Zombie book to date. The soldiers here are much more human and not quite as over-the-top heroic as Maberry's.
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    The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry (JacobDecker)
    JacobDecker: a continuation of this series.
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    magnumpigg: again, noticed no mention in other recommend lists.
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In Maberry’s first novel in the Joe Ledger series, Baltimore detective Joe Ledger is brought into a secretive government facility where he is being recruited to lead an X Files style covert government special forces that are designed to tackle things that are far beyond the ordinary. As a sort of test, he is put into the same room as a terrorist who he had just killed the previous week and is now alive again. In this novel, the zombies are not supernatural in nature, but have been fabricated in a laboratory by terrorists as a weapon to attack the United States and the western world. Joe winds up leading a special forces group of the Department of Military Services. The terrorists are in the process of weaponizing a new form of zombie that they call the Sword of the Faithful, which are very different than the mindless zombies that are typically seen. These ones can think and fight and have retained most of their humanity.

There are things that I really enjoyed about this novel, and things that I didn’t like about it. On the plus side, the concept itself is really neat. The story is set at a really strong pace and continues to move with few dead spots. The action is really strong. The fight scenes are well constructed. Joe Ledger and some of the side characters on the protagonist side are well-developed. On the negative side, the antagonists in this story were poorly constructed and not credible. There were certain elements of the story that lacked any kind of logic and believability, including some that reminded me of what I hated about the television show 24, where I would read something that was so outrageous that it would take me out of the flow of the story. Also, this story has my ultimate pet peeve in fiction literature: the evil pharmaceutical that creates an illness so that it can then sell the cure. I wanted to throw the book across the room in those scenes. It has become beyond cliché. In the end, my opinion of this novel is mixed. I hope that Maberry will tighten some of these things in future editions of this series.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Nov 5, 2014 |
Could. Not. Stop. Reading. I'm impressed by how well this book works. It's an odd mix of science fiction-ish horror and military procedural. ( )
  lesmel | Oct 27, 2014 |
I quickly fell in love with this book from the first line to the last it had me quickly reading it, which I do each time a new book is added to this series.
Joe Ledger is the everymans James Bond. All the Gadgets, All the knowledge, but twice is more relatable. From his troubled past to his troubled present I find him easily relatable.
I recommend this book to everyone who likes zombie thrillers, and being from Pittsburgh the home of the zombie, thats alot of people. ( )
  JacobDecker | Apr 22, 2014 |
I was a little nervous when I started reading this book. With issues of terrorism, patriotism, good vs. evil, and several Arab/Muslim bad guys, I worried this would turn into an us (white America) vs. them (all Arab/Muslims are extremist) trope.
That's not what this is. Not only that, but in the midst of this fast paced international zombie thriller, I did come away with a greater message.
Evil wears many masks, and no one people has the monopoly on extremist divisive destructive behaviors.
I'm not certain if this was Maberry's intended take away, but it was comforting to see nonetheless.
I must admit that Maberry really does zombie stories well. His strength lies in the fact that the zombies are simply the back drop. It is the characters, their very human weaknesses and challenges, that drive his stories. This makes the focus more realistic and easier to suspend disbelief.
Joe Ledger is a likable protagonist and hero and the multi-ethnic and multi-racial cast is refreshing. There were a lot of ways for this story to go wrong, but Maberry kept it tight and he kept out of the narrative. To me this is one of the marks of a good writer. ( )
  khaalidah | Mar 14, 2014 |
Great concept. Only thing I'd like to have seen more of is zombie action ( )
  shanafesta | Oct 21, 2013 |
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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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This book is dedicated
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and overlooked heroes
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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 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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