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Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel Paperback – Mar 3 2009

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (March 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312382855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312382858
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.9 x 20.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 of FIRST BLOOD and CREEPERS

“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 as prickly as a hospital needle and sounds a little too convincing. This guy is good.” ―Joe R. Lansdale

“Brutal action, insanely intelligent, and so real that the hair on the back of your neck stands up!” ―L.A. Banks, The Vampire Huntress Legends Series, New York Times Best-selling Author

About the Author

Jonathan Maberry is the multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The King of Plagues, The Dragon Factory, Ghost Road Blues and Rot & Ruin, among others. He also wrote the novelization of the movie The Wolfman. His work for Marvel Comics includes Captain America, Punisher, Wolverine, DoomWar, Marvel Zombie Return and Black Panther. His Joe Ledger series has been optioned for TV by Sony Pictures. He has been inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Drexler on Jan. 12 2010
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best single book zombie story I've ever read.
The book has EVERYTHING a zombie fan could possibly ask for.
Mayberry created such a wickedly awesome character in Joe Ledger that he has you wanting more of the character, not just the story, by the end of the book.
The storyline is far different from your average zombie novel/story and it's a refreshing take on the genre. But within this different take, he still manages to feed you lots of typical zombie action. . . however, when Joe Ledger steps up to take down zombies you're in for some seriously kick a*% action! I'm gonna keep this short, despite the fact that i could totally go on and on about how awesome this book is. The only disappointing thing is that the next Joe Ledger book coming out doesn't have zombies in it. . . however I will be reading Dragon Factory just to follow more Joe Ledger mayhem. But Patient Zero is an ABSOLUTELY MUST READ and in my opinion OWN!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Not into zombies? Don’t be turned off by the thought of ambling flesh-eaters, you’ll love this tale regardless.

As it reveals in the synopsis, Patient Zero follows Detective Joe Ledger’s experience on a special mission against a terrorist group creating zombies. Remove the flesh-eaters and the terrorists could be releasing the plague or a nuke or herd of sex-crazed ducks, and you would still fall in love with Joe Ledger in Maberry’s story. The true danger is the terrorists, the zombies merely their chosen weapon.

Quick-thinker by nature Detective Ledger’s take-no-shit approach makes him a perfect protagonist and Jonathan Maberry has captured the action and chaos of an unbiased game changer affecting all who comes in contact with the threatening pathogen.

Taking on multiple perspectives throughout the novel, we the readers get a glimpse into many agendas led by task force fighting the good fight and the terrorists who have concocted a near-perfect plan.

While the novel includes a love story, it’s not one which slows the pace or makes you scream “Why are you kissing? There’s zombies behind you!” Not even close. Maberry has found the balance between action, love, science, and procedural covert tactics while keeping you flipping pages to see how it all turns out. I finished it in only a couple sittings and although I haven’t read more in the series to date, I promise you I will be.
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Format: Paperback
Wow, what a book - full of excitement, zombies, intrigue, fighting, betrayals, twists and turns! And all of this done with a very human element.

Joe Ledger is a tough as they come, highly skilled cop who finds himself having to kill the same terrorist twice in one week. This leads him to join the Department of Military Science, an ultra secret government agency designed to deal with a new breed of biological weapons, weapons which effectively turn people into zombies and threaten the whole of humanity. Joe Ledger and his comrades need to stop the outbreak as well as find out who is doing this - is it a terrorist plot? And, if so, who could be organized and skilled enough to pull this off?

I have to say that I am not one for gory novels, so I was not anxious to read this novel at first; however, I read Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin not long ago, and felt compelled to read more books by him. For those who like vivid, descriptive zombie attacks and action scenes, you won't be disappointed. This novel is very macho, tough talking, and moves along quickly with lots of intrigue. There is scientific and military conspiracies, post 9/11 terrorist plots, super secret government organizations, romance, and so much tension that the book is hard to put down. Joe Ledger is beyond tough - you can feel the testosterone oozing out of every pore of this guy.

Probably my favourite thing about Patient Zero is that it is more than a zombie book - there is a very human element. Joe Ledger and his friends don't just kill zombies, we see the full impact on them as people who do what they know is right even though they know it will leave a mark on them, contaminating them forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georges Fecteau on July 20 2014
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Roughly, it's Rainbow Six meets Dawn of the dead. The plot is awesome. Too bad the main protagonist comes off as a freaking Mary Sue. Maberry also loves to describes hand to hand combat in such detail that non-initiated will get bored. Recommended for zombie enthusiast, though.
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A terrifying tale. Get it and read it, because Ebola problems make moe sense, when looked at from a view of a worse disease.
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