Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1 by Jonathan Maberry

I do not like Zombie books or movies, I have read some of the more mainstream books and have seen all of the mainstream zombie movies, but in general, I do not like them. Although I make an exception for The Walking Dead comic book series which unlike the TV show continues to be amazingly fantastic (the TV show is merely good).

I chose to listen to the Patient Zero audiobook because the publisher’s summary did not make it sound like the run of the mill zombie book. More like a Jason Bourne meets Dawn of the Dead, plus I saw that it was the beginning of a series of books instead of a single book, sign me up.

Joe Ledger is a great character, and author Jonathan Maberry does a great job of making him the hero while leaving room for the other characters in the story to have their moments. He strikes a really nice balance that many other authors miss.

Ray Porter does a great job narrating; he brings the story to life while the strength and forcefulness of his voice are perfect for the Joe Ledger character.

From the publisher:

From multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry comes a major new thriller that combines the best of the New York Times best-selling 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.

Jonathan Maberry is the New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Ghost Road Blues, the first of a trilogy of thrillers with a supernatural bite. A professional writer and writing teacher, he has sold more than 1.000 articles, 17 nonfiction books, six novels, and two plays.

©2009 Jonathan Maberry (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

I rate Patient Zero a 9 out of 10 and recommend it to people who love military/police thrillers.

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