Title: Patient Zero | Series: Joe Ledger #1 | Author: Jonathan Maberry | Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (site) | Pub. Date: 2009-3-3 | Pages: 421 | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-6-29 | Source: Self-purchased audio book.
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 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 bio-weapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance… – Goodreads Synopsis
Patient Zero Review
Wow. Out of all the Jonathan Maberry books I’ve read, Patient Zero is by far the best. Non-stop action, fantastic hero, and zombies galore. What more could a girl ask for? Well, a great narrator would be a bonus (as I listened to this as an audio book.) And…
Once again, Ray Porter’s amazing narration brings an already exciting story into vibrant life. Joe Ledger is a character you can’t help but like. He’s confident in himself and his skills, he’s someone who takes no crap from anyone, and he’s a good guy. Of course, half the time he’s a bit of a toe-rag, but you take the good with the bad. And Joe Ledger is very, very good. Porter’s execution of Ledger emblazons the man on the reader’s mind. It gives him a realness that just reading the book would not. The other characters, even the females, are well done too. It is easy to forget, when listening to the story, that it is a single person narrating Patient Zero.
Jonathan Maberry does a fantastic job in delivering a fun mix of action and sarcasm, tempered with sorrow and desperation. It all takes place in such a short time that the tension very quickly feels strong enough to snap. But it never snaps. Instead Maberry skillfully lets out the slack at random moments to keep readers constantly hooked. I wasn’t a huge fan of the side story between Gault and Amirah, but it served it’s purpose. That’s not to say his writing is perfect, but it is close in Patient Zero. I can’t call myself a fan of all of Maberry’s works, but yes, I will fangirl over this one. I particularly appreciate the fact that Ledger has issues. Acknowledged issues. And that he’s man enough to admit to them. In fact, his psychologist plays a decent role in the book. It’s not treated as anything to be ashamed of. It is what it is. Ledger needs help sometimes, and he gets it. That is phenomenal.
I actually found myself hoping there was a sequel to his book. Me. Hoping there was a sequel. That says a lot about Patient Zero. So, yes, get it, people. It’s a perfect blend of bio-terrorism thriller and zombie fun, with the ultimate action hero.