☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Patient Zero By Jonathan Maberry ❤ – Lectinshield.co.uk

Patient Zero chapter 1 Patient Zero, meaning Patient Zero, genre Patient Zero, book cover Patient Zero, flies Patient Zero, Patient Zero 09ac7a0300b29 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 Balti 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


10 thoughts on “Patient Zero

  1. says:

    Jonathan Maberry has made a name for himself writing horror, but specifically writing about zombies Going into Patient Zero, I knew it would contain zombies, but it could probably fit just as well under the label of covert ops or some such not that this fantasy nerd knows anything past dragons and magic It technically contains a form of zombie, but it really isn t a zombie book The real threat in this book is terrorism Joe Ledger, the series eponymous hero and Balti detective, is recruited by a special, super secret task force, the Department of Military Sciences The DMS is charged with taking out a group of terrorists with a bio weapon that turns people essentially into zombies Maberry does a great job getting you right into Patient Zero Ledger s right in the middle of the action, gets recruited, gets tested to see if he can cut it I was sucked in fast, but it also got old fast for me I love a good zombie book as much as the next guy, but as I mentioned above, this wasn t really a zombie book and I found myself getting a bit bored I really think it was me than anything the author did, these types of books just aren t my cup o tea I don t mind watching these types of movies, but I like reading about the supernatural than espionage, etc, and there really wasn t a whole lot of supernatural going on here.And maybe that s kudos to the author He did a great job explaining the plague zombie making disease and maybe too good because it all made sense and it was like preventing the spread of the mumps But, while I admit that these types of books aren t my favorite, I also had a hard time with the main character, Mr Ledger He s a tough guy, a meat head so to speak so we probably wouldn t hang out anyway , but he grated on me after awhile It s almost like he s constantly pissed, but that s not quite it He s not quite griping either, but he s got this attitude quite frequently expressed such as you re doing it all wrong While Joe Ledger plays a large role in Patient Zero, he maybe only takes up a little over 50% of the book The rest is in Afghanistan with the terrorists and specifically Sebastian Gault, a billionaire who specializes in pharmaceuticals While considered a philanthropist by the world, he really takes advantage of ailing countries rather than really helping them, so of course something like this is right for him.The Afghanistan parts are where most of the twists and turns take place, but I still can t say I loved it all that much I think I m over the terrorists as the bad guys and while it really was the only thing that worked for the story who else could pull off bio weapons I m done with them just like I m done with the Germans and Russians as bad guys not as characters.I think a lot of people will enjoy this much than I did and I can t say I didn t like it either, I just didn t love it The twists and turns were great and I really didn t expect the ending where view spoiler he could have gone the way of I Am Legend, but didn t hide spoiler


  2. says:

    How can a book about zombie terrorists be boring I wrote a review here an earlier book where I noted that I can at times read at a fairly fast rate and I do that especially when I have a large number of library books waiting to be read In that review I noted that sometimes I regretted it as there were are times I d like to linger over a book.this isn t one of those books.The book caught my interest initially and I had hopes for it It was is another zombies are caused by an infection that of course effects 100% of victims and is spread by a bite story didn t that show up first in a video game still a good action opening a little government conspiracy, an apparent traitor in Homeland security, of course the requisite psychopathic irresistible sex craving beauty and disturbingly attractive female interestwhat else did it need Unfortunately by 100 or so pages in I was feeling like throwing the book across the room The constantly shifting viewpoint, the cliched story lines, it all just lost my interest.I don t know, maybe I m just jaded, maybe I ve read too many books More and I seem to find myself disappointed with books I initially had high hopes for Oh well, sorry if you liked this oneI just don t.


  3. says:

    Listened to this on audio It took me quite some time but not because of any fault of the book The narrator, Ray Porter, was excellent and really made the book come to life.For the book itself, it felt very long It really isn t all that long considering it s 400 pages split up into a hundred plus chapters I have a feeling if I had read instead of listened it would have been much quicker I liked the short punchy chapters and the way they were all introduced with a date, time, location stamp It gave the book a feeling of being an authentic recollection of police security events.The characters were pretty amazing I have to say Joe Ledger is sort of the definition of a Gary Stu Bad ass warrior Attractive Natural leader Brave Honorable Good friend Well respected Not afraid to cry in front of others I mean if a person could define the perfect man on paper Joe Ledger is it It didn t bother me much until the end where everything sort of became emotional and induced some eye rolling Bunny was my favorite When he was introduced I just about had tears in my eyes What s your name Rabbit But everyone calls me Bunny Okay what s your first name Harvey God damn it, do your parents just hate you Maybe Sir Okay so it was funnier when Porter read it I also loved Mr Church The mysterious man behind the curtain And Rudy and the list just goes on The women were under represented here but Grace Cortland and Amirah did well as the only two female MCs.The story itself wasn t quite what I was hoping for a la Walking Dead survival kinda story but it was action packed and very enjoyable Note to readers this is a book with Zombies in it this is not a Zombie book Other books in the series apparently have nothing to do with zombies But there was plenty of humor and I can get behind pretty much anything that makes me laugh Rudy s Starbucks Order I was dying I ve yelled at my sister for making me repeat some variation on those exact words I did have pegged about halfway through the book who the American was but this was really only because I listened to the audio I think I m not sure it would have been so obvious if I d been reading That didn t detract from the enjoyment at all and there were plenty of other plot twists along the way.All in all this was an excellent horror sf thriller novel if a little testosterone fueled that I would highly recommend either format for I ve already got the second book audio again from the library and the opening is very intriguing.


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    Pure mindblowing awesomeness, that s all I can say The only way I can properly describe this novel is that its 24 on pages referring to 24 tv show of course The Department of Military Science DMS standing in as this version s CTU, from one jawdropping INSANE action sequence to another, an earthshattering impending terrorist attack looming over the horizon, evil middle eastern terrorists and an westerner being the main puppetmaster behind all the schemings Everything screams to me as 24 seriously, there was even a mole or two inside the good guys, which was typical 24 element D , and as it was one of my most favorite tv show ever, I loved every word of it Mix this post 9 11 world based ultra realistic counter terrorism structure with exotic, outlandish zombie horror plots right out of any classic Hollywood horror movie, and you ll have yourself PATIENT ZERO, the perfect outcome And there s no shortage of references too, from Jack Bauer to Dawn of the Dead to 28 Days Later to Marvel Zombies, I think this is one of the most self aware novel I ve ever read This was my first Jonathan Maberry novel, and he exceeded my expectations with leaps and bounds He took a very fantastical topic zombies and made them as realistic as possible with all the necessary believable scientific jargon, and the writing with dialogs and descriptions are all crisp, fastpaced and to the point I guess the characters with their inter relations, motivations and emotions could ve been slightly humane and deep for a better characterization of them, but what we got still worked nicely in my opinion In the central role, Joe Ledger is a likable and capable action hero of this dark, uncertain post 9 11 world, where he has all the doubts, fears and confusions of any ordinary man, but by God, he does NOT hesitate to do the right thing when it is needed No matter what, no matter how Although I would ve liked to see a little less tightjawed and a little wisecracking side of his in some rare occasions he did flash those golden wise ass moments but weren t quite enough to make room for some lighthearted reliefs, still over all I can t complain Obviously, the whole situation was very dire and dark Joe Ledger can very well be the Jack Bauer of the literary world, and he has every capability and strength, not to mention past tragedies in him to make it work Outside of Ledger, only the main villain got the right amount of space to be properly developed, and he s a really good character with necessary motivations and depth to make him interesting, not just another cardboard cutout All in all, the book was a very quick read even for its almost 700 pages and from first chapter to last the plot developed fast and furiously with breathless speed and nonstop suspense Also there were some truly disturbing quiet hair raising chills and thrills along the way which greatly complemented the loud bang bang explosive actions when they came I can safely say, just from the first book I ve now became a big fan of author Jonathan Maberry and his Joe Ledger series, and I ll be eagerly blast through the rest of the series in the coming days Highly recommended


  5. says:

    Sookay, yeah Ray Porter elevated my enjoyment of this so much that I m continuing the series this time around Thanks to my local library for the free download Libraries RULE


  6. says:

    I usually steer clear of series fiction, but the Peter Straub blurb made me pick this one up It s a fast paced, somewhat cartoonish zombie thriller involving Joe Ledger, the hard boiled detective who is recruited by the super super ultra secret Department of Military Sciences There is plenty of action and the book is well plotted if by the numbers , but it does have a lot of howlers in it, particularly when protagonist Joe begins to feel patriotic or amorous Joe can kill anyone, kick anyone s ass, and his head is full of men s self help book archetypes He can alternately be the Cop, the Warrior or the spell casting Wizard Okay, I mock a bit In a sub ghetto of a ghetto genre, this book must seem like a masterpiece, rising its rotting head and shoulders over the undead army of George Romero imitators Unfortunately, that doesn t make it a great novel Most of the characters are two dimensional, the romantic interactions are awkwardly written unbelievable, and the novel grinds along without much in the way of surprises or innovations It seems to be formulaic zombie apocalypse meets war on terror It s totally Mad Libs after that I wanted it to end about three quarters of the way through Maberry is a good writer but some of the dialogue in the book sounds like parody If anything, it s proof that the zombie sub genre isn t dead, yet But it s beginning to get a little ripe.


  7. says:

    Excusing all my derogatory comments about light beach vacation reading, I finally get it If you have basically a cookie cutter action thriller novel and it s about zombies I totally understand the appeal If this had been merely about terrorists attacking America with some unstoppable hero going about shutting them down I d think it was crap, but when the terrorists are spreading a zombie plague, now that I can get interested in and want to read I d probably still rather watch this as a movie and be done with it in two hours but as a before bed read for the past week it s done it s job well Actually a bit too well in the page turning thing since than one night I stayed up too late because I wanted to read just another couple of chapters This is kind of addictive, and the short chapters make reading it very fast and wanting to keep going I hear books are like this that people read The book has about 420 pages and 125 chapters, so it s easy to get caught up in the swift pacing The basic plot is that terrorists come up with a virus that turns people into zombies and this must be stopped if the whole world isn t going to end It s basic normal zombie stuff, you have to shot them in the head, if you get bitten you become infected, but for me just having zombies in something usually makes everything ok The dialog is a little silly at times, but there is also a certain tongue and cheek quality to the badness of the dialog sometimes The book also sports a quote by Brecht before one of the Parts of the book, which seemed an odd choice for the market this will probably be aimed towards, but it s nice to see Brecht and zombies inhabit the same work Two great tastes finally together or something like that Good stuff, and another fine addition into the recently booming increase in zombie literature.


  8. says:

    With the protagonist Joe Ledger I am thinking of a blend of The characters James Bond, John Rambo and Jack Bauer from 24 The story actually is serving up a good slice of entertainment in the the hole that 24 and Jack Bauer no has left It starts off the first half of a cerebral approach of a thriller Maberry writes with this story as if it has been ripped from today s headlines incorporating terrorism and political battles from across the shores A good story that incorporates weaponry of a different strain using zombies Love to see how Tv series plays out I am trying to work my way to the third installment King of Plagues I need to eradicate Dragon factory next.


  9. says:

    This book was awesome What do I even say It was so much than a zombie story and I will definitely continue the series in the future I loved all the special ops military stuff and Joe Ledger is freaking awesome Highly recommend And if you re squeamish like me and were hesitant to pick up due to zombie horror gore, don t worry because this book isn t horror at all it s action and military.


  10. says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed doing dramatic readings of the Joe Ledger chapters of this book in as gravelly a Christian Bale as Batman voice as I can muster which isn t all that gravelly, because I am, after all, a girl This book lends itself perfectly to that kind of parody.Because it is a parody.A parody of a parody.It s cliched in the worst possible of waysYou ve got main character hero Joe Ledger who walks with a big stick and supposedly has a bigger dick He s self aware enough to know that he has three personalities the modern man, the warrior and the cop Are you F ing kidding me By the way, you should see how many times I ve written that in my book He can take down zombies soldiers whatever in a matter of seconds with a few ju jutsu moves Most of Ledger s moves are a mix of karate, aikido, shotokan and tae kwon do, or martial arts with combat emphasis I know I ve studied it He drives around with murder in his heart And he talks like those know it all gumshoes in pulp fiction novels Think James Bond, but not classy Think Jack Bauer, but not nearly as badass Think Austin Powers a parody of Bond , but not funny You ve got Department of Military Sciences leader Mr Church Mr Pope Mr Deacon whatever Joe s boss who s seen and heard, but never really known Think Charlie in Charlie s Angels, but spouting hyper militaristic strategy and gun knowledge.You ve got love interest Amazing Grace Courtland, who doesn t want to like Joe Ledger, but just can t help herself.You ve got villain Sebastien Gault, who is only different from Dr Evil in that he understands the real value of modern dollars.And instead of a super smart computer nerd who collects comic books and action figures and finds the root of the problems, you ve got Dr Hu Yes, you read that right, just like Dr Who , a super smart doctor who collects zombie comic books and zombie actions figures and finds the root of the problem.But maybe zombie novels are supposed to be cliched It sure seems like it since they re all super cheesy And maybe you like this kind of garbage That s fine.The book is still poorly written.Beyond the AYFKM moments and the factual fighting errors, there s the narration The Joe Ledger chapters are all written in first person, likely to create a sense of immediacy, though I had to get about 2 3 of the way through the book to find anything remotely immediate The Sebastien Gault chapters are all written in third person omniscient It s what we call a cop out The writer isn t smart enough to figure out a consistent way to tell the story, so he doesn t tell the story consistently I have been able to get this far in the novel only by sheer force of will.And that is something that the real master of horror, Stephen King, says should never happen King wrote that a novel should be like a water pump It should take a little work initially on the reader s part to get into the story, and then the story should flow freely.Is it a coincidence that Stephen King and son, Joe Hill, are just about the only horror writers who didn t submit lies for the cover of Maberry s book I don t think so They re real writers and they know what real writing is.Since I can t give this book negative stars, I just won t give it any I feel almost ashamed that I ve written as much as I have like I m giving Maberry too much credit just by writing so much criticism But someone has to balance out all the completely unwarranted love for this book.I have personally retitled it Patience Zero.


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