Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Joe Ledger #1
Published March 2009 by St. Martin’s Press
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Series: 1. Patient Zero* 2. The Dragon Factory 3. The King of Plagues 4. Assassin’s Code
Source: Bought @ B&N
Rating: Loved It

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….(Source: Goodreads)

I am going to start off saying I am a Bruce Willis Die Hard super-fan. Joe Ledger is one of my new favorite leading men. He is cut from the same mold. He isn’t looking for trouble, but if it finds him he is going to finish it. Sarcastic and to the point.

Joe Ledger is a man’s man. He operates in warrior mode and cop mode. The warrior is the one that functions on automatic with the sole purpose of survival. These mad skills of his not only keep him alive, but gets him noticed by the new Department of Military Sciences. Cop mode allows him to process and filter this new terrorist agenda and get to the bottom of it. Just under the surface of this warrior he is deep and connected. He feels and strives to serve in a higher capacity for his men, the people who are important to him and the greater humanity.

Patient Zero succeeded where I felt World War Z fell short. It was able to successfully address the government’s ability to respond to the threat of a zombie apocalypse in a way that made me care. It wasn’t too clinical. Maberry used Ledger and his fellow DMS agents well. I felt like I was behind the gun with the zombies baring down on me. And he made me really hate the tycoon and terrorist behind the jihadist plot. I can’t wait to follow Joe Ledger on his next adventure.

Joe Ledger, American badass. The zombies never stood a chance.

10 responses to “Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

  1. I love me some Joe Ledger! Seriously, he ranks up there with Jack Bauer in “kick ass guys I would like to have on my side”! Great review :)

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  3. I just want to say you have become the zombie book queen! You’ve done so many…I’ve only gotten my feet wet. What should my next zombie book be…

    • Which ones have you read?
      Rot & Ruin and Patient Zero are my faves.

      You read Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater? I have her Zombie series, if you want to borrow.

      But I would go onto Rot & Ruin 1st.

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