Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
A Joe Ledger Novel

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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.... 
 

About Jonathan Maberry

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Jonathan Maberry was born on May 18, 1958. His early books dealt mainly with martial arts and self defense. He then wrote a number of books on the folklore and beliefs of the occult and paranormal including Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us and Hunger for Us, Zombie CSU, and They Bite. His first novel, Ghost Road Blues, won the 2007 Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. His other works include The Pine Deep Trilogy, the Joe Ledger series, and the Rot and Ruin series. He is also a freelance comic book writer. Nancy Holder is the coauthor with Chistopher Golden of the original Watcher's Guide and several Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels, as well as numerous Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Salem's Tails books. John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Covenant, Sacrifice and The 13th. He shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee or restock a pint of Newcastle. Scott Nicholson lives in Boone, North Carolina.
 
Published March 3, 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Soon, Joe is leading a tactical team, as he and the rest of the DMS try to stop terrorist El Mujahid, his mad-scientist bride Amirah and Sebastian Gualt, their wealthy Western backer, from unleashing a plague that turns regular people, soldiers and terrorists alike into bloodthirsty, infectious z...

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Suffice it to say he survives and I'll be curious to see what Maberry has in store for Ledger and the rest of the DMS in the future.

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And though he was very dead (Ledger made sure) at the warehouse, this suspected terrorist was still trying to kill Ledger in an interview room - zombie style.

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Maberry goes out of his way to make sure the readers understand that Joe Ledger is a tough guy, and that very few of him gets made these days.

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Open Letters Monthly

It’s marvelous but it’s bizarre, because the disease is constantly trying to kill the host while working like a bastard to keep parts of it alive.” Maberry is chosen not only for his fighting skills but for his familiarity with death, and with the borderline states between life and death.

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SF Site

Instead of the very reality based techno thriller of Patient Zero, he was now writing an over-the-top James Bondesque comic book story complete with super-powered henchmen clones and immortal Nazi super villains.

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SF Site

There are fast zombies and slow zombies, zombies brought from the grave by Haitian voodoo priests, zombie-inducing bacteria from a space probe, and variations on those themes with other methods of reanimating the corpses.

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Patheos

Perhaps it is the zombies but I felt it was also due to Joe Ledger’s character and the blistering pace of the book.

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Fantasy Literature

(The Constitution and other legal protections don’t seem to have much play here, and in fact seem ludicrously naïve.) Ledger isn’t quite superhuman, but he comes close: he is astonishingly fast and never hesitates in completing his mission, no matter the obstacles thrown in his path.

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Book Geeks

As with David Moody’s Hater, Patient Zero does feel like something new, but in reality it’s a hybrid that revolves around Maberry’s ability to successfully incorporate horror elements into a contemporary post 9/11 hotbed of political intrigue, global corporate aspirations and military/national wi...

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The American Book Center Blog

All in all I found this book an entertaining read, nothing really special, but if you want a book that explores a field which hasn’t been written about a lot, you are in for a good read.

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Strange Horizons

Jonathan Maberry is a comparatively new horror writer who won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2007 for Ghost Road Blues.

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Kepler's

Joe Ledger, ex-army, wise-ass Baltimore cop, is recruited by the DMS (Department of Military Science) to lead an elite military anti-terrorist team.

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https://litreactor.com

Book description said author wrote the book to Tool and Metallica pumped up to full volume and the pace of the book reflects that.

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Sci-Fi Bulletin

One of the recent trends in horror fiction sees standard archetypes (vampires, werewolves, zombies etc) treated as if they were real, with the protagonists and everyone else living in the everyday world, where such things are the subject of TV and film.

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Horror News Net

After a few skirmishes go badly it becomes evident to Ledger and Church that there is a leak within DMS itself and someone on the inside must be working with the terrorists to ensure that their plan is carried out to the end.

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OneMetal

Also, Jonathan Maberry is not above a knowing wink at readers: reading Patient Zero, it was obvious he is a fan of the zombie genre (one character commented on the differences between the different types of zombies in film, and another how life was “just like a videogame”).

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