[614]: Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

3993839 St. Martin’s Griffin | March 3rd, 2009
Paperback, 431 pp. | Audio, 14 Hours and 45 mins.
Adult Fiction | Thriller | Horror | Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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…

This book was awesome! Patient Zero has been on my bookshelves for at least a couple of years now and I’m kicking myself for ignoring it for so long. It was such a refreshing take on the tired living dead trope. But the best thing about Patient Zero was that it’s the first zombie novel that actually had a [spoiler alert] happy ending! I’m pretty surprised about that. Anyway, if you’ve been following the news lately, this one is pretty much like reading current events – minus the zombies, of course. I mean, you’ve got a group of terrorist bent  on killing Americans. It shows their fanatic hate towards the Western world and what they will do to further their cause. In here, a gazillionaire whose front is providing cures for diseases in the third world countries is also funding terrorist organizations on the side. He’s pretty suave about his business dealings so no one knew what he’s been doing.

Our hero is Baltimore PD’s Joe Ledger. He is one bad mutha. In fact, he may be a little unhinged if I may say so myself. He got recruited by a new and clandestine government agency who’s even more powerful than FEMA (and trust me, FEMA can hold the government by its nose in states of emergencies). His mission is to stop the terrorist from unleashing holy hell on Earth. They created a virus that turns people into zombies within seconds of infection. So there’s no time for quarantine just wide-spread chaos. Joe Ledger is pretty bad-ass. He’s also intuitive, intelligent and he doesn’t recognize authority. Precisely the kind of smart-mouthed undercover agents I like.

There is an addictive quality to this book. The kind that won’t let you sleep until you’ve read the entire thing. Because I downloaded this from Audible, I listened with an obsessive furor. I really couldn’t stop. It helps that there was no down time in the story. It hits the ground running right off the bat.  This series tackles different problems with each installment (though they might be related), but each has a clear ending. Which is great if you’re tired of waiting for  installments. All in all, a great zombie read. It’s action-packed, funny, highly entertaining, totally addictive.


  • Jazmen

    I like zombies but I just don’t know. I’ll have to think about it.

  • You had me at ‘zombie book with happy ending’. The synopsis sounds so damn intriguing!

  • I’ve only read one zombie book that I have managed to enjoy so far and that was Dying for A Living by Kory Shrum which I recommend to everyone because she is independently published but still deserves the attention. I would recommend it to you! But this one sounds great and like it is a bit based off current events as well. It’s always good when you find a hidden gem that has been in your TBR pile for a little too long :3

  • You know how much I love zombies Joy, so this one sounds totally up my alley! I like how it pairs zombies with terrorists, to make things even more terrifying! Thanks for sharing this one!

  • I love the sound of Joe! Love to read about a fabulous BADASS!!

  • Melliane

    it’s nice to find a god zombies book like that. I didn’t know about it but I have a friend who loves that, I’ll have to tell her about it. It’s surprising to have an end like that too! I’m curious

  • shootingstarsmag

    I need to read this!! I think a friend of mine has read it or one of his other zombie books at least. glad you loved it so much!


  • I’m not usually much for zombies, but this sounds epic! How did you like the audiobook?

  • I haven’t “met” a zombie book that captivates me the same way urban fantasy or PNR does. Maybe this is one trope that I enjoy watching onscreen than reading a la The Walking Dead or iZombie. It looks like you enjoyed it though and that’s all that matters 🙂

  • kindlemom1

    I really need to put this author on my must read for 2016 list. Wonderful review!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’ve read a few zombie books but have yet to really LOVE any of them so I’m definitely going to be giving this a try. Thanks for putting it on my radar, Joy–I hadn’t heard of this before at all!

  • Oh! You have made me SO CURIOUS about this one Joy 😀 Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts. <3 That spoiler of yours. Makes me want to read it SO BADLY, lol 😀 So glad you liked it a lot sweetie. <3

  • Melissa (Books and Things)

    I so need to start this book! I’ve read 2 books by this author and enjoyed both. I just need to have a Maberry reading day. 🙂 Brilly review. I’m curious about Joe Ledger.

  • Great to hear that it had that addictive quality to it, looks creepy

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    What would you say the gore level is on this one? I don’t do well with zombies normally, but I like that this one has some humor mixed in, that will offset some of the creepiness of the living dead! Also, glad I read the spoiler. I like knowing things like that ahead of time:)

  • This sounds really good. I’ve been addicted to zombies as I’ve been listening to the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant. I love the new take on zombies. This sounds great too. This looks like it is a standalone instead of a series, which is nice. I love series, but it is nice to not have the commitment of multiple books sometimes. I’m going to add this to my TBR. Also, good to know that you enjoyed the audio.

  • Zombie books are sadly not my thing because most often than not the spoiler doesn’t happen!! But I’m really tempted to pick this one up, Joy, now because I really love a good addicting book to the point of obsession. And Joe sounds like an intense and super awesome character!
    Fab review, Joy! You always write such convincing reviews. 🙂

  • I will definitely read this Joy! A crazy zombie book with a HEA, I gotta see this!

  • Jasprit

    I haven’t read a decent zombie book in ages! And I couldn’t resist but taking a look at your spoiler, and that actually makes me more happy and eager to give this book a go, thanks for putting it on my radar! May have to use my audible credit for this 🙂

  • I couldn’t get the spoiler to open on my Kindle. I have been reading lots of zombie books lately. Not sure I want to start another zombie series when I am in the middle of at least 4 that I can think of. Glad you loved it though! Great review!

  • I read the spoiler, hmm, I wonder about that one 😉

  • Joe Ledger seriously rocks. My son started reading these when he was … 14 or 15, and Joe became his hero. lol. He still loves the series.