[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.


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