Title: Patient Zero
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Pub Date: March 3, 2009
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Series: Joe Ledger #1
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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….
Oh, how I love Jonathan Maberry! Not only because his books completely rock, but also because he writes the only books my 15-year-old son begs me to buy. We both love the Benny Imura series, so I thought I would let him try the Joe Ledger series to read over the summer. We started reading Patient Zero at the same time, and while it took me a little longer to get through it because of time constraints, my son devoured it. He would not stop talking about it the whole time! I asked him if he wanted to write a review, but he said no – he hates to write. But he did want me to tell everyone that this a badass book and that you have to read it! So there you go.
Patient Zero was smart, witty, and action packed. I love how Maberry makes something like zombies seem so realistic in the world as we know it now. One more thing this author did so well, was add great twists to the story. Throughout the whole book there are people and situations that your are constantly trying to figure out. I love that! And honestly, too often while reading zombie books, there are times where I feel things could have been answered better or explained. With this book, Maberry covers all his bases.
The characters in this book are great. Seriously, this is another thing Maberry rocks at, he writes amazing characters. Joe Ledger kicks ass! He’s a total smartass, he’s logical, and he literally does kicks ass. No joke, my son is into martial arts now because he wants to be like Joe. So many other characters standout in this book too. I mean really, it’s hard to forget any of them.
Overall, Patient Zero is way up there. I’m definitely going to read the rest of the series, especially since my son is now on the third book and tells me no less than five times a day to start the second book.