Zombie Review: Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry (Extraordinary)!

Posted March 8, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 5 Wine Glasses, Audiobook / 21 Comments


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From Goodreads: 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.Β  And that’s both a good, and a bad thing.Β  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…

Read for FUN!
Challenges: Audiobook, Men In Uniform, Suspense/Thriller, For Fun, TBR, Zombie
Overall Rating: 5.00+
Story Rating: 5.00+
Character Rating: 5.00+
Audio Rating (not part of the overall): 3.00 (Wasn’t my favorite in audio–switched to paper half way through)

First thought when finished: This book did for me the same thing The President’s Vampire did–gave me my action/thriller love coupled with my paranormal love! *sigh* I am in love with Joe Ledger!

What I Loved: There wasn’t much I didn’t love about this book! Patient Zero had heart-stopping action that any thriller junkie would love. It had a fantastic lead character, Joe Ledger, that any fan of conflicted heroes would love. He reminded me of a cross between Jason Bourne and Jack Baeur—lethal, cunning, and yet still had a heart. It also had fantastic side characters that you can’t help but adore, suspect of being of moles, and care for in every aspect. I wont’ go into any individual detail because a huge part of the fun of this book is the back-seat detective game you have going in your head. Seriously, I was sure I figured it out a couple of times. Of course, that means that I was also wrong a couple of times πŸ™‚ I can’t say enough about this book. It is just FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!

Audio Review: I love audiobooks but this one just did not work for me. I listened to about half of the story in audio then switched over to paper. I just don’t think there was enough urgency in the narrators voice. I have listened other books Ray Porter has done and they were excellent. So I think it might have been my urgency keyed up feeling and not necessarily the narrators. So bottom line, Ray Porter is an excellent narrator but this book didn’t work for ME in audio form! Hope that makes sense because if you skip a book that has Ray as a narrator you are missing out on some true narration genius.

Final Thought: Not everyone will like this book but if you are a fan of Paranormal Thrillers—you will LOVE IT!


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21 responses to “Zombie Review: Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry (Extraordinary)!

  1. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    I am excited that this series seems to take on a different plague in each book. I ordered the first in his YA Zombie series πŸ™‚

  2. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    I just think it is zombie books on audio I can't do. I tried with Rise of the Governor and had the same issue!

  3. Mary

    Jonathan Maberry is truly the king of zombie books. One of my students is reading Rot & Ruin right now and loving it! Might have to read this one (though I'll probably follow the advice you gave Melissa. Dogs are definitely good protectors against such things as zombies.)

  4. Natalie (Mindful Mus

    I've been thinking about reading this one for awhile, but I haven't seen a whole lot of reviews for it. I LOVE zombies though, and you've totally convinced me that this is a must-read (though I'm definitely going to go with the paper version on this one). Thanks, Felicia! πŸ™‚

  5. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    Dear Melissa: I love you dearly but I know you—here is my warning: READ DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS and THEN SLEEP WITH YOUR DOGGIES!

  6. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    I need to get the Rot and Ruin series! Seriously—it looks amazing (Plus I might have bought book 1 yesterday but not admitting that since I am on ban till April LOL)

  7. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    The Zombie bug is not for everyone LOL (Ok that actually sounded funny)Oh good–I am not the only one. I told Tara that I have done that with a few books for several reasons. I read faster than audiobooks go so sometimes I just wanted to know!

  8. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    I think you may be on to something—this is the 2nd Zombie book I have tried in Audio and it just didn't work for me. Good CATCH!

  9. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    I really enjoyed this one (I guess that is obvious since it got one of my few 5's) and I don't *think* you will be disappointed.

  10. Melissa (Books and T

    Been wanting this one and now I want it more. I think I like the first cover though. It has less teeth. πŸ™‚

  11. Jenny

    Wow, those are some very cool and very creepy covers!!! I think I love the one you used at the top the best, it's creepy without scary the life out of me like the one with the teeth. Sounds like an amazing read, thanks for the review Felicia!

  12. Heidi

    I still need to read this author's Rot and Ruin series. This sounds like a great book. Not sure which cover I like best though. I am heading over to Amazon to look this one up.

  13. Missie, The Unread R

    Why have I not caught the Zombie bug yet? *sighs* Funny how I have several books as actual books and audiobooks, too. If I can't stand how they sound on audio, I switch over too. LOL

  14. Prangon: The Nerd In

    IDK but I think I am not so into Zombie audio books but I love them in paper or ebook. Maybe it's the screaming or thing or describing of how zombies torn out flesh and actually happening. o_o I love zombie books, I really do. But after listening to Feed (Newsflesh #1) I gave up listening to Zombie book :(However I am loving your review of Patient Zero. I'll get myself the ebook πŸ˜€

  15. bookgoonie

    *sigh* I am a JM fan girl after reading Rot & Ruin. I was fixing to spend $$$ getting Dust & Decay & Frater's zombie series. I will have to add this one to my cart too. Glad you loved it.