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Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

February 12th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Bought from Borders

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

I give this 4 out of 5 stars

Description from book blurb: 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 has been lingering on my TBR shelves since October of last year and I am glad I finally picked it up.  I loved Joe Ledger’s character.  He was a total kick ass and yet still remained likeable.  The supporting characters were for the most part also great.  The only thing I wish Mayberry had not done was create the expected romance between Ledger and one of the women in the DMS.  I really did not feel like it was necessary to the story.  Still this was a great book to read.  Early on we know there is a traitor in Ledger’s group but no one knows who it is.  I had my suspicions early on but then I started doubting myself and finally in the end had my suspicions confirmed.  That alone made me stay up late just to find out who it was and what they would do.

It also has a different take on the origins of “zombies” and actually freaked me out wondering if there really could be someone out there smart enough to create a weapon like this.  You know there will always be fanatics and money hungry people out there who would love to take advantage of such a thing.  I just hope we never get to that point.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Action, Books, General Fiction

13 Responses

  1. Kristen Howe

    Wow. That sounds like an excellent thriller to read and a new author to try next year. Thanks for sharing. This book review got me intrigued.

  2. Jenn

    WOW this sounds really good – I need to add this to my want to read list! Awesome review ;)

  3. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    So far I have resisted the urge to buy this book in the store…every time I see it. After this review, I’m not sure I will be able to resist the next time I see the book. Thanks for the review.

  4. Jenn

    I Love Zombie books! It helps me gather information so I can add to my zombie escape plan. :)

  5. Natalie

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book. It’s on my TBR list, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Thanks for the review! :)

  6. Jess.

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this, zombies and books two of my biggest loves ever.

  7. Jonathan Maberry

    I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Funny thing about the romance—I’ve gotten a lot of response from folks who wanted to see MORE of the romance, which is explored more deeply in the second book, THE DRAGON FACTORY (due out March 12). In that book the Joe/Grace relationship is examined in terms of the dangers and downsides to an ‘office romance’ among people on the front line of the war on terror. Perhaps you’ll give that one a try.

    There are also two free Joe Ledger short stories available online: “COUNTDOWN” is a prequel to PATIENT ZERO ( and “DEEP, DARK”, which takes place just before the second book, THE DRAGON FACTORY. Here’s the link:

    Jonathan Maberry

  8. dsuzuki

    I hope everyone else enjoys it as much as I did!

    Jonathan-thanks for stopping by. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance but only if it serves a purpose in the story and wasn’t thrown in just for the sake of having a romance. I’m glad to hear we will see more depth to the relationship in the next book. I can’t wait to read The Dragon Factory. Thanks for the two short story links too! Great job on this book.

  9. Kay

    Oh, it sounds so great! I’ve been wondering about this book since I first saw its cover. I’m glad to hear you liked it. I think I’ll have to read it too!

  10. The Kool-Aid Mom

    I got this one from my SantaThing for Christmas. I’m wanting to get to it, but I have so many ARCs to get through first. Maybe I can read it by next Christmas.

  11. Jonathan Maberry

    One thing to bear in mind when reading thrillers: these are race against the clock stories which take place over the course of a few days. That means that there is less time to develop the slow burn of a romance than in, say, a mystery novel. That said, the relationship dynamics are built more along the lines of a collision of high emotions, and characters tend to bond quickly (just as people do in real world disasters). It’s a different kind of emotional dynamic. Friendships can be forged in one minute on a battlefield; and passion can be sparked by a shared experience in which life can bee lost at any moment.

    With Joe and Grace, their actual romance doesn’t start until after the main events are over. Even the intimacy they share before the end of the novel is more based on sharing of trust and exploring the possibilities of something deeper. Remember, when Grace comes onto Joe midway through the book, he doesn’t have sex with her. He recognizes that she’s hurt and vulnerable. It’s only after the Big Bad has been dealt with that their relationship takes the next step.

  12. Sheila DeChantal

    Great book cover! This sounds wonderful!

  13. Allie

    Hey there! I wanted to let you know I passed on an award to you at my blog. :)

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