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ISBN13: 9780312382858
ISBN10: 0312382855
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            When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week, then theres either something wrong with your skills or something wrong with your world.

            And theres nothing wrong with my skills.



Ocean City, Maryland / Saturday, June 27; 10:22 am


            They came for me at the beach.  Nice and slick, two in front, one big cover-man behind in a three-point close while I was reaching for my car door.  Nothing flashy, just three big guys in off-the-rack gray, all of them sweating in the Ocean City heat.

            The pointman held up his hands in a no-problem gesture.  It was a hot Saturday morning and I was in swim-trunks and a Hawaiian shirt with mermaids on it over a Tom Petty t-shirt.  Flip-flops and Wayfarers. My piece was in a locked toolbox in the trunk, with a trigger guard clamped on it.  I was at the beach to look at this years crop of sun-bunnies and Id been off the clock since the shooting pending a Monday morning officer-involved discussion with the OIS team.  It had been a bad scene at the warehouse and theyd put me on administrative leave to give me time to get my head straight about the shootings.  I wasnt expecting trouble, there shouldnt have been trouble, and the smooth way these guys boxed me was designed to keep everyones emotions in neutral.  I couldnt have done it better myself.

            “Mr. Ledger...?”

            “Detective Ledger,” I said to be pissy.

            No trace of a smile on the point-guys face, only a millimeter of a nod.  He had a head like a bucket.

            “Wed like you to come with us,” he said.

            “Badge me or buzz off.”

            Bucket-head gave me the look, but he pulled out an FBI identification case and held it up.  I stopped reading after the initials.

            “Whats this about?”

            “Would you come with us, please?”

            “Im off the clock, guys, whats this about?”

            No answer.

            “Are you aware that Im scheduled to start at Quantico in three weeks?”

            No answer.

            “You want me to follow you in my car?”  Not that I wanted to try and give these fellows the slip, but my cell was in the glove box of the SUV and it would be nice to check in with the lieutenant on this one.  It had a weird feel to it. Not exactly threatening, just weird.

            “No, sir, well bring you back here after.”

            “After what?”

            No answer.

            I looked at him and then the guy next to him.  I could feel the cover-man behind me.  They were big, they were nicely set –even with peripheral vision I could see that Bucket-head had his weight on the balls of his feet and evenly balanced.  The other front-man was shifted to his right.  He had big knuckles but his hands werent scarred.  Probably boxing rather than martial arts; boxers wear gloves.

            They were doing almost everything right except that they were a little too close to me.  You should never get that close. 

            But they looked like the real deal.  Its hard to fake the FBI look.

            “Okay,” I said.



Ocean City, Maryland / Saturday, June 27; 10:31 am


            Bucket-head sat beside me in the back and the other two sat up front, the cover-man driving the big government Crown Vic.  For all the conversation going on the others might have been mimes.  The air conditioner was turned up and the radio was turned off.  Exciting.

            “I hope were not going all the way the hell back to Baltimore.”  That was more than a three-hour ride and I had sand in my shorts.

            “No.”  That was the only word Bucket-head said on the ride.  I settled back to wait.

            I could tell that he was a leftie from the bulge his shoulder rig made.  He kept me on his right side, which meant that his coat flap would impede me grabbing his piece and he could use his right hand as a block to fend me off while he drew.  It was professional and well thought out.  Id have done almost the same thing.  What I wouldnt have done, though, was hold onto the leather handstrap by the door like he was doing.  It was the second small mistake he made and I had to wonder if he was testing me or whether there was a little gap between his training and his instincts.

            I settled back and tried to understand this pick-up.  If this had something to do with the action last week on the docks, if I was somehow in trouble for something related to that, then I sure as hell planned to lawyer up when we got wherever we were going.  And I wanted a union rep there, too.  No way this was SOP.  Unless it was some Homeland thing, in which case Id lawyer up and call my congressman.  That warehouse thing was righteous and I wasnt going to let anyone say different.

            For the last eighteen months Id been attached to one of those interjurisdictional taskforces that have popped up everywhere post 9/11.  A few of us from Baltimore PD, some Philly and DC guys, and a mixed bag of Feds: FBI, NSA, ATF, and a few letter combinations I hadnt seen before.  Nobody really doing much but everyone wanting a finger in the pie in case something juicy happened, and by juicy I mean career beneficial. 

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FNORDinc, January 5, 2010 (view all comments by FNORDinc)
its been about a month since i read this book. since i finished, i have stew over it and passed it on to at least two other people. i guess this means i need to write about it too, as i obviously enjoyed it.

ZOMBIES, but not your typical variety. There was no alien flyby or radiation leak that caused these undead to rise and eat flesh. At no point did hell fill up and the souls of the damned rise to retake the earth.

Patient Zero is pure science. science and violent horrific terrorism bent on destroying americans and all who stand beside them. terrorists have begun activating cells testing out a new bio weapon that kills and reanimates. Joe Ledger is brought into the mix to head up a team of black-ops that will attempt to save us all.

Book 1 in Jonathan Maberry’s new series is f'in awesome. You dont pick it up expecting Hemingway, there is no desire to be reminded of The Great Gatsby or the Hours. you know what you are getting into from the first page. this is not to say that he is not a fine writer. just that he is alone the same lines as Duane Swierczynski (Author of The Blond and Severance Package) or Warren Ellis (author of Crooked Little Vein). The book is fast paced and brutal.

From the book’s summary:

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.

Joe Ledger, the heartbeat of the book, is a total bad-*ss and i hope to see him in a great number of future books.

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Gregory, April 13, 2009 (view all comments by Gregory)
Be careful picking up this book - make sure you have plenty of time because it will keep you coming back till you finish it wanting more. Jonathan Mayberry cooks up a stew of police drama, spy thriller, and military action liberally spicing it with zombies and headline terrorist themes. He succeeds in creating very likable and believable characters that I genuinely want more stories about - even the heels.. Zombies aside this would be a great modern military thriller so even if horror is not your thing you might still want to go there.

People who like horror and want to fill in the time till World War Z the movie arrives should give this a whirl...... This is the first book of his that I have read of his but it wont be the last....
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Product Details

Maberry, Jonathan
Suspense fiction
Terrorism -- Prevention.
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Joe Ledger
Series Volume:
No. 1
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Grade Level:
8.27 x 5.52 x 1.22 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "While raiding a terrorist cell at the start of this exciting thriller from Stoker-winner Maberry (Dead Man's Song), Baltimore PD Det. Joe Ledger shoots two .45 slugs into Javad Mustapha, killing him very dead. Four days later, while trying out for a secret government antiterrorist unit, Joe has to kill Javad all over again. It appears the terrorists have figured out a way to make zombies, and they're about to turn the legions of the undead loose on the world. Terrorist El Mujahid and his brilliant scientist wife, Amirah, who created the zombies, are working with villainous international businessman Sebastian Gault. That Sebastian and Amirah are having wild sex in the lab shows that loyalties within the group of conspirators aren't all they should be. Joe leads a team of elite fighters against the zombies, a job he performs with spectacular skill. Plenty of man-to-zombie combat, a team traitor and a doomsday scenario add up to a fast and furious read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Brutal action, insanely intelligent, and so real that the hair on the back of your neck stands up!"
"Review" by , "I had a fine old time reading Patient Zero. Jonathan Maberry has found a delightful voice for this adventure of Joe Ledger and his crew: while the action is heated, violent, and furious, the writing remains cool, steady, and low-key, framing all the wildness and exuberance in a calm rationality (given an almost comic edge) that renders it as palatable as your favorite flavor of ice cream. This is a lovely feat, and Maberry has written a memorable book."
"Review" by , "Patient Zero is high-octane excitement from beginning to end, and the start of a fabulous new series. Joe Ledger and the DMS have my vote as the team to beat when combating terrorist threats on a grand scale."
"Review" by , "Scary, creepy, and gripping — Patient Zero is Night of the Living Dead meets Michael Crichton."
"Review" by , "A fast-paced, creepy thriller that's as prickly as a hospital needle and sounds a little too convincing. This guy is good."
"Review" by , "The book is as fun and funny as it is chilling and thrill-packed. Joe is a fantastic character, full of compassion, real vulnerabilities and a deliciously dark sense of humor."
"Synopsis" by ,

Monday, 1300 Hours: Joe Ledger kills terrorist Javad Mustapha, aka Patient Zero, with two point-blank shots from his Glock .45.


Wednesday, 0800 Hours: Patient Zero rises from the dead…


When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week, theres either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills... and theres nothing wrong with Joe Ledgers skills. Ledger, a Baltimore detective assigned to a counterterrorism task force, is recruited by the government to lead a new ultrasecret rapid-response group called the Department of Military Sciences (DMS) to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bio-weapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies.


“Plenty of man-to-zombie combat…a fast and furious read.”—Publishers Weekly


“As palatable as your favorite flavor of ice cream.  A memorable book.”—Peter Straub


Patient Zero is the first book in the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry. 

"Synopsis" by ,
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....
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