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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh version of the zombie novel
This book was suggested by Amazon based on the volume of Zombie fiction I had previously purchased, I had never heard of the novelist before but decided to give it a try.
What a great book, fantastic characterisation (although the villain is a little clichéd), brutal pace and very violent action, the main character, joe ledger, is sure to feature in many more...
Published on 3 Aug 2009 by Daryl Clarke
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3.0 out of 5 stars Generic post-9/11 zombie bioterrorism thriller
'Patient Zero' is a competent post-9/11 thriller that mixes elements of zombie horror with futuristic bioterrorism and corporate skulduggery to produce a pacy but rather generic read. For the most part the book is designed to appeal to the reader who enjoys rapid plot movement, lots of twists and turns and violent bloody action. It's also written very much with a...
Published 23 months ago by Paul Bowes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Six Star Book,
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This review is from: Patient Zero (Paperback)I had never read anything by this author before, and i am glad i took a chance on this book. The idea of meshing a thriller with Terrorist's, zombie's and evil meglomanic industrialist's is inspired.
I throughly enjoyed the specialist dept created to deal with the threat and this book really is a page turner as you really want to know what happen's next, as the action is fast and furious from the word go.
The character's are just deep enough for you to care about and the ending left the option of a good sequel, but going by some review's of the next book in the Joe Ledger series i don't think i will bother as it is not a zombie tale. If you want a good zombie thriller try FEED by Mira Grant it is a crackerFeed (Newsflesh, Book 1)
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable zombie/terrorist fusion actioner,
This review is from: Patient Zero (Paperback)Patient Zero attempts to marry together zombies with a fairly standard 'those-horrible-arabs-are-out-to-kill-us-all' terrorist hokum-fest and it is reasonably successful.
Firstly it's readable and never boring - big plus point - and while the various set pieces feel like different levels on an Xbox game, that's ok. This isn't Tolstoy. We want big action, explosions and lots of carnage, don't we?
The plot is predictably ludicrous and the 'science' around the pathogen that brings on the 'zombie' state giggle inducing, but these are not such handicaps if you are being catapulted forward with each cliff-hanger. The central characters - plucky cop Joe Ledger and his SAS girlfriend Grace - have bolted on 'trauma' in their pasts, which I felt was a little unnecessary and not developed, but pretty insignificant to the general enjoyment of the book. Less forgiveably, the members of Joe's 'team' were pretty much indistinguishable because of inadequate delineation. (Starting them out with Joe's given 'nicknames' for them, then giving them 'proper' names did not help this confusion one little bit.) This matters when you can't work out who's just got killed etc...
But quibbles aside, this is fast-paced, has lots of walking undead, lots of shooting and some nice ideas about what to do with Congressmen who may be a little peckish for human flesh. It's quickly read I've bought it for my eighteen year old nephew for Xmas.
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie fiction with a difference,
This review is from: Patient Zero (Paperback)I absolutely loved this book. I am a real fan of zombie fiction - the good and the bad, but it is not often that I read something that gets my heart racing like this did.
The story is fast-paced and exciting, and although it is based in a secret service / military style setting, there is never too much jargon or technical information to take away from the plot. I'm all for realism and a well researched novel, but some zombie fiction (like the Day by Day series) can become boring. This was the exact opposite of boring. You care about the lead characters and the bad guys, although a bit over the top in some instances, are not two dimensional.
Read this book if you love zombie fiction, but are a bit bored of the usual survivalist horror. Read this book if you love 24 or if you are just after a really entertaining evening or two.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read,
This review is from: Patient Zero (Paperback)This book is a page turner,i finished it in 3 days.It is a book that you will not be able to put down easily.The action races along at breakneck speed.It has been described already as a cross between 28 Days Later and 24 which is about right.I really like the main character Joe Ledger who is very tough but also has compassion.I will be reading the other Joe Ledger novels that are available.Great stuff give me more Mr Maberry.
4.0 out of 5 stars zombie techno thriller - whats not to like...,
This review is from: Patient Zero (Paperback)Well, if you're after a literary and thought provoking read with prose that will uplift the soul, you're probably better looking elsewhere. Then again I'd hope you wouldn't expect any of that when looking at a book that has a picture of a zombie on the front cover:-)
What you will find inside is a fast moving thriller (or, as I believe the sub-genre is, techno-thriller) very much in the Lee Child, Douglas Preston, Crichton type style. Maybe a little less Crichton and a little more Lee Child (I'd say the action somewhat out weighs the science).
Essentially we have the tough guy all american hero, billionaire bad guy, crazed terrorist, secret government organisation, love interest, global catastrophe and, to top it all off - Zombies. And lots of them. It may tick all the boxes for books typical of this genre but there was definitely more than enough in there to keep me interested. The action was well written, the story, albeit it far-fetched, had lots of twists and turns and all in all I would say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I believe there are more books planned and I shall certainly be looking out for the next in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Zombie Fun!,
This review is from: Patient Zero (Hardcover)Wonderful read, absolutely great fun, I read this book in 2 sittings, only tiredness from work ensured I could not read it in one! This is a story that although not realistic to the point that not everyone is a martial arts expert, as per a comment on here, but, it is escapism that could be plausible, only just, but could be! Would make an excellent film, and this has got to be up there with the likes of Twelve by Jasper Kent; which although that book is a bit more historic, and totally dissimilar (a tad), both had me gripped, and I enjoyed them immensely!
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, action packed zombie novel,
This review is from: Patient Zero (Hardcover)One of the most entertaining action packed novels I've read recently. Very pacy, lots of short chapters which keep the plot moving and plenty of action scenes. Okay it's not particularly cerebral or groundbreaking but who cares when it's this entertaining. I'm already eagerly anticipating the next book in this series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Romero revamped,
This review is from: Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel, Volume 1 (Paperback)This is a bit of a strange tale as it blends beautifully action adventure with the supernatural as Jonathan allows a Romeroesque tale to run full throttle. Its fun, its got all the things that you just can't wait to rip into with all the gusto of a Zombie trying to get an all you can eat brainfest and whilst its not high literature it really does tick the boxes and delivers what it says on the tin. It won't require any heavy thinking which whilst some would see this as a bit of an upset, it was a huge relief as too many authors seem to think that you need to twist the hell out of a tale to get the full impact along with sale. Jonathan proves that keeping it simple will not only keep a happy reader but allows you the chance to enjoy it to the max and will be a tale I'll put back into my reading cycle again shortly when I need a bit of light relief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read,
This review is from: Patient Zero (Paperback)saw this on the shelf and thought i would give it a try ....am I glad I did!!Action all the way through.Yeah , far-fetched but an unusual kind of 'hero', a cop in charge of tough soldiers who is very , very witty and and a right tough-nutThey do battle with a genetic zombies ,The action never lets up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, action packed,
This review is from: Patient Zero (Paperback)Loved this book, its fast paced, action packed and I was gripped from the beginning.
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