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Generic post-9/11 zombie bioterrorism thriller,
This review is from: Patient Zero (Paperback)
'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 patriotic and anti-Islamic American audience in mind - although Maberry does provide the British reader with one source of entertainment in the form of a most unlikely female SAS major.
There are a few individual touches - notably an unusual preoccupation with the psychological consequences for the hero and his colleagues in the super-secret DMS organisation of the awful things they have to see and do - but on this showing, Maberry isn't a writer of the calibre of Max Brooks. His characters are mostly lazy stereotypes and the plot, though complicated and carefully worked out, is Bond-ishly implausible. On balance, 'Patient Zero' is just good enough: undemanding, forgettable entertainment to while away a long flight or train journey.