- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (4 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575086939
- ISBN-13: 978-0575086937
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Patient Zero Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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"24-with-Zombies. The plot is simple but completely gripping. The pace breakneck. One of the most exciting thrillers we've read in years and arguably the greatest zombie novel." (Sam Ashurst SFX )
"A well written, often insanely paced and utterly compelling piece of entertainment. But the real joy of this novel is the plot: occasionally implausible, but unfailingly gripping, it makes for the same sort of breathless guilty pleasure as reading a James Patterson novel." (Steve Robinson DEATHRAY )
"To state that, with Patient Zero, Jonathan Maberry has written an excellent thriller with horror trappings is misleading. On the other hand, to say he's composed a fine horror novel with thriller aspects isn't quite right, either. Perhaps, it is most appropriate to simply conclude: The man has succeeded in his goal." (FANGORIA )
"Patient Zero is a terrific action/horror novel that effortlessly and absolutely satisfies the requirements of both genres. It's also, and I say this without making light of the fact, a truly post 9/11 zombie novel, and all the more terrifying for it." (HORRORSCOPE )
"Patient Zero is definitely a zombie story for the twenty first century, it has big ideas and it's right there in your face (trying to bite it off). If you like zombie fiction then I reckon you'll enjoy this." (GRAEME'S FANTASY BOOK REVIEW )
"An accomplished thriller which overcomes its dafter aspects to become an enjoyable novel." (SFF CHRONICLES )
"Patient Zero ticks all the turn-the-page buttons with action blasting into being at exactly the right junctures. Patient Zero does feel like something new, but in reality it's a hybrid that revolves around Maberry's ability to successfully incorporate horror elements into a contemporary post 9/11 hotbed of political intrigue, global corporate aspirations and military/national wills." (BOOK GEEKS )
"Fits well into the Tom Clancy techno thriller world: it just happens to be zombies not terrorists who are the enemy! The action is well written, with some very tense sequences that don't stint on the necessary gore. If you're after a fast-paced action thriller with a high violence quotient, Patient Zero fits the bill." (DREAMWATCH TOTAL SCI-FI )
"Patient Zero is a fast-paced thriller that's amongst the best of its genre, and which will win the writer many new readers, plaudits and perhaps awards - and deservedly so." (STRANGE HORIZONS ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
24 meets 28 DAYS LATER - a fast moving, hyper-violent techo-thriller with horror overtones.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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 novels, he has just the right moral compass to succeed in a crowded market of disposable heroes.
The setting of terrorists using zombies as biological weapons gave the book a contemporary feel and sets it apart from the typical "end of the world" zombie novel.
I am working my way through the rest of the writers books and its always a joy to discover a new novelist in an unexpected manner, let's hope Mr Mayberry can keep up the high standard.
In this book, however, we've moved on. Anti-western elements have pretty much perfected a zombie which can think, talk and generally behave badly. That many hundreds are disposed of in this fast and furious helter-skelter ride is only a problem for the West.
Enter Joe Ledger, all action super-hero (yes, another American) with a little help from a Brit as the love interest who, mistakenly described as a major in the SAS, can also pack a punch above her weight.
The book is a great holiday read. Don't expect pages of moralising (there are a few) but do expect page upon page of a rising body count, an almost unkillable hero and his team and another Muslim extremist group intent on, again, taking over the wold, though, as ever, with a little bit of help from greedy Westerners.
My review is light-hearted since that's the way the book comes across, of course. I did begin to flag towards the middle of it because, as I mentioned ealier, there is really only so much you can do with a zombie. Much has been made of 28 Days etc. Maybe somebody will make this into a film but don't expect much by way of innovative ways to kill a zombie. We all know how to do it should the need ever arise.
Having said all this, I hope that we see Echo Team back again. The characters are larger-than-life, necessarily so, but it makes for a good read when looking for escapism. I got this book through a swap and I'm pleased I read it. I will look forward to book 2 which, hopefully, will exclude the living dead for a change.
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.
Mayberry is another author who manipulates the time line to build up the story's intensity, but it's easy to follow because he notes the location, date, and time at the beginning of each chapter. Eventually the time lines join together before you are even halfway through the book.
The climax was incredible. I am so happy that Mayberry didn't have "intelligent" zombies returning to their former lives -- I'm getting sick of seeing authors trying to be philosophical (to date, Romero is the only one who could properly mix social issues with zombies). I also enjoyed the quotes placed at the intervals within the book; who ever imagined relating a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote with zombies?
This was fantastic as a stand-alone book, but I would love to see a sequel of some kind. I will be adding Mayberry to my list of favorite zombie authors. Another book of his is Bad Moon Rising.
If you are looking for another good zombie book, I recommend Eden.
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This was a freebie (I think) and never finished it. Not really my thing although I'm sure if it's a genre you love it would be an excellent read.Published 10 months ago by James
This is a very believable, utterly un-put-downable grueling freak show of a ride! A jolly ride. Joe (author and protagonist), I have become a fan!!!Published 12 months ago by Donald Tombia
Different slant on the Zombie theme, good fast paced and enjoyable.Published 18 months ago by MicroEye
Very good read. Superbly paced and with great characters. Joe Ledger makes for a great protagonist.Published 19 months ago by ADS
we read this for my book club and opinion was split between awesomely fun and so bad couldn't even finish it. i myself reaally enjoyed it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kindle Customer
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