For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons. Within days there are outbreaks of mass slaughter and murderous insanity across the American heartland. Can Joe Ledger stop a brilliant and devious master criminal from turning the Land of the Free into a land of the dead?
Code Zero, a Joe Ledger novel from Jonathan Maberry, is the exciting direct sequel to Patient Zero.
©2014 Jonathan Maberry (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
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"Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
Yeah, yeah, good stuff, fun listen, wild ride...you can't go wrong with the most fun series you can get your teeth into. If you've read my reviews on Maberry's Ledger, you know he is my guilty pleasure, and I even offered to take up a collection so team Jon-Ray could devote all of their time to collaborating. So, I'm going to voice my opinion here safely among my fellow devotees and ask you all to take a step back, stand down (cut me some love). Here goes: needed MORE Ghost, more Bunny, more monsters, more story, more nifty weapons. This story leaned heavily on fist time and the guys running, a little too witlessly, into another trap to fight their way out of -- no complaints...It's just, if the story is going to rely on fight scenes for half the pages, can't Maberry at least churn out the stories faster?
Now that I've probably alienated my peer group of rabid Maberry/Porter fans, a helpful recommendation: Code Zero can stand on its own, but really needs (at least) Dragon Factory as a prelude. There ya go -- let the tomato-chucking-*no*-help-button-pressing begin!
[BTW: The Emperor was naked -- yeah; I said it!]
"code zero! need i say more?"
throughout this series, joe ledger has fought just about every kind of worst nightmare imaginable and has managed to come out the other side. i have enjoyed this series b/c it's like a modern day, 21st century james bond, but only meaner, grittier, bloodier, and a lot more scarier.
joe ledger's enemies are over the top, and when i start a new ledger book, i always look forward to what kind of enemy jonathan maberry will throw against the dms. just when you've thought that the dms has fought the cleverest of enemies, maberry introduces a new enemy, who is perhaps the most insidious and devious the dms has ever faced.
maberry does a good job building the backstory of the enemy so that he/she/it is truly a formidable adversary. for most of the story, the dms are scratching their heads at who could be doing these things. part of the excitement of the story is watching the dms pull the layers of the onion back, trying to discover the identity of their enemy.
of course, the action scenes are full-throttle, and there are only a few others who can pen them as well as maberry. as with most of the other stories in this series, this is a fast-paced thrill ride from start to finish with a few heartfelt moments dropped in along the way.
i guess my main complaint is that with so many characters to love, only a few get to the chance "to burn to shine." but we do get to know one dms character a little better. i won't say, but i will give you a hint. which dms member do you loathe?
i love ray porter's narration. ray porter IS joe ledger. he's also incredibly good at portraying all of the other characters.
overall, code zero is one of my favorite books in this series! after an ok 4th book and a kind of out of left field 5th book, i'd say back on track. i liked those books but not as much as the others.
are you still reading this review? what are you waiting for? download this audio book and start the adventure. it's a treat for your ears!
"Look out, Joe!"
I am an unapologetic devotee of the Joe Ledger novels. Maberry's hero just gets more broken, wittier and more loveable with every novel.
It leaves all the other paranormal /military thrillers behind in the dust. But so do all the others in this series.
Ray Porter's narration is flawless.
"I am about through with Ledger."
I have read the earlier books in the series, the problem with this one is: so has the author and he keeps rehashing the old stuff. Some of it is to fill in gaps in the character, but mostly I interpret this as reading leftovers and filling space to get another book out of it. I have started this several times and then something good comes out and I switch to Lucas Davenport or Sheriff Longmire, and not too eager to pick this one up again.
"Joe Ledger continues to roll.."
The performance of Ray Porter is always remarkable. The story meanders in places, and takes a huge leap to get into , but Joe L , and Porter as him, are tour de force.
Predictable. Fact that Joe L is still upright and functioning is always amazing.
Yes, as many as I can, and I will again. Porter has replaced Scott Brick as my favourite performer on Audible. He brings everything he touches to life.
Ledger's self reflection is always interesting.
This continues the series in a dramatic, predictably violent but thoughtful manner. I recommend it highly, if for nothing else for the performance of Porter.
This book was amazing!!! its like the sum of how awesome each book was is equal to how awesome this book !!!!
There were plenty of moments were I was completely still not doing anything because i was so shocked. It reached a point were i thought things are never gonna get any better and that the DMS might not be able to deal with this
Code Zero is amazing and a jaw dropper... I couldn't focus on doing anything else while listening to it.
I really wanna know how things will be like in the next addition to this awesome series.
YOU HAVE TO GET IT!!!
"A trip down memory lane..."
What I love about the Joe Ledger's series: new super villain/freak of the week, action, and problem-solving process. Code Zero is Joe Ledger's top hits album. Every character and problem was revisited and summarized. Joe spent the majority of the book discussing the psychological repercussions of battling monsters. Killing the walking dead is emotionally scarring for the soldiers and makes the dead victims twice over. You made your point Mr. Maberry. Got it. Got it again. GOT IT! Sheesh.
"Awesome reading... listening"
Reading this series has been really awesome, I enjoy every book, and this one maybe is not the best one from the series, but is really good
"Keep 'em coming!"
Intense, imaginative, impassioned, impeccable, inconceivable!
This series is simply engrossing! It has quickly become one of my favorites along side Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Lynch's Gentleman Bastards, Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles, and Flynn's Mitch Rapp series.
The despicable things the villain is capable of in this volume made me cringe out loud in my car, at work and in bed (while listening of course) several times over. Bravo to Maberry for being able to bring out such a guttural response!
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the utterly impeccable performance of Ray Porter. I'd listen to a reading of the phone book if he was narrating! Mr. Porter is the reason I discovered the Joe Ledger series in the first place. I searched for more of his work after listening to Power of the Dog by Don Winslow which, along with Code Zero, I highly recommend!
"Not as good as the earlier ones"
I love this series but I have to admit that I was a tad disappointed in this one. Part of the fun is discovering the latest creatures and villains that have been concocted in Jonathan Maberry's crazy head...In Code Zero, the evils are recycled from earlier stories. The new villain is somehow not up to par with previous ones. It was a fun read...but simply not of the same caliber.
"Good but not great"
Found all the "Interludes" a bit annoying after a while and not enough "action".
However as always, the narration by Ray Porter was excellent keeps you spellbound all the way.
Overall a good book but not as good as previous Joe Ledger adventures.
"Simply the finest horror writer in existence..."
The combination of Jonathan Maberry's writing combined with Ray Porter's masterful narration mean I have listened to all of the Joe Ledger series at least twice already. I read all the books before I graduated onto the audio versions and having loved them in written form was actually blown away at how much these audio versions came to life.
Without a doubt, Joe Ledger. He is probably the world's finest reluctant hero, and Porter makes him come to life in a way that makes you laugh out loud and your heart bleed - sometimes even in the same chapter.
Rudy Sanchez and Church come a close second, the first for his heart and humour, the second for subtlety and pure enigmatic charm.
Probably the best character portrayals of any narrator. He can make a character come to life better than you possibly imagined was possible. Having read all the books first I can testify that Ray gives them a whole new dimension.
Once I start listening to these audio versions of the Joe Ledger series they usually take up my spare moments anytime I can concentrate on them - while cooking, doing chores, commuting to work, while working out - once you are in, you're hooked.
Audible really needs to at least get the full library of Joe Ledger books available for download - Patient Zero, The Dragon Factory, The King of Plagues. You can listen to the ones on audible as standalones but the series is at its best when you can listen to them all in sequence. I actually started listening to the Joe Ledger series thanks to the collection of short stories called "special ops" having already read all the main books, this started a mad desire in me to listen to all the audiobooks. Alas, I had to track down the first 3 books in very expensive Audio CD format due to them not being available here.
I would love to listen to Maberry's Pine Deep trilogy as well but these are even rarer to get hold of and upon my recent reading of them can testify that it is the best horror story I have ever read - so it should definetly be found on Audible - come on, guys, get with the program!
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