Series: Joe Ledger #1
Published by Macmillan on 2009-03-03
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Thrillers
Source: Owned Audible Book
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....Visit www.stmartins.com/jonathanmaberry to download the free short story COUNTDOWN
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Steph from The Fake Steph Dot Com is the one who recommended this book to me, and it goes to show how well she knows me. The Joe Ledger books have a lot going on in them that make them my kind of books- sarcastic main character, zombies, secret government agencies, gruesome zombie deaths, and a touch of romance. Because if there’s ever a zombie apocalypse you can bet I’m going to want a little kissing with all that zombie slaying (I’m talking to you, Daryl Dixon!).
Not that this story is necessarily about a zombie apocalypse, just the impending threat of one. This is really why we need to keep a closer eye on brilliant, crazy scientists. You just know some bat shiz crazy government (you know, like our own) are trying to create super soldiers right now and accidentally creating monsters that will eventually take over the planet (which better not happen before the last Game of Thrones book come outs because if it does it will be Zombie BBQ every day all day over at my house- they best not mess with this George R.R. Martin fan!).
I listened to this book last month, but it was the kind of story that had me driving around just so that I could keep listening (which, trust me, is saying a lot since gas prices continue to be ridiculous). There were several twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and I ended up liking characters I didn’t think I would- like one of the main baddies. I liked Joe and his team, although I have a feeling that it’s best not to get too attached to the characters in this book since they’re almost all in deadly battles. Joe’s kind of a reluctant hero, but he’s born for fighting. And as long as he’s going to hand out some one liners whilst mowing down the bad guys, then this midnight book girl is very happy!
I really enjoyed Ray Porter’s narration although it was the first time I listened to him. He’s got a great voice for action/thriller/horror and his female voice don’t make me want to cringe. Despite this being my first listen to him it won’t be the last- he narrates this series and a few Robert McCammon books that I have my eye on in Audible. I would definitely recommend listening to Ray Porter narrating Patient Zero!