Book Review: Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Patient Zero (Joe Ledger, #1)Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The idea that underpins the story is very good. A very advanced biotech company develops a virus that kills the victim but keeps them walking until they have bitten somebody to infect them with the deadly virus. It is terrifying. But money will be made out of providing the antidote.

The genius behind the biotech company teams up with Islamic terrorists to hatch a plot which is going to kill the United States of America.

In the meantime, Baltimore Detective Joe Ledger is recruited into the top secret unit, Department of Military Science, DMS, which is dealing with the threat. He is a super-hard policeman, although I had to laugh at part of his assessment. The head of the DMS is the mysterious Mr Church, who is answerable only to the president.

“Elapsed time from the slide locking back to completed kill is 0.031 seconds,” said Church. “Tell me why I want him for the DMS.”

Can you believe that anyone can react to an event and complete a move to kill somebody in three-hundredths of a second? The move itself would have taken over half a second.

There were a few more minor irritations.

“Sure, what do you want?” “My usual. Iced half-caf ristretto quad grande two pump raspberry two percent no whip light ice with caramel drizzle three-and-a-half-pump white mocha.” “Is any of that actually coffee?” “More or less.” “And you think I’m damaged.”

Is that necessary?

Counting Javad, our patient zero, we have a loss of life totaling one hundred and eighty-eight civilians and twenty-four DMS operatives. Two hundred and ten deaths as a result of one carrier.

I make that 212.

“LOL,” Bunny murmured.

Clearly didn’t laugh out loud if he was murmuring!

“I hate to break up this Dr. Phil moment but I kind have to go fight some zombies.”

Where does “like” come into it?

Those irritations aside, the tension in the story builds with a race against time to save humanity.

The middle section of the book became a bit predictable and boring for me, as it resembled a shoot-em-up computer game, but the last third was all action and compulsive reading, with lots of twists and turns.

It is exciting, and the ending is good.

I really don’t know what “normal” zombie stories are like, but I believe that this one would be different. I enjoyed the ride.
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About Lance Greenfield

Blog: lancegreenfield.wordpress.com email: lancegmitchell@outlook.com I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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1 Response to Book Review: Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

  1. Colline says:

    Always love a twisty novel.

    Liked by 1 person

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