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review 2017-10-13 05:57
The Dragon Factory - Jonathan Maberry
Patient Zero - Jonathan Maberry

I kind of can't even handle how ridiculously pulpy this series is so far. Patient Zero pretends to a kind of scientrism, wherein the zombie outbreak our intrepid heroes race to thwart has, like, a modicum of scientific plausibility, I guess. Baltimore cop and chiseled jaw hero Joe Ledger gets tapped by one of those shadowy X filesy governmental organizations to track down a terrorist with a name like The Jackal. The leader of said alphabet soup organization eats cookies as his ominous tic; Joe has to murder a terrorist twice in a week; international pharma phuckers are the absolute worst. Patient Zero is good fun, with lots of kickass and a fullblown zombie outbreak to salve your need for bloodshed. 


But it's The Dragon Factory which really swings for the cheap seats. There's literal Nazis, genetically engineered chimera, Neanderthals, evil albino twins with a side of incest, clones, and more, so much more. SO MUCH MORE. I kept cackling through this novel, unable to believe how fucking bonkers everything was, and just when I got a handle on it, it would get MORE BONKERS. Uff da, I haven't had as much fun with something this silly in a long time. I'm going to read the shit out every single Joe Ledger novel as long as they stay this goofy, 

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review 2015-09-21 00:00
The Missing Files (Joe Ledger)
The Missing Files (Joe Ledger) - Jonathan Maberry
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I'm really starting to love this writer! His character Joe Ledger is just freaking awesome!
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review 2014-11-03 00:00
Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel
Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel - Jonathan Maberry In Maberry’s first novel in the Joe Ledger series, Baltimore detective Joe Ledger is brought into a secretive government facility where he is being recruited to lead an X Files style covert government special forces that are designed to tackle things that are far beyond the ordinary. As a sort of test, he is put into the same room as a terrorist who he had just killed the previous week and is now alive again. In this novel, the zombies are not supernatural in nature, but have been fabricated in a laboratory by terrorists as a weapon to attack the United States and the western world. Joe winds up leading a special forces group of the Department of Military Services. The terrorists are in the process of weaponizing a new form of zombie that they call the Sword of the Faithful, which are very different than the mindless zombies that are typically seen. These ones can think and fight and have retained most of their humanity.

There are things that I really enjoyed about this novel, and things that I didn’t like about it. On the plus side, the concept itself is really neat. The story is set at a really strong pace and continues to move with few dead spots. The action is really strong. The fight scenes are well constructed. Joe Ledger and some of the side characters on the protagonist side are well-developed. On the negative side, the antagonists in this story were poorly constructed and not credible. There were certain elements of the story that lacked any kind of logic and believability, including some that reminded me of what I hated about the television show 24, where I would read something that was so outrageous that it would take me out of the flow of the story. Also, this story has my ultimate pet peeve in fiction literature: the evil pharmaceutical that creates an illness so that it can then sell the cure. I wanted to throw the book across the room in those scenes. It has become beyond cliché. In the end, my opinion of this novel is mixed. I hope that Maberry will tighten some of these things in future editions of this series.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street
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review 2014-09-18 18:20
Joe Ledger: Special Ops
Joe Ledger: Special Ops - Jonathan Maberry My full Joe Ledger: Special Ops audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

I was so excited to listen to more Ledger that I didn't even realize that the first two stories were also included in Joe Ledger: The Missing Files. Initially I was very irritated. Thinking that I just got duped to spend money on stories that I already own. Then came the new ones and all was forgiven.

I love the creativity of Maberry. He is able to take a simple series of the most engrossing characters and weave them in and out of all the stand alone novels and his other series. And it isn't annoying to me at all. It just makes my want to explore more of the world, yes he is creating a singular world, that he has crafted.

Many of the stories contained in Joe Ledger: Special Ops serve multiple purposes. First, they are a great way for newcomers to this storyline to explore without getting too involved. Second, they let us, the listeners, know what is going on in between full length novels. This is important to die-hard fans. Sure there are some major spoilers for many of the novels, but this is great, Maberry has added disclaimers at the beginning of each to let us know if we should continue or not.

Even if you are like me and do not really like anthologies. Yet you're a Ledger / Maberry fan. You will eat this short collection for breakfast. So if you love or even hat Ledger, do your self a favor and listen to this one.

Audiobook provided for review by the publisher.
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review 2014-07-13 15:10
Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel - Jonathan Maberry


Joe Ledger is a Baltimore detective that is recruited by a super secret government agency called the Department of Military Sciences. The DMS is responsible for taking out terrorist threats, and this time they have to beat a terrorist group that made a biological weapon that turns its victims into zombies.



The author does a fantastic job of throwing you into the mix of plot line and you are introduced to the big players of this story right away. Joe is hard-core, funny, extremely likeable, badass, and sticks his humanity out to the core. He has some fascinating partners that he works with such as the mysterious Mr. Church, the kick-ass female Grace, and his best buddy therapist Rudy.



My favorite line:



“I’m not sure I could trust a man who would bypass an Oreo in favor of vanilla wafers. It’s a fundamental character flaw, possibly a sign of true evil.”



The book switches back and forth between the perspectives of the major players of this book. It begins with Joe in America and the terrorists in Afghanistan. I think it was a brilliant way to do it since I got to see how exactly this terrorist cell was working, and they had their own drama backstabbing working in their midst too. I had in my mind that this book was going to be completely about zombies, but it was more like a special ops military type of book. Don’t get me wrong, that in no way derailed from my opinion on the book, but it was more focused on the military operation that the zombies. It is just something to keep in mind if you pick it up to read it.



I really liked the science behind the virus that was used to create the zombies. It was well written and entirely believable and quite frightening since it made so much sense to me. The scientists that they used in the terrorist sections of this book were quite brilliant and terrifying since they were playing for the wrong team of people. It was entirely believable that something so awful could actually happen.




This book had it all for me. It had humor in the protagonists, mindless zombies, action, suspense, drama and backstabbing, and a subtle underlying hint of romance between Joe and Grace. Not to mention the solidarity of men in uniform and the bond of brotherhood that comes from it. I loved this book and will definitely be picking up the next book in the Joe Ledger series.



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