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For All of Us Sick Zombie Lovers – Book Review: Patient Zero

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Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger novels will appeal to just about anyone who likes to read about tough guys. And if you’re one of those people who prefers that their tough guys be fighting zombies instead of smugglers, counterfeiters, human traffickers, etc, you’ll find globs of rotted, fetid, moaning pleasure in Patient Zero.

Zombies…good grief, how did we get here? I’ve helped contribute to the craze. From my early exposure to Night of the Living Dead and the earliest Romero films, to the Resident Evil video games, to The Forest of Hands and Teeth and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Breathers, I’ve enjoyed and promoted and reread and rewatched them all more than once.

Why? I don’t know why. Zombies…

Summary of Patient Zero

The plot doesn’t really matter, but there is a very interesting–as far as zombie stories go–twist here. What if America’s enemies, Arab terrorists in this case, could make a legion of the undead and point it at us?

Well, first of all, you’d call Joe Ledger, a name about as unassuming as Jack Reacher, but Maberry’s action hero reminds me of Lee Child’s. He punches hard, he kicks hard, he’s pretty tall, he gets the ladies, he’s often reluctant to get involved in the beginning, but when he does, no man, or zombie, is going to get in his way when there’s a job to be done.

Does the sound of a Jack Bauer type character fighting hordes of fast moving zombies appeal to you? If so, you’ll probably enjoy Patient Zero.

If you’re not interested at all because you have managed to completely sidestep the zombie craze, please tell me how you did it.


If you are a zombie, please join my book club. (It’s not required that you be undead, but it’s helpful)

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