NOVEL: PATIENT ZERO
AUTHOR: Jonathan Maberry
RATING: Four-point-five out of five Siggies

I know that right now zombies are all the rage (no pun intended), and yet I'm not a very big fan of the genre. Why? Because it seems writing a zombie book or movie plot is only slightly less complicated than taking a nap. You have shambling mounds of undead. Add some "regular people" characters, have the undead chase them about, kill off all the characters one by one until maybe a couple escape said undead, and ... scene. How did the zombies become zombies? Oh come now, don't you fret your pretty little head about such details.

Maberry takes a different approach with PATIENT ZERO. First of all, the characters are about as far from "regular people" as I am from dunking over Dwight Howard. We're talking highly trained, ass-whipping spec ops bad boys that break zombie necks with their bare hands, if need be, or just shot the fuck out of them with the latest and greatest weaponry. Second, he comes up with a pseudo-science explanation for the zombies that is very cool, very fun, and lets you slide much farther into the willing suspension of disbelief. 

This book is like Mack Bolan running the X-Files. The main character is Joe Ledger, an ultra-violent good guy with the proverbial heart of gold. I'm sure we'll see more of this character soon (and not just because the cover says "a Joe Ledger novel").

Bottom line: I think Maberry's stuff reads a lot like mine. There is lots and lots of violence. If you like the science-based monsters of INFECTED, NOCTURNAL, ANCESTOR and EARTHCORE, you will dig this book.

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Just finished this book

and really enjoyed it. In particualr, the fight scenes which are very well written!

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Good commentary

I have to say that I agree with the analysis of the book... I really dug it mainly because I could buy the reason for the zombies and for the hero ..... I really liked Joe and the paranoia that was in the novel... I hope for more of them all really - even Toys. 

I found the "pseudo" science not overwrought much like the ones in Scott's novels... and hey when will we get more earthcore buddy....

no really love you man ...

Greg

Bag pict - must get new one.....
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nice....

Good to hear this has that FDO's seal of approval. Justr picked this one up and I'm really looking forward to it. David Wellington's Monster Island Trilogy is along the same type of vein if you guys are interested.
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I agree about zombies, I

I agree about zombies, I don't get it. I pray the FDO doesn't do a zombie novel. Though the Bloodcast "The Passenger" came damn close, and The Crypt's: PVT Remic with the reappearance of the little buggers.



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sounds really good

I'll have to check it out.

G-Man

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approval from the FDO

he gives it 4.5 out of 5 Siggies, then i have to add yet another book to my ever expanding list is stuff to read.

 

"SHIT adds up at the bottom!" ~ JMK

 

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Loved this book!

I picked up a copy at the end of Balticon and consumed it. Fantastic story.

 

- "When I get a little money I buy books. If any is left over, I buy food and clothes." - Erasmus

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Patient Zero is at the top of my list

right after i finish David Wellington's Monster Trilogy.  he's a great right but the FDO is better.

 

(HM & UNdead Warlord)

"SHIT adds up at the bottom!" ~ JMK

 

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Just finished it...

A good first book by the author in my opinion. I loved the description of the combat.

The Irishman from Ohio

The Irishman from Ohio
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Yay!

Nice to know that book I just bought has the FDO's seal of approval! Also, Toys cracks me up!

"I am a leaf on the wind... watch how I soar!" --Hoban Washburne
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fuck yea

That book kicked major ass. I picked it up and couldn't put it down. I read it in four days, if only there were more books with this addictive nature (excluding the FDO) we all know his books are crack-alicious (fuck the spelling)

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nice

scored at B&N on the bargain rack...now I am actually looking forward to this.  might make the jump to the top of my 'to read' list
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Seen it and wondered what would The FDO do............

Now I know.
This is not the end because if it is HOLY SHIT!

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