NOVEL: PATIENT ZERO
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.