When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there's either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills... and there's nothing wrong with Joe Ledger's skills. And that's both a good, and a bad thing. It's good because he's a Baltimore detective that has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new taskforce created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can't handle. This rapid response group is called the Department of Military Sciences or the DMS for short. It's bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bio-weapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.... to download the free short story COUNTDOWN
Jonathan Maberry is a"NY Times" bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and Marvel Comics writer.? His recent work includes the multiple award-winning "Rot & Ruin", "The King of Plagues", and "Wanted Undead or Alive".? He is the author of many novels and nonfiction books, more than 1200 feature articles, thousands of columns, two plays, greeting cards, technical manuals, how-to books, short stories, and more.? His comics for Marvel include "Marvel Universe vs the Wolverine", "Marvel Universe vs the Punisher", "DoomWar", "Black Panther" and Captain "America: Hail Hydra".? Jonatha
I had a fine old time reading PATIENT ZERO. Jonathan Maberry has found a delightful voice for this adventure of Joe Ledger and his crew: while the action is heated, violent, and furious, the writing remains cool, steady, and low-key, framing all the wildness and exuberance in a calm rationality (given an almost comic edge) that renders it as palatable as your favorite flavor of ice cream. This is a lovely feat, and Maberry has written a memorable book. "Peter Straub" Patient Zero is high-octane excitement from beginning to end, and the start of a fabulous new series. Joe Ledger and the DMS have my vote as the team to beat when combatting terrorist threats on a grand scale. "David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of FIRST BLOOD and CREEPERS" Scary, creepy, and gripping--PATIENT ZERO is 'Night of the Living Dead' meets Michael Crichton. "Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Power Play" A fast-paced, creepy thriller that as prickly as a hospital needle and sounds a little too convincing. This guy is good. "Joe R. Lansdale" Brutal action, insanely intelligent, and so real that the hair on the back of your neck stands up! "L.A. Banks, The Vampire Huntress Legends Series, New York Times Best-selling Author""
A dark, chilling and funny thriller about zombies from Maberry (Zombie CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead, 2008, etc.). Joe Ledger, a Baltimore cop on leave after killing a suspected terrorist during a raid on a warehouse, just wanted to spend a day girl-watching at the beach. So when four FBI agents corner him as he's getting into his car and take him on a mandatory ride in their black SUV, he's a little miffed, especially since he's about to leave the department and join their ranks at Quantico. But any negative emotion he feels about being snatched up is soon dwarfed by what goes through his head when Mr. Church, head of the top secret Department of Military Sciences, locks him in a room a short time later and forces him to kill the very same terrorist he shot to death less than a week before. The whole thing is a recruiting test, and after Joe, an Army veteran and martial-arts expert, dispatches the terrorist - again - without hesitation, Church invites him to join the DMS, a government organization created to battle threats that fall outside the purview of other government organizations. Threats from zombie terrorists, for instance. Soon, Joe is leading a tactical team, as he and the rest of the DMS try to stop terrorist El Mujahid, his mad-scientist bride Amirah and Sebastian Gualt, their wealthy Western backer, from unleashing a plague that turns regular people, soldiers and terrorists alike into bloodthirsty, infectious zombies. The book is as fun and funny as it is chilling and thrill-packed. Joe is a fantastic character, full of compassion, real vulnerabilities and a deliciously dark sense of humor. An immensely entertaining package. (Kirkus Reviews)
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A Joe Ledger Novel, Volume 1