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Patient Zero | Paperback

Released on 16 April 2009

Author: Jonathan Maberry | Format: Paperback

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'When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week, then there's either something wrong with your skills or something wrong with your world. And there's nothing wrong with my skills.' Police officer Joe Ledger, martial arts expert, ex-army, self-confessed brutal warrior is scared. The man he's just killed is the same man he killed a week ago. He never expected to see the man again, definitely not alive, and definitely not as part of the recruitment process for the hyper-secret government agency the Department for Military Sciences. But the DMS are scared too - they have word of a terrorist plot straight from a nightmare - a bid to spread a plague through America - a plague that kills its victims and turns them into zombies. Time is running out and Joe has shown he has the abilities they need to lead one of their field teams. And so begins a desperate three mission - to contain the zombie outbreaks, to break the terrorist cell responsible and to find the man in their own team who is selling them out to the terrorists.Patient Zero is astonishingly fast moving, incredibily violent and down-right terrifying thriller - a new breed of thriller of techo-thriller that plays on our fears of mad science.

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 Michael Crichton meets Max brooks

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Genius, the indepth science behind what goes on in this book is reminiscent of the Great Crichton, the pace is fast, action packed and squeezes 72 hours of fast paced, non stop action into just 3 hours of reading, to say i couldn't put this down is an understatement. If you enjoyed Brook's World War Z then this is a must read for you.

 Fast paced, exciting story but poor execution

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The plot and pace are good but the writing itself is generally poor.
Dialogue is particularly cringeworthy with British characters getting the shortest shrift - the author seeming to have drawn his inspiration from Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.
Biggest crime of all though is that despite being given a clue almost as obvious as a cross on a map, the supposedly brilliant protaganists stumble around scratching their heads until mere moments before the terrorists launch their final attack. For the climax to be effective it needed a much more subtle build up than it got.

Summary: Equal parts entertaining and disappointing. Not a patch on World War Z by Brooks

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AuthorJonathan Maberry
PublisherOrion Publishing Co (UNITED KINGDOM)
FormatPAPERBACK - 480 Pages