Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

Posted March 31, 2014 by Paul (Audiobook Reviewer) in Reviews / 2 Comments

Code Zero by Jonathan Maberry
Narrator: Ray Porter
Series: Joe Ledger #6
Published by Macmillan Audio on 2014
Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Military, Science Fiction, Science Thriller, Zombie Apocalypse
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons. Within days there are outbreaks of mass slaughter and murderous insanity across the American heartland. Can Joe Ledger stop a brilliant and devious master criminal from turning the Land of the Free into a land of the dead?

Code Zero, a Joe Ledger novel from Jonathan Maberry, is the exciting direct sequel to Patient Zero.

©2014 Jonathan Maberry (P)2014 Macmillan Audio


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Why was I interested in this audiobook? Because its Joe Ledger, one of the best leading characters in any audiobook anywhere. Well, maybe not but that’s what I think. I have listened to, but sadly not reviewed, all of them. I will be adding them as soon as I have a free moment to relive some of the greatest military action hero zombie stomping, alien invasion thwarting, super terrorist catching, stories ever told. I realize that not all will agree with me and if you don’t, you do not exist in my world, j/k. I am ready for a wild ride of action packed, adrenaline pumping story that is surely to be too short.

Once again the Department of Military Sciences (DMS) are called to action. Joe Ledger and his elite team are confronted with a seemingly unbeatable nemesis that endangers the world. At first glance it may seem kind of silly or unbelievable, but this series is so much more than that. This is where the writing skills of Jonathan Maberry come into play. If you have never listened to a Joe Ledger Novel in the past, not sure where you have been, you will be happy to know that you will be able to enjoy this sixth book in the series. No prior knowledge is needed, while it is full of flashbacks and references to characters and events from the prior books, everything is explained very well. Joe Ledger, possibly the worlds best killing machine, is happy. He is starting to rebuild his life with a new love. His team is at the top of their game. Queue the villain, Mother Night, the leader of an bunch of what are thought to be simple anarchists, they are so much more than that. What was different for me was the story speed slow down, less action, but much much more character building of both living and of the ones that have passed, and not in a boring way. Maberry brought together all the horrible things from all of the previous books and multiplied them by 100. The DMS definitely had their hands full being attacked by so many different angles. Pulse pounding action, horrifying situations, and an ending that brought me to tears. This will continue to be one of my favorite series that I will drop everything to consume the next installment as fast as possible and begin the excruciating wait for the next one.

I may have said this before, but just in case I haven’t Ray Porter is Joe Ledger. There are few other pairings of narrator to leading character that are in this class of perfectness. Porter understands that Ledger is, on the surface, a perfect killing machine and a supreme detective. However he also gets that Ledger is broken and breaks a little bit more in every story and somehow Porter is able to verbalize this exquisitely. Near the end of this audiobook I was brought to tears by Porter’s words that were so tragic and he made me feel it in my soul.

About Ray Porter

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I grew up in a small town in Indiana, got my B.F.A. in acting from CalArts and in 1990 went to work for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

I told my L.A. friends I’d be back in six months after I did “this theatre job”. I moved back to L.A. in 2008.

In the off seasons at OSF I would come to L.A. to do TV and Films. I started narrating at Blackstone Audio in 2007/2008. Since then I have been narrating for various audiobook publishers and love it.

My amazing wife is a costume designer for movies (I can’t tell you anything about her current project as assistant designer but Batman and Superman look great)and a six year old son who is brilliant (he’s doing his tutoring homework here at the table next to me and I needed to say that).

About Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

His novels include the Pine Deep Trilogy: GHOST ROAD BLUES (Pinnacle books; winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), DEAD MAN’S SONG (2007) and BAD MOON RISING (2008); the Joe Ledger series of action thrillers from St. Martin’s Griffin: PATIENT ZERO (2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel), THE DRAGON FACTORY (2010; now available), THE KING OF PLAGUES (March 2011), ASSASSIN’S CODE (March 2012), EXTINCTION MACHINE (2013); THE WOLFMAN (NY Times bestseller from Tor, based on the Universal Pictures film starring Benecio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Sir Anthony Hopkins; winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation); the forthcoming standalone zombie thriller DEAD OF NIGHT (Oct 25 2011); and the Benny Imura series of Young Adult dystopian zombie thrillers from Simon & Schuster: ROT & RUIN (2011; named in Booklist’s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award finalist; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards), DUST & DECAY (Aug 30 2011), FLESH & BONE (2012) and FIRE & ASH (21013).

Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary on zombies scheduled to air October 26.

His nonfiction works include: VAMPIRE UNIVERSE (Citadel Press, 2006), THE CRYPTOPEDIA (Citadel, 2007 –winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction; co-authored by David F. Kramer), ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (Winner of the Hinzman and Black Quill Awards and nominated for a Stoker Award; 2008), THEY BITE! (2009 co-authored by David F. Kramer), WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (2010; Bram Stoker nominee; co-authored by Janice Gable Bashman), and THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS FIELD GUIDE TO THE UNDEAD (2001, written under the pen name of Shane MacDougall).

He writes a variety of projects for Marvel Comics involving CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK PANTHER, DOOMWAR, WOLVERINE, DEADPOOL, THE X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, the NY Times bestselling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER and MARVEL UNIVERSE vs WOLVERINE. All of Jonathan’s comic book collections are released as Graphic Novel collections within a month or two of individual comic publication.

Recent short stories include “Pegleg and Paddy Save the World” (HISTORY IS DEAD, Permuted Press 2007), “Doctor Nine” (KILLERS, Swimming Kangaroo Press, 2008; and reprinted in THE STORIES (in) BETWEEN Edited by Greg Schauer, Jeanne B. Benzel, and W.H. Horner. Fantasist Enterprises, 2009), “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost” (LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE 2, Bloodletting Books, 2008), “Clean Sweeps” (AND SO IT BEGINS, Dark Quest Books, 2008), “Family Business” (THE NEW DEAD, St. Martin’s Press, 2010), “Like Part of the Family” (NEW BLOOD edited by Patrick Thomas and Diane Raetz, Padwolf Press, 2010), “Zero Tolerance” (THE LIVING DEAD 2, Night Shade Books), “Flint and Steel” (GI JOE: COBRA WARS, 2011), “Saint John”(THE MONSTER’S CORNER, 2011, St. Martin’s), “The Death Song of Dwar Guntha” (Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, 2012, Simon & Schuster), and “The Wind Through the Fence” (an original e-story available for all e-readers). His essay, “Take Me To Your Leader” will be included in the nonfiction book, TRIUMPH OF THE LIVING DEAD: Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Epic on Page and Screen edited by James Lowder (BenBella Books/Smart Pop, 2011).

About Paul (Audiobook Reviewer)

Paul is a quiet man who shares his passion of books through reviews assisting others select books through honest and professional reviews. Having built a team of professional reviewers, Audiobookreviewer (ABR) is the result of his passion of reading/listening of books. His family consists of a wife, 2 cats, and 2 African Grey parrots (https://www.facebook.com/tuckertheafricangrey). More frequently than not, you will see Paul plugged into the audio of his technology listening to books while riding his bike 100+ miles, tending to a huge fruit and vegetable garden, growing bonsai trees and operating his own largest online bonsai magazine (http://ofbonsai.org).

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