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
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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
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.
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