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Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6 by Jonathan Maberry

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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?



  • The term Code Zero was introduced in the first book of the Joe Ledger series, Patient Zero, to refer to a danger posed by the Seif-al-Din virus. In this sixth installment, the story continues from the events of the first book, while incorporating elements from the other books in the series. Throughout the previous five books, Joe Ledger and the DMS have successfully thwarted numerous threats, such as designer plagues and engineered viruses, storing samples of these threats in a highly secure facility. Only a select few are aware of the existence of these samples, as they are tightly guarded secrets. However, this time the threat arises from within the DMS itself, making it challenging for Joe Ledger and his team to complete their mission, as they are unaware of the betrayal they have faced. A series of global terror attacks occur, all seemingly connected to a person named Mother Night, who claims responsibility. Mother Night appears to advocate for an anarchist agenda, but certain aspects of the attacks raise suspicions. Firstly, the objective does not appear to be global anarchy, and secondly, the threats involved are ones that the DMS has already dealt with and contained. It seems impossible for someone to replicate and utilize these threats within such a short timeframe, so the question arises: how did Mother Night acquire them? The book alternates between present-day events, where Joe and his team are on the field combating the attacks, and flashbacks that delve into the origin story of Mother Night. Due to past events that have affected them personally, the DMS finds it challenging to piece together the puzzle, resulting in innocent lives being affected. The story also sees the return of Vice President Collins, a long-standing adversary, and culminates in a showdown at DragonCon, with a prominent focus on humor inspired by popular culture. Code Zero is another strong addition to the Joe Ledger series, although it is paced slightly slower than the previous books. The narration by Ray Porter, who returns to the microphone, is excellent as always.
  • This book is absolutely mind-blowing! I was completely captivated by the series, and it has easily become one of my all-time favorites, right up there with Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Lynch's Gentleman Bastards, Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles, and Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. The villain in this volume is truly despicable, and their actions had me cringing out loud multiple times, whether I was in the car, at work, or even in bed (while listening, of course). Maberry deserves applause for evoking such a visceral response! I can't forget to mention the flawless performance by Ray Porter. I would listen to him read anything, even a phone book! In fact, it was because of him that I discovered the Joe Ledger series in the first place. After listening to his narration of Power of the Dog by Don Winslow, I was hooked and eagerly sought out more of his work. I highly recommend both Power of the Dog and Code Zero to everyone!
  • Compared to "Extinction Machine" and the previous installments, "Code Zero" lacks unexpected elements that keep readers on their toes. The only exception is the video revealed by the President, which unexpectedly exposes the Vice President's indiscretions, although I anticipated the general direction it would take. It's surprising that a character like Joe Ledger didn't foresee this outcome. Additionally, the ongoing conflict between Aunty and Joe has lost its humor and it's time for them to reconcile or at least cease their banter. The author should allow the characters to undergo growth and development.
  • I really enjoyed "Patient Zero" and was excited for "Code Zero," advertised as a direct sequel. However, I was unsure of the target audience for this book. Approximately 50% of the narration consists of recaps of past books, which became annoying as I was unfamiliar with the books between "Patient Zero" and this one. The recaps felt like unnecessary advertisements and made the parts I already knew from "Patient Zero" unbearably boring. The repetitive nature of these recaps further added to my annoyance and boredom. The new parts of the book were confusing, as they jumped between different storylines without clear transitions. It felt like the author was trying too hard, making the story reminiscent of a cheap action movie with too many unnecessary opponents, each one more powerful than the last. There were even attempts to combine the most powerful opponents to make the hero seem even more heroic, which came across as laughable. In addition, the story attempted to be overly dramatic and heartwarming, portraying the hero as the ultimate victim. I believe the author should have dialed back everything, including the number of pages, to make it a more enjoyable read. On a positive note, the narration was excellent.
  • I really enjoy the Joe Ledger series for several reasons: the introduction of new super villains or "freaks of the week," non-stop action, and the engaging problem-solving process. In "Code Zero," it's like Joe Ledger's greatest hits collection, as every character and problem is revisited and summarized. The book primarily explores the psychological aftermath of fighting monsters, revealing the emotional toll it takes on soldiers who have to kill the walking dead. It's clear that Jonathan Maberry really drives this point home - it's made abundantly clear, repeatedly. Sheesh, we get it!
  • Once again, the Department of Military Sciences (DMS) is called into action as Joe Ledger and his elite team face an seemingly unbeatable enemy that threatens the world. At first glance, it may seem a bit silly or hard to believe, but this series offers so much more. This is where Jonathan Maberry's writing skills shine. If you haven't listened to a Joe Ledger Novel before, you've been missing out, but don't worry - you can still enjoy this sixth book in the series without any prior knowledge. While there are flashbacks and references to characters and events from previous books, everything is explained well. Joe Ledger, who may just be the deadliest killing machine in the world, is content. He's rebuilding his life with a new love and his team is at the top of their game. But then comes the villain, Mother Night, the leader of a group that appears to be simple anarchists, but they are far more dangerous than that. What stood out to me was the pace of the story slowing down, with less action but much more focus on character development, both living and those who have passed, and it definitely wasn't boring. Maberry brings together all the horrifying elements from previous books and amplifies them by a hundred. The DMS finds themselves under attack from multiple angles, providing pulse-pounding action, horrifying situations, and an ending that brought me to tears. This series will continue to be one of my favorites, where I'll eagerly devour each new installment and then endure the agonizing wait for the next one.
  • I'm a big fan of this series, but gotta say, this one left me a bit underwhelmed. One of the things I enjoy most is uncovering the wild and imaginative creatures and villains that Jonathan Maberry conjures up from the depths of his imagination. However, in "Code Zero," it feels like we're getting recycled evils from earlier stories. And I have to say, the new villain just doesn't quite measure up to the previous ones. It was an entertaining read, but it just didn't reach the same level of excellence.
  • Holy crap, this book is off the charts! Seriously, it's not just the best one in the whole series, but it's also one of the most mind-blowing books I've laid my hands on in the past year. From start to finish, it's an adrenaline-fueled rollercoaster ride packed with intense suspense and jaw-dropping action. I was literally hooked and couldn't put it down, well, technically couldn't stop listening. But hey, I don't wanna give away any major spoilers, so I'll just say that the plot is hella good and you'll be on the edge of your seat the whole damn time. And let's not forget about the narration by Ray Porter, that dude is a frickin' legend! His performance is nothing short of brilliant, and honestly, he deserves all the awards for this stunning reading. Now I'm eagerly counting down the days until the next book drops. Trust me, you don't wanna miss it!