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Code Zero (Joe Ledger #6)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  1,717 ratings  ·  189 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Ethan Pruitt This is not the first book, it's the 6th book of the series. The first book is Patient Zero.

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Kim the Strange
Julie Davis

This is the worthy sequel to Patient Zero.

At one point, Rudy Sanchez says that "this has done something fundamental to the American people."

I'll tell you this. It did something fundamental to me.

It was exciting, suspenseful, terrifying, and haunted me in my dreams and at random moments in my day.

And it was satisfying. Very satisfying.

I'm not sure Maberry can top this. Though I'm already looking forward to his next attempt to try.

It's been six years since Joe Ledge
Got this book a bit earlier than the official release date because I bought it at the Tucson book festival! SIGNED!! To ME! And met Mr. Maberry in the flesh! What a gracious, incredible person!!

I am a HUGE fan of the Benny Imura Tales of the Rot & Ruin; Rot & Ruin; Dust & Decay; Dead & Gone; Flesh & Bone series! Huge!! But oohhhh, Joe Ledger is who I covet! ;) So with that said I went searching for more of Mr. Ledger and found him in Patient Zero. Between Joe and the inventio
I always get giddy with anticipation whenever a new entry in Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series comes out. That’s because I know what awaits: an over-the-top, exciting, action-packed thrill ride that always leaves me on the edge of my seat. Code Zero, the latest in the series, is no exception. It easily fulfilled all of my [already high] expectations.

My reaction summed up in three words: I loved it.

Code Zero has earned a top-three spot in my rankings of the novels in the series. So it’s up th
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

If you’ve been wondering what Joe Ledger and his team have been up to, wonder no longer, because the new book in this fantastic series, CODE ZERO, is here! First of all, Joe is happier than he’s been in a long while. Junie Flynn’s cancer is being treated with experimental drugs, and he’s most definitely in love with her, so he now certainly has something good to go home to. Unfortunately, when he goes to question a man named Reggie Boyd, who works for DARP
REVIEW SUMMARY: Code Zero? Code Awesome more like!

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A new foe has resurrected old threats. With DMS already spread thin, can Joe Ledger and Echo Team end a wave of bio-terrorism that is sweeping the nation?

PROS: Best villain in the series to date, nice buildup, Joe Ledger's trademark wit, phenomenal finale, big potential changes in store for the future.

CONS: Pacing issues due to interludes.

BOTTOM LINE: The series is still going strong and Code Zero is one of the best entries yet.

Janie Johnson
I waited a couple of months to read this installment of the Joe Ledger series. I find that if I wait I don't forget much of the previous book because they are way too memorable for that. So I finally decided to get cracking on book 6 as a buddy read with a couple of friends. I have to say, it was definitely time to read it. This one is by far my favorite of the bunch. And if I could rate it 10 stars I would.

This one is a sequel to Patient zero, you got it, the zombies are back. The team has to s
Jul 14, 2013 Kathy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathy by: someone on the internet
Mayberry is a writer I only discovered in the past year. I can't believe it took me til age 56 to find him, considering that I've been reading Stephen King and other horror authors since I was a teen.

Joe Ledger is a former cop who, due to his proficiency in a number of languages, was sent to help Homeland Security by listening in on conversations over the airwaves in other languages to spot key words that could help stop terrorists. He is hand-picked by his new mysterious boss, whose name none o
5 Stars

What can I say, that hasn't already been said about this wonderful series. High octane, thrill-ride courtesy of a new villain; Mother Night.

It is ON from page 1. Just knowing that they now have to deal with multiple terrorist threats from her, they also have to deal with the seif-al-din plague, again; and it is almost more than they, as the characters, can bear; but almost too much for the reader to bear. All it takes is a scratch...a nick... and its over. What makes it worse is the end g
Let me say that the Joe Ledger series is my all time favorite when it comes to testosterone driven action blended with exceptional character development. Joe and his Echo Team of the Top Secret government Department of Military Sciences are the only ones you can count on to take down any biohazard manufactured zombie, super soldier, vampire invasion coming from every direction using guns, knives and bare hands and still toss in a few sarcastic lines to lighten up the mood.

In this book they deal
I am a bit of a Jonathan Maberry fanboy. But I really enojoyed this book, More than the last book in the series. While I think the best books in this series have already been put out. (Patient Zero, The Dragon factory)I'd still suggest this to people. Maberry has a way to make extremely unrealistic stories seem very possible. He may be the best author Ive read that can do that. Good book, Not amazing. But I am glad I bought it.
Vicki Elia
Audiobook Review
4 Stars

Wouldn't you hate to be trapped in Jonathan Mayberry's head?

I've avoided reading or watching any zombie-esque works. I've never even watched 'The Walking Dead.' The thought of undead is so 1960's for me that it's old news, and really, really unpleasant news. But -- I finally broke my vow to stay away and read Code Zero. No, I consumed Code Zero, like a Walker driven to devour every word and still it wasn't enough. Joe Ledger, former spec ops now working for the Department
Gene Bennett
So my first review got deleted which makes me sad but here we go.

First off another excellent book by the man who has become my favorite author. I will start off with the one problem I had with the book and it is a small one. The interludes occasionally (and I think this was done as a way to help build suspense and make you not want to put the book down...and it worked) would often come right as Echo Team or Mother Night was about to do something big. Going into the CDC...INTERLUDE! Mindreader h
Aaron Advani
This is the most in depth Joe Ledger novel so far, in regards to plot, characters and action.
Jonathan Maberry is little known in the UK because publishers here look to publish books that appeal to the masses instead of books that are well written and edgy.
Everyone who likes horror, sci fi and thrillers should be reading these books enough said.
Mayberry does it again, page turning excitement, intrigue, a true sick mind (in a good way), so come join the Jason Bourne of our time, Joe Ledger!
The DMS is hunting nasties again, and man is this awesome! Keep them coming Mayberry!
Eric Weiss
Another great book with one of my favorite characters. Every book continues to top the last. Looking forward to the next one. By the way, I'll never look at the Willow Grove Best Buy the same way when I shop there.
Heather Faville
I hate to admit that I am way behind in reading the Joe Ledger books. I read Patient Zero a couple of years ago and loved it, but have just not gotten back into the series due to other books being piled onto my "to read" list. That being said, when I got a chance to read Code Zero, which is essentially a sequel to Patient Zero I hopped back onto the Ledger bandwagon and holy crap am I sad that I haven't kept up with this series, but you can be sure I will be continuing with the series very soon. ...more
Best DMS novel so far. Not much more to say! Can't wait for the next one.
Shawn Kass
Amazing, simply amazing.
#6 Joe Ledger series - Black Ops Thriller - Bio-Weapons/Zombies/Berserkers/Deranged Scientists/Much Much More!

4.5 stars

Joe Ledger & Echo Team are back in this exciting series of covert Black Ops thrillers. Every book is a wild ride, going to over the edge with sinister villians and plots that Maberry makes believable. Joe, his team, and the super-secret government agency, the off-the-radar DMS, are called in when the threat is bio-weapons, mad scientists, or power and money hungry mastermind
Angela Crawford
One of the worst things about reading a Jonathan Maberry book is that I know whatever book I read next is not going to be as good. I both love and hate to finish these books! With solid storylines and characters that you love Code Zero is no exception. This is a nail biting read that you wont want to put down. Along with the return of Joe Ledger and Echo team we also get a glimpse of Sam Imura,, Benny's big brother from the Rot & Ruin universe, and a hint of where the plague started. The act ...more
Since I discovered Jonathan Maberry back when Patient Zero hit the shelves in 2009, I've considered the testosterone-rich Joe Ledger series to be something of a guilty pleasure.

It is what it is. Over the top, ridiculous, indulgent and more fun than you can shake a stick at. The fact is I devour (no pun intended) these books, often reading them in one sitting and despite a number of eye rolls and groans, the minute I'm finished I start counting down the clock to the next one. Having said that Pa
3.5- 4 stars
I have really liked the character Joe Ledger, he is like a Chuck Norris with all the attitude and unstoppable drive, he is the "go too guy"
With the introduction of this character I devoured all the previous novels and found them exciting with very new and interesting twist's on some of the same "evil" bad guy's that run around in the fantasy genre' but these have a realistic view and has more of a current world view rather than sci-fi / fantasy, this is one of the key points with
My full Code Zero audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

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
Another Joe Ledger novel... Another A+ book, i really wonder what will stop the DMS, In my opinion the bad guys in this one where the worst treat that DMS had to chase to date. Joe ledger character still really funny to read and real bad ass, like we like our hero. I seen since the beginning of the novel who will be the head of these terrorist but was nice seen how it happen. Really different from other that DMS had to chase. Definitely a page turner. if you are a maberry and his joe ledger seri ...more
John Sherman
I think what Maberry does better than any other current author I'm reading right now is how well he captures the humanity and emotions of his characters. These are not just simple hard ass macho types because Maberry takes the time to delve into the raw emotions of how the characters feel not only in the "moment" but the after effects as well. This simple layer adds so much depth in the mastery of the delivery that it takes the story to a whole new level. With this latest addition this solidifie ...more
J.F. Penn
Betrayal on the inside of the DMS means Joe Ledger has to fight all the monsters he thought had been destroyed. Kick ass adventure!
maberry has to be the best writer around at the minute, every book gets better smarter and more insane.
CODE ZERO is another fine story of Joe Ledger and the DMS. The blurb on the (very unappealing) cover says that it's the sequel to PATIENT ZERO, which I think is misleading. It's -a- sequel to the first book, in the sense that it's set later, but there are several volumes in between that set up the situation in CODE ZERO, and they shouldn't be overlooked. The pace here isn't as fast and frantic as some of the previous volumes; there are lots of flashbacks to establish (retcon) the antagonist, Mot ...more
Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series of novels are primarily high-stakes action thrillers that are spiced up by elements of science fiction and horror. Those elements are always handled real well, but they’re not always the primary ingredient in the genre cocktail that the writer is blending. So I sometimes how forget how chilling and effective Maberry is when his primary genre is horror. The latest Joe Ledger novel “Code Zero” reminded me of how great a horror writer Maberry is, but still featu ...more
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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
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