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Code Zero (Joe Ledger #6)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  3,439 Ratings  ·  283 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
Kindle Edition, 470 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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Julie Davis
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris Berko
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like having fun then read Jonathan Maberry. His Pine Deep trilogy is one of the best horror series ever and these Joe Ledger books get better and better. Usually after a few books characters can get stale and stories formulaic but not Ledger, these are fresh every single time. Highly recommended!
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.

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
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
One of the very best of the series. The story read like a final season of a tv show (preferably '24') where ALL the past plotlines and past terrorist-attacks were combined together delivering us one heck of a breathtakingly suspenseful mindbending hair-raising pulse-pounding thrillride! HOLY. SHIT. And oh boy, aside for the brilliant ingenious plot, the book is also perfectly character-driven with painstakingly detailed 'Why's & 'How's from the multilayered psyches of our main antagonist the ...more
Hal Halbert
Continues the adventures of the DMS and Joe Ledger. Interesting merging of Maberry's worlds: lots of gamer and comic references this time around.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Janie Johnson
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 12, 2013 added it
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
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this sixth novel of the Joe Ledger series, a bizarre chain of violence is unleashed across the U.S., and at first, Joe and DMS suspects a new threat is at hand, one who appeals to anarchists wanting a voice. But then Mother Night shows her true intentions when she gains access to The Locker, where the world's deadliest bioweapons are stored. Can Joe and Echo Team find and stop this deadly cyber terrorist before she finishes what began in the first Ledger novel, PATIENT ZERO? But her true inte ...more
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mentally, I'm paddling a canoe alongside the crazyboat.

This sums up this Joe Ledger installment pretty nicely. Code Zero is a direct sequel to Patient Zero, the first book in the series, in the sense that it expands on the zombie/bioweapon plot. I enjoyed it better than the first book, but I still think there was some extra in this installment that didn't need to be there.
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Of the Joe Ledger books by Jonathan Mayberry, I think this may be the weakest novel thus far. There are several issues. The first is the timeline of events encountered with the Bliss flashbacks that were either four or six years in the past. While Mayberry does like to incorporate flashbacks, it did not work well here.

Second, there was not enough Joe. Joe is a fantastic character and that's why I'm reading the books. Maberry's writing style is to move the POV from Joe to the other threads of th
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
Angela Crawford
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aaron Advani
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Code Zero = pure awesomeness. It's like all the evil from the other books plus a little more! As usual, Joe's humor, lots of action and full of surprises.
Shawn Kass
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, simply amazing.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too much of the same ol' ultra violence and way over the top. Time to say goodbye to comic book land for a while.
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
Gene Bennett
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies
Maberry's idea here is to take the first five books of his Joe Ledger series and throw them altogether. He imagines what would happen if one of the genius' in the DMS had been gradually using its resources to become extremely powerful. By building a computer system as powerful as MindReader, Mother Night gains access to all the threats that Ledger has faced over the last few years- weaponized diseases, the monstrous Berserkers and the seif-al-din pathogen- the zombie plague.

Inevitably Ledger an
Heather Faville
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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