Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday Revews: Patient Zero

Every once in a while my reading kick involves all the titles in a certain genre I can find. After Night of the Living Trekkies, I ordered several zombie books and just finished Patient Zero. The first line caught me: When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there's either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills... and there's nothing wrong with my skills.
 
Told in first person, the action read like a Vince Flynn or old school Clive Cussler or W.E.B. Griffin book-lots of action, tough talking guys who love their country and hate the bad guys who may or may not be utterly one-dimensional. With the additional of the stereotypical grey leader of a super-secret government organization. It's technical, jargon-filled, and o-stop, but it also has a ring of could-be potential to it, which most post-apocalyptic stories do. Or should.
 
However this does have the definite addition of zombies. Which, if you ask certain people, is always a great addition. That addition does lend a certain depthness to the story I otherwise might not have finished (but only because I've read the afore mentioned authors and enjoyed them). Zombies and terrorists and megalomaniacs? You can't beat it.
 
When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there's either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills... and there's nothing wrong with Joe Ledger's skills.  And that's both a good, and a bad thing.  It's good because he's a Baltimore detective that has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new taskforce created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can't handle. This rapid response group is called the Department of Military Sciences or the DMS for short. It's bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bio-weapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance....

2 comments:

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Hey! I'm from Baltimore (originally). I didn't know we had zombie-fighting detectives up there. ;)

Isabel Roman said...

Amazing what you don't know about your own neighborhood! :)

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