Code Zero (Joe Ledger Series #6)
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Personal Rating: 4 Stars
Book Summary: For years the Department of Military Science 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 the land of the dead?
Yet, I digress, Maberry is incredible at constructing great and fast-paced action, using popular themes of interest to people today. You've got it all in his stories. The noble heroes, super-villains, action, intrigue, awesome smart-mouthed quips, and heart, and it's a book that keeps you wanting to read from start to finish in one setting, which I enjoy.
Now, if you haven't read the previous entries in this series, it's encouraged that you do. Although this novel could function as a standalone, there are some items you'll need to know from previous books to be able to keep up (fully) with what's going on in this installment.
What I liked more about this entry was the level of anxiety I had while reading it, and even after putting it down, it stuck in my head...and you'll get no complaints from me on that. This entry has a little more to do with the roots of the series, being more of a direct sequel to the first novel in the series since we're going back to a weaponized version of the zombie virus (I know, another zombie novel), but this is all coupled with one of the best villains ever...Mother Night. Although it's not a mystery as to who Mother Night is (no spoilers for those who haven't read the series) what's interesting about her is the why because she's fifty shades of complex.
Following the same formula as the previous books in the series, I love the action added to it with Joe and his Echo Team and watching as one impossible situation gets thrown on top of another, and another, and another, and they must overcome them all to save the world. It's awesome.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes action/horror/adventure books, but I will state again that it's recommended that you start reading this series from the beginning, starting with Patient Zero, and then working your way up to this one. Some entries are good, others are excellent, but overall, I've been enjoying the ride along the way with all of them.