Here is my latest book next to Jonathan Maberry’s and John Ajvide Lindqvist’s latest books. This kind of thing is bound to happen with stock photos. If you’re keeping score, my book came out three months before the other two. The weird thing is I now feel obligated to read the other two books.
If you are a frequent visitor to this blog, you must know that most of the book reviews I post here are positive with maybe a hint of criticism. I don’t post reviews of books I don’t enjoy. In fact, I rarely finish a book I don’t enjoy. So the fact that I am even posting a review of Jonathan Maberry’s book, Patient Zero, means that I did indeed enjoy the book. It is a flat out fun read. There are zombies galore, terrorists-o-plenty, and tough-guy heroes with military skills out the wazoo. Throw in Maberry’s heightened craftsmanship, and there is a lot to like. This book reads like a video game, and that is not a bad thing in today’s publishing world. Publishers are looking for projects that work on the page, the video game console, the silver screen, the interactive webpage, etc. And this book has that feel to it to the nth degree. In fact, here is my hint of criticism. This book feels like there was a plan behind it, and I’m sure there was. It’s billed as a Joe Ledger novel (the perfectly flawed main character who saves the day with MacGyver like instinct and skill). Obviously this is a planned series. And I have no problem with that. I’ve done it myself. It just feels a little like a planned corporate franchise and those types of books makes tons-o-cash. I get it. James Patterson has demonstrated that to us time and time again. There were just times in this book that I missed that organic feel a lot of great books have. It’s hard to explain without appearing as if I’m totally trashing Patient Zero. It is a very good book, and I have no problem recommending it to anyone who is interested in a well written, action packed, zombie filled, thrill-a-minute, story. Personally, I can’t wait until the video game… and movie… and comic book… and graphic novel… and bed sheets come out. Buy it. Read it. Prepare for “Sief al Din!” (Bam! Inside reference employed. You have to read the book to find out what I mean!)