I'm hooked now. I'm going to have to have every one of this series. I love Joe Ledger and Ray Porter's narration. Porter gives great voice to the first person narratives and the third person narratives. His characterizations are great. Maberry just keeps you on your toes with a fast moving plot (or plots) and the supporting characters are getting fleshed out and we enjoy them almost as much as Joe.
No zombies. I'm OK with that :) Plenty of other people and things to keep the DMS on their toes.
The second book in the phenomenal Joe Ledger series is possibly even better than the first. I've purchased some of Jonathan Maberry's earlier works now to read on my Kindle, but Ray Porter is THE MOST WONDERFUL NARRATOR IN AUDIBLE HISTORY and handles Maberry's deft prose with compassion and style. I was so thrilled to find out there are 3 more books in the series as well as two scheduled for publication. I have left all other fandom behind. If you're a fan of fantasy fiction, scifi, military novels, martial arts, police procedurals, dystopian thrillers or plain old superb writing, start with PATIENT ZERO and carry on from there.
I like autumn night times. Curtains drawn. The dim lamp. Chaired with a book. Fireside hours. A warm peace.
I delved into this volume and was pleasantly surprised. It's essentially a "what would happen if Nazis had survived" as two evil geniuses prepare to wipe out non-white races using genetically-modified viruses to create a new Aryan race. Joe Ledger remains amazingly competent - he can apparently take out zombies, monsters, and anything you throw at him.
There are plenty of fast pace, twists and variety of plots and subplots, as well as their resolutions. This all happens while kicking ass and taking names, then checking the list of names and kicking everyone's ass again just to make sure. One group's literally making monsters; the other's winding up what they call the Extinction Clock for a multi-racial genocide that makes the "Final Solution" look puny.
It's hard not to fall in love with Jonathan Maberry's intricate globally expansive conspiracy plot and his quirky, real and believable characters. Admittedly some of the science went way over my head but I never actually felt lost, I just took everything in context and muddled my way through the few places where I got semi-lost.
Ray Porter enhances the story as with everything he narrates.
I've jumped around on the Joe Ledger series and haven't read any of them in order, but I'm not lost at all. Seems that no matter which book you start with, Maberry gives the reader a chance to catch up and jump right in.
I'm looking forward to my next Maberry/Ledger adventure.
I drive 45 miles to work, 5 days a week, and owe my sanity to audiobooks. I get them from friends, the library, and of course - Audible.
I have been rationing these Joe Ledger books because, with as many books as I listen to in a year, there are only so many sure things. Maberry's Joe Ledger series is one of my #1 finds of this year. This is a thrill ride with a lot of dark turns and fast drops that will make you sit in your car - in the garage, long after you get home just to keep listening. Great characters that you care about and evil villains that you love to see "get their due." If you like Harry Dresden or Dirk Pitt, you'll love Ledger.
Ray Porter is the best - gets every joke and every emotion. There was a different reader who they tried with a few of these books - avoid him and get Porter's read. If you liked Porter's narration of the books "14" by Cline, and "Dawn Patrol" by Winslow, then you know that there's none better.
Love Audible! Besides that, have a great husband, 3 married kids and 5 perfect grandchildren! Live in St Louis, MO and love STL Cardinals!!!
Okay, the story MIGHT seem a little far fetched...but the story line and the characters are always so believable. I could not wait to finish, but was very sad when I did. This sadness was due to a couple of reasons, which i won't be a spoiler to tell. I could see myself listening to this book again in a year or so..it was that good
The whole series has been extremely addicting!!! The characters are great, narrator is superb (you get spoiled by this narrator as he's one of the best and its difficult to listen to mediocre narrators afterwards), and the story is interesting and fast enough to keep continual interest.
Don't want to spoil it, but it's a great book, great series
The way he plays out the characters. He is one of the best narrators!!!
Joe Ledger is a modern day super hero but personable at the same time. You wouldn't expect to become emotionally involved with a master killer, but he's one of those that get you. Great writing and narrating.
OK, maybe I don't love this genre (what is it even? Military spy stuff?) Anyway, One has to go with the unrealistic technology and the all-knowing Church/Deacon/etc. However, Maberry sticks to his own reality and that's good enough for me. It's Ledger-world. It has basic rules and Maberry is true to them. It's consistent (which is a big plus for me--I hate an author who creates a fantasy and then changes the rules on what can and can't happen.)
I find that the characters are in many ways to good to be true. BUT I love them. One wants a world where Joe Ledger Kicks-blank and takes names. His moral compass is nice.
I generally read murder fiction (I avoid romance/murder--just want dead people). I prefer a mystery. In the Ledger novels (this is the second that I've "read" the bad guys are just put in front of you. Yet, I enjoy the plot which has a beginning middle and end, the end twist (which is a must in the modern novel...why? I don't know) is generally pretty well crafted, and the characters don't "do" stuff just to do it--there are reasons for their actions and we know what they are.
I enjoyed this book as much as the first. I am currently reading the third book and have given up pretending that this is not my style. Just like a well crafted wine or beer a well-crafted novel is fun for all.
I've enjoyed my Joe Ledger adventures so far. Probably not for those who dislike violence and want a hero that eschews it, but for the rest, I highly recommend it.
i loove great books especially mystery and suspense and gregg hurwitz
Maberry is now my favorite author! You can never be disappointed when you listen or read. There is never a dull chapter or paragraph, I can't get enough of these books. They're suspenful, intense, funny, and heartbreaking. If your looking for a book that will tickle your psyche, get this book.
I don't give spoilers
I like this series of novels starring smart ass super cop Joe Ledger. I'm not into detective or cop books so I can't compare it to any others so I'll just say it's like a James Bond, Jackie Chan mix action movie for your ears.
The Dragon Factory is the second of the Joe Ledger novels. Like the first book, it is a non-stop adrenalin rush from start to finish. The plot is more complex and better developed than in the first book (which is quite a feat since the first book was itself well conceived and tightly woven). There is a little less character development in this book, mostly because of the large number of returning characters. That isn't to say that the characters don't evolve -- they do -- but just that there is less focus on building them up since we are already familiar with them. Some of the uber-macho qualities of the first book have been dialed back just a bit, which, for me at least, makes the characters that much more compelling. The heroes are all still hardcore alpha dogs, but they feel a little more real. As with the first book, the action is frequent, gritty, and very well done. The climax is intense and satisfying. All in all it is an excellent sequel that manages to match or exceed the first book.
The audio version takes the source material and opens it up in a wonderful way. Ray Porter's narration is nothing short of brilliant. All the major characters are uniquely and believably voiced. When accents are used they are clear and seamless, never cartoonish or overdone. Mr. Church's accent in particular is very effective at bringing an additional layer of character without distorting the written material. Porter's sense of timing in his delivery is exceptional, pulling layers of meaning from the text that other narrators would likely have missed. His voice is exactly perfect for Joe Ledger; he brings the character to life so naturally and compellingly that it is easy to believe that Joe himself is really telling his own story. I cannot recommend the narration strongly enough. Listening to Porter's reading is a delight in and of itself.