But, why are the characters repeatedly surprised when they keep bumping into look a likes? That said I really like the banter, descriptive narrative and whacky metaphors. Characters are a little stereotypical but sometimes unpredictable!
This would have been a five star trilogy for me, except I struggled not to fast forward through the preachy parts. For example, Rudy's diatribes, and some of the world humanitarian views. Other than that, the action was perfect, and the character development was adequate for the peripheral characters.
Think Jack Reacher meets Jurassic Park--kind of. Nonstop action. I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller. Great literature? I don't think so. But, I didn't want to stop listening to this book. The reader is great and the story is escapist fun.
Jonathan Maberry will be on my "to read/listen" list going forward.
Recently started the Joe Ledger books. This second ones maintains the pace and energy of the first, with a bigger crisis. I'll be curious to see if he's able to maintain the story line with new books, given the life expectancy of one of his characters.
The story fits right in worth today's society and how evil people can be . Very suspenseful and worth the listen 🙂
The Dragon Factory picks up shortly after the events of Patient Zero as the Department of Military Sciences is faced with a new, completely different threat. This time around there is no zombie plague but rather a planned extinction wave targeted to wipe out a specific large portion of the human population. With the concepts of eugenics, genetic manipulation, and disease weaponization all taken to mad scientist levels the DMS must beat the clock to figure out who is behind the threat and neutralize it before the Extinction Clock counts down to zero. The story is a bit more complex than the first book and therefore starts slower but it eventually comes together and builds to a satisfying crescendo.
Many of the major characters from Patient Zero return including Joe Ledger and the rest of Echo team, Mr. Church, Dr. Hu, Bug, Dr. Rudy Sanchez, and Major Grace Courtland. As the relationship between Joe Ledger and Major Courtland continues to grow they both need to work to prevent it from negatively impacting their ability to do their jobs. Grace and Joe both have their characters developed as more is revealed about the past events that shaped them into what they are today. The warrior, the modern man, and the detective make up the three personas that war within the mind of Joe Ledger and each struggles for dominance. The stress of life as a DMS agent while being in a relationship that tugs on the scars of his past is a constant threat to Ledger's self control and his ability to keep it all together.
With a whole new cast of bad guys the story takes quite a bit of time at the beginning to build up a tangled web of interconnected threads into a coherent plot. We learn quickly that the Jackoby twins are using genetic manipulation to create fantastical creatures straight out of mythology, including unicorns and dragons. Oddly enough this is what gets the attention of the DMS and leads them to unravel a much more threatening bigger picture with disturbing ties to the past. It is hard to get into too many details without giving away key plot points but the story goes from mythical creatures to a planned human extinction wave that ties back to the efforts of the Third Reich.
It all eventually comes down to a tense race against the clock for the DMS, with both Joe Ledger and Grace Courtland leading their teams into the field to try to save the day. While I felt that the story was not quite as good as the first book, it was still very enjoyable and the character building was well done. Ray Porter delivers another excellent narration and I found myself eager to move forward in the series when this one was all said and done.