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.
This Joe Ledger is such a personality he needs to be on a TV series or movies. They must make this for TV!! I enjoyed this book but for whatever reason after reading the first book, I thought it was going to be zombie related. Jonathan Maberry did a great job on making fantasy a reality with real possible scenarios. I just really enjoy this series and I actually bought book three right now. Its like X-files meets Sledge Hammer!!
I really did like this book, but I thought the first book was better. The entire plotline with the VP in the first 1/2 of the book was a distraction and totally not necessary.
Really like Joe and the other core characters.
As a side note, too many people have posted reviews with spoilers to this book, and Audible needs a way to flag or hide them.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
this book is very good, i liked the twists in this book, and i liked the factory as well... would love to see it in all honesty :)
have a read and i'm sure you will love it.
The story was good right up until the end and then it quickly became too far-fetched. I won't risk any spoilers so I'll just say that there's no way certain characters could take so much physical damage and then perform acts requiring extraordinary strength, dexterity, and skill. I kept rolling my eyes whenever this happened.
The other disappointment was the anti-climactic ending for one of the villains. And given the personality and single-minded determination to achieve their life-long goal, the other did a second rate performance of resolving the battle. There's simply no way the character would have behaved this way.
And finally my pet peeve is the narrator's portrayal of the main character. He overacts the personality and in many ways it sounds like how William Shatner would act on Star Trek by emphasizing almost random words in his lines. The narrator does a good job with the other characters but I wish he'd back off a bit on Joe Ledger.
I totally enjoyed Jonathan Maberry preposterous storyline! And how the characters seem to take anything -- dismemberment, explosions, mad scientists -- in stride. I love how, in the middle of an outlandish scene, there will be a totally matter of fact conversation. The evil twins, for example, discussing whether they are Evil Monsters or not as if they were discussing whether they were popular in high school. Keep it coming, Mr. Maberry! And keep reading, Mr. Porter. A truly spectacular performance.
Having read all three in the series this has been my favorite. The others are great but I liked the whole premise and plot better. Really looking forward to book 4: Assassin's Code.
Jonathan Maberry is a sick & twisted writer, which makes his characters so deeply interesting. Maberry, incidentally, is some kind of martial arts expert & recently inducted into some martial arts hall of fame; his fight scenes are evident of his skills. Book 3 (Plagues) is next on my reading list.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
Echo team is back in business
This time we do not encounter anything so trivial as zombie making viruses.
This time we are getting something serious.
Despite all the drawbacks this book is as good as the first one
But for my own personal reasons it left me strange aftertaste.
The writing is superb. The action is non stop. The characters are insane (that's a good thing). The narration is first rate. Patient zero was excellent and this book makes that look like Winnie the Pooh.