Ex-Baltimore cop turned special-ops shooter Joe Ledger is back in action.
In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.
Joe must elude the NSA who are gunning for him, fight his way past rogue Spetsnaz teams, and stop these madmen before the Extinction Clock runs out. And when the bloodbath claims one of his own, Joe Ledger declares total war on those people who would burn down the world in order to reshape it in their own dark image.
Take another thrill ride with Joe Ledger.
©2010 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“In Stoker-winner Maberry’s wild second Joe Ledger novel, Joe and his comrades from the Department of Military Science take on enough villains and their world-threatening plots to fill half a dozen ordinary thrillers.” (Publishers Weekly)
I really liked listening to this story. It was a fast paced wild story with excellent narration. Even though it is Fiction there seemed to be many historical facts inserted. I also liked the first book, Patient Zero, with the same talented narrator, Ray Porter, who makes both books an easy listen. I have also become a Jonathan Maberry and Ray Porter fan.
Really bad bad guys, mad scientists, mosters, evil plots to take over the world, hidden underground lairs, a secret government agency, none-stop action, and the baddest good guy ever - Joe Ledger. This is a great book.
To top it off Ray Porter's narration is world class, some of the best I've ever heard.
I'm becoming a big fan of Jonathan Maberry and Ray Porter.
I don't even know what to say. This author is so vivid and the narrator is so passionate, that this series leaves me breathless!! I have to collect myself and then start the next book!!!! 😵
All the sex scenes
Coming off of Patient Zero, this was a huge disappointment. Very little happens for the majority of the book. Everyone who isn't one of the main characters is basically a soon-to-be-killed red shirt that only exists to make the main characters look better. And the numerous sex scenes that serve absolutely no purpose other than to plant death flags! You could literally skip past them and there would be no impact on the rest of the book.
The villains here are terribly written. Oh look, villain X killed random person Y! (this has been your alternating chapter reminder that these are bad, baaaad people, remember, killing is baaaaaad!). The main characters are also forcefully written to act stupidly. Oh, the villains are capable of manipulating genetics to literally create unicorns and dragons? And I'm being attacked by people who are too strong and too big to be naturally human? Obviously they must be using an exoskeleton and aren't genetically modified supersoldiers (which it turns out they are)! It's just more and more forced stupidity in a poor attempt to maintain shock value that already snuffed out long ago, like a bad comedian trying to extend a joke and delay the punchline to the point that it's no longer funny. The main characters are supposed to be smarter than this, but let's just conveniently drop their IQ several levels out of character!
Furthermore, Maberry has some obsessive compulsion with describing every single bad guy as big, mean, and tough, and casually namedrops various special forces such as Spetsnaz, SAS, and SEALs. And yet when Joe has to go up against ex-Spetsnaz, they instantly and conveniently become incompetent at fighting and die upon a glance at Joe's plot armor. So then what's the point of playing them up if in the end they're little more than amateur street thugs? I'm just supposed to believe what I'm being told, that they're big, mean, and tough, when what happens says otherwise? That merely namedropping "insert special forces unit here" is supposed to whitewash their actual lack of toughness? That Maberry thinks that he could get away with being lazy and that I wouldn't notice? It all reads like a something a high schooler would write; big tough baddies given lip service who just tip over once the hero comes along.
The ultimate result of all these factors is that this book has none of the impact, none of the tension, and none of the originality of the first book. I was so looking forward to a series about a Jack Bauer-equivalent vs. Sci-Fi trope X that somehow maintains a consistent level of quality. The last thing I was expecting to have my intelligence insulted by an author trying to sneak past lazy writing. Everyone in this book has devolved into a one-dimensional cliche, and I feel like my very human companions of several hours acquaintance just got replaced by robots. I'm not even mad anymore. I'm just sad.
I don't even know how to establish this. This is the third time I have listened. The THIRD time. And every time is amazing. The story is amazing.....the narrator is a GOD! I bow down.....absolutely bow down.
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