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)
Love a good book. I am usually reading one and listening to one in my car (not at the same time, of course). I like just about any fiction.
Let me start by saying that Ray Porter is great. I think he kept me interested more than the storyline. The concept was solid but there did not seem to be a lot of depth. There were a couple of points in the story where the author was rambling and it did not have any useful information. There were other points in the story where he had a chance to do more character developement and did not. I did not find the twins to be all that interesting and were very shallow. If you enjoyed the first book in the series ( Patient Zero ) you will be a bit dissappointed with this one. The action was run of the mill type of stuff, you don't really get to know Joe Ledger or any of his team any better than in the first book. I enjoy books that are part of a series because you get to see the characters grow throughout the books. This book left me wanting more twists and turns, more action, and more character developement. Not sure if I will continue with the series.
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.
Great story, but this review is mainly to say the Ray Porter is, hands down, among the best narrator in the business. Mastery of accents and tone are superb. HIs ability to switch between them within a dialogue leaves me in wonder.
Everything from the story line to the narrators take on everything.
I know the majority of people would say Joe Ledger because he is the main character. But my favorite is Bunny with his smart ass commits and his just all around personality makes him my favorite.
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I was expecting ZOMBIES. JONATHAN MABERRY is a master zombie world builder, but he crafts an equally horrific threat to humanity. If you thought that zombies being unleashed on the capital was bad, now Joe Ledger has to track down Pure Evil. Nazi Doctor throw-backs tinker with everything from the ideal human to Dr. Morrow's worst nightmare. No one is safe, but knowing Joe is on the job makes me feel better.
RAY PORTER is masterful in this complex world of accents and all levels of crazy. The key is that he captures Ledger's alpha huskiness with a light inflection to capture his playful nature. He breathes creepy, evil and psychotic into all the crazies that are trying to make sure the Extinction Clock reaches zero. MABERRY and PORTER bring you a modern-day War of the World experience. I expect that I'll continue the series on audio.
I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.
The dragon factory was interesting in that there are two "bad guys" and they both seem to be working on some rather sinister projects. The question becomes: Do their paths converge and what does that mean for Ledger and his team? I loved the aspect of creating the perfect "monsters" and add the "Extinction Clock" to the mix and the story becomes downright tense and I can almost promise you'll remain glued to the story.
The most memorable moment in this book was unfortunately a rather sad moment that will forever change Joe, and not for the best. I cannot explain what happened without spoiling an important moment in the story. I'm pretty sure you'll know precisely what I'm referring to when you encounter this part of the story.
Ray brings so much to these stories. When he reads the stories, he brings the characters to life and in many cases is able to invoke emotions of all different types. I found myself becoming very attached to several of the characters, loathing others, all because Ray is able to take the material provided by Jonathan and immerse you so deeply into the story that you almost feel like you're actually there.
Yes, actually there are many moments across all 6 of the Ledger series that invoke real emotions. Joe suffers on so many levels and in some many different ways that as events unfold I'm almost brought to tears as Ray is able to convey real, raw pain and emotion wether it be traces of his voice crackling a bit during rough times to the very intentional and well done sighs.
At this point Ray IS Joe Ledger, he manages to drag you so deeply into the stories that you don't want to leave! No matter how many characters Jonathan places into the story, Ray makes it very easy to know exactly who's talking without him having to say so because he's consistent and each and every character has a unique voice. Jonathan and Ray are a winning combination that has me wanting more!!
Hell Yes! Excellent action sequences AND character development. Rare in this type of genre. Love the characters. Intricate plot that is not predictable, nor confusing.
The Echo Team battle their way through the enemy infused Dragon Factory when Joe and Bunny reunite with the wounded Top. Top ask "What took you so long?" Bunny replies, "We had to stop off at a titty bar for a couple of beers."
Mr. Porter nails all the voices of the characters and brings out the sarcasm more than you could do by reading yourself. The women sound like women. The men sound like men and every character has a different and distinct voice.
Hell yes, Call into work sick good.
A worthy sequel to the series. Makes me want to read them all.
Joe's out to stop the human race from being annihilated, but first he has to discover that bit of information. The story seems to be a real puzzle looking for the bad guys and putting an end to their plans. Joe and his team are up against two groups of mad scientists in to genetic engineering, one for profit and perverse pleasure, the other to create the master race ending the rest of the races. It's a fast paced action thriller packed with intriguing characters sure to keep your interest.
Where's Book Three?
Until the very last minute. This whole series could be called The DMS Conspiracy Theory.
All of the little critters in the Dragon Factory made me happy - and damn scared (note Tin Foil Hat above)
TIN. FOIL. HAT.
I love Joe Ledger. This series could go on forever, as far as I'm concerned. As long as NO ONE in Echo Team gets hurt.
This is my second run in with Joe Ledger. The books are well done, the story never slows down. I enjoyed it. The final reveal was a little lame but I liked it. Joe Ledger is an American hero!
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