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 wasn't thrilled with various aspects of the ending but Maberry is forever entertaining and highly creative. Narrator is better than most at differing voices
Probably not because most thriller novels are about the surprise.
I would compare this to a lot of the work of Larry Correia - a team of hyper competent warriors fighting unimagined evil. He does a lot of scene shifting like you saw in the early Tom Clancy novels.
He does a great job of using accent and timbre to bring out the difference between the characters. His presentation of the female characters is surprisingly good.
Too long... but there are some time when you just can't turn it off.
Spoiler alert - The thriller genre, especially if you have a central hero in a series, requires that the hero be a "loner." Jack Reacher is probably the archetype for this protagonist. Of course, for obvious reasons, there has to be a love (or lust) interest, and that is more hazardous than being a red shirt on Star Trek. There is a love interest in this book. But Maberry gives you enough misdirections that you are never really sure how it will turn out. That said, I wish authors would just skip this part.
I started listening to another version of this book and it just didn't sound right without Ray Porter as the voice of all the characters. His performance adds so much nuance to the stories he reads.
Love to take my walks listening to audible books
Joe's relationship with Grace was wonderful and was sad when she was killed off.
Can't think of any off hand
Feeling and excitement
Fabulous writing, exciting story, wonderful narration. Can't wait to start the next in series. Thank you Jonathan Mayberry! Let's read!
Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.
A reasonably run of the mill action packed story made more interesting by the inclusion of unexpected story for figures.
The narration was good with decent differentiation between characters and good convenience of emotion.
A good second in the series which I will likely come back to in the future.
This series is one of my favorites of all time. The narrator is amazing and I could not imagine anyone else being the voices of these amazing characters. Great job!
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