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The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2 | [Jonathan Maberry]

The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    C. Olivolo California 05-25-13
    C. Olivolo California 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Evil unfettered."

    I like the characters. The vice president must have forgotten how Joe's team saved his wife. Ray Porter does a GREAT job. A bit of an unbelievable tale, though.

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    Michael United States 05-04-13
    Michael United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "If you like Jack Reacher, you'll love Joe Ledger!"
    If you could sum up The Dragon Factory in three words, what would they be?

    Non stop action


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fast paced, action packed


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ray Porter is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beemaster Manchester, NJ 04-29-13
    Beemaster Manchester, NJ 04-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Beemaster

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    "Shamefully... the end falls apart"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending fell apart, I literally had to re-listen to the last few chapters to see if I somehow missed the money-shot and it was not a bang but a dribble. I'm listening to book 3 now, I hope it makes up for the disappointing ending in this book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Maberry before, how does this one compare?

    Patient Zero was the first book in this series, it had zombies (something I always enjoy in a read) but it wasn't a zombie story. I developed character well, many who are in following books and even made you feel like you were part of a group of Jack Reacher like characters. I enjoyed book one much more than this, the second in the series.Frankly, this book doesn't compare, except to follow through with an underlying love affair of sorts that has a plot twist that I can't share if you haven't read this yet.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Ray Porter is a very talented reader. He draws you in as well as Dick Hill who I believe is the best reader in audiobooks.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I'd watch it if it were a short made-for-TV mini-series, but it does not have the draw for the big screen.


    Any additional comments?

    Like any other series, you will get caught back up with characters from the first book if you skip this on - that said, if you don't mind a disappointing ending and a count-down clock that fizzles as the story plays out - then by all means, read this book. If it were a stand alone book, I doubt I would read a follow-up in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin P. Anderson 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved Every Minute"
    Would you listen to The Dragon Factory again? Why?

    No, but only because I don't listen twice after I know the plot, and not because it wasn't a great book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Mayberry writes a nicely plotted thriller, with overlapping but separate elements. Ray Porter kills it as the narrator and adds to the suspense. It can get slightly predictable, but any action thriller will be, and this book is less predictable than most.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene would spoil the plot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but again, putting it in my review would be a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    Look, so maybe a little suspension of belief is required to really enjoy these Joe Ledger novels. But WHO CARES. I thoroughly enjoy both Mayberry as an author and Ray Porter absolutely rocks as the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Bronx, NY, United States 02-23-13
    William Bronx, NY, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun, Fun And More Fun"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dragon Factory to be better than the print version?

    Oh yeah ! Starting from the first page to the last ! It is so enjoyable. Like watching an Indiana Jones movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them, the narrator brings you so close to them that they are your friends and foes. Totally enjoyable! A fine roller coaster ride !


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    See above


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, spooked got the willies. Hope you do too.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Richmond, VA, United States 02-09-13
    Walter Richmond, VA, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy reading thrillers: espionage. I am ex Army. I work in the health care industry. I like to practice martial arts. I participate in IDPA matches. Genghis Khan is my favorite person.

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    "Amazing Grace"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dragon Factory to be better than the print version?

    I havent read the print version. The audio version was very engrossing and held my attention.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dragon Factory?

    When Grace died. I had to stop doing what I was doing and sit down. My heart hurt for Joe.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, just as good as previous readings.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The same as the title. The Dragon Factory. Why change anything?


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best series of book I have ever listened to on Audible.

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    John West Morgan Hill, CA USA 11-30-12
    John West Morgan Hill, CA USA 11-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story line with all three books."
    Would you listen to The Dragon Factory again? Why?

    Ledger is a great character: flawed and human.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great voice inflection to build the characters.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Hollywood, FL, United States 11-23-12
    Barbara Hollywood, FL, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Detailed and keeps you guessing."

    This book has a lot of detail and keeps you interested. Very good, just like his first one.

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    Amazon Customer Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 11-15-12
    Amazon Customer Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 11-15-12
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    "Great second book"

    Lived up to the first...kept u entertained start to finish. Such an enjoyable listen. Can't wait to listen to the rest.

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    John AURORA, CO, United States 10-01-12
    John AURORA, CO, United States 10-01-12
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    "Better than the first book!"

    This book was even better than Maberry's first book in the series ! Maberry did a great job with making the story work. I'm looking forward to the next Joe Ledger adventure!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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