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The Dragon Factory: A Joe Ledger Novel Paperback – March 2, 2010
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In Stoker-winner Maberry's wild second Joe Ledger novel (after Patient Zero), Joe and his comrades from the Department of Military Science (DMS) take on enough villains and their world-threatening plots to fill half a dozen ordinary thrillers. The dangers Joe and his Echo Team warriors confront include evil boy-girl albino twins born on Christmas, each child marked with a star like the Star of Bethlehem; weaponized genetic diseases; the Cabal, whose goal is worldwide ethnic cleansing; Nazi clones; a race of slaves called New Men; a wide array of mythical beasts (unicorns, centaurs, dragons, elves, etc.); and morphogenetic monsters such as tiger/dogs and insect/humans. Joe battles these horrors with his usual ferocity, but by the end, even this superhero is reduced to despair by the toll the job exacts. While Joe has announced his retirement, eager readers can look forward to one more volume in this humorous, over-the-top cross-genre trilogy. (Mar.)
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Maberry’s follow-up to Patient Zero (2009) brings Joe Ledger and his team back with an even more intense story. A scientist with visions of changing the world begins genetic experiments on both animals and humans with the hope of finishing the work started by Josef Mengele during World War II. He uses connections in various world governments to try to destroy the DMS and Ledger. With no backup available, Ledger must try to eliminate the threat while staying one step ahead of his pursuers. This is like a video game on steroids mixed with The Island of Dr. Moreau. Maberry has done an excellent job of ratcheting up the action while downplaying the ick factor that sometimes runs through his earlier books. Expect this straight-ahead thriller to hook action-crazed readers and inspire them both to seek out the first Ledger book and eagerly anticipate the next installment. --Jeff Ayers
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This one starts with Otto Wirths and Cyrus Jacoby. These men are mass murderers though no one knows it.
Jakoby has two children, Paris and Hecate. These two are in the same league as Paris Hilton and all the other rich kids who make headlines.
Jacoby has used his vast knowledge and genetics to create the New Men. New Men who have had all the agression bred out of them. They can be used any way a buyer wants to use them. He and Wirths have a master plan. A plan that will remove all non whites from existance.
Paris and Hecate have also used genetics to breed animals. Animals who are either extinct or a myth. Animals that hunters will pay a fortune to hunt. Paris and Hecate don't know what Dad is up to. They think they have Dad contained. Nothing could be further from the truth.
There are also boys at the Worths and Jakoby compound, boys who look exactly alike. One of them, number eighty two, knows whats going on and is desperate to stop it. He manages to send a video to DMS.
Joe Ledger is at the cemetery to pay his respects to and old girlfriend. Helen is her name and she killed herself years ago. She and Ledger were attacked by four older boys. They almost beat Ledger to death and all four of them raped Helen. Years later she killed herself. Something Ledger has never been able to deal with.
The attack on Helen and her death has hit Joe hard. In fact three personalities share his mind. Civilized Man, Cop and Killer. He knows all three quite well. When his Killer persona comes out to play Joe Ledger is damned near unstoppable.
While at the cemetery four men from the NSA approach Ledger. They want him to come with them. Not likely.
Ledger tells them he will speak with them after he visits Helens grave. They comply and watch him.
More cars pull up holding more agents. Joe is wondering just what the hell is going on. He's an agent for the NSA himself through his DMS ties and he's beginning to get one bad feeling.
While at the grave Ledger called his boss, Mr. Church and explains whats going on. Church tells him to hang tight. He will find out and get back to him.
So begins another fine read.
This one has Joe, Church, Echo team, Major Courtland who's Joes lover and direct superior, a President undergoing surgery, a VP who's now acting POTUS who has his own agenda, the super computer MindReader, an attempt to take over DMS, a plan by Wirths and Jacoby, another plan by Paris and Hecate, genetics, an island, a Deck, a Hive and Joe Ledger, Courtland and Echo team trying to save the world.
When Mr. Church's daughter was reduced to tears because Volt was angered that she had given information to Grace (This is not in this book) I found it unrealistic. Here was a woman who had several higher level degrees who should be used to criticism. She was also the author of several books - again an occupation that inspires either praise or criticism - and she was reduced to tears because Volt was angry with her? Why didn't she take the information to Church and let him decide if it was crucial or not? He's her father, it seems to me that it would have been more logical for her to have sought advice from him not turn and run back to her office in tears. To me, it seemed like she was just out of college not the accomplished writer she was supposed to be.
I have read all of the Joe Ledger series and the other series based in PA. I enjoy his writing, but I see the same type of women in every book. Some variety would be nice and maybe a more realistic description of a women's body. Joe Ledger has flaws and that is what makes him a good protagonist. While I will continue to read Mayberry's works, I would love to see women who are equally as flawed as Joe and thus more interesting in the future.