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The Dragon Factory (Joe Ledger) Paperback – March 2, 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews
Book 2 of 6 in the Joe Ledger Series

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From Publishers Weekly

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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Product Details

  • Series: Joe Ledger (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312382499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312382490
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first discovered Jonathan Maberry in Patient Zero, the first in the Joe Ledger series. I grabbed that book because I love the zombie genre. I soon discovered this series would go far far beyond just zombies. I was hooked, if you want an unbiased review, stop reading now... In my opinion Dragon Factory is the best of the series. Madmen, genetics, nazis, monsters, mutants everything bad rolled up into one book! I hate to say it because book to movies are always terrible, but all I kept thinking while reading Dragon Factory was, why is this not a movie or HBO series? Take 24 and mix in X-Files.
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The second novel in Maberry's Joe Ledger series starts very soon after Patient Zero left off, with Joe visiting the gravesite of one of his oldest and dearest friends. The problem is, he's a wanted man, and the man that wants him is none other than the Vice President of the United States. He's sent his goon squad to pick up Joe, but Joe has other plans...

Taking off like lightning and never letting up, The Dragon Factory is a cross-genre, gritty, fun, roller coaster of a ride! I loved Patient Zero, and The Dragon Factory doesn't disappoint, in fact, I think I loved it more! Told in first person POV of Joe Ledger, my favorite tough, snarky ex-cop, (with frequent forays into third person with one of the book's star psychos, Cyrus Jacoby) it grabs you by the throat, and doesn't let you go until the last page! What's not to love? Joe and Echo Team have to deal with everything from psychotic Nazi clones, to an organization called the Cabal, which is out to achieve ethnic cleansing on a worldwide scale. Add to that DNA manipulated beasts, a race of slaves called the New Men, bio-terror on an epic scale, a pair of the creepiest, ickiest (yes, icky), twisted (had to throw that in there), albino (yes, albino) twins, and a boy hero that will break your heart and reaffirm your belief in the power of the human spirit.

Maberry throws all of this at you with his usual perfect pacing and style, and the depth of detail and research put into this book is, as always, impeccable. One thing that Maberry does in his novels is something that you don't see a lot of in books that are this action oriented.
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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.
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I really enjoy living vicariously through Joe Ledger. Mayberry creates characters that are not only flawed, but somehow accessible.

The intensity was high and had me completely on the edge of my seat throughout. I kind of felt what was coming towards the end of the book and when it happened it was a soul crusher. I'm sure it was a way for the author to endear Ledger to the reader even more - I was thinking this the whole time until it happened. Well, it worked.

Couldn't put this one down and I really loved this story, even though I have an emotional hangover. Well done Mr. Mayberry!!! Thank you for Joe Ledger. I need a nap.
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Another kick ass Joe Ledger read.

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.
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