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The Dragon Factory (Joe Ledger) Paperback – March 2, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
So here goes. The main characters are touted over and over again as being the "best of the best." Right up to the end of the book (and on into book 3, King of Plagues) both Grace and Joe are the best. And then Grace has a moment that left me literally talking out loud to the book saying WTH? Stone cold, best of the best killers don't announce their presence to the bad guys with a snappy one liner like "Let's not." Then she turns around and does it again????? Seriously?
It's a great book, but are you telling me Mr. Maberry couldn't find some better, more plausible way of doing that last part with Grace?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Captivating from the moment you read the first line. I could not put it down. Jonathan Mayberry is a master story teller.Published 1 month ago by Jbuck
I really like Maberry's Joe Ledger, a flawed and likeable hero. When your job is to save the human race a couple of times a week, you can get pretty cynical. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Stegall
Just a great story powerfully written. Maberry is a fantastic writer and look forward to the next book. Thank you sirPublished 4 months ago by Scott Risley
Exceeded expectations. The ledger stories just keep getting better.Published 4 months ago by Kevin Freeman
Coming to the series late, it is one of my favorites that I am working my way through.Published 7 months ago by Dave Lively