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The Dragon Factory (Joe Ledger #2)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,459 Ratings  ·  442 Reviews

Joe Ledger and the DMS (Department of Military Sciences) go up against two competing groups of geneticists. One side is creating exotic transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenary armies; the other is using 21st century technology to continue the Nazi Master Race program begun by Josef Mengele. Both sides want to see the DMS destroyed, and they've drawn first bl

Kindle Edition, 495 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2010)
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Scott Sigler
Nov 29, 2015 Scott Sigler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Joe Ledger series. Three parts science, two parts gore, five parts testosterone, all mixed with gasoline and nitro and moonshine and poured into a flask made of dynamite. This is serious summer blockbuster stuff, folks.
Jul 10, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
4.5 Stars Fun

"Die Vernichtungs Welle!"
"The Extinction Wave"

Joe Ledger is a very memorable protagonist, and as a result I found this book to be very enjoyable. This is my type of summer read. Book number 2 in the Joe Ledger series, this one is quite different from the first Patient Zero in that there are no zombies and there is new cast cast of baddies.

Like other Maberry novels this is an ACTION novel first, the horror, science fiction, and thriller elements all come in to add color and flair to
3.5 stars. Honestly, this was a bit of a letdown from Patient Zero. It had plenty of action and suspense, and plot and characters. It just didn't have the bullets-flying kick assery of the first book.

Still, pretty good stuff. Some of the villains were stereotypically dastardly, but others were good. I didn't care for the increase of POV switches away from Joe Ledger that this one took. It was jarring for his story to be first person, and then about half the rest of the chapters were third.

The e
Jonathan Maberry is a wonderful tale spinner and his character Joe Legend is a definite stand out in the mass pool of save the day, action heroes. In this second addition to the series, crazy genetic scientists create a wild twisted story that is frightening and weirdly believable. Fast moving and intriguing with a small side of romance. A few of the main and favorite characters return but the end leaves us wondering who will be returning in the next book. Highly reccomend to those who like inte ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Lou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: august-read-list
Joe Ledger and the DMS on another mission. This time it involves a neo-Nazi, eugenics, pathogen,twins and genetics. As the clock counts down to a deadly weapon being released the team is on the search for the source. The story is well researched with many military specifics. It's written well. I preferred Patient Zero the first Ledger book, when it comes to stories involving combat and espionage I tend to struggle in keeping interest. This is not a short read and just found myself wanting it to ...more
Apr 07, 2010 Merryish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: 2010, horror
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aPriL does feral sometimes
If the author Ian Fleming’s character MI6’s James Bond was real he would be sweating gunpowder over the newest competition to his throne of being the world’s top fantasy assassin and secret agent, namely, the author Jonathan Maberry’s gloriously confident and haunted Baltimore Detective Joe Ledger. Likewise, the producers and creators of The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Napoleon Solo, or The Wild Wild (James) West, American TV characters from the 1970’s, have to be wishing they could have gone as far int ...more
Jason (RawBlurb)
A couple months back, i read Patient Zero, book one of Jonathan Maberry’s “Joe Ledger” novels. Because Patient Zero was so stinking good, The Dragon Factory arrived with a taint of wariness to it. I was fearful that book 2 of the Ledger series was going to disappoint.. i mean, how can a semi-secret military science team battle terrorists and genetically modified “zombies” in book one and still have enough spunk for a second book?

my fear was that the Ledger series blew its load after a 2 hour mar
Dec 31, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Patient Zero
Shelves: reread
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Giovanni Gelati
Jun 05, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

First off I must come clean about a few things in regard to Mr. Maberry & his work. He was nice enough to add me as a friend on Facebook and allow me into his world as we do there. Originally I was just interested in one facet of his work as the sci –fi /paranormal posts were not on the radar yet. His work with Marvel Comics and the graphic novels were all that was on my mind. The other work he has done, the novels that have earned him multiple Bram Stoker Awards – Patient Zero, The Pine Dee
Julie Davis
Nov 20, 2013 Julie Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Autumn 2013, now.

Reread this in print, also thanks to Paperback Swap, following up my enjoyment of rereading Patient Zero in print. I realized rereading this in print that they are the modern equivalent of the penny dreadfuls, in the sense of cheap, sensational fiction. Indeed yes.

I have a place in my heart for cheap, sensational fiction and I believe this fills this bill on several levels of the meanings for cheap and sensational. It is probably the reason that my rereading leads me to skip ov
Mar 23, 2013 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller-lovers
Shelves: books-i-own
4 - 4.5 Stars

What this book is about: Hate ..fear.. Read on....

"..Why do we hate?"

I don't know. There are long and short answers to that. Mostly people hate because people are different from them, or because they're the same. It comes down to fear. Our species has always been motivated by fear. We fear what we don't know or understand, we fear differences, and the primitive in our consciousness demonstrates fear through violence. It's what makes us so aggressive. Fear, and greed."

~ Rudy, The Dra
Good, but nothing great. It's entertaining quick fun read, but the plot was all over the place, very scattered, which made the book difficult to enjoy properly. Without a doubt the most interesting character was Ledger himself and the most fun I was having was following his POV (supposedly the main storyline), but even when the series itself is named "Joe Ledger", our hero's appearances were too few and far between among all the hundred other parallel POVs of various villains and flashbacks and ...more
Janie Johnson
Another great Joe Ledger book. And now I am understanding the books more. They are not all about Zombies. They each have different plots and different casts of villains. This one has a few running stories in it, and at first there seemed to be a lot of characters to get used to, but once I got going it was easy to decipher between each cast of characters and the stories. The premise behind this one is so outrageous yet still so realistic. It still has the running plot of terrorists, and many of ...more
Molly Amory
Apr 14, 2011 Molly Amory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: 2010, and, horror
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Apr 17, 2013 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, look: I realize Jonathan Maberry is only a step up from Patterson and Grisham and (shudder) Sparks, but it's an important step also occupied by people like John Sandford and Dennis Lehane, a step that includes quality writing, intelligent plotting, believable characters, and, crucially, humor. Maberry's Joe Ledger series deals with a covert government entity called the Department of Military Sciences – sort of Homeland Security if Homeland Security fought zombies. This is the second book i ...more
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Jun 10, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, horror, read_2015
The second Joe Ledger book continues the frenetic pacing of its predecessor in PATIENT ZERO thrusting Ledger into the strange world of militarized science at the hands of madmen. His task, along with Echo Team and a raft of ancillary support units is to stop an extension level event targeting population groups across the world. An idea founded on the back of World War II gains momentum when a scientific breakthrough is reached and a death sentence for millions made possible via hidden gene speci ...more
May 05, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Maberry is one of my favorite authors. I've enjoyed both his YA "Rot and Ruin" series and his adult novels. The first Joe Ledger installment, Patient Zero, was a great start to this series that, on the surface, appears to be about the zombie apocalypse. But, you know what I learned with The Dragon Factory? These stories rocks with or without the un-dead shuffling around looking for brains.

For the first time, I felt that this could be a series that my husband and I could share. He enjoys
Feb 01, 2010 ♦Jennifer♦ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My dad and brother, fans of 24, fans of Jason Borne
Won on first reads.

If Jason Borne and 24 had a baby it would be The Dragon Factory. I would say that that's the simplest way to describe this book.

Joe ledger is part of the DMS(Department of Military Sciences), a secret organization that helps to protect the United states against threats of the scientific variety. Run by a mystery man, named Church, who loves vanilla wafers. The DMS is desperately needed in order to protect against the Cabal.

The Cabal is a group of Nazi's who believe in the pe
Jan 22, 2016 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Joe and the DMS are up against a new group of monsters and their “kids” in the second installment in Jonathan Maberry's series of Joe Ledger novels, The Dragon Factory. Picking up only weeks after Patient Zero, one of the most refreshing and captivating entries into the Zombie genre, Joe and the boys sniff out a doomsday plot on an unimaginable scale. The baddies are eerily insane in their pursuit of genocide, and the good guys are just as crazy about stopping them.
What makes Maberry’s books so
Feb 10, 2012 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monsters
After deciding Patient Zero was just about good enough to make the sequel worthy of a read, I delved into this volume and was pleasantly surprised. It's essentially a "what would happen if Nazis had survived" as two evil genuises prepare to wipe out non-white races using genetically-modified viruses to create a new Aryan race. It's a scary thought and there were points in the history of the organisation where it was difficult to distinguish the fact from the fiction. A lot of the horrible ideas ...more
Felicia A
May 07, 2010 Felicia A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There just aren't words to describe how brilliant Jonathan Maberry is. This book has thrills, chills, intrigue, DNA manipulation, secret underground labs, eugenics, diseases turned into viruses, Neanderthals, Nazis and Josef Mengele. WOW.

Once I started reading this book, I was disappointed to find out that it was not a sequel to Patient Zero, which was my original expectation. In the end, though, that made no difference. The main character, Joe Ledger, who fought off and successfully saved the w
Oct 01, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Ledger isn't faster than a speeding bullet, but he's cooler than James Bond, tougher than Chuck Norris, and has wittier badinage than John Steed. Nazis aren't cool; never were, never will be. Being Joe's girlfriend is a hazardous position. What is it with Mr. Church and those cookies? Who the heck -is- Mr. Church, anyway? Should we trust him? Scorpion dogs are creepy. The dragon factory is creepy, though the dragons seemed pretty cool. Maybe they should clone Joe and he could take care of al ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Giedre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A meatier book than Patient Zero. I genuinely enjoyed this one better too. Despite the fact that I'm majorly peeved about something that happens in the book. Why, Jonathan, WHYYYY.

Anyway, the series as a whole is not free from cliches and the plots are a bit over-the-top, but Jonathan Maberry is not afraid to go to some dark places and I appreciate that. Plus, I really heart Joe, the protagonist of the series. I look forward to finding out what happens to him next.
Jason Stalides
When will I learn! Do not write reviews within a GR posts. Man.
Dec 07, 2014 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maberry is such a great writer of this type of horror/suspense/adventure story. Joe Ledger is a great character, too. Lot's a adventure, fighting, guns and other military-type stuff for those fans of that kind of stuff. I generally don't care for it, but this series is so good, characters so well developed, with such excellent plots, I just gloss over the stuff of what type of gun or fighting technique is being used during the action. On with the next in the series.
Travis of NNY
After the first in this series being on terrorism by zombie, it took me a while to warm to this one. But after plenty of ass kicking hand to hand combat, tons of guns and weaponry, and a constant flow of adrenaline, I was fully engaged. Add in my weakness of having a general interest in Nazi secret experiments still going in the modern day world and it was great. Can't wait to see what these special ops have in store next.
Nov 11, 2010 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Completely unreadable pap. The archvillians are so archvilliany that after sniffily shooting someone valuable simply because it's a Tuesday, they dine on breast of dodo. Yeah. I couldn't get any farther. I suspect the author was competing with himself to see what kind of drivel he could write and still get published.
Apr 20, 2010 Christopher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sf-2010
Intentionally aiming at over-the-top, cheesy, Roger-Moore-era-James-Bond pulp thrills is all well and good, but _The Dragon Factory_ isn't remotely funny enough to justify its absurdity.
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

His novels include the Pine Deep Trilogy: GHOST ROAD BLUES (Pinnacle books; winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), DEAD
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