The Dragon Factory (Joe Ledger, #2)
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The Dragon Factory (Joe Ledger #2)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  4,082 ratings  ·  326 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...more
Paperback, 486 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
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...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...more
Apr 07, 2010 Merryish rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: 2010, horror
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Mar 23, 2013 Alondra rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Dec 31, 2013 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Patient Zero
Shelves: reread
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Giovanni Gelati

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...more
Julie Davis
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...more
Molly Amory
Apr 14, 2011 Molly Amory rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: 2010, and, horror
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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
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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
Felicia A
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...more
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.
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.
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...more
Feb 01, 2010 ♦Jennifer♦ rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
After reading Patient Zero I was very keen to read more of Jonathan Maberry’s work. I really liked his idea of terrorists creating a pathogen that reanimates the dead and using them as a bio-weapon. Patient Zero whips along at a breakneck pace and I found the writing superb.

In its sequel, The Dragon Factory, Joe Ledger and Echo team are back. However, no zombies this time out. Instead, the team are in a race against time to stop a maniacal billionaire geneticist who has plans to reinvent the hum...more
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
The Dragon Factory is Maberry's second novel featuring hero Joe Ledger and a new covert American government organization.

In this novel, some fanatical white supremacists plan to destroy the other races by mutating diseases that only affect certain races to make them communicable. Ledger and the DMS (the covert organization mentioned above) must race against the clock to stop this from happening. Stopping it becomes more difficult than it should be when powerful forces within the American govern...more
Joe Leger, Department of Military Science team leader, is up against multiple enemies in this tense and well plotted action, sci-fi thriller. One is Cyrus Jacoby, who with his high tech labs, has found a way to turn deadly genetic diseases into communicable diseases specific to a race of people. Jacoby's goal is to eradicate the "mud people" or what he feels are the inferior races. His children, the sexual deviant albino twins are busy with their own labs creating hybrid mythological animals som...more
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I absolutely loved Patient Zero but The Dragon Factory is even better - a fast paced thriller with a great plot. I'm not saying I love this book because I'm co-author with Jonathan Maberry on Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass enemies of Evil, but because it's the truth. The Dragon Factory is a great read
Another good work by Mr. Maberry. Joe Ledger is the man, sort of a modern day super warrior hero. If you like action books then the Joe Ledger series is for you. This book confused me a little with the players involved so I didn't give it a five. Nonetheless, it was a good read. To bad the US doesn't have a real DMS.
Chris Bauer
The second Joe Ledger book delivers action, fast-paced movement, remarkable characters, over the top fight scenes and TENSION from start to finish.

Almost too much at times. Most authors will give the reader a reprieve of sorts, a chance to catch their breath. Maberry allows very few "rest stops" in The Dragon Factory.

Same characters with deeper relationships and higher reader investiture. Once a reader imprints on Joe Ledger, you are at Maberry's mercy. And he is, unfortunately, unmerciful. Cru...more
The Dragon Factory: In which Jonathan Maberry attempts to capitalize upon the awesome of Patient Zero by turning this thing into a series.

Maberry favors a two-pronged approach for his sophomore effort. First, he goes for the gusto by falling back on everybody's favorite bad guy - NAZIS! Then he dims the lights, urges the readers to hold hands, and attempts desperately to channel the spirit of James Rollins, which kind of works except for how I can generally tell Rollins' characters apart.

I really like the Joe Ledger books. I read the first one and listened to the second through Audible since I got a good deal on it. The narrator made this book really shine. The author has a knack for pulling off hard to believe scenarios. He makes you wonder, "is this stuff really possible in today's world?" I think the general public might be surprised just how much happens in the world that we don't know about... and don't want to know about. There are a lot of bad people in the world - who's...more
Joe Ledger is every bit as bad as Jack Reacher and John Rain. This was a thrilling thriller. It had everything that makes a good thriller and more. I didn't want to stop reading it.
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.50

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry was wicked smart and brutally twisty.

Read It File It: I am in love with the Joe Ledger! There I said it. It is probably best to get that out there and acknowledged. During the Dragon Factory, I was biting my lip, clicking my nails against the desk, and closing my eyes as things got tense. These...more
Casey Raehtz
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the first entry in this series, but this one was even better. The first really was a zombie book, this was more of an action/thriller.
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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...more
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