The Dragon Factory (Joe Ledger #2)
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
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
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
"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
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
my fear was that the Ledger series blew its load after a 2 hour mar...more
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
Then it turns out that all the terrorists were one big dysfunctional family, and I started losing interest.
Joe Ledger remains amazingly competent - he can take out zombies, monsters, and anything you throw at him, apparently - and there's even an awkwardly budding romance between him and Grace Courtland, another...more
To be honest, I was thinking it was four stars until I got to the end. The story was solid, I just have a lot of skepticism any time a book brings in Nazis. Too often writers use it as convenient shorthand for evil. You don't need to prove the bad guys are bad, they're Nazis! To his credit, Maberry does go to some lengths to prove that the bad guys are bad and even more to his credit he makes the point more than once that not...more
This is another great,...more
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
That initial dismay fled quickly as I once again fell in love with Jonathan Maberry's intricate globally expansive conspiracy plot and his quirky, real and believable characters. Admittedly some of the science went way over my head but I never actually felt lost, I jus...more
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
Joe Ledge and the DMS (Department of Military Science) are being hit on different fronts and one of them is their own government. Someone inside the United States government wants to...more
I loved The Twins; bu...more
The story is a very fast paced thriller, filled with every concievable nightmares. Despite the violence, it is a very moralistic in terms of black and white. In it, the main characters are racing against the doomday clock and the residues of Nazi's evil cloned from the original evi...more
The plots keep escalating into more and more ridiculous territory. And Joe Ledger isn't much of a cipher. He's too inhuman. The characteristics that make him the best soldier in the world also make him a pretty boring character. You know he's going to go all Wolverine, he'll save the day, and he'll deal with any failures after the job gets done.
He supposedly has all these scars from the death of Helen and from Grace, but his reactions seem "tacked on" to make him seem mo...more
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