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The Dragon Factory

(Joe Ledger #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  9,242 ratings  ·  590 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 ...more
Paperback, 486 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2010)
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Scott Sigler
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4 ***

Let's get this clear from the start - this is a testosterone laden, flag-waving, over-the-top, completely unrealistic, fictional macho-man heroes riddled, summer mega block-buster type of series and if you are going to start reading it knowing that, and still find things to be offended by, then it is on you. This series, and this second book in particular, is full of every possible trope about an American government agency fighting covertly against evil you could ever imagine. We have g
4.5/5 stars!

Together, narrator Ray Porter and author Jonathan Maberry form an unbeatable team!

I'm not going to write a full review because I'm way behind the times on this book, (it was published back in 2011.) Military/Action type books aren't really my thing, but with Ray Porter narrating, now they ARE. So much so, that I'm starting the next book in this series right now!

*Thank you to my local library for the digital loan of this audiobook. Libraries RULE!*
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, horror, sci-fi
Really enjoying this series and Ray Porter’s narration. I didn’t follow this one as well as I followed the previous one. The villains were many and a little more complex so that made it difficult.

It started very strong and mysterious. Joe is being harassed by some Secret Service agents, and Church isn’t sure why they are at odds with the DMS. As Church and Ledger are wont to do, they follow the cookie crumbs back to the source and a much larger plot unfolds.

There were some very fun things going
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
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Mar 28, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, dnf
DNF 22%

The book is a collection of the worst of white people. It’s an ugly chaotic crayola comic. I will try one more Ledger to see if this was a blip.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Michael Hicks
Only two books in and the Joe Ledger series has become a fast favorite of mine. Maberry effortlessly entwines a wide range of genres - military thriller, horror, science fiction, comic book action - to create an incredibly entertaining and compulsively listenable story.

In The Dragon Factory the extinction clock is ticking, counting down to global genocide. Cyrus Jakoby is a brilliant geneticist, his research building off the horrific medical tests conducted by Nazi scientists in World War II, an
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 Brown (Toastx2)
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Cindy Newton
I think Joe Ledger is my new book boyfriend! He's a badass who just drips sarcasm--is there anything more attractive? This is a new genre for me, the military action/thriller/weird sort of horror, but I'm loving it. This book really resonated with me because the weird sci-fi/horror angle was a Nazi genetic mutation thing with Dr. Mengele thrown in, and I just finished teaching Night to my students, so it was timely.

The only thing I had a teeny tiny problem with was the chara
Apr 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: 2010, horror
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May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Ledger and the DMS are up against numerous threats in this one and the clock is ticking down.

It’s definitely not all rainbows and unicorns in this one. Well...unicorns, maybe.

This was exactly what I hoped it would be. Fast, furious appropriately bloody and entertaining as hell. Just what the doctor ordered.

Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, read-in-2020
The Dragon Factory is the second book in the Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry. This time around a group of scientists are looking to finish what Hitler started, his eugenics program to eliminate "lesser" races, and are using highly sophisticated transgenic techniques to carry out their plan. As part of their experiments they've created genetically enhanced mercenaries and exotic monsters inspired by mythology. Unfortunately the DMS has no idea they're racing against an extinction clock with ...more
Julie Davis
Dec 14, 2011 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
Giovanni Gelati
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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 Deep tr
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Patient Zero
Shelves: reread
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Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_2015, horror, own
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
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Alondra Miller
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller-lovers
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
Estevam (Impish Reviews)
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay, what to say about this one, the book is pretty good not as good as Patient Zero, the characters felt a lot more one-note and flat though this problem seemed to alleviate by the ending where we got more character development, still, there are grievances with how morality is handled it seemed very black and white which was disappointing and ended up making the book seem a lot bigger than its 500 pages, but let's sum up the plot before my final thoughts.

On this book we follow Joe and his team
Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: 2010, and, horror
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Todd Bristow
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first Joe Ledger novel, Patient Zero. It was "Special Ops guy vs James Bond villain shot though a lens of near future sci fi/horror. It was a fun read, but The characters were written in a way that you knew nothing bad was going to happen to them; that Joe Ledger was just a little too good at his job. I started to feel that way about the Dragon Factory, but here's where Jonathan Maberry took it up another notch. He's an author that's not afraid to hurt his characters. The villain i ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
09/24/2020 Notes:

- Rating Raised from 3.5 to 4 Stars
- This book was more clunky in progress & light on main caste of characters. Some of that was necessary for the series but it made the story less interesting as whole due to the detached perspective of the bad guys.
- In ending was a classic Joe Ledger on multiple layers.
The Dragon Factory is the 2nd book in the Joe Ledger thriller / horror series by Jonathan Maberry. If you like gunfights, genetic manipulation, monsters, Nazi enemies, etc, you'll enjoy this book.

Joe and the other members of DMS are being targeted. The President is having heart surgery and the Vice President along with other people are trying to get the NSA to shut down their operations. As well, there is an assassin killing various people who may be linked. There are two teams of geneticists ar
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT &

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