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The running, the falling, the stabbing, the shooting. Did I say the shooting? Just go, go, go!
Mayberry’s Joe Ledger is the kind of action-thriller I like. You can evaluate the level of activity range from 60-100/km a minute. That’s fast!
The only thing that gets me irritated is when I have to listen to someone with a gun in their hands run off their mouth, instead of shooting, and then get shot! It happens, repeatedly!
Takes away the perfection of a story that would be perfect. So, I have to take a star away. Now just four stars instead of five. 🌟
I of course love Joe Ledger's character, he is strong, witty, and relentless. We also get a little more story on Joe as well and just makes me love him all the more. Along with him I also love Bunny and Top as well. I feel like I connected with them both so much more in this one, and I wanted nothing to happen to either of them. The whole cast of characters are so realistic and believable. Another of my favorite characters is Grace. I love the love affair between her and Joe. Maberry created it so realistically. I feel they have a special connection.
The action is the book is really non stop. And I was pulled right smack in the middle of all of it. And I loved every minute of it. Maberry knows how to get the blood pumping that is for sure, from page one to the last page of the book. There really was not anything I did not like about this book, only that it ended. I look forward to the next installment and the next exciting tale I get to jump into.
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. In the midst of all this chaos and adrenaline, in Joe Ledger he's created a character that not only kicks ass, but he has a heart and soul, and it comes across in nearly every scene that he's in. In Joe, he gives us a hero to root for, if for no other reason than he is intrinsically good. Joe is not superhuman, and he doesn't have supernatural abilities. He's an everyman with, admittedly, rather unique talents that we can all identify with in some way. In The Dragon Factory, Maberry takes topics that are complex and sometimes terrifying, and delivers them with humanity and sometimes humor. There were moments during this book (in particular one) that brought me to tears, as with Patient Zero, and Maberry shows us that humanity does not have to be sacrificed for the sake of an exciting read!
This series is absolutely not to be missed, and I recommend it to anyone that loves thrillers, horror, suspense, espionage, fantasy, and all of the above! I am breathlessly anticipating the third book in the Joe Ledger Series, The King of Plagues, due out March 29th!
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The first novel had quite a bit of scientific information regarding pathogens, disease and infection.The dragon factory still holds onto the science element but in a little more detail. Some of these sections I found really interesting actually and they especially helped me to understand some of the key elements within the novel. I did find the science element a little far-fetched sometimes so if you're picky about accuracy then you might find that irritating.
I did find one thing a little annoying, not enough to ruin my opinion of the book though, Maberry was a tad over the top with some of the British characters dialogue in that they sounded VERY British. But again, this took nothing at all away from the book.
Did I think this was any good? Did it match up to Patient Zero? Absolutely! If you were already a fan then this next installment won't disappoint you. I sometimes think that the second books in a series can be more of a filler than a great addition but that's certainly not the case this time - Joe Ledger is as enjoyable and hilarious as ever. If you liked the previous characters on Joe's team then you'll be pleased to know some of them are back to help him out.
Was there anything you should know before you buy? Be prepared to be desperate to get hold of "The King of Theives" - Joe Ledger 3.
I did prefer the first book in the series, Patient Zero, as I quite enjoy zombie post-apocalyptic work in general, but I thought The Dragon Factory was an interesting follow up. Think of it as less intellectual Michael Crichton works.
Still, the books are fun, and though this was a little poorer edited than the previous one, I've really enjoyed this book. If you want something that is not particularly high brow literary reading, but rather, you want a fun action packed film in a book, I recommend this.
You definitely need to read the first book to get this one, but just trust me and buy both at once - you won't be disappointed
The action is delivered well I have to say, but the plot and the characters badly let everything down. By far the most interesting character is Bishop, the guy in charge of the black ops Government department that combats threats to the US/World. The main character is Joe Ledger an ex special forces/cop is leads somewhat from the front while occasionally becoming introspective and annoyingly slowing the story down. Awful and predictable bad guys and some utterly stupid genetically produced clones and creatures feel like they came out of a badly written comic.