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The Dragon Factory

The Dragon Factory 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 o

  • Title: The Dragon Factory
  • Author: Jonathan Maberry
  • ISBN: 9780312382490
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 firstJoe 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 blood Neither side is prepared for Joe Ledger as he leads Echo Team to war under a black flag.

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    1. Jonathan Maberry

      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 than two dozen countries.He writes in several genres His young adult fiction includes ROT RUIN 2011 was named in Booklist s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, an American Library Association Top Pick, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner winner of several state Teen Book Awards including the Cricket, Nutmeg and MASL winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards DUST DECAY winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award FLESH BONE winner of the Bram Stoker Award 2012 and FIRE ASH August 2013 BROKEN LANDS, the first of a new spin off series, debuts in 2018.His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St Martin s Griffin PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel EXTINCTION MACHINE, 2013 now in development for TV by SONY PREDATOR ONE, and others His first middle grade novel, THE NIGHTSIDERS BOOK 1 THE ORPHAN ARMY, was named one the 100 Best Books for Children 2015, with a sequel, VAULT OF SHADOWS debuting this year from Simon Schuster His standalone teen science fiction novel, MARS ONE, is in development for film by Zucker Productions and Lone Tree Entertainment His upcoming standalone suspense novel, GLIMPSE, has gotten advance praise from Clive Barker, Scott Smith, James Rollins, Heather Graham and Charlaine Harris.His horror novels include The Pine Deep Trilogy from Pinnacle Books GHOST ROAD BLUES, 2006, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium DEAD MAN S SONG, 2007 and BAD MOON RISING, 2008 , as well as DEAD OF NIGHT, 2011 named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium and its sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014 He also wrote the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation and DEADLANDS GHOSTWALKERS, an original novel inspired by the million copy selling role playing game He has also written the foreword to a new annotated edition of DRACULA from Writers Digest Books.Jonathan and colleague 1 NY Times bestseller Kami Garcia Beautiful Creatures each wrote an X FILES ORIGINS novel for teens with Kami focusing on Fox Mulder in AGENT OF CHAOS and Jonathan telling the backstory of young Dana Scully in DEVIL S ADVOCATE.Jonathan is the creator, editor and co author of V WARS, a shared world vampire anthology from IDW, and its sequels, V WARS BLOOD AND FIRE, V WARS NIGHT TERRORS, and V WARS And he writes a best selling monthly V WARS comic A board game version of V Wars was released in 2017 and the series is in development for TV by IDW Media.He is also the editor of the dark fantasy anthology series, OUT OF TUNE JournalStone , a series of THE X FILES anthologies which launched in 2015 SCARY OUT THERE, an anthology of horror for teens and the anthologies ALIENS BUG HUNT, NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD with George Romero , JOE LEDGER UNSTOPPABLE with Bryan Thomas Schmidt and two volumes of mysteries ALTERNATE SHERLOCKS and THE GAME S AFOOT with Michael Ventrella Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary series, ZOMBIES A Living History and TRUE MONSTERS And he was participated in the commentary tracks for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD REANIMATED His many nonfiction works include VAMPIRE UNIVERSE Citadel Press, 2006 THE CRYPTOPEDIA Citadel, 2007 winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction co authored by David F Kramer ZOMBIE CSU The Forensics of the Living Dead Winner of the Hinzman and Black Quill Awards and finalist for a St

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    1. 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.


    2. 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 them [...]


    3. 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 subp [...]


    4. 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 extra.5 [...]


    5. 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 interest [...]


    6. 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 end if [...]


    7. Second book of the Joe Ledger series, and regretfully, I find I ve reached my lifetime limit of Joe Ledger He was fun for the first book, but his perfection is getting a bit wearing More to the point, the storytelling is even simplistic than the first outing all the good guys are Good with a capital G , and all the bad guys are mustache twirlingly Evil with a capital E The I read, the my problem with the writing becomes the utter lack of any shades of grey even torture becomes Good in the one [...]


    8. 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 Balti 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 into the g [...]


    9. 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 marathon, l [...]


    10. 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 over t [...]


    11. 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 trilogy Ghost [...]


    12. I really loved this book It s an action packed, fast paced good time The Dragon Factory is the second Joe Ledger book, the first being Patient Zero Instead of chasing after zombies, this time the DMS is chasing after a familial group trying to eradicate the world through eugenics and a genetically engineered series of plagues It s a really interesting premise for a thriller, kind of Jason Bourne meets The Island of Dr Moreau Or Indian Jones with better science I am a fan of Patient Zero and I th [...]


    13. 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 specifi [...]


    14. 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 in the s [...]


    15. 4 4.5 StarsWhat 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 Dragon Factory


    16. 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 perfect [...]


    17. Second book of the Joe Ledger series, and regretfully, I find I ve reached my lifetime limit of Joe Ledger He was fun for the first book, but his perfection is getting a bit wearing More to the point, the storytelling is even simplistic than the first outing all the good guys are Good with a capital G , and all the bad guys are mustache twirlingly Evil with a capital E The I read, the my problem with the writing becomes the utter lack of any shades of grey even torture becomes Good in the one [...]


    18. 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 is even [...]



    19. 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 lika [...]


    20. Another great Joe Ledger book And now I am understanding the books 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 them that [...]


    21. 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 used [...]


    22. 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 world [...]


    23. 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 all of the Nazi [...]


    24. 3.5 5A meatier book thanPatient 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.


    25. 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.


    26. 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.


    27. 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.


    28. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are off to stop the Extinction Wave, unleashed by a rejuvenated Josef Mengele, now known as Cyrus Jakoby Working with another Nazi scientist, they have perfected a fail safe eugenics program to eliminate all the mud races and create the perfect Aryan world But, the Department of Military Science will have something to say about that.


    29. I read these books out of order and ended up reading this last so I already kind of knew what happened That said, it did not spoil reading the book AT ALL As usual, tons of action, suspense, twists and turns.


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