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 Road Blues, Dead Man’s Song, & Bad Moon Rising), The Wolfman, Zombie CSU, & They Bite- really weren’t on my list of novels to read. What a mistake on my part, I know for many of you I am not imparting something new, the quality of his writing is amazing.
The Dragon Factory is Maberry’s second Joe Ledger vehicle. The first is Patient Zero, and trust me I plan to get that ASAP. The Dragon Factory was a great surprise to me; I enjoyed every page of it and I fell in love with Joe Ledger. Finding new novels to read, another avenue to go to is great, and this is definitely one here.
The story revolves around the now running Doomsday clock. The bad guys have ties to WWII Nazis. They are trying to release deadly viruses & diseases among the worlds “mud people”, those of us that are not white, literally killing not just thousands or millions, but billions of people. They also genetically engineer super soldiers and transgenic monsters. Joe Ledger and his crew at the Department of Military Sciences are the only ones that have time to stand in the way.
If you have a checklist of things you enjoy in a novel, then you can check off the following things: Action- there is plenty of it from page one to 486, excellent dialogue, great plot, good villains, characters that you can grow to care about, superior execution and conclusion of storyline. Did I miss anything? No & neither did Jonathan Maberry in this novel. I think this would be a very neat movie. Put this in your Goodreads –to read- list at the very least. Check it out.
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