Saphira (saphirablue) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 37

Title: The Dragon Factory
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Series: part two of the "Joe Ledger" series, follows Patient Zero
Pages: 657
Summary: 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 twenty-first-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.

My thoughts:

Wow, what a ride. Fast paced, engaging, kind of science-y, action packed, horrible with some deep moments.

The plot is scary because it could happen, maybe is already happening in some secret lab somewhere. :/ I really hope it never gets real, though.

I think, that's the first book I've read that a) stated that not all Germans have been Nazis and that there has been resistence at the time and b) that there is just a spark needed that people act in a certain way - yes, even US people.

I loved the action packed fight scenes. Yes, they are brutal and bloody but still.

I like all the characters and the few glimpses we had into their minds. But my favourite is Joe.

I really like Joe and how he doesn't pretend and lies to himself about himself. And the way he see himself split into three - the Warrior, the Cop and the part of himself that still hopes and how he utilises all three to get through his missions and day to day life.

I'm grumpy and disappointed that Grace got killed off. Yes, she died a hero but a) why always my favourite suporting/minor characters and b) the only woman in the book. :(

I also liked the short story at the end of the book that not only shows how Joe got Vedder but also showed how Joe became a dog person. :)

All in all, I've really enjoyed reading this book.
Tags: military, sci-fi

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