The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry. Book review

The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry. Gollancz (2011) ‘7.99

Reviewed by Colin Leslie

The Dragon Factor is everything a good techno thriller should be ‘ clever, imaginative and above all thrilling. This is the second in a series featuring the ‘worlds oldest adolescent’ Joe Ledger, following the best-selling Patient Zero.

In a tightly constructed plot which manages to keep many of it’s secrets till the end, we follow Joe Ledger and the D.M.S (Department of Military Sciences) as they attempt to stop the evil Cyrus Jakoby and Otto Wirths from starting the Extinction Clock, a genetically engineered apocalypse. Of course things are complicated by politics and by Hecate and Paris Jackoby, the ‘albino freaks’ who are Cyrus’ twin children.

What follows is a staircase of escalating evil with roots in Nazi propaganda and eugenics. The antagonists vie with each other to push the boundaries of nastiness involving racial disease, genetically engineered soldiers and the odd unicorn. To say the Cryrus’s are a dysfunctional family is like saying that the sun is a bit hot, indeed it’s the internal struggle between the twins and with their father that provides much of the conflict and most of the action.

At its heart though, this book is a thrilling adventure with Joe Ledger providing most of the interest and a fair few pints of blood as he battles internal demons, and external ones, in some furious action scenes. Think Jack Bauer on the Island of Dr Moreau with a healthy dose of Jurassic Park and you will be close to understanding this book. There’s not much subtlety on display here but the cover image should probably have given you a clue about that and anyway, when you’ve got big guns, big personalities and unicorns, who needs subtlety?

The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry. Gollancz (2011) ‘7.99

Reviewed by Colin Leslie

The Dragon Factor is everything a good techno thriller should be ‘ clever, imaginative and above all thrilling. This is the second in a series featuring the ‘worlds oldest adolescent’ Joe Ledger, following the best-selling Patient Zero.

In a tightly constructed plot which manages to keep many of it’s secrets till the end, we follow Joe Ledger and the D.M.S (Department of Military Sciences) as they attempt to stop the evil Cyrus Jakoby and Otto Wirths from starting the Extinction Clock, a genetically engineered apocalypse. Of course things are complicated by politics and by Hecate and Paris Jackoby, the ‘albino freaks’ who are Cyrus’ twin children.

What follows is a staircase of escalating evil with roots in Nazi propaganda and eugenics. The antagonists vie with each other to push the boundaries of nastiness involving racial disease, genetically engineered soldiers and the odd unicorn. To say the Cryrus’s are a dysfunctional family is like saying that the sun is a bit hot, indeed it’s the internal struggle between the twins and with their father that provides much of the conflict and most of the action.

At its heart though, this book is a thrilling adventure with Joe Ledger providing most of the interest and a fair few pints of blood as he battles internal demons, and external ones, in some furious action scenes. Think Jack Bauer on the Island of Dr Moreau with a healthy dose of Jurassic Park and you will be close to understanding this book. There’s not much subtlety on display here but the cover image should probably have given you a clue about that and anyway, when you’ve got big guns, big personalities and unicorns, who needs subtlety?