Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Dragon Factory, Jonathan Maberry, 2010

This is what I would call a scientific thriller and an enjoyable read.

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The hero (Joe) and his team are soldiers – the best of the best of course- who work for an unofficial elite US  organization called DMS.  Any weapon or intel is instantly available.  No expense is spared.  The bad guys are white supremacist genetic scientists who have a plan to wipe out most of the world’s population, and will set the plan in motion when the Extinction Clock ticks down to zero.  Genetics, cloning, it’s all here.  I’m not sure if the science is plausible,  but it makes sense in the context of the story and it does not require endless description.

The story opens with a scene from close to the end, then we jump back 99 hours to see how we got there.  The Extinction Clock is counting down.  There is considerable time spent describing firefights, weapons, and such, but this is nicely balanced with other narrative. The sequel is setup in the final page.  Some of the characters are a bit Larger than Life – but the plot is also outrageous so I think that fits.     

The Dragon Factory is actually the second book featuring the hero Joe Ledger.  I will keep my eyes open for book 1 – Patient Zero.  Reviews indicate it was better than The Dragon Factory.  The third book – The King of Plagues – is also available.




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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Thriller


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This Book is Full of Spiders, David Wong, 2012

Okay, so this book is a bit twisted, but it is cleverly conceived, funny, and engaging.  I really liked it.


This is the sequel to a book called John Dies at the End.   I haven’t read that, but Spiders stands alone pretty well.

The heroes (David, John, and Amy) are well intentioned blunderers.    I liked these characters because they are very flawed but brave and loyal.  The narrative is strong, and the story engaging.  

Spider creatures are taking over human hosts and spreading like wildfire; creating Zombie-like creatures. The  entire town is quarantined and about to be nuked unless someone can save the day.  There may be a conspiracy. 

Here is a link to the video trailer for the book:

Update August 2013

I read John Dies at the End.  Now I did read these books in the wrong order, but even so, I enjoyed Spiders much more.  I found myself plodding through John Dies at the End for the sake of finishing.

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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Horror, Humour


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Scarecrow, Matthew Reilly, 2003

First page of Scarecrow and I realized that I’ve read it before.  I remember that I liked it very much.


I am a big fan of Matthew Reilly.  Scarecrow is is Shane Schofield book and is military thriller.

I can heartily recommend the Jack West series.  It is more of a National Treasure or Raiders type of adventure series.  


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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in Thriller


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The Age of Ra, James Lovegrove, 2009

I liked it.

The Age of Ra is an alternate history military fantasy.  Set in contemporary times, the Egyptian Gods have vanquished all other Gods and divided the Earth.  The Gods squabble among themselves, and this is reflected in constant war on Earth. The Gods need war, as they get strength not only number of followers but from their devotion.

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The hero is a British soldier, David Westwynter.  He is an interesting character, as he is a devout believer in the Gods, yet he is convinced to join a rebel group who aims to break the Gods’ hold over the earth.  The rebel leader is a mysterious masked man who can be very persuasive.  Too persuasive.  The rebellion is clearly doomed, but there is no lack of rebel followers.  The rebel leader may have some divine backing.

Keeping in mind this is a military themed fantasy, there is an interesting mix of conventional technology and god-powered laser weapons. The plot moves quickly, and does not get not mired down in protracted, complicated battle scenes. The number of key characters is kept quite small.



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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


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FoxTrot, Assembled with Care, Bill Amend, 2002

Who doesn’t love FoxTrot?


FoxTrot is also a hit with my 9-year old.  I think he relates to the Jason character. 

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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in Humour

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