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Joe Ledger returns in this tale that follows the tragic conclusion of The Dragon Factory.

In the wake of a devastating personal loss, Joe Ledger and his new canine partner, Ghost, go hunting for the world's deadliest assassin.

1 pages, Audible Audio

First published July 13, 2011

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Jonathan Maberry

472 books7,029 followers
JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-seller and Audible #1 bestseller, five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, anthology editor, comic book writer, executive producer, magazine feature writer, playwright, and writing teacher/lecturer. He is the editor of WEIRD TALES Magazine and president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. He is the recipient of the Inkpot Award, three Scribe Awards, and was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than thirty countries. He writes in several genres including thriller, horror, science fiction, epic fantasy, and mystery; and he writes for adults, middle grade, and young adult.

Jonathan is the creator, editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW Publishing that was adapted into a NETFLIX series starring Ian Somerhalder (LOST, VAMPIRE DIARIES).

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, debuted in 2018 and was followed by LOST ROADS in fall 2020. ROT & RUIN is in development for film by ALCON ENTERTAINMENT and was adapted as a WEBTOON (a serialized comic formatted for cell phones), becoming their #1 horror comic.

His novels include the enormously popular Joe Ledger series from St. Martin’s Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel) and eleven other volumes, most recently RELENTLESS. His middle grade novel, THE NIGHTSIDERS BOOK 1: THE ORPHAN ARMY (Simon & Schuster) was named one the 100 Best Books for Children 2015. His standalone novels include MARS ONE, GLIMPSE, INK, GHOSTWALKERS (based on the DEADLANDS role-playing game), X-FILES ORIGINS: DEVIL’S ADVOCATE, and THE WOLFMAN --winner of the Scribe Award for Best Movie Adaptation

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, and its sequels, FALL OF NIGHT, DARK OF NIGHT, and STILL OF NIGHT.

His epic fantasy series, KAGEN THE DAMNED debuts in May 2022. And he just signed to co-author (with Weston Ochse) a new series of military science fiction novels that launches the SLEEPERS series. Jonathan will also be launching a new series of science fiction horror novels for the newly established Weird Tales Presents imprint of Blackstone Publishing.

He is also the editor of three THE X-FILES anthologies; the dark fantasy anthology series, OUT OF TUNE; 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); two volumes of mysteries: ALTERNATE SHERLOCKS and THE GAME’S AFOOT (with Michael Ventrella); and ALIENS V PREDATOR: ULTIMATE PREY (with Bryan Thomas Schmidt). He is also the editor of DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS, the official tribute to SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. His next anthology will be ALIENS VS PREDATOR: ULTIMATE PREY (with Bryan Thomas Schmidt), debuting in spring 2022.

Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary series, ZOMBIES: A Living History and TRUE MONSTERS. And he was participated in the commentary track for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: REANIMATED.

His many nonfiction works include VAMPIRE UNIVERSE (Citadel Press, 2006); THE CRYPTOPED

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Author 120 books4,041 followers
June 8, 2016
A nice slice of Joe Ledger's story, which takes place between a couple of novels. If you've read about the character Ghost and wonder how that pup came to be, you need this story.
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1,258 reviews62 followers
February 5, 2017
This is the story of Ghost, the most awesome agent of "the Department of Military Sciences," next to Joe Ledger that is.
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583 reviews40 followers
September 12, 2020
Dog Days is a Joe Ledger short story taking place not long after The Dragon Factory. Joe, recovering from his injuries, has one loose end to tie up. The story introduces us to Ghost, the newest member of Echo Team. Ghost is such a good boy! This is a great, revenge fueled short story that left me grinning.

One thing to note. It appears this story is only available in audio format and is currently available in the Audible Plus catalog for members to listen for free.
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1,034 reviews2 followers
March 18, 2022
If you’re on the hunt for a zombie/ apocalyptic / fast paced /good writing I highly recommend this author I really enjoy his series.
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2,962 reviews17 followers
July 12, 2021
Maberry is a good writer. He tells the story of action well, and the reader finds him or herself knee-deep in story. This is a great read.
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418 reviews48 followers
January 12, 2013
Loved that there wasn’t a whole drowned out book on this. JM recognized that Joe Ledger is way too good to be stuck with an entire book of searching for Veder. Love the introduction of Ghost. Looks like he and Joe will get along nice. Though I am worried how Joe would do if Ghost wasn’t around to save the day. As for the story. I like how it started out and we get to hear from Rudy and a little bit of Mr. Church. I don’t know if it was because I was listening to the audiobook but I was able to predict the ending. I think Veder could have gotten away if he would have been a little stealthier about killing Joe, rather than making his intentions known. If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now. Ray Porter is a BEAST. He makes Joe seriously sound hardcore. And he does a great job with the other voices as well. My favorite voice of his is Mr. Church.
Profile Image for Sinisa Mikasinovic.
136 reviews26 followers
July 12, 2018
This one is a real treat!
I read it after already getting introduced to Ghost in The King of Plagues, the third book in the Joe Ledger series. And I really liked it, from beginning to end.

Ever wondered how and why Joe and Ghost came to be partners?
Then this is the right book for you.

You'll see their first hunt together. And if you read The Dragon Factory you will know who the target is. There are plenty of hilarious scenes that will make you crack, as usual, but the overall tone is very serious.

Driven by revenge, and half-mad, already psychotic Joe takes Ghost and sets to make things right. Well, nothing can really make things right, but righter will have to do.

If you liked the series so far, you will like this book, too. It's that simple.

Profile Image for Kristia Peschka.
72 reviews5 followers
December 9, 2022
This series is one where you should read/listen to the main book that follows BEFORE listening to these middle ones. They reveal some information that I think could spoiler the following one.

I'm a huge fan of this series, but he book that follows this with Grace dead and vengeance being the only thing Joe cares about got to be repetitive. It make sense it's what drives this book too, but was still annoying to me.

Loved that we got to see how Ghost entered the series!
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2,330 reviews39 followers
January 6, 2020
Ha. I like this origin of Ghost, though Joe didn't catch on as soon as I'd have liked. I wanted to yell at him for being a dumbass. :)

Also read Joe Ledger 2.2 - Changeling - 2 stars. But since it's only listed in an anthology (I listened to it alone as an audiobook) I can't mark it as read... Gonna add it later.
Profile Image for Melissa Allen.
551 reviews4 followers
November 20, 2019
This is my first Joe Ledger book as well as Jonathan Maberry - - - and it made me want MORE!! Short story - but it was totally engaging! And - true revenge but just the right amount. I will be reading more of this series!
Profile Image for Steve Scott.
938 reviews51 followers
January 30, 2023
A solid and short read that follows up on the action of “The Dragon Factory”. My hope is that I don’t go on to the next full book in the series and find this book was adapted from it. They’ve done that before.
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597 reviews1 follower
August 7, 2018
Joe Is Back In The Saddle. Weeks after the Dragon Factory Joe and his new partner Ghost get pay back for DMS hero Major Babe.
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462 reviews4 followers
January 22, 2019
Great, but save your $ just jump into the next Maberry Novel - The King of Plagues!
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206 reviews8 followers
January 28, 2019
Ray Porter may be my favorite narrator of all time. And he is absolutely the voice of Joe Ledger. Great to get some more closure after the events of The Dragon Factory.
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229 reviews2 followers
March 29, 2019
Quick short read, excellent intro to ghost and good closure for major grace
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34 reviews
June 20, 2019
Good follow up for Dragon factory and the introduction of ghost prior to Assassins Code.
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28 reviews4 followers
March 3, 2020
This is a good “second epilogue” to the dragon factory!
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359 reviews
November 22, 2020
This short story was intriguing enough to entice me to get the full audio books on this series.
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281 reviews
April 12, 2021
Revenge is a dish best served cold. This should have been the epilogue of The Dragon Factory. Even though it wasn't it was a great stand-alone tying up a much-needed loose end.
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887 reviews7 followers
April 23, 2021
Good little short story. Nice coda to book 2. Worth listening to.
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1,772 reviews23 followers
July 23, 2021
A short little tale of how Joe ended up with Ghost, who I am hoping has a long life as Joe’s partner.
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