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Mount Dragon | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Mount Dragon

Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

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Publisher's Summary

Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans, and Carson's job is to stabilize the virus. But Carson starts to wonder if this is justifiable, even for the most noble medical cause. Altering genes is a risky job, and the possibility of creating another killer virus is very real. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

©2008 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"The writing team that scared the willies out of readers with Relic returns with a second, equally gripping novel of techno-terror." (Publishers Weekly)
"A delightfully gruesome yarn and an apt mirror of our love-hate relationship with science." (Business Week)
"Dynamic duo Preston and Child once again demonstrate their mastery of the genre....The thrillfest runs full force to the very last page." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-11-11
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "OK it's them, however...."

    Preston and Child do it again..and this time sans Scott Brick. Frankly, I am becoming quite a fan of Colacci, and I feel he does great work here bringing this multifaceted story to life. Lots' of stuff going on here, and not the cleanest of work this team have done, but overall very compelling ( and excellend summer yard work/barbeque/beer drinking listening! my July 4th ribs were done to the sound of this book in our backyard! ) Enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-15-08
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-15-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Liked the first half"

    I liked the first half of this novel, but the second half was one big long boring chase scene. I was also a tad bored with the author's soapboxing re: genetic engineering. It would've been more interesting if the characters had succeeded in genetically revising humanity's germ cells rather than just debating the ethics of such.

    It started off with a bang and ended up being standard potboiler fare.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 06-29-13
    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting... this story does not Drag-on"

    Medical research, successful computer programs, life in an industrialized setting all could make boring reading but in this reality create a listenable story. Good job Preston and Child. It was especially noteworthy as they described a guitar/banjo duet I love it. Mount Dragon is not the best of their books but I believe it was a good summer read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 07-28-11
    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 07-28-11 Member Since 2007

    I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.

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    "Listenable...not earth shattering"

    Looking for a protracted potato chip read? This is it. Easy to listen to...pleasing characters and a few wonderful moments. Overall an interesting book. No surprises...no new ground broken. It is exactly what you are led to expect from the synopsis.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wcarolyn44 Enfield, Connecticut United States 05-30-11
    wcarolyn44 Enfield, Connecticut United States 05-30-11 Member Since 2003

    Carolyn

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    "Boring story and hard to listen to narration..."

    The story was boring and predictable but the narration was worse. I found myself listening with one hand constantly adjusting the volume, sometimes it was too loud and other times I could barely make out what was being said. It would have been better if, instead of trying to sound as if they were in protective suits, the narrator just spoke normally.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Wolfforth, TX, USA 11-02-08
    Michael Wolfforth, TX, USA 11-02-08 Member Since 2005
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    "a good read"

    I enjoyed this book. The author obviously did tons of research into the storyline and the geography surroung the location of the story. This type of in depth research makes the story interesting and fun to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Lago Vista, TX, USA 07-01-08
    Debra Lago Vista, TX, USA 07-01-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Great listen!"

    I can certainly understand why many people might not enjoy this book, but I found it suspenseful, well paced and very entertaining. I know that some of the technical aspects were a bit of a stretch but I expect a good fiction novel to indulge in a bit of fantasy as long as it doesn't insult my intellegence, which this did not. Having vacationed in the New Mexican desert, their description of the characters travels made me feel as if I were there watching it for myself. The different accents used by the narrator, while mildly exaggerated, helped me to avoid confusing the characters unlike more monotone narrators can do. All in all, for me - a great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wiegand South Charleston, WV, United States 06-24-08
    Wiegand South Charleston, WV, United States 06-24-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Technically flawed"

    The ending credits state that this book had 3 technical advisors, but unfortunately the book still had many technical flaws. The reader is expected to believe plot setups that are totally out of character with the rest of the book. The story seesaws between overly technical details and transparently planted situations with no technical backup. Narration is reasonable, but the characters are so stereotyped that it seems they were invented specifically for narration. From the Texas drawl of the male lead to the British accent of the security chief, one wonders if the narrator invented these aspects of each character specifically because they were capable of the accented delivery. The premise of the story is very good, but the author fails to capture the full potential.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lu Johns Creek, GA, United States 06-16-08
    Lu Johns Creek, GA, United States 06-16-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Pretty technical at times"

    Overall, I thought this was a good story and definitely glad I downloaded it; however, it really got technical at times and seemed "pitchy" with storylines flailing in directions that took away from the the main plot. For example, the entire trip into the desert just didn't seem needed. You know the authors did quite a bit of research. Maybe it was the authors' intention, but the narrator also made everyone seem so angry and sarcastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan westerly, RI, USA 06-03-08
    Brendan westerly, RI, USA 06-03-08 Member Since 2005
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    "pretty bad"

    The novel is pretty awful. The most annoying thing is the narration. Terrible accents deliver trite dialogue, and the narrator goes from very quiet to almost a yell which makes it very difficult to listen to while driving.

    The story itself isn't that wonderful (though mildly entertaining at times) and the characters are what happens when you put in two parts stereotype and zero parts anything else.



    18 of 27 people found this review helpful
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  • Samantha
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    9/14/09
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    "Great story"

    I have not listened to a Douglas Preston/ Lincoln Child Book yet that i have not enjoyed. Great to while away the time, not particularly taxing.I would recommend all of them .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
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    "Good story, but narration hard going at times"

    First of all, I enjoyed this book. It's a cracking story reminiscent of the works by Michael Crichton. Great if you like a dose of science with your fiction.

    My main problem with the book is the narrator. Hi voice and accent are ok (American) but the volume levels seem to rise and fall a lot. I do most of my listening when driving to work. I found this impossible with this book - either the volume was so loud it was painful, or I could barely hear it, all within the space of a single sentence. The book was worth finding an alternative time to listen, but it really is a no go in the car even on some serious car stereo equipment!

    David Colacci narrates a number of Child/Preston books, so I've stayed clear of those. A shame as I enjoy these writers immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    9/25/12
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    "A Great Story"

    A great listen delivered by a really good narrator - story waffles a little but nothing drastic. Generally a good book -prefer Pendergast.

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  • Andrew Baxter
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    "A Great Listen"

    As someone who relies upon audio books, I have found the work of Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston never lets you down.

    Mount Dragon takes us into uncomfortable areas of genetic research and examines personal morality and ethics. It odes so with a story line that is both easy to follow yet thought provoking.

    Easy to listen to from beginning to end - cannot wait to read another of their books.

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