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
"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)
Out in the desert sits Mount Dragon, a very secretive experimental research complex, owned by the ecentric genius Brent Scopes. Guy Carson and Susana Cabeza de Vaca, are the new scientists that have come to the center to do work on finding a cure for the flu, at least that's what they believe. Then Guy is secretly approached by his past professor, Dr. Levine, a one time good friend of Scopes, now on a crusade to put an end to Scopes' research, fearing he will change the human race as we know it.
That's the start of this page turning mystery/thriller that keeps the earbuds in, for a bittersweet end. Throughout the book though, are a few chuckles with tantilizing tidbits on survival in the desert, genetic research, and some horsesence (you'll get the meaning of that statement, when you read the book) I felt for these characters and the things that happened to them, as they were very well protrayed by the narrator. It's just a very interesting book, that I have no trouble recommending.
This was my first book by Douglas Preston and I truly enjoyed the great story line and the character development. I didn't want the story to end!
I enjoyed everything about this book- from the actual story to the narrator. I really enjoy SciFi virus-type stories and this was right up my alley. I don't think it was too technical or not technical enough. If you want a good listen- these authors generally don't let you down.
I liked this 2008 work by Preston and Child. The plot was a bit freighted with bio-tech and IT jargon before hitting air speed about 1/3 of the way in. It's an exciting story, with unpredictable plot twists and an all-too-frightening resemblance to our modern world. If the reader is willing to devote time and patience as the book sets up, the subsequent ride is well worth the effort.
With a few exceptions, the protagonist Guy Carson and his friends and foes are well- placed, believable characters deftly manipulated by the authors to maximum effect. The sole exception is Guy's female sidekick, whose ethnic rants and extraneous social commentary were an irritating distraction after a while.
All in all, a great book and a good read too by David Colacci.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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