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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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    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 06-09-08
    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 06-09-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Had Potential"

    This was very good at the beginning and had great potential playing on the storyline of genetic tampering and viral engineering. I would have given it 3 or 4 stars just for this effort. The Authors ruined it by introducing another story line of a virtual reality world "cypherspace" which was completely ridiculous and extremely annoying. I managed to finish the book by fast forwarding through the cypherspace. This part of the book could have been completely left out and made it a much better read/listen.

    The characters were a bit stereotyped but thats typical of most books like this. I actually liked the narator. He was able to give different voices to the characters that made it easy to tell them apart

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-11-11
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2014
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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 2013
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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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    Farrell 05-21-15
    Farrell 05-21-15
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    "Solid"

    While the overall plot is predictable, there are a few twists that keep it interesting. Overall an enjoyable few hours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HIII 06-29-13
    HIII 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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    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 02-24-13
    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 02-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Thinking Man's Thriller"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 11-17-11
    Dean 11-17-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Crichton-esque, pretty decent"

    OK story, reminded me of Andromeda Strain. It's a beach book, not much substance, but it was entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-06-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-06-11 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Should appeal to many types"

    Start this book in different spots and you may wonder what this book is about. You might think it is a western, or a story about mad scientists, or the evils of genetic engineering, or about cyber-space. It is about all these things and I thought the authors did an excellent job of putting it all together. I liked most of it and I believe there is something in here for everyone. I also enjoyed that they kept you guessing on who the bad guys where. There is intelligent conversation and there is suspense and action.

    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 2011

    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 05-30-11
    wcarolyn44 05-30-11

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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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