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)
A good story, well read but the sound quality was so poor I often had to undock my Garmin and reposition it near my ear, even with the volume at 100%. Really disappointing.
Ithought a book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child should be pretty good and the premise seemed topnotch. While the premise remained top notch, the writing was abysmal. Actually, the author of the blurb about the book was much better than the book. Within mere pages it became way to obvious what was going to happen and how. There was one nice twist at the end of the book, but overall just predictably boring.
Good pace, up to date story line will keep your interest. The twists the story takes will keep you guessing, the ending is unique.
This the first time that I had to actually
wade thru the first part of the book I was so disappointed in the authors whom I had never read a bad book before But the second half saved the day It was up to their excellent selves and I enjoyed it immensly
The tech, particularly the computer stuff is weak. The characters feel thin and lack depth or believability. It's not without value, but on the whole I think this book is weaker than most of their other novels, most of which I've enjoyed.
65 y/o father of two sons. Married 25 yrs. Audible member for 8 yrs. I can hardly read books with my eyes any more. I love reviewing.
Preston and Childs apparently have written many books. I was spoiled by reading The Ice Limit first, which is a true masterpiece. This is not. It is clever, with a lot of thought and a whole lot of research behind it. It is far-reaching and science-fictiony for 1996. It is a very strident argument against genetic modification of medications, and indeed of anything these guys tinker with. It does keep you reading, as David Colacci virtually always does. However, the detailed descriptions of the computer programming and of the lab and science being addressed will test the patience of many readers. The chief computer freak is a cleverly imagined character who is nonetheless as over the top as any character I have ever heard. The (spoiler alert) romance between Carson and Cabeza de Vaca is something that you can see coming from a mile away, but it takes about a thousand figurative miles to happen, and it comes at almost the end of the book. The lab itself is excruciatingly well drawn, and the ambition of the boss is so over-reaching as to try one's patience, as (another spoiler alert) he eventually tries to sell his virus for 5 BILLION dollars to the Army. There are many things to praise about the book, and I gave it a higher rating than I thought I would. It takes a lot of patience to wade through some parts, which scream for an editor. You might enjoy the reading, but you may find yourself wishing it were about three hours shorter than the book ends up being.
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