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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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    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 05-07-12
    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 05-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "desert ,bugs and nerds"

    i staggered a bit with this one, at first too much science raving, but then it developed into an interesting story with a few surprises. worth a read but probably only once for me

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    Evan Turlock, CA, United States 03-08-12
    Evan Turlock, CA, United States 03-08-12
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    "Interesting but too cowboyish at times"
    Would you listen to Mount Dragon again? Why?

    I liked this for the concept but wouldn't really suggest it because it seemed to get lost on cowboys and the virtual world descriptions. The medical part of it was pretty intriguing but the characters were down right annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I would only suggest it if you can suspend your belief in reasonable survival skills and really like listening to long descriptions of virtual worlds.

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    Kathleen Catasus Tampa, FL 02-21-12
    Kathleen Catasus Tampa, FL 02-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very much enjoyed the listen!"
    What did you love best about Mount Dragon?

    I liked the detailed storyline, the knowledge and research on the subject matter, both about gentetics, computers and surviving in the destert. Also, it sent a moral message about alterning human genes without being too preachy.


    What other book might you compare Mount Dragon to and why?

    I would compare it to a Michael Crichton novel.


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    Cameron Arnold, MD, United States 12-15-11
    Cameron Arnold, MD, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2011

    A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.

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    "Loose on science and tech, but good for its time."

    The main character was excellently developed, and it had a fairly strong plot, although it changed gears on me at the end and fell short. As someone deeply entrenched in the biological sciences, i love a good bio thriller although unfortunately the science must be top-notch in order for me to buy it-- this one just didn't quite cut it for me. Still, kept me reading to the end, which is saying something. Meh.

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    Alan 12-01-11
    Alan 12-01-11

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    I liked this one, and being a PC Tech 4 tier support person both hardware and soft it was kinda fun to see something that one could only wish for.
    The story line was good and enjoyed the narration.
    This is a good read/listen.

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    Tom Ontario, CA, United States 11-07-11
    Tom Ontario, CA, United States 11-07-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Ripoff"

    I was only able to download a partial recording of this book, very disapointed in the lackof concern in emails (unanswered) and phone calls. I don't regard this website as trustworthy.

    Tom P. Wilson

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    Casey Wichita, KS, United States 06-29-11
    Casey Wichita, KS, United States 06-29-11
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    "One of my favorites"

    This has been one of my favorite books that I have listened to since being a member of Audible.

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    Frank Lawrence 04-15-11 Member Since 2014

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    "SciFi Extra"

    I found this book interesting, exciting, gripping, and entertaining. The topic is appropo and fortuitous given the high interest in gene therapy; the plot posits a set of entirely plausible if alarming circumstances that will capture your imagination and keep you awake at night. This is one book you will find difficult to put down. Making this book one of the better reads I have had the pleasure of experiencing is the performance by Mr. Colacci. His rendition adds to the very gratifying experience of listening to a great work.

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    John 03-22-11
    John 03-22-11
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    "First class narration"

    This narrator really draws you into the story. Outstanding pacing. Excellent character voices.

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    Kara San Pedro, CA, United States 01-07-11
    Kara San Pedro, CA, United States 01-07-11
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    "Technical issues"

    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.

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