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)
Preston and Childs deliver an interesting and plausible plot. They juggle several story lines that keep you waiting for the next twist and mentally keep you wondering when we'll see this in the news. (The latter may be because I live in NM.) I kept wanting to get the book so I could speed-read to find out the ending. The narrator did a lovely job of differentiating between the various characters. I will be delighted to listen to more of his narratives. Without givng anything away, listen to the book!--it moves well and is very enjoyable.
Mount Dragon is a nice little Summer listen if you want something light, yet somewhat compelling. The story is fairly straightforward, although many plotlines are forced on the reader at times. The character development is largely based on common life role stereotypes (Western Cowboy, etc), which is simple for the listener, but leaves a bit to be desired in the end.
While some story details are rushed and many technical details wildly unrealistic, the authors are surprisingly able to maintain a stable suspension of disbelief through the book. The flow of the story can be hitchy at times, though, so be prepared for a few starts and stops across the storylines.
The narrator's performance is solid, but was largely limited by the simplicity of the characters.
It's a nice little listen.
While this is only the second Preston/Child novel I have listened to, it is quite good. Following the harrowing action of Guy Carson trying to make "X-Flu" safe while people around him die or become deranged, Preston and Child always seem to get the details right enough to make you understand why this is a desperate time. If for no other reason than to argue bio-ethics in a fictional setting, this is a wise choice for the average audio-book listener. My only drawback is that it is 15 hours long and you are wondering who will be left at the end of 15 hours from this dread virus.
A+ for effort and B for the voices used, but hey, we can't get perfection every time!
There are few things better than a good story well told!
It's a favorite in print and audio. If you are a fan of the Preston/Child team and read this years ago, I can highly recommend the audiobook. Good escape listening. And one of the Pendergast characters is in the story-- Mime.
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.
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
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
The premise of this story was intriguing. . . and that's about the best thing I can offer. This one was about twice as long as it needed to be, especially the arduous, never-ending horse ride through the desert lava fields. I was desperate to see the finish of the story in sight! In all, there was so much redundancy in the story telling -- and very little, if any mystery at all! Anyone could predict the outcome for all the characters. . . none of whom were at all endearing. Average read or below, I think.
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.
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 .
"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.
"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.
"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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