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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Great listen!

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!

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  • Wiegand
  • Pinckney, MI, United States
  • 06-24-08

Technically flawed

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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  • Lupo
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 06-16-08

Pretty technical at times

Overall, I thought this was a good story and definitely glad I downloaded it; however, it really got technical at times and seemed "pitchy" with storylines flailing in directions that took away from the the main plot. For example, the entire trip into the desert just didn't seem needed. You know the authors did quite a bit of research. Maybe it was the authors' intention, but the narrator also made everyone seem so angry and sarcastic.

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  • Brendan
  • westerly, RI, USA
  • 06-03-08

pretty bad

The novel is pretty awful. The most annoying thing is the narration. Terrible accents deliver trite dialogue, and the narrator goes from very quiet to almost a yell which makes it very difficult to listen to while driving.

The story itself isn't that wonderful (though mildly entertaining at times) and the characters are what happens when you put in two parts stereotype and zero parts anything else.



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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 11-18-14

Good Beginning, but it Got Looooong and Slow

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.

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It took time to get the plot rolling,!!!

Although somewhat slow to start, the story began to gain momentum. The ending was somewhat shocking as well, but it was predictable from the standpoint that these 2 authors are notorious for ending things with a unexpected twist!!! A good read....

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A bit tiresome in the scientific language

Endless descriptions, thin on plot, characters well-drawn. I thought it was not up to their usual standard.

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Don’t waste your time

I’m a huge Child/Preston fan and have loved almost everything!! Was so excited to have this one next on my list, and yet.... and yet. Sooo disappointed!!! The narration is terrible and I tried so hard to just focus on the story but halfway through I find I still have no clue because I can’t sink in. Returned this one feeling like if it were in the hands of scott brick or frank muller what a different experience it would have been. Will stick with my heroes from now on regardless of the author.

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Loved the story! Did NOT love the narrator!

I enjoy all my Preston/Child books so far and have liked all the narrators...except for this one! My only complaint, albeit a strong one, is the drastic change in volume. Man voice = loud. Woman voice = difficult to hear. Rise and fall of volume had nothing to do with the action or intensity.
My relatively peaceful disposition wanted to throw the digital book across the room. It was at times painful. I kept hoping for the last chapter because I absolutely cannot NOT finish a good story.
I would encourage the narrator to work on his execution and keep in mind that the story and the listener's imagination should carry the character shifts not volume.

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excellent story.

The writers craft a story both intricate and tight. I am particularly grateful for the character Mime, who is developed beyond stereotypes.