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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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Almost Great

What three words best describe David Colacci’s performance?

Great delivery, good pace, helped bring the characters some depth

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

It was good, worth the time, the story plot was good but not a surprise, a little predictable.

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  • Tan
  • Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
  • 03-18-13

Two stories in one

Mount Dragon is essentially two genres in one -- first, it's a medical thriller and a pretty interesting one at that. About two thirds of the way through, however, the book takes a different turn and becomes an archaeology/adventure novel with western slant.

Having said that, both sections of the story are actually quite an interesting listen, although reader David Colacci is the real problem here.

Colacci's reading tends to have quite major changes in volume -- going from suddenly loud to occasionally so low in volume that I had to rewind and turn up the volume just to hear what was said, resulting in an ear-splitting jump when the volume goes up again later.

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  • Cherilyn
  • Sacramento, CA, United States
  • 11-14-12

Pretty good yarn, but the female lead is tiresome

Would you listen to Mount Dragon again? Why?

I would listen to this book again. It is entertaining, interesting, and creepy.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot kept me engaged --that is all except the female character De Vaca. She was a moron, and tiresome.

Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

Guy.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I absolutely hated De Vaca. She was tiresome, stupid, and dangerous. I don't care if she was supposed to be attractive, her character was not.

Any additional comments?

I found it unrealistic that the scientists would expect to leave quarantine if they were exposed to a virus. They are supposed to work with the most dangerous infections in the world, they would know it would be the height of irresponsibility to have someone leave quarantine. They should have had a better sense of responsibility than their reactions. De Vaca in particular was impulsive and irresponsible. She is the only negative in this very good book.

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  • Denise
  • West Haven, CT, United States
  • 08-30-12

Audio Quality is Terrible, Book is Excellent

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Fix the sound levels.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mount Dragon?

When I couldn't hear what was going on.

Any additional comments?

Please, either fix the audio quality or take this book off the site. Preston & Child have written a great story, but the inconsistent audio distracts from it.

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  • John
  • Willetton, Australia
  • 06-25-12

Good story, average audio.

Would you consider the audio edition of Mount Dragon to be better than the print version?

No, both the same

What did you like best about this story?

Good thriller, moves along quite well

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, quite a lively narration

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

None really, just a good listen

Any additional comments?

The audio was not the best, not from the readers point, but the actual audio levels were very up and down, some parts were too soft and then others were too loud, it needed to be balanced better. This was a technical issue not a narration issue, but I wold have expected better audio production than this.

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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

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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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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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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Liked this one.

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.