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Mount Dragon

Mount Dragon

Written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Narrated by David Colacci


Mount Dragon

Written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Narrated by David Colacci

ratings:
4.5/5 (81 ratings)
Length:
15 hours
Released:
Mar 7, 2008
ISBN:
9781423356172
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Audiobook

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Description

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.
Released:
Mar 7, 2008
ISBN:
9781423356172
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Douglas Preston is the author of more than thirty books, both fiction and nonfiction, more than twenty of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He has worked as an editor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. His first novel, Relic, coauthored with Lincoln Child, was made into a movie, and launched the famed Pendergast series of novels. His recent nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is also being made into a film. In addition to books, Preston writes about archaeology and paleontology for the New Yorker, National Geographic, and Smithsonian.


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  • (4/5)
    The story revolves around a top secret facility which is believed to be devloping a secret weapon. Two scientists discover the truth behind what is being developed and tested at the facility and soon are on the run. All along, they are aided by persons outside the facility, one of which knows the mastermind personally.

    The biohazard novel is nothing new. However, these two authors have managed to transform it into a gripping, realistic story. They are similar to Michael Crichton in that they take actual science, stretch the bounds of reality a little, and come up with something so believable that it's scary. The story they've crafted around the science is a wonder to read. The characters are believable, the story is gripping, and the climax is fulfilling. I would recommend this book to anybody who's into science thrillers or action movies.
  • (4/5)
    Last chapter was the best one. Bit slow to start.
  • (5/5)
    Uncommon to discover early novel by this amazing duo, more so to find their writing & topics to remain relevant, compelling, and comparable to their more recent works.
  • (5/5)
    Actually kept me in suspense until the very end. Narration was very well done.
  • (2/5)
    Boring. Doesn’t really go anywhere. I gave up with 4 hours left to listen.
  • (4/5)
    Really good Preston & Child book but my heart is with the Pendergast series. Stil...great suspense, great writing and a riveting plot.
  • (5/5)
    I have old Preston and Child books in my library and was thrilled to be able to catch up on the books I missed. The science is great - the characters true to life - and the story's locations are all around me as I read. Thank you scribd.
  • (4/5)
    Guy Carson, a genetic microbiologist, is assigned to Mount Dragon to continue efforts to bio-engineer a virus that will alter the human genome to render immunity to influenza, saving millions of lives a year. As with most suspense novels of this genre, things go awry and the deadliest virus ever known to man results, threatening the existence of the race when the enigmatic biotech company founder explores the military applications of the new virus. There are stereotypical elements to this story that seem to pervade all the books and movies of the genre from "The Andromeda Strain" to "Outbreak", but the authors manage the suspense and the science with a sure hand that keeps it from seeming hackneyed. A good suspenseful read for a lazy weekend.
  • (4/5)
    All Preston and Child's books are great fun, and Mount Dragon is no exception. It's fun to see them in the Robin Cook world of medical thrillers, which I hadn't seen them attempt before. It's not likely to win them any awards, but all their work is fast-moving, page-turning beach reading. Mount Dragon is well worth tucking into your suitcase for a good summer vacation read.
  • (3/5)
    Douglas, Preston n Lincoln Child, Mount Dragon, Guy Carson n Susana Cabeza de Vaca work in a super secret, super-protected lab just under Mount Dragon New Mexico looking for the cure to flu after having developed PurBlood a synthetic that needs no typing.
  • (2/5)
    This book was a bit of a disappointment coming from the authors of The Relic. This book is in the same vein as Crichton's Andromeda Strain and Preston's Cobra Event and Hot Zone. The first half of Mount Dragon is basically the Standard Formula for this type of book, very predictable. I caught myself guessing plot characters and elements before they were introduced. Somewhere around half way through this book the authors try to redeem themselves with some original plotline, however as it went along there were too many different things going on in this book (and not enough attention/detail for each part). The authors did not do enough research on certain aspects of this book.