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Mount Dragon

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  11,187 ratings  ·  264 reviews
Mount Dragon: an enigmatic research complex hidden in the vast desert of New Mexico. Guy Carson and Susana Cabeza de Vaca have come to Mount Dragon to work shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest scientific minds on the planet. Led by visionary genius Brent Scopes, their secret goal is a medical breakthrough that promises to bring incalculable benefits to the human ...more
ebook, 512 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Tor Books (first published 1996)
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Mike (the Paladin)
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I Don't know how I missed this one. Except for the slightly dated technological stuff it was a great read. As with any Preston/Child novel, the reader must suspend their disbelief. Once that is out of the way, the authors have a sure hand when it comes to ratcheting up the suspense. It's not necessarily twists and turns so much as putting the character in life threatening circumstances and prolonging the resolution of the danger.

The plot here involves a scientist, Guy Carson, who is working a s
Another good thriller from Preston/Child. I always enjoy their books and this one is no exception. This is a combination sci-fi/thriller/western. It includes elements of all of these genres including the main story of the development of a way to change the human genome to eliminate the possibility of getting the flu. Well, this is all good, right? But along the way a nasty mutant flu virus is manufactured that could wipe out mankind (shades of The Stand by Stephen King). This virus came about th ...more
Travis of NNY
For the most part I really enjoyed this novel. The technology was a bit dated with dial up internet, but that happens to authors from time to time. The idea of playing with genes in an attempt to make a better world also has the potential to destroy the world is one still relevant today. The threat of a pandemic is one that will probably stand the test of time. There was a stretch just before the end of the book where things got a bit off topic and far fetched but the ending was pretty good and ...more
Loraine Alcorn
I do not know why I never read Mount Dragon before now but I think its one of my favorite books from Preston and Child .I know I have a lot of favorites but this one really entertained me and I was talking about it to everyone I know . If you're like me and am interested in biotechnology than this is the book for you -I had heard this compared to outbreak but its nothing like that and way better . This book was a joy to read and I would recommend it to anyone who is fascinated by biology , biote ...more
Tory Wagner
I really enjoyed the descriptions of New Mexico with the desert and the mountainous areas. The scenario of a deadly flu seems very realisitic. I know through some geneology research that epidemics such as flu and diphtheria have been very common throughout history. The description of a virtual world that was created displaying scenes and people sound like technology that is currently available perhaps on a more sophisticated level. Alot of action and some interesting characters make for a good a ...more
Another "Oh, I've read this before!" experience after picking this up in an airport bookstore. Happily it was long enough ago (pre-Goodreads) that the rediscovery was fun! A good balance of science and action, with just enough character development to hold it together without becoming a soap opera.

Two small irritants:
1. The fat-shaming aimed at one of the scientists was completely unnecessary; it was fine that she was irascible and described as being a large woman, but they went too far by bei
Bryan Callahan
You'll never second guess getting a flu shot again!!!

I bought this based on the success of the authors previous book, RELIC. I thought if they could write such an original and fascinating work of creature fiction, what could they do with germs, and bugs, and viruses, oh my!

What they did was take the science to a place of realism (nicely disguising the fiction in some regards), a lab in the middle of nowhere claiming to be searching for cures for the ills of mankind. In reality, as the books goes
Timothy Ven
This one is scary because it could actually happen. We never know what Pandora's Box we might open when we start tinkering with genes and DNA and the like when it comes to viruses, and this book explores one of the possibilities. It also takes a peek at the darker side of pharma companies in the 'profits over research' attitude.
Given the technology exists today to make this a reality should scare everyone, and make us all proceed with caution
Glenn Bowlan
The first half of Mount Dragon focuses on a team of scientists working with apocalyptically dangerous viruses. Preston and Child do an excellent job of showcasing an interesting scientific mystery to the readers that has a vaneer of plausibility despite their inadequate understanding of the source material. The extreme and hostile environment is well drawn and tense. The characters in the mystery are constantly engaging.

In the second half of the book, the main characters find themselves in a su
Luis Fernando Franco
Tres estrellas... solo tres.

El libro se divide en tres partes. Las dos primeras son maravillosas, super entretenidas y te tienen pegado a la historia. Además el trabajo de investigación y documentación de Preston y Child es muy bueno. No soy especialista en infectología, pero los pocos datos que corroboré en Internet, resultaron muy bien documentados y explicados. La hsitoria es muy coherente y logra una total inmersión del lector a los laboratorios de alta tecnología donde se trabajan con patóg
I picked this up in an Audible sale for cheap which makes me feel better. I've quite liked a few of the Preston/Child books but this one just pushed a little too far into crapness.

It's a nice idea though feels fairly familiar by now - scientists working on secret virus, really deadly, etc etc, though ultimately it veers somewhere slightly different before a grinding to a final third set in the desert. We have some (now) fairly outdated computer type action (I didn't realise ROFL existed as a phr
Meh, a somewhat interesting sci/fi-thriller about genetic engineering gone awry. Somewhat dated - written in 1996, the conceptions of internet capability and virtual reality seem somewhat archaic, now. But still an enjoyable enough book, with some fantastic elements that seem dated and others that seem over-the-top . . .
I usually love Preston and Child's work. My fave is Cabinet of Curiosities. This one fell short for me. It seemed stretched out like the author was trying to keep a certain word count. Reading this was like running alongside a sprinter--fast at the start then peters out as it goes. I was slightly disappointed.
This being their second book together (first after their Pendergast debut) is more of a medical/techo thriller. Lots of that jargon also. But, later in the story, and the part three ending, you get more of their adventure action your used to seeing. Not one of their best, but enjoyable getaway. 3.5 stars.
Vanessa Vallos
J'ai aimé les personnages. J'ai survoler les 60 dernieres pages car je n'arrivais plus a finir ce livre.

Il n'y a pas de chapitre, c'est des centaines de pages qui se suivent sans respirer. C'est peut etre fait expres pour qu'on soit dans le meme etat que les personnages du livre ... mais non je n'ai pas aimé

j'ai aimé le fond de l'histoire mais pas la fin, ni le deroulement.

La mise en page du livre de poche a quelque lacune aussi, j'ai eu 1/4 de mes pages qui ont etait mal imprimé, les lettres
Yikes. And that second star is because I'm trying HARD to give it the benefit of the doubt. I understand that this book addressed issues that are evolving at a mind-boggling rate, and this book is two decades old. That being said, even if you look past the alarmist rhetoric and downright wonky notions of technology, it was still lumbering, unfocused, and at times downright goofy. Oh, and don't forget about the blatant misogyny. In this world, women in science and technology are either beautiful ...more
Sparrow Knight
I like the story, but I hated the two main characters. Susana was endlessly snarky & Guy was a macho jerk. The romance was predictable. The secondary story w/Scopes & Levine was slightly more interesting, raising the question of ethics & biomedical recombinant DNA research. I did think it rather odd that in the final tete a tete between Scopes & Levine a couple of rather major concerns got sidelined. Won't give spoilers, but the question of the introduction of Pure Blood (harkeni ...more
It was scary to read this book after the swine flu and the bird flu epidemic. It felt like reading a prophecy. Fortunately these epidemics didn't kill most of the Earth's population as Mount Dragon predicted it could happen.

The story has several layers. One of them is the question: should scientists tinker with the human genome, alter our genes and change the core of our humanity for good. There are arguments pro and con, everyone should answer it for himself/herself. But the question is worth t
Laura Ruetz
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not sure what character I liked best, Guy or Susana, but together, there is an undeniable dynamic between the characters that propels this book forwards. Dealing with genetically modified viruses, you cannot help but wonder how many labs around the globe are also tinkering with nature and what the effect will be. This is not a supernatural monster, nor a beast giving chase, this is something that we all know can happen. How far can science go and should they attem ...more
Chris Kurbjuhn
Sehr gelungener Mix aus Wissenschafts-Thriller und High Adventure. Zunächst ahnungsloser Wissenschaftler stellt fest, dass der Grippe-Killer, an dem er arbeitet, eine Bedrohung für die ganze Menschheit ist. Folgerichtig jagt er das gesamte Labor in die Luft und flüchtet mit einer Kollegin durch die Wüste, verfolgt von einem ganz famos durchgeknallten Security-Chef. Der parallel laufende Cyberspace-Ethik-Erzählstrang stinkt ein bisschen ab, das macht aber nichts. Die klaustrophobischen Szenen im ...more
Pamela Mclaren
If you are scared by current events don't read this book right now with all the news about ebola!

Because this book is all about a hidden research complex where scientists are working with deadly virus, pushed to finish what could become the cure for the flu but has so far shown to be lethal. In the midst of that, there is discussion if the use of a genetically engineered gene should be introduced into the human DNA. This is heady stuff and a quiet thriller (rather than raging dragons and zombies
This is the first Preston & Child book that I have read, and on the readability scale, this ranks as a fast-paced bio-thriller which would make an intriguing "beach book."

As far as an apocalyptic tale about the frightening possibilities of genetic engineering, I guess I'm just spoiled by such masterpieces as Stephen King's The Stand and Justin Cronin's Passage series. This story just seemed incredibly rushed, only skimming the surface of the concept of a deadly virus with the potential to
Kara Jorges
This book just proves that Preston and Child did great work in their early days, following their tried-and-true formula to the letter. Man of science/adventure gets the opportunity of a lifetime working for a well-funded, ambitious organization that lets its singular pursuit of the goal overlook the inevitable, rippling side effects that bode ill for humanity, thereby dooming said project to failure, and teaching us all a valuable lesson about megalomania and science in the process. It worked in ...more
Rick Ludwig
This early Preston and Child book is filled with the elements that have made these authors extremely popular, including an uncanny ability to accelerate throughout and provide a surprising and rewarding conclusion. This time they are exploring the dark side of genetic engineering as perceived in the 1990s. As a molecular biologist, I found flaws in some of the science, but nothing that would disturb the general reader. The characters are richly drawn and the action is well crafted. In the curren ...more
One of the early books written by the co-efforts of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. A young man named Guy Carson works for a drug company on the East coast in a mundane assignment. In school he was a star student in genetic engineering. One day he gets a call from the owner of the company and he is offered a job working at their secret lab in the deserts of New Mexico. He is told it is for the alteration of the flu gene and the company wants to alter the gene so they can create a flu vaccine ...more
In many ways I liked the story. The question of genetics and what can we change versus what should be change. I thoroughly enjoy a story of surviving by one's wits, as Guy and Suzanne do toward the latter half of the story.

However, there were a couple things that bothered me. Part of it was the covert and overt misogyny as well as being overweight equals negative character traits.

Guy's first boss is described as overweight and basically mean little pencil pusher of a man.

At the Mount Dragon si
Mt. Dragon was an interesting read. I thought it was going to be a very predictable bio-disaster catastrophe and then discovered that the writers were using that as a hook, only to set the hook with a very different series of problems to be solved. Yes, the world teetered on the brink of disaster, but the real danger wasn't the bio-hazard, exactly, though that played a part.

The characters in Mount Dragon were quite interesting. The evil corporation owner (isn't there always one) is a computer ge
Kristin Lundgren
I have read all of Preston/Childs works, but this one I don't recall. That could be my very faulty memory, or, since it was one of he earlier books they wrote, I simply never read it. So it was a new book for me. Frabjous day! The book starts out with the usual opening - a crazy man is placed in a psych ward, and while he seems sane now, he quickly reverts. Turns out he was a famous scientist, working at the secretive and remote Mount Dragon facility of GeneDyne, located inside the White Sands M ...more
"Mount Dragon" has all of the elements that I've come to anticipate from a Preston/Child novel. It feels exceptionally well-researched and educates the reader on the subject at hand, which, in this case is genetic engineering, without bogging the reader down with the heaviness of the science. The protagonist fits the typical Preston/Child mold --- young, smart and resourceful, at the beginning of what could be a promising career. It is fast paced and interesting throughout.

However, I found myse
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr ...more
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