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Mount Dragon

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,623 Ratings  ·  300 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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Rebecca (agirlirlblog, bekkilyn)
Many of us have dreamed about the CEO of a huge company personally taking interest in us and suddenly removing us from our lowly and often-demeaning jobs within the company and then giving us the ultimate opportunity to give middle management oppressors the virtual finger, so to speak. Well this very thing happened to Carson, a genetic scientist with a Ph.D. who had been working at insignificant tasks as a lower rung lab assistant with no hope of promotion under an extremely petty and insignific ...more
Heather Thurmeier
Dec 04, 2015 Heather Thurmeier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As entertaining and exciting as all Preston Child books! Great characters, fun plot and always interesting to read. I would recommend it
May 17, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike (the Paladin)
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Travis of NNY
Feb 22, 2014 Travis of NNY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
May 07, 2015 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans.
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
Loraine Alcorn
Jul 04, 2010 Loraine Alcorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Kc Parkins-kyle
Nov 11, 2015 Kc Parkins-kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Doomsday Virus stories I've read.

I don't give 5 stars often. But this story was engaging from beginning to end. Would make a good movie.
Tory Wagner
Oct 27, 2011 Tory Wagner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read collaborations by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, but this was the first Douglas Preston solo novel I'd read. I was impressed by it. It had plenty of suspense, a rather horrific premise--not supernatural, but scientific--and the story kept me reading as fast as I could turn the pages, to the very end.
The protagonist was nicely drawn. Preston didn't hit me over the head with everything we needed to know about him right away, and that was fine. He gave us quite enough of an impress
Dec 04, 2014 Danna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2015 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2012 Timothy Ven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anna Engel
This was a very Crichton-like book, specifically "Andromeda Strain" meets "Jurassic Park." Overall, not bad, but certainly not great either.

My favorite parts were the ones in which they discuss the amazing wonders of technology. Files that are 1 gigabyte -- it's huge and hard to believe something could be that large! And computers that can talk to each other with such ease! It's so very quaint.

The characters are flat and boring. The OSHA G-man seems to embody an early version of Pendergast, but
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
Jun 08, 2016 Ellena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's wonderful!!! I spent all my free time reading the book constantly wishing that it could last forever. What makes me love it so much is not the plot which is, of course, captivating just as in any other book by these writers, but the characters who seem to have really interesting personalities.

It's not like you find a character nice from the beginning of a story and then continue to like him/her more as the story unfolds. That's a bit boring. Here I started from almost hating the person, we
Jan 26, 2014 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2014
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
May 06, 2009 Colin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk-food-lit
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 . . .
Feb 08, 2011 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sparrow Knight
Jan 11, 2015 Sparrow Knight rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
May 03, 2016 Tamera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like a broken record, always raving about Douglas Preston books... but I can't help myself!!! Like all of Preston's books, Mount Dragon grabbed my attention and kept me until the last page. He is a master at placing his characters into isolated situations with seemingly insurmountable problems. We meet Guy Carson, one of the brilliant but frustrated geneticist working for Genedyne. When one of the scientists working on a top secret project apparently goes crazy, Guy is brought in as a rep ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Gyula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Apr 18, 2014 Laura Ruetz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2015 Chris Kurbjuhn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2015 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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