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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  10,225 ratings  ·  243 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
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Published November 27th 2007 by Tor Books (first published 1996)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
у меня есть глубокое подозрение, пока ничем не обоснованное, что этот роман таки является первой пробой совместной работы этих двух прекрасных американских граждан. знакомство с многотомным циклом о пендергасте, а также прочтение самостоятельных произведений каждого автора по отдельности размывает границы и восприятие «раннего» и «позднего», потому что все произведения отличаются хорошо продуманной схемой кинематографизации происходящего, глубоким (насколько это кажется возможным для неспециалис ...more
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
Preston and Child are the authors who got me into reading thrillers. Now, again, I don't consider myself a fan of thrillers, but there are 4 authors out there that I really like. I started reading books by these authors because of a few titles which were more like Horror/Action hybrids than thrillers. Preston and Child's Relic and its sequel, Reliquary were my first forays into this odd genre, followed by James Rollins' Subterranean, and Jeff Long's tour de force, The Descent, which is probably ...more
A.R. Voss
First off I must say that it was a very good book; in depth storyline, well researched and well written. However, I don't see it as one of their best works. I am a huge fan of their "Relic," / "Pendergast" series and this novel reminded me of more in style of Crichton, which in whole is not a bad thing, except I read Preston and Child for their unique subject matters. There are many books that rush the story, keeping the writing simple (perhaps too simple like Paterson) to keep the reader inter ...more
In Mount Dragon, talented scientist Guy Carson is given the opportunity of his dreams when he is asked to work in GeneDyne’s Mount Dragon facility, where he will be doing meaningful work, not just grunt labour beneath his abilities. His new goal: find a way to render the world’s deadliest virus harmless so that humans can become genetically immune to the flu. Everything seems fine at first—until disaster strikes, and one of the team members succumbs to the disease. Carson receives word that ...more
Lori Whitwam
Whenever Lincoln and Child collaborate, it's sure to be an intense, complex thriller. This was written over 10 years ago, so the science may have changed since then. Our main character is a scientist with a top genetic research company and is put on a special top-secret project at a remote laboratory in the New Mexico desert. The company's founder and CEO is a reclusive Bostonian who allows no contact in and out of the lab other than his network access. He monitors everything going on at the lab ...more
Jan Derksen
Aug 09, 2012 Jan Derksen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
'Zijn oog. Dat was ook zoiets: ze hadden allemaal bloeddoorlopen ogen gehad.' In de afgelegen woestijn van New Mexico doet een groep briljante genetici in het diepste geheim experimenten met het meest voorkomende virus ter wereld: het griepvirus. Het farmaceutische concern GeneDyne denkt enorme winsten te behalen met een middel om griep te voorkomen. De remedie: het manipuleren van het menselijke DNA. Guy Carson, een jonge, ambiteuze wetenschapper ontdekt echter dat genetische manipulatie niet z ...more
Zijn oog. Dat was ook zoiets: ze hadden allemaal bloeddoorlopen ogen gehad.
In de afgelegen woestijn van New Mexico doet een groep briljante genetici in het diepste geheim experimenten met het meest voorkomende virus ter wereld: het griepvirus.
Het farmaceutische concern GeneDyne denkt enorme winsten te behalen met een middel om griep te voorkomen. De remedie: manipulatie van het menselijk DNA.
Guy Carson, een jonge, ambitieuze wetenschapper ontdekt echter dat genetische manipulatie niet zon
Ire Regnbage
Susana, with her temper and moral attitude, was a really well-rounded character. The sotry is set in a remote location where scientists are dealing with genetically modified viruses in a hostile environment. It makes you questiont the task of all those labs dealing with genetic engineering. During their time there they discover some ulgy truths about the lab and the proyect they are working on. It's a gripping and fascinating story, and once you've begun reading it's unputdownable.
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