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Mount Dragon

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  13,935 Ratings  ·  332 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
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Tor Books (first published 1996)
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Heather Thurmeier
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
As entertaining and exciting as all Preston Child books! Great characters, fun plot and always interesting to read. I would recommend it
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
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Andrea Wright
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
It was good and I got a kick out of seeing Mime in it, but I missed Pendergast so it just wasn't the same.
May 14, 2011 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
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 04, 2014 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
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Loraine Alcorn
Jul 04, 2010 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
Tory Wagner
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Travis sivarT
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Timothy Ven
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
May 06, 2009 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 . . .
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.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
part three seems a little drawn out

i miss medical techno thrillers such as this
Kc Parkins-kyle
Nov 11, 2015 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.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started off slow and about half way through became really interesting.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 *. Mount Dragon is Preston/Child's 2nd novel. It is a medical thriller involving a brilliant medical scientist who hopes to invent a serum to prevent flu in everyone; but must fool around with the genetic makeup of human beings. The possible destruction of the human race could result. Guy Carson and Susana de Vaca work together to learn exactly what the experiments going on at the Mt. Dragon laboratory in the desert of New Mexico. Good guys vs bad guys. Good vs Evil. Mt. Dragon is definite ...more
Kat Jones
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Leslie Fuller
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Preston and Child always come up with unique plots and interesting characters and subject matter. Mount Dragon was written in 2008, the implications of viral tweaking for implanting into human DNA seems current for a good read today!
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
4 star thriller with 1 star science. The ludicrous "scientific" explanations were distracting and horrifying. Do people really believe this crap? Also plenty of misogyny towards the female scientists. As a side note, it's illegal to remove any item (ex corn) from a National Park.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Questo è il libro che mi ha fatto piacere molto il modo di scrivere di Preston-Child, anche se non tutte le loro storie mi attirano. L'ho letto molti anni fa, ma ricordo di essere rimasta colpita dalle modificazioni genetiche, che ormai non sono più tanto lontane dalla realtà di oggi.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great story - fun read. I especially love the last part, in the desert, travelling by horse... I don't want to give spoilers, but all I can say is that their experience truly seems like torture.
Mike B
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I work in a scientific field so I find much of this premise unbelievable, however if you can remove yourself from the technological aspects of this novel it's a good read.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
de eerste 200 blz zijn saai erna komt wel eindelijk wat spanning
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
3.5 I likrd it well enough. I have read many books written by these authors and enjoy them all.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It had science, technology and intrigue. This pairing of authors is always exciting.
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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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