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Mount Dragon [Mass Market Paperback]

Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child
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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 race. But while Scopes believes he is leading the way to a new world order, he may in fact be opening the door to mass human extinction. And when Guy and Susana attempt to stop him they find themselves locked in a frightening battle with Scopes, his henchmen, and the apocalyptic nightmare that science has unleashed.


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The writing team that scared the willies out of readers with Relic returns with a second, equally gripping novel of techno-terror. A genetically engineered mutation of DNA holds the promise of eradicating influenza forever. But there's a devastating catch: every living creature who comes in contact with the flu-killing virus dies horribly. In the eponymous research facility located deep in the Jornada del Muerto desert of New Mexico, young geneticist Guy Carson and his colleagues try to solve the problem, working in an atmosphere of increasing paranoia while the future of their employer, GeneDyne, rests on the actions of brilliant scientists driven by opposing motives. The authors weave together so many topical threads here (virtual reality, lost Spanish treasure, ethnic pride, scientific ethics) that only their tight control prevents this rousing scientific adventure from spinning away into hyperspace. It's a grand and scary story, with just enough grisly detail to stimulate real-life fears and characters full enough to engage the attention. The bleak desert provides another fearsome challenge to the novel's characters, as well as a metaphor for humanity's previous attempts to control nature. With science, outdoor adventure, sympathetic players and a catchy dusting of computer lore, there's something here to attract-and satisfy-a diverse range of readers. Author tour. (Feb.) ~ FYI: A teaser chapter from Mount Dragon will be included in the mass market edition of Relic, due out this month.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Preston and Child, who pooled their talents in last year's Relic (LJ 1/95), here provide a suspenseful romp combining genetic engineering, virtual reality, and scientific ethics. When Guy Carson is asked to join the elite group of scientists working at GeneDyne's mysterious Mount Dragon facility, he's overjoyed. There, he works on a grand scheme to alter humanity's DNA code in order to provide immunity to the flu. As expected in tales of this ilk, playing God has its risks, and things go horribly awry. Reader David Colacci employs a wonderful sense of pace in this exciting if sometimes preachy novel, which will do well in most popular collections.?Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Somebody's been playing in the gene pool again! Sept. 5 2003
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Oh boy, I just love it when the scientists play around with things
they do not know enough about. Someone always gets hurt when
this happens, not always the supposed 'bad guys'. In this case,
a genome outfit is playing with a 'super flu' (sounds like SARS),
and most of the people working on it think it is for a good cause.
Of course, the boss is willing to sell it to the military and to the
highest bidder. He lost his moral code a long time ago, and he's out
to make as much money of off his work as he can. Actually, he isn't
the person working on this, so he doesn't realize there seem to
be a few problems with even working with this flu type.
Isn't it obvious that anyone working in the boondocks, i.e. Nevada,
is usually up to no good. It's bad enough that anyone living downwind
of the atomic testing in Nevada during the 50s and 60s, have either gotten
cancer or hypothyroidism. You would think by now, that anything
being done so secretly would ring a bell, wave a red flag, draw some
type of regulation, right? Those of us who work in bioethics know better...
Internal Review Boards are just that, people internally (of the
business are regulating themselves). Doesn't happen very well...
In this novel which is more along the line of a Tom Clancy novel, one of the
newer scientists starts to notice irrational behavior on the part of other
scientists who were more or less forced into using the vaccine on themselves.
They get very paranoid for one thing, and scientists are paranoid
anyway, that someone is out to steal 'their' idea. It's apparent that this idea
of scientists working on morally-wrong projects is not new...I am seeing
it more and more in the books I read for enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evil as Gray March 23 2003
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I was given MOUNT DRAGON as a gift. I read it because I thought CABINET OF CURIOSITIES (another novel by Preston and Child) was such a great reading experience. Although MOUNT DRAGON lacks many of the qualities of CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, it is also an intense novel. One initial thought: I don't understand how two authors can coordinate their skills and compose such a great stories. In my experience, coauthoring is an extremely difficult task and often times the final product lacks lucidity.
The most artful characteristic of MOUNT DRAGON is the lifelike manner in which the authors are able to portray good and evil. In real life, good and evil are not discrete entities, but rather they are a paradox existing within the shell of all of us. Thus, Preston and Child portray good and evil as gray - neither black nor white. Thus, we see redeeming qualities in all of the evil characters with the possible exception of one - Nye, the security director. In addition, we see flaws within the "good" characters. It is much easier to create characters who are obviously good or evil and extremely difficult to create realistic personalities that embrace both characteristics. This complex writing task makes the novel suspenseful. The reader doesn't have a clear view of the direction of at least two subplots (particularly after reading CABINET OF CURIOSITIES). For example, the Scopes character is paradoxical, complex - thus, much less predictable, more interesting. On the other hand, the actions of Nye were clear cut. Readers will immediate catch his inherent evil and will be able to accurately predict his actions.
The best praise I can offer a novelist is that I will read his/her other work. I was given a copy of Preston and Child's RELIQUARY to read. However, when I read the cover, I realized it was the sequel to THE RELIC. I'm looking forward to reading these novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying biomedical thriller Aug. 19 2002
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Mount Dragon is the moniker given to the GeneDyne Remote Testing facilty located within the unforgiving desert near the White Sand missile range in New Mexico. GeneDyne, a multi million dollar bio-genetic engineering corporation, is the brainchild of the nerdish, Bill Gates-like biological and computer genius Brent Scopes. Scopes has recruited young, talented and brilliant research biologist Guy Carson, a native New Mexican, to take over for top company researcher Dr. Franklin Burt.
Burt had been in the midst of synthesizing a virus, which when introduced into the human genetic code, would give mankind a permanent immunity to influenza. The financial windfall to GeneDyne with this product would be staggering. Burt, however had been experiencing problems. He was unable to render the virus harmless. Testing in chimps had produced a 100% mortality rate. A revolutionary filtration process pioneered by Burt had apparently worked perfectly on his previous breaktrough, PurBlood, an artificial blood substitute. His success could not be duplicated with X-FLU, the influenza eliminating virus. Burt had suddenly and unexpectedly suffered a mental breakdown in the middle of his research, hence his replacement by Carson.
Carson, encouraged by Scopes, adopted a new approach for X-FLU synthesis based on his own viral membrane research. Expecting successful results, he unwittingly produced an even more lethal variety of the virus. Along with his assistant Susana Cabeza de Vaca, Carson discovers flaws in Burt's filtration process. They learn that the results Burt achieved with PurBlood were tainted and fudged to meet governmental approval.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Very Good" versus "Good"
I had expected the book with the dust jacket -it was without. So that's a half star. And then, while the book did arrive before the deadline of April 12th, I had expected it sooner... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Heather J Dudek
4.0 out of 5 stars another winning thriller from the Preston-Child engine
Just finished Mount Dragon (now into Thunderhead) and could not put it down.
These guys are good, I mean really good. Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Terrence H. Seamon
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
It's not there best work, but even so, it's better than probably 95% of what's out in the genre and in general. Preston and Child do a great job with plot and character. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by M. TURNER
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting technothriller from this dependable pair
This is the second novel by the talented team of Preston and Child, and it is quite exciting. Following the initial success of Relic, they've brought forth a new cast of... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by audrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad science, average story.
Preston/Child have fallen into a rut with mad scientists. As in Cabinet of Curiosities we are confronted with brilliant evil scientists who may cause the total extinction of... Read more
Published on July 3 2003 by K. Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good page-turner.
The biggest problem facing readers of popular fiction is that they can read faster than Clancy, Crichton, et al, can write. Read more
Published on June 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars From an average reader
I am a man with few words and all I have to say about this book is that it is very good. You WILL enjoy it very much.
Published on Jan. 6 2003 by Danielle Sirgant
5.0 out of 5 stars Techno-kickass
Short and sweet - Great book. Interesting start to finish without any slow spots. And the ending was not a letdown as so many books seem to be anymore. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2003 by Lance Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Start, Side Tracked Ending...
Mount Dragon is the first book I have read by Preston & Child. And the first 2/3 of the book is excellent. It has great mystery and plot that builds to a climax. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2002 by Jack Wolverton
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down
I just finished this book in record time, staying up until 2am to get to the end. I usually only read Sci-Fi or Fantasy, with some humor thrown in. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2002 by D. Hull
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