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Mount Dragon [Format Kindle]

Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child
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From Publishers Weekly

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.

From Library Journal

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 758 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 518 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books (27 novembre 2007)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FO6WK0S
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent thriller 14 août 2011
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Another one by those two writers, this time out of the Museum and without Prendergast!! but really good and scary
I enjoyed it and hope that nothing like that will ever happen even so it's probably already done in some not so secret labs!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 bon état 16 mai 2013
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Le livre a été envoyé assez rapidement alors qu'il vient des usa, l'état était bon pour de l'occasion. Très bon livre pour les fans de preston and child
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't worry, it's not a Stand clone 13 août 2001
Par M. Larsen - Publié sur
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I am a big Preston/Child fan. When I saw the cover of this book, I hesitated and thought "Man, I hope this isn't a 90's version of King's "The Stand". After all that book was an epic tale but it took me like a year to read and I wasn't "up" for another run at the same thing. I'm happy to say that the only real similarity Mount Dragon has to The Stand is "the superflu", "Cap'n Tripps", "X-FLU", whatever you want to call it; a doomsday virus capable of wiping out the human race.
I'm not one to tell anyone any secrets so I'll just say this: This was a very well written book, It's an adventure that takes place in the New Mexico desert in a Genetic engineering lab. Yes, the main plot is working with a doomsday virus but there is much more to this story than that! It has high tech computer hacking, industrial espionage, history and legend, cat and mouse chases, and more plot twists than you can shake a test monkey at.
Honestly, I was very entertained by this book. It wasn't what I expected but that was a pleasant suprise. I constantly found myself hitting a major crisis and saying "how can this be happening? I still have XXX amount of pages left here." Not just once, but several times. The book always kept my interest and every time I thought I had the whole thing figured out, the authors threw in another twist.
If you like adventure, you'll enjoy this book. Solid writing and character development throughout, a good branching plot, excellent technical and scientific explanations, and the ending was well conceived and not rushed. Thumbs up on this one, not a 5 star (which I seldom give) but a strong 4.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 An average novel 25 avril 2002
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Of all the works published by the Preston and Child team, "Mount Dragon" is my least favorite. The premise of the novel is very similar to The Andromeda Strain, as mentioned by another reviewer. The novel would pick up steam at points, then drag for a while, get exciting again, drag again, etc.
The story revolves around a top secret facility which is believed to be devloping a secret weapon. Two scientists discover the truth behind what is being developed and tested at the facility and soon are on the run. All along, they are aided by persons outside the facility, one of which knows the mastermind personally.
The book starts like most Preston and Child books -- at a rapid pace. However, until the mystery starts to unravel, the pace becomes too slow. The book then picks up again when the truth behind Mount Dragon is discovered. Then, the last third of the book involves the heroes on the run which is too long and drawn out. The confrontation between the mastermind and his adversary in a virtual world is highly entertaining, even though it does seem to be a bit out of place.
Overall, if you like the other works by Preston and Child, you will probably enjoy this one. If you're a fan of science thrillers and haven't read any of their works, read "Riptide" or "The Ice Limit" as they are better works with little to no slow points in the storyline.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good, but not "Relic" good 11 janvier 2001
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I will freely admit that my review of this novel is colored in large part by my opinion of Relic. This novel is by no means bad, but after having read "Relic", and therefore knowing what Preston and Child are capable of, I feel it could have been better.
The characters are drawn in rather broad strokes, and I never felt particularly drawn to any of them. Furthermore, the story, while intriguing, is not exactly edge of your seat stuff.
That said, the writing is excellent. In particular, Preston and Child exhibit excellent descriptive writing ability, and a knack for setting the mood.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I wouldn't make it the first Preston/Child novel you read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I could not put this book down. 26 juin 2000
Par Christopher Ware - Publié sur
Preston and Child really know how to take the reader on a roller coaster ride. I finished this book in a couple of days...mainly because I found it extremely difficult to put down. At the end of each chapter, I wanted to keep reading so I could find out what happened next. These two are becoming a couple of my favorite authors.
The biohazard novel is nothing new. However, these two authors have managed to transform it into a gripping, realistic story. They are similar to Michael Crichton in that they take actual science, stretch the bounds of reality a little, and come up with something so believable that it's scary. The story they've crafted around the science is a wonder to read. The characters are believable, the story is gripping, and the climax is fulfilling. I would recommend this book to anybody who's into science thrillers or action movies.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another winner for Preston & Child 22 août 2005
Par Judson T. Hanson - Publié sur
I have read a number of books by these tag-team writers and have enjoyed all of them. This is another that I can recommend to anyone who is a fan of the medical thriller.

The plot is straightforward: discover a cure for influenza which involves altering our DNA. Of course, you have your ego-maniac who wants to profit from the discovery and your hero who wants to help humanity.

All in all, a great read and one I can thoroughly recommend.
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