Book Reviews of Mount Dragon

Mount Dragon
Mount Dragon
Author: Douglas J. Preston, Lincoln Child
ISBN-13: 9780765354938
ISBN-10: 0765354934
Publication Date: 8/1/2005
Pages: 494
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 35 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Paperback
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a good book starts out slow and then the excitment builds in the middle making it a can't wait to finish book.
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If you are familiar with the work of Preston and Child, you will enjoy the suspense and well-researched facts within the story-line. This book is a stand-alone - not tied by character or plot to any of the Pendergast books. More in the vein of Crichton than some of P&C's work - the story follows likable geneticist Guy Carson as he becomes entangled in what could be the last project of his career - and the last genetic project in the world. Entertaining - and scary if you consider that fact isn't too far removed from fiction.
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I was a bit disppointed by this book, having read quite of few of their other works. Mount Dragon lacks the supernatural sizzle that makes their other books so much fun. It feels a lot like they were trying to channel Michael Crichton, but ultimately fell short.
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Excellent, heart pounding story.
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Another great read by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston!
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I really enjoyed this book and would categorize it as a thriller. Though it had bits of ethics, biotechnology, and romance thrown in, it really was more about the adventure than anything else. The ethics were dealt with in the most superficial way, the biotechnology was horribly simplified and important steps were altogether eliminated, and the romance seemed forced, but the adventure ... The adventure was fabulous. This is basically a story of someone protecting the entire human race while doing amazing feats of survival, as almost every adventure story is. It turned out, to me, to be a page turned and a book that I finished in only a week.

If you happen to like adventure/thrillers and even like a hint {and I truly do mean just a hint} of science mixed up in your literature, you won't do wrong to check out this book.
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Pretty good thriller about a pharmaceutical experiment gone out of control. Interesting twist regarding who/what the real villain is and good use of the New Mexico desert as the chase setting.
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Really love these books. True thrillers, page turners and escape lit. One of the best without Agent P.
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Excellent!
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This was a great read.
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Great read, had never read this author and was not sure that I would like it or not. Very enjoyable w/a twist at the end. It was a quick read.
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Mount Dragon: an enigmatic research complex hidden in the desert of New Mexico. Guy Carson and Susana Cabeza de Vaca have come to Mount Dragon to work 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 unleased.

Scared the heck out of me......
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an enigmatic research center hidden in the vast desert of west Mexico What are they researching? expect the usual grisly detail and techno-terror Preston does so well.
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Preston & Child are my new favorites - every book is a winner! If you like well-written science thrillers with twisting plots, engaging characters, and lots of info, you'll love their books.
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Not the Pendergast series, but an exciting book nevertheless. I enjoyed it!
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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.
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I really enjoyed this book. I have listened to a couple other books on CD by Preston and Child and this is by far my favorite. These 2 authors can tend to get a little weird and kinky with the villians in their novels, which I don't like. This book was the most normal of them all. It had me hooked the entire time and what I liked the most is that the end was not the typical race to the finish with the bad guys chasing down the good guys. The plot actually continued throughout the entire book. I think that when the ending of a good mystery comes down to endless pages of a mere chase, that the author has copped out and not really thought through the rest of the book. Those kinds of endings bore me. This one had twists and turns until the last page.
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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 through a corporation, GeneDyne that also developed an artificial blood called PurBlood (shades of True Blood?). Thrown in with this is a chase across the New Mexican desert and a possible lost treasure. Overall, I would recommend this one.
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The usual good story from Preston & Child. Interesting & well written.Diverse characters and subplots make it a cut above your ordinary read.
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Really enjoyed this one! Ends up being set in the New Mexico desert. Real similar to where I was raised, the deserts of Arizona. So, could relate to the descriptions of the geography and the hazards of the desert. Credible story, bit of a medical mystery thriller similar to many of Robin Cook's assembly line books, but this one's much better. The hero is believable and the bad guy goes from moderately obsessed to outright insanity right in front of us. A side story of considerable interest develops well outside the Mount Dragon facility. The "future tech" is well handled. I highly recommend it.
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This was a pretty good read. DP and LC don't disappoint!
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Another solid Preston & Child thriller. There are some really good characters here, and a clever story that kept me turning pages, even though I knew pretty much what the outcome was going to be.
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Great Read !
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A PAGE TURNER
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A techno-thriller set in an enigmatic research complex hidden in the vast desert of New Mexico. A fun read.
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This book was an interesting view on biological warfar and was pretty detailed in the science behind the story. Unfortunately, that detail often made for a bit of a confusing read.

Still, a very enjoyable book!
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A good read! No unique FBI agents, but interesting nevertheless.
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A bit slow at the start but, was't long and I couldn't put it down! Suspense, mystery, and some great romance.
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Not as good as others they have put out.
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This is a good thriller with lots of twists. I liked the mix of desert survival challenges with virtual and physical computer hacking.
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Another great story by Preston & Child. Really enjoy their collaborations.
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Excellent! An enigmatic research complex hidden in the vast desert of New Mexico.....the secret goal is a medical breakthrough that promises to bring incalculable benefits to the human race.
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One of their earlier books, 1996 but an excellent example of their collaboration. Mount Dragon is a research complex hidden in the desert of New Mexico. It is led by a visionary genius whose goal is a medical breakthrough. Just reading that much, you know there is a problem somewhere and greedy people who want more and a gang of henchmen and all the things that lead you on the chase to the books conclusion.
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Another page-turner from the Preston/Child team.
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Great suspense complex story.
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Very exciting book. This was my first Douglas Preston book and have since picked up several more book by these authors.
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Excellent book by this writing duo.

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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.