Book Reviews of Mount Dragon

Mount Dragon
Mount Dragon
Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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ISBN-13: 9780812564372
ISBN-10: 0812564375
Publication Date: 6/15/1997
Pages: 512
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 213 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Paperback
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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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Really love these books. True thrillers, page turners and escape lit. One of the best without Agent P.
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Another great read by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This was a great read.
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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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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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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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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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Not as good as others they have put out.