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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,787 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans, and Carson's job is to stabilize the virus. But Carson starts to wonder if this is justifiable, even for the most noble medical cause. Altering genes is a risky job, and the possibility of creating another killer virus is very real. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/17/2014

    " A gripping read; hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 2/12/2014

    " This one is my least favorite Preston/Child, but had to read it to complete all their books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Lundgren | 2/3/2014

    " I have read all of Preston/Childs works, but this one I don't recall. That could be my very faulty memory, or, since it was one of he earlier books they wrote, I simply never read it. So it was a new book for me. Frabjous day! The book starts out with the usual opening - a crazy man is placed in a psych ward, and while he seems sane now, he quickly reverts. Turns out he was a famous scientist, working at the secretive and remote Mount Dragon facility of GeneDyne, located inside the White Sands Missile Testing Grounds. Next up is our hero, Carson, who is hired by GeneDyne to be a scientist in their Boston facility, but is quickly recruited to work on a secret project that could benefit mankind at the New Mexico location. He arrives at the complex, and is given the tour. Hee will be working in a Level-5 zone, a highly controlled environment where they have to wear a type of haz mat suit at all times, since the most lethal pathogens in the world are worked on here. But the bulk of the work is on the new product - a gene therapy that could eradicate the flu by creating a change to the gene that creates an antibody, making it able to carry on to successive generations. But there are currently lethal side effects. Tested on monkeys, they always die shortly after symptons appear which can be up to 21 days. It is a horrible death. Carson was brought on to figure out what is wrong with the viral transport they are using. But slowly he begins to see that things are not quite what they seem, and after a co-worker is exposed and dies a horrific death in front of him, suddenly he and his assistant are locked in a battle for their lives, and that of the world. Exciting, scientific, and well-paced, my only complain is the lack of much in-depth characterization of Carson. But that is sort of the P/C signature -action and thrills, and even horror over characterization. A fun book. It only took me so long to read because I was going through a rough patch with my CFS, and kept falling asleep shortly after my reading hour began for several days (I read from 11:pm to about 2:30am or so). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 1/29/2014

    " A real page turner that maintains its interest pretty much the whole way through. The book does require a little suspension of disbelief in places; in common with some of their other stories there are certain individuals who come across as superhuman in how far ahead intellectually they are from us mere mortals. There are several twisting plot lines, although I would say that the love interest does come over as a little forced, however all in all it is a very entertaining way to pass a few hours. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent read. I may have enjoyed this even more than these authors' Pendergast books, which is saying a lot, because I love the Pendergast books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Artdalinkwent | 1/11/2014

    " Good book, I still have my copy and I wouldn't seel it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sezin Koehler | 1/10/2014

    " These two really know how to spin a fast-paced yarn! I have a Mount Dragon-esque institution in my follow-ups to American Monsters, so it was good to read how they constructed the space and all the side stories within. Lots of inspiration for me here! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/9/2014

    " If you can handle exploding eyes and brains, this is an intense, complex thriller that is worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/28/2013

    " This is probably my least favorite by Preston, and I still give it three stars! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/28/2013

    " Moves too slow and then too fast. Not their best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 12/23/2013

    " A thriller written by 2 of my favorite authors. They weave 2 stories together. suspenseful, mysterious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 12/18/2013

    " I thought this book quite tiresome. I best liked the part where the protagonists were horseback riding... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 11/30/2013

    " As always, these authors are fun, fast paced, and a really good read. I can tell this is one of their earlier books because it wasn't quite as compelling and well-developed as some of their others, but I still really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 11/28/2013

    " Sigh. The last one I hadn't yet read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's worth rereading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/1/2013

    " Dragged too much by the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Jowett | 9/15/2013

    " Not bad... too complicated with too many people to follow, I bypass all that crap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 8/18/2013

    " these guys love New Mexico "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff P | 6/6/2013

    " Their second book that few people have read. Enjoyed it and Preston lists it as his favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glen | 2/18/2013

    " I've enjoyed reading all of Preston and Child's books and this one is no different. A great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 12/17/2012

    " I love Preston and Child, when they aren't gross. This book was a grabber and quite interesting. The end was memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 12/10/2012

    " I like how the authors interweave their characters from book to book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 7/19/2012

    " Good but not one of their best. Guy Carson scientist on the isolated facility ends up destroying the facility and being chased across the desert by the vilian on horseback. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 6/11/2012

    " hard to get through...plot dragged a bit. Not my favorite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Williamson | 11/23/2011

    " my favorite Preston/Child standalone novel...this is similar to some of Michael Crichton's science novels, but with a western angle as well...a really fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Schmidt | 7/6/2011

    " A little cliche but entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 3/10/2011

    " Interesting look into the possible 'problems' of genetic engineering along with a typical Preston adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/4/2011

    " I'm not sure why, but this just didn't appeal to me. It seem hollow somehow. I expect I may reread it someday and give it another change as I usually enjoy their work. But something seeming missing in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/3/2011

    " The 1st of the no Pendergast novels I read by Preston and Child. I enjoyed it overall, especially the 1st half. When it became more of a chase book, I did not think it held up as well, but I was still entertained. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 1/6/2011

    " i am 4 books off having read all the preston and child books. i think. (not including the one that's about to come out) this is was the worst. it reminded me of a critchon knockoff but without anything to keep me interested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen | 11/12/2010

    " Viruses, genetic engineering, and object-oriented programming -- what more can a girl want?? I loved this book!! I like the ambivalence the authors created with respect to Brent Scopes character. And I love the resolution of the Scopes-Levine relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Relwod | 8/29/2010

    " Good romp, not as good as Codex "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 8/16/2010

    " hard to get through...plot dragged a bit. Not my favorite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cori | 8/3/2010

    " Preston & Child are great at writing scientific thrillers. That said, the sex scenes are laughably cliched, and take me out of the story every time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ban | 6/22/2010

    " I'm a fan of their books but this one was just Meh... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 5/14/2010

    " Another great story by Doug and Lincoln. Almost a five. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marek | 4/1/2010

    " Preston and Child do it again with Mount Dragon! It's a fun read about biological warfare, in a sense. It's not my favorite of theirs, as I am addicted to the Pendergast series, but it's full of adventure and suspense. Preston and Child don't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/12/2010

    " A little cliche but entertaining. "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.