Mount dragon door Douglas Preston

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1996
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1) Author: Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

2) Title: Mount Dragon

3) Pages: 349

4) Year: The novel was first published in 1997, I could not find when exactely it was written.

5) Setting: The story takes place in New Mexico. In my opinion it takes place somewhere between 1990 and 1999, although the characters know a lot more about genes than we do now.

6) Plot: Guy Carson hates his boss and the miserable life he is living in Edison, New Jersey working for mega-pharmaceutical corporation GeneDyne. Luckily he is picked by GeneDyne's 39 year-old founder Brent Scopes to fill a vacancy at the company's research facility called. It is a short-term assignment working with a killer strain of virus called X-FLU. He and the team of researchers are supposed to change the X-Flu virus in a way it will prevent people from ever getting the flu again. Carson learns that his predecessor Dr. Franklin Burt was a brilliant geneticist but could not handle the pressure in the fever tank, a level 5 security lab.
Meanwhile Dr. Charles Levine of Harvard University uses his considerable clout to rail against Brent Scopes and his genetic engineering ventures at GeneDyne. It seems the two were colleagues back at UC Irvine before a difference in ethics caused an argument that was never solved. Levine establishes an online link to Carson (against regulations), who was a former student of his at Harvard. Then strange symptoms begin to effect the staff and it turns out something is terribly wrong at Mount Dragon. Carson and Susanna Cabeza de Vaca (his assistant) discover a that Purblood (an earlier invention of Carsons predecessor) is very dangerous. They find a way to make the fever tank explode and flee into the desert. After a terrible time in the desert, running from the GeneDyne staff, they reach a farm and tell the world that the mount dragon staff is ill, and dangerous.

Before Carson and de Vaca left mount dragon they had already informed Charles Levine about what was happening. Levine meets Brent Scopes and when Scopes loses a bet they struggle for a tube with X-Flu, both of them get infected and Scopes asks for them to be killed. Because of that he prevents the virus from spreading around the world.

7) Theme: The writers probabely wrote this story to let the world know how dangerous genetic engineering can be. They also chose this theme because it is thrilling.

8) Main persons: Guy Carson ~ a smart scientist, about 25-30 years old. He is an ordinary person who gets caught up in everything that happens at Mount dragon. He is a round character because his view on genetic engineering changes when he sees some of the results.
Susanna Cabeza de Vaca ~ she is Carsons assistant in the fever tank. She is very smart and helps Carson to solve the mystery of what is happening at Mount dragon. In the end of the story de Vaca and Carson fall in love. De Vaca is a round character because the way she thinks about Carson and about GeneDyne changes.
Brent Scopes ~ 39-years old founder of GeneDyne. He is a genius and has done many great discoveries. He is a round character because his view on Charles Levine, and their argument changes when he is infected with X-flu.
Charles Levine ~ He has a history with Brent Scopes, they used to be best friends but are now on different sides. In the beginning he wants Carson to tell him what is happening in the fever tank, but Carson refuses. IN the end of the story he helps Carson to make Brent Scopes realise what is happening at Mount dragon, that is also why he is a round character.l

9) Point of view: The story is told by a narrator


10) Personal opinion: I liked this book a lot. The story is thrilling from the beginning to the end. It is nice, and scary at the same time, to get a view into what genetic engineering could do in the future.

11) Extra assignments:
Assignment E
Mount Dragon is a great and thrilling story. The first 20-25 pages are not very interesting, they mainly describe Carson. But when Carson arrives at Mount Dragon it starts to get more thrilling every page. This is the point in the book that I got really interested, it is also the part of the book when the story really starts. The beginning is more like an introduction of the characters, and is actually quite boring. But when Carson arrives at Mount Dragon something new happens almost every page. I really like that something new happens so often because it keeps the book really interesting. Mount dragon just is a great book!
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Assignment C
This story is not realistic at all. Although genetic engineering is becoming more important, and they do good things. But I don’t believe they are at a stage where they can make fake blood that wont be rejected by the body, and other stuff like that. It is also not realistic that a group of scientist would test a quite new invention on themselves, especially on all of the scientist in one lab. This can be very dangerous, as the story tells, certainly when the scientist in question work with dangerous new viruses like X-flu.
It also is not realistic that Carson and de Vaca would have survived in the desert, without being found by the master tracker (who is following their trail) and with only a little bit of water.
Although the story is not realistic when you think about it, when you are reading it, it seems that everything could really be happening.

Assignment D
On www.poemsforfree.com I found the poem ‘Though I chose death’.

Though I chose death instead of pointless pain,
Please forgive the manner of my leaving.
My love and need for all of you remain.
I could not long such suffering sustain,
Nor would it long have held you from your grieving.
Though I chose death instead of pointless pain,
I hope that choice will not my memory stain,
Nor lead you to be wroth at my deceiving.
My love and need for all of you remain.
For only in you do I live again,
Woven like a wind into your weaving.
Though I chose death instead of pointless pain,
I put to you the plea of the self-slain:
To comprehend an anguish past conceiving.
My love and need for all of you remain
That all that I have been not be in vain,
But blend into the earth of your believing.
Though I chose death instead of pointless pain,
My love and need for all of you remain.

This poem reminds me of Brent Scopes and Charles Levine. It reminds me of them because they had to kill themselves, because they were infected with X-flu. they did not want to die but saw this was the only way to prevent X-flu from spreading around the world, killing millions. Both of them chose to die before the X-flu was killing them, because death by X-flu would be far more painful, and make them insane.

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