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DOUGLAS PRESTON has worked for the American Museum of Natural History as well as being a contributor to "The New Yorker." He is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Codex" and "Tyrannosaur Canyon.""Relic" was the first book in his many "New York Times" bestselling collaborations with Lincoln Child, including "Dance of Death, ""Brimstone, The Cabinet of Curiosities, " and "Still Life with Crows." He lives with his family in Maine.
LINCOLN CHILD is the author of "Utopia" and "Death Match, " as well as a number of "New York Times" bestselling thrillers with Douglas Preston. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

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Guy Carson feels honored to be one of the few genetic scientists selected to work at Mount Dragon, Gene Dyne's heavily guarded compound in the New Mexican desert. The task: to defeat the influenza virus through permanent alteration of the DNA of the human race. The problem: previous attempts have resulted in the creation of an absolutely deadly form of the virus rather than immunity. Guy's job is to solve this problem. He willingly endures the stress and other discomforts of working in a biohazard unit, until he realizes that Gene Dyne's motives are less than altruistic and that the company will stop at nothing to turn a profit. Reading like a fictionalized rock-'em, sock-'em version of Richard Preston's The Hot Zone (LJ 8/94), this thriller from the coauthors of Relic (LJ 1/95) is sure to satisfy. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/95.] ‘Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, Ind.

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.

""Mount Dragon is as marvelously complex as any thriller I've ever read . . . . It is nothing less than a tour de force!"--Stuart Woods, author of "Choke on "Mount Dragon
"A delightfully gruesome yarn and an apt mirror of our love-hate relationship with science."-"-Business Week on "Mount Dragon
"The writing team that scared the willies out of readers with "The Relic returns with a second, equally gripping novel of techno-terror . . . . 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."-"Publishers Weekly on "Mount Dragon
"Dynamic duo Preston and Child once again demonstrate their mastery of the genre....The thrillfest runs full force to the very last page." --"Kirkus Reviews on" Mount Dragon
"Read this and you'll be panting for Preston and Child's next yarn." --"Booklist on" Mount Dragon

""Mount Dragon "is as marvelously complex as any thriller I've ever read . . . . It is nothing less than a tour de force!"--Stuart Woods, author of "Choke "on "Mount Dragon"
"A delightfully gruesome yarn and an apt mirror of our love-hate relationship with science."-"-Business Week "on "Mount Dragon
"
"The writing team that scared the willies out of readers with "The Relic "returns with a second, equally gripping novel of techno-terror . . . . 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."-"Publishers Weekly "on "Mount Dragon
"
"Dynamic duo Preston and Child once again demonstrate their mastery of the genre....The thrillfest runs full force to the very last page." --"Kirkus Reviews "on" Mount Dragon
"
"Read this and you'll be panting for Preston and Child's next yarn." --"Booklist "
on" Mount Dragon
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