The Number One international bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Congo and Sphere takes on global warming in this gripping and critically acclaimed thriller. In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor. In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly cavitation technology, built to ...Read MoreThe Number One international bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Congo and Sphere takes on global warming in this gripping and critically acclaimed thriller. In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor. In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly cavitation technology, built to his specifications. In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters of New Guinea. And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means. Thus begins Michael Crichton's exciting and provocative techno-thriller State of Fear. Only Crichton's unique ability to blend scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction could bring such disparate elements to a heart-stopping conclusion. This is Crichton's most wide-ranging thriller. State of Fear takes the reader from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of Antarctica, from the Arizona desert to the deadly jungles of the Solomon Islands, from the streets of Paris to the beaches of Los Angeles. The novel races forward on a roller-coaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear. Gripping and thought-provoking, State of Fear is Michael Crichton at his best.Read Less
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I enjoyed this book very much, a page turning thriller in the context of the global warming, climate change brouhaha. Crichton's facts are unimpeachable, except for a high pressure area causing a hurricane, which is a mistake both Al Gore and Bill Nye made also. If you don't think the eco-terrorists are a possibility, you haven't read "In A Dark Wood" by Alston Chase.
Jun 29, 2009
I have liked Michael Crichton's novels in the past but I cannot say the same for this one. I knew going in that the novel focused on the non-believers in global warming and that interested me as an avid environmentalist. However, the book is so geared towards global warming being a mythical phenomenon that it made it hard to read. It should have been more even-handed. Instead it came across as severely anti-environmentalist and anti-global warming. All environmental groups are suspect and up to no good.
In addition, one character was a supreme know-it-all and it drove me insane. Know-it-alls in literature or real life are nothing but annoying. Also, Crichton's opinions in the back of the book were unncessary, simply write the novel and leave your outright opinion out of it (although the know-it-all character seems to be Crichton).
Also, I felt the book was longer than necessary. The middle especially for me dragged on with scenes that lasted far too long.
Jan 1, 2009
Interesting and sometimes factual (when footnotes are provided) book about the other side of the global warming argument. While not completely against the "green" movement; the book presents ideas as to the industry that the movement has become.
Nov 13, 2008
worth the money
great book, i wish i could finish it in one sitting, work gets in the way.
Nov 10, 2008
This is a truly great read. Opened my mind to the facts about global warming and I learned lots of things I wasn't aware of before reading this. Crichton backs up the plot with an extensive bibliography - just in case you want to check the facts yourself. I found the story had a slow start but built to a smashing climax. Sadly, Michael Crichton has moved on to The Big Library in The Sky. He'll be missed.
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