In the vein of JURASSIC PARK, this high concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company-only to find themselves physically transformed and cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them. IN JURASSIC PARK, HE CREATED A TERRIFYING NEW ...
In the vein of JURASSIC PARK, this high concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company-only to find themselves physically transformed and cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them. IN JURASSIC PARK, HE CREATED A TERRIFYING NEW WORLD.NOW, IN MICRO, MICHAEL CRICHTON REVEALS A UNIVERSE TOO SMALL TO SEE AND TOO DANGEROUS TO IGNORE. IN A LOCKED HONOLULU OFFICE BUILDING, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. IN THE LUSH FORESTS OF OAHU, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined. IN CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open a whole new scientific frontier. BUT ONCE IN THE OAHU RAIN FOREST, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power. To survive, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself. AN INSTANT CLASSIC, MICRO pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-02-27 Unfinished at the time of his death and later completed by Preston, Crichton's last book receives serviceable narration from John Bedford Lloyd. Hawaii-based microtechnology company Nanigen has developed the ability to shrink objects-and people-and the megalomaniac head of the company, Vin Drake, sees the potential to make billions of dollars. But when one of Drake's executives, Eric Jansen, threatens his boss's plans, he suddenly goes missing and is presumed dead. When Eric's brother, Peter, arrives-along with six fellow graduate students-and begins to ask questions, Drake shrinks them and leaves them to die in the Hawaiian rain forest. What follows is a nonstop fight for survival in the micro-world, where insects are as big as cars, bats the size of airplanes, and everything is hungry. Lloyd's performance is uneven but enjoyable. With his deep, well-modulated voice, he certainly narrates clearly and with good vocal intonation. But at times, he sounds unprepared and his performance flat. A HarperLuxe paperback. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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