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The Number One international bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Congo and Sphere takes on global warming in this gripping and critically acclaimed ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.167
Teal99

Disappointing Book

by Teal99 on 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.

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reb2253
by reb2253 on 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.

skipmeblue

worth the money

by skipmeblue on Nov 13, 2008

great book, i wish i could finish it in one sitting, work gets in the way.

seamiles

Topnotch thriller

by seamiles on 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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Trilless

Soapbox in fiction's clothing

by Trilless on Aug 3, 2007

On the whole I agree with the previous reviewer that this is a thought provoking look at the other side of the environmentalist issues that seem to plague our headlines. Crichton is well researched and it shows in the numerous footnotes.... which sadly made me a bit annoyed with one of the secondary characters who is the walking encyclopedia of environmental issues. Crichton manages to keep you entertained while pointing out various flaws in the average human condition; where people adopt a cause without really doing their homework, simply because the media told them so. His cause this time in the environmental crowd. And he wraps it in intrigue surrounding a lawyer for a wealthy contributer to the cause that suddenly finds reason to doubt everything he's been told about the environment and makes him question who are the "good guys." This journey of discovery seems to threaten his life at every turn... which tends to get old and makes one of the latter plot twists not such a shocking reveal. The research and information provided was excellent... the fictional storyline was more predictable.

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