Micro: A Novel

Micro: A Novel

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by Michael Crichton, Richard Preston

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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

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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.

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Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton's 1990 thriller, snared a triple triumph: it was a coast-to-coast number bestseller, earned stellar reviews, and inspired a film classic. When Crichton died in November 2008, he left behind a manuscript of another high adventure thriller that blends cutting-edge science with almost unrelenting suspense. Now completed by seasoned author Richard Preston (The Hot Zone), this thrilling novel traces the story of a group of biotech grad students stranded in the Hawaiian rainforest with only their wits to save them. Unputdownable. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been prompted to write a review before, but I wanted to warn other Crichton fans (and ANY reader of the genre in general) that this is one ridiculous stinker of a book. Starts off OK, but once the whole premise (and subsequent ripping-off of 'Fantastic Voyage') commences, it goes into the area of juvenile college boys 'n girls adventure & cliches, nefarious corporate evil-doers, and reads more like an episode of the late 1970's cartoon 'Josie and the Pussycats' (I was going to use 'Scooby Doo, where are you?', but that would be too generous). Don't waste your time or your money on this one.
JeanLW More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't give this book a try because of all of the bad reviews it has...but I certainly am glad that I did. I guess every well-known author has pretentious followers, haha. I read the book very quickly and loved every page! I think if the premise sounds interesting to you, you should definitely give it a shot. loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was pitched as an unfinished manuscript when Chrichton died in '08, to be completed by another author. I wont bash the author since it has to be hard to complete a story begun by someone else. Ive read everything by Chrichton, and his voice is missing from this one. I think it got lost in the rewrites. Another book that Chrichton started before he died was Pirate Latitudes, and his voice survived the completion. Funny that someone said it felt like a nasty version of Honey, I shrunk the kids, because I had the same reaction. I really felt they jumped the shark on this one and ended up way out there. Chrichton always spun a high tech thriller that just walked the line making you say " just maybe...". This one was so far fetched it was just plain sci-fi. The only chracter I enjoyed was the Hawiian Detective who I pictured as Graham Green (yes i know hes american indian). I had trouble caring about anyone else. There were characters that were like extras, only there to be killed off, like a slasher flick. Im glad i didnt have to buy the hardcover to not like it. It just didnt work for me.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
This is the second "last" book by Michael Crichton, his first was "Pirate Latitudes" published in 2009. This novel was finished by Richard Preston after Crichton's death in 2008. The addition of a new author made me wary, but I had no reason to be trepidatious. This feels like classic Michael Crichton. High-tech science is misused, lives are endangered, page-turning excitement ensues. I love Michael Crichton's style - I can devour his books like no other, this is no exception. Not sure how much of this is Preston's work - it blends seamlessly with Crichton's. Astounding really. I plan on checking out more books by Richard Preston in the future. If you're looking for an entry point, this is as fine a place to start as any; although my favorites are still: "The Andromeda Strain", "Airframe", "Timeline", and of course both "Jurassic Park" books. Fans of Michael Crichton know what to expect and should jump right in, don't bother reading the synopsis on the dust jacket, it gets a little too close to giving away plot points. This book would make a fine movie (also: expensive) and the ending certainly makes me hope for more. Perhaps Preston can pick up the mantle? I don't know how many more half-finished stories or ideas Michael Crichton has left behind, but if this really is the last, it's worthy of his name.
UNIONBEACHBUM More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton was always one step ahead. He was our Jules Verne and HG Wells. I'm glad they finished it for him and don't complain, it's hard to finish up what someone else started. The book is entertaining and educating and will make a GREAT MOVIE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible. Why would I want to read a rehashed novel (lose term) of a movie made in the 80's with Rick Moranis? So bad I started skipping sections of text 300 pages in and ultimately stopped reading. The plot is boring and unoriginal, the characters never get developed beyond the obvious opposites attract love interest. He should be charged with plagiarism. Or you could call is sampling. Watch out for those ants...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The way it ended tho;sequel?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so poorly written that it was almost painful to read. It is so empty, predictable and boring. The characters are plain and stereotyped. There is no emotion ANYWHERE to be found. You will feel no attachment to any of the characters. Ugh. Please trust me - you will not enjoy this book! Wish I didn't have to give it one star in order to post my review - it's not worthy of even one.
hoyboy-books More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite. Even though it had some interesting tidbits abut how we look to insect and plant life when we are smaller than them, to me it was like reading a version of " honey I shrunk the kids" lost interest in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I was skeptical about the topic, I believe this book was one of M.C.'s best. Only he could take the paradise of Oahu and turn it into a biological nightmare. This book belongs among the ranks of Timeline, Andromeda Strain and Next. This book is a definite must read.
SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
Lots of good premises at beginning that were not expanded on or taken advantage of. Some fun facts about insects etc., but mostly unsuspenseful and unthrilling. Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Not a real Crichton book. Couldn't wait to finish it and get on to my next read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find Michael Crichton is alot like John Grisham in that they are very talented yet both have written some duds that should have never been published. Micro is not one of these duds. The characters are very believable and the research on the plant and insect life was very educational. Also the change of physics from normal life as we know it to the minuture world just adds more suspense to a very good plot.
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;)not the best story i read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book, I though oh no I am not going to like this. But I continued and loved it.  The way it ended sound like another book would follow.  Does anyone know if there is another book that follows this storyline?
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humaneisfact More than 1 year ago
It wasn't the faulty science that bothered me about Micro,or that it was already done bfore in several other movies,but the style of writing became very juvenile.The senetnces were often blunt and lacked descriptiveness.The dialogue was simplistic.The plot with the evil CEO was laughable..I literally laughed out loud at him.How cartoonish! This could have been a great read.I misakenly thought it had been written by MC and Douglas Preston..not Richard Preston.I found out pretty fast I was mistaken.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an alright novel, although it is loaded with gore, death, and perverse language. It's more violent than Jurassic Park.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutly amazing!I cant wait to red it again!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! I lost a lot of hours of good sleep reading this suspenseful book. This is a must read!