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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 off New Guinea.

And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means.

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Overview

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 off 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 such a heart-stopping conclusion.

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Editorial Reviews

Forbes Magazine
Crichton's new, can't-put-it-down novel is a first-of-a-kind thriller--a fast-paced adventure based on the notion that a current widespread fear is baseless. The author devastatingly demolishes myths and misconceptions about global warming: Antarctica is not fast melting away, nor is Greenland defrosting; global temperatures are not rising rapidly; ocean levels are not surging upward; we are not extinguishing most of the Earth's species; we are not denuding the Earth of its forests; the average life span is increasing, not decreasing. In short, dear old Earth is not going to hell in a handbasket. (14 Mar 2005)
—Steve Forbes
Montery County Herald
“STATE OF FEAR is the world’s first page-turner that people will want to read in one gulp.”
The Weekend Australian
“STATE OF FEAR grabs you from the start.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“…this proves a pleasant way of learning a lot worth knowing.”
Australia Gold Coast Bulletin
“In STATE OF FEAR Crichton weaves a stunning fiction around the issue of global warming.”
The Liverpool Daily Post
“STATE OF FEAR is an exciting yarn.”
Wisconsin State Journal
“You have to hand it to Michael Crichton; he knows how to tell a story.”
Weekly Standard
“There’s no one else like him…a fast, fun read.”
National Review
“This is definitely one for the Christmas list.”
Booklist
“The thrills of Crichton’s latest are interspersed with fascinating facts and data. Perhaps his most serious and important book yet.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A gripping techno thriller that…spares no expense when it comes to adventure, suspense and, ultimately, satisfaction.”
The New Yorker
“Crichton has written a book that deserves to be taken seriously.”
Wall Street Journal
“Every bit as informative as it is entertaining. And it is very entertaining.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“[Crichton’s] expert manipulation of tension pays off in page-turning dividends. Cunningly orchestrated mayhem.”
Bookreporter.com
“STATE OF FEAR is Michael Crichton’s best.”
Washington Times
“…he understands science and how to separate fact from fiction. Impressive documentation.”
Houston Chronicle
“Crichton knows how to craft a tale, one that keeps the reader turning the pages.”
USA Today
“Provocative and controversial. [Crichton] marries compelling subject matter with edge-of-your-seat storytelling.”
Birmingham Post
“The king of the techno-thriller has once again given us a gripping, action-packed yarn.”
The Evening Standard (London)
“Very enjoyable.”
The Electricity Daily
…Plenty of thrills, chills and spills. STATE OF FEAR is required reading.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Fascinating for how Crichton was trying to make the very absence of fear spooky.”
Sunday Telegraph
“An exciting story…in the hands of a master story-teller like Crichton, it’s good entertainment.”
The Ottowa Sun
“For thriller fans, STATE OF FEAR is the perfect tonic for a weekend when you’re snowbound.”
The Vancouver Province
“Fast-faced and a fun read. A breath of fresh air.”
Slate
“One of the real pleasures of Crichton’s books is their erudite polish.”
New York Times
“Cliffhanging action sequences.”
Denver Post
“He imparts science while entertaining readers.”
Express
“[Crichton’s] expert manipulation of tension pays off in page-turning dividends. Cunningly orchestrated mayhem.”
Daily Telegraph (London)
“Terrific fun.”
Detroit Free Press
“Definitely page-turning.”
Washington Post Book World
“Michael Crichton’s new book will appeal to your inner techie.”
Albany Times Union
“STATE OF FEAR is replete with heart-pounding suspense.”
People
“Scary? You bet.”
Los Angeles Times
“A master. A connoisseur of catastrophe.”
Pittsburgh Tribune
“A deftly crafted action/adventure novel.”
Entertainment Weekly
“[A] snappy eco-thriller.”
People Magazine
"Scary? You bet."
People
“Scary? You bet.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061015731
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of his death in 2008, Crichton was well into the writing of Micro; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel.

Richard Preston is the internationally bestselling author of eight books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Michael Crichton (full name), Jeffery Hudson, John Lange
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 23, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      November 4, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Los Angeles, California

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State of Fear


By Michael Crichton

HarperCollins

ISBN: 0-06-621413-0


Chapter One

PARIS NORD SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2004 12:00 P.M.

In the darkness, he touched her arm and said, "Stay here." She did not move, just waited. The smell of salt water was strong. She heard the faint gurgle of water.

Then the lights came on, reflecting off the surface of a large open tank, perhaps fifty meters long and twenty meters wide. It might have been an indoor swimming pool, except for all the electronic equipment that surrounded it.

And the very strange device at the far end of the pool.

Jonathan Marshall came back to her, grinning like an idiot. "Qu'estce que tu penses?" he said, though he knew his pronunciation was terrible. "What do you think?"

"It is magnificent," the girl said. When she spoke English, her accent sounded exotic. In fact, everything about her was exotic, Jonathan thought. With her dark skin, high cheekbones, and black hair, she might have been a model. And she strutted like a model in her short skirt and spike heels. She was half Vietnamese, and her name was Marisa. "But no one else is here?" she said, looking around.

"No, no," he said. "It's Sunday. No one is coming."

Jonathan Marshall was twenty-four, a graduate student in physics from London, working for the summer at the ultra-modern Laboratoire Ondulatoire-the wave mechanics laboratory-of the French Marine Institute in Vissy, just north of Paris. But the suburb was mostly the residence of young families, and ithad been a lonely summer for Marshall. Which was why he could not believe his good fortune at meeting this girl. This extraordinarily beautiful and sexy girl.

"Show me what it does, this machine," Marisa said. Her eyes were shining. "Show me what it is you do."

"My pleasure," Marshall said. He moved to the large control panel and began to switch on the pumps and sensors. The thirty panels of the wave machine at the far end of the tank clicked, one after another.

He glanced back at her, and she smiled at him. "It is so complicated," she said. She came and stood beside him at the control panel. "Your research is recorded on cameras?"

"Yes, we have cameras in the ceiling, and on the sides of the tank. They make a visual record of the waves that are generated. We also have pressure sensors in the tanks that record pressure parameters of the passing wave."

"These cameras are on now?"

"No, no," he said. "We don't need them; we're not doing an experiment."

"Perhaps we are," she said, resting her hand on his shoulder. Her fingers were long and delicate. She had beautiful fingers.

She watched for a minute, then said, "This room, everything is so expensive. You must have great security, no?"

"Not really," he said. "Just cards to get in. And only one security camera." He gestured over his shoulder. "That one back in the corner."

She turned to look. "And that is turned on?" she said.

"Oh yes," he said. "That's always on." She slid her hand to caress his neck lightly. "So is someone watching us now?"

"Afraid so."

"Then we should behave."

"Probably. Anyway, what about your boyfriend?"

"Him." She gave a derisive snort. "I have had enough of him."

Earlier that day, Marshall had gone from his small apartment to the café on rue Montaigne, the café he went to every morning, taking a journal article with him to read as usual. Then this girl had sat down at the next table, with her boyfriend. The couple had promptly fallen into an argument.

In truth, Marshall felt that Marisa and the boyfriend didn't seem to belong together. He was American, a beefy, red-faced fellow built like a footballer, with longish hair and wire-frame glasses that did not suit his thick features. He looked like a pig trying to appear scholarly.

His name was Jim, and he was angry with Marisa, apparently because she had spent the previous night away from him. "I don't know why you won't tell me where you were," he kept repeating.

"It is none of your business, that's why."

"But I thought we were going to have dinner together."

"Jimmy, I told you we were not."

"No, you told me you were. And I was waiting at the hotel for you. All night."

"So? No one made you. You could go out. Enjoy yourself."

"But I was waiting for you."

"Jimmy, you do not own me." She was exasperated by him, sighing, throwing up her hands, or slapping her bare knees. Her legs were crossed, and the short skirt rode up high. "I do as I please."

"That's clear."

"Yes," she said, and at that moment she turned to Marshall and said, "What is that you are reading? It looks very complicated."

At first Marshall was alarmed. She was clearly talking to him to taunt the boyfriend. He did not want to be drawn into the couple's dispute.

"It's physics," he said briefly, and turned slightly away. He tried to ignore her beauty.

"What kind of physics?" she persisted.

"Wave mechanics. Ocean waves."

"So, you are a student?"

"Graduate student."

"Ah. And clearly intelligent. You are English? Why are you in France?"

And before he knew it, he was talking to her, and she introduced the boyfriend, who gave Marshall a smirk and a limp handshake. It was still very uncomfortable, but the girl behaved as if it were not.

"So you work around here? What sort of work? A tank with a machine? Really, I can't imagine what you say. Will you show me?"

And now they were here, in the wave mechanics laboratory. And Jimmy, the boyfriend, was sulking in the parking lot outside, smoking a cigarette.

"What shall we do about Jimmy?" she said, standing beside Marshall while he worked at the control panel.

"He can't smoke in here."

"I will see that he does not. But I don't want to make him more angry.

(Continues...)



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First Chapter

State of Fear

PARIS NORD
SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2004
12:00 P.M.

In the darkness, he touched her arm and said, "Stay here." She did not move, just waited. The smell of salt water was strong. She heard the faint gurgle of water.

Then the lights came on, reflecting off the surface of a large open tank, perhaps fifty meters long and twenty meters wide. It might have been an indoor swimming pool, except for all the electronic equipment that surrounded it.

And the very strange device at the far end of the pool.

Jonathan Marshall came back to her, grinning like an idiot. "Qu'estce que tu penses?" he said, though he knew his pronunciation was terrible. "What do you think?"

"It is magnificent," the girl said. When she spoke English, her accent sounded exotic. In fact, everything about her was exotic, Jonathan thought. With her dark skin, high cheekbones, and black hair, she might have been a model. And she strutted like a model in her short skirt and spike heels. She was half Vietnamese, and her name was Marisa. "But no one else is here?" she said, looking around.

"No, no," he said. "It's Sunday. No one is coming."

Jonathan Marshall was twenty-four, a graduate student in physics from London, working for the summer at the ultra-modern Laboratoire Ondulatoire-the wave mechanics laboratory-of the French Marine Institute in Vissy, just north of Paris. But the suburb was mostly the residence of young families, and it had been a lonely summer for Marshall. Which was why he could not believe his good fortune at meeting this girl. This extraordinarily beautiful and sexy girl.

"Show me what it does, this machine," Marisa said. Her eyes were shining. "Show me what it is you do."

"My pleasure," Marshall said. He moved to the large control panel and began to switch on the pumps and sensors. The thirty panels of the wave machine at the far end of the tank clicked, one after another.

He glanced back at her, and she smiled at him. "It is so complicated," she said. She came and stood beside him at the control panel. "Your research is recorded on cameras?"

"Yes, we have cameras in the ceiling, and on the sides of the tank. They make a visual record of the waves that are generated. We also have pressure sensors in the tanks that record pressure parameters of the passing wave."

"These cameras are on now?"

"No, no," he said. "We don't need them; we're not doing an experiment."

"Perhaps we are," she said, resting her hand on his shoulder. Her fingers were long and delicate. She had beautiful fingers.

She watched for a minute, then said, "This room, everything is so expensive. You must have great security, no?"

"Not really," he said. "Just cards to get in. And only one security camera." He gestured over his shoulder. "That one back in the corner."

She turned to look. "And that is turned on?" she said.

"Oh yes," he said. "That's always on."
She slid her hand to caress his neck lightly. "So is someone watching us now?"

"Afraid so."

"Then we should behave."

"Probably. Anyway, what about your boyfriend?"

"Him." She gave a derisive snort. "I have had enough of him."

Earlier that day, Marshall had gone from his small apartment to the café on rue Montaigne, the café he went to every morning, taking a journal article with him to read as usual. Then this girl had sat down at the next table, with her boyfriend. The couple had promptly fallen into an argument.

In truth, Marshall felt that Marisa and the boyfriend didn't seem to belong together. He was American, a beefy, red-faced fellow built like a footballer, with longish hair and wire-frame glasses that did not suit his thick features. He looked like a pig trying to appear scholarly.

His name was Jim, and he was angry with Marisa, apparently because she had spent the previous night away from him. "I don't know why you won't tell me where you were," he kept repeating.

"It is none of your business, that's why."

"But I thought we were going to have dinner together."

"Jimmy, I told you we were not."

"No, you told me you were. And I was waiting at the hotel for you. All night."

"So? No one made you. You could go out. Enjoy yourself."

"But I was waiting for you."

"Jimmy, you do not own me." She was exasperated by him, sighing, throwing up her hands, or slapping her bare knees. Her legs were crossed, and the short skirt rode up high. "I do as I please."

"That's clear."

"Yes," she said, and at that moment she turned to Marshall and said, "What is that you are reading? It looks very complicated."

At first Marshall was alarmed. She was clearly talking to him to taunt the boyfriend. He did not want to be drawn into the couple's dispute.

"It's physics," he said briefly, and turned slightly away. He tried to ignore her beauty.

"What kind of physics?" she persisted.

"Wave mechanics. Ocean waves."

"So, you are a student?"

"Graduate student."

"Ah. And clearly intelligent. You are English? Why are you in France?"

And before he knew it, he was talking to her, and she introduced the boyfriend, who gave Marshall a smirk and a limp handshake. It was still very uncomfortable, but the girl behaved as if it were not.

"So you work around here? What sort of work? A tank with a machine? Really, I can't imagine what you say. Will you show me?"

And now they were here, in the wave mechanics laboratory. And Jimmy, the boyfriend, was sulking in the parking lot outside, smoking a cigarette.

"What shall we do about Jimmy?" she said, standing beside Marshall while he worked at the control panel.

"He can't smoke in here."

"I will see that he does not. But I don't want to make him more angry.

State of Fear. Copyright © by Michael Crichton. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted January 24, 2009

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    Global Warming?

    Due to the extensive biblio and fast-paced story by MC, I found this book myth-busting and thought provoking. A solidly contrasting view to the pulp-fiction, believe-what-you-are-told global warming hysteria. <BR/><BR/>Don't get me wrong. I believe that we have a grave responsibility to be good stewards for the planet. It is, after all, the only one in our solar system that *we* can live on. But I appreciated the reminder to do my own thinking and ask a question or two or ten.

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

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    Truth Changed Crichton's Mind on Warming

    Michael Crichton set out to write this book to confirm the popular notions about global warming. However, when he started doing the research, he was amazed to find that the data convinced him the global warming theory is a hoax. He then changed the direction of his book.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2008

    Giving another viewpoint

    Do your homework! Once again Michael Crichton studies an issue and the science behind it and gives an explanation of his research in relatable terms and packs it into an exciting page turner. A very fair argument to the very controversial issue of global warming. As always with a Crichton novel-a great read!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

    A well-written environmental thriller

    Michael Crichton¿s book, State of Fear, appealed to both my intellectual and fantasy sides through his understanding of advanced technologies and his eminent knowledge of what keeps a reader hooked. He makes an effort to keep his characters such as Nick, Sarah, and George realistic by interspersing their language with many ¿colorful¿ words, which may have surpassed necessity but conveyed the point that they were regular people. He also keeps his writing fresh and unique by writing about current events, playing on the many fears we have of new technology and how it could be used for ill means. Although he had a solid story with excellent progression, I found that reading the technological information proved the most enthralling. Crichton seems to poke fun at environmentalists and those concerned with global warming in this novel, and it seems to me as though his jibes are a little over-the-top. He appears to reinforce the stereotypes that apathetic people have for the hardcore environmentalists, and portrays them as either bumbling fools or, on the other end of the spectrum, wanton criminals such as the more outstanding members of Greenpeace. Although he effectively maintains the plot throughout the novel, it occurred to me that, even though it is fiction, such a ridiculous chain of events is very improbable and thus unlikely to attract readers without an overactive imagination. Another issue I had with the plot is that one of the characters (I won¿t say who so as not to spoil the book) is randomly struck dead by lightning in the middle of the book. It¿s as if Crichton simply got bored with his story, and decided to spice it up a bit with some useless action. Even though there are certain aspects of this book that I did not particularly enjoy, I still felt as though there was a lot of time and research put into it and would recommend it to anyone with a sturdy intellect.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2006

    Propaganda

    Crichton is a fine writer, but this effort might have been better as an essay. Not unlike the cardboard characters in Ayn Rand's 'novels,' the folks populating this thriller arrive on the scene bathed in cliche and exhibit very few realistic traits. The 'dialogue' between Kenner and the 'herd' who believe in global warming is boring (in a novel) and the environmentalists (all either arch hypocrites or ill-intentioned bureaucrats) is one-sided and obtuse. No character asks any of the questions that one wants to hear Crichton, er . . . Kenner answer. Peter Evans is particularly disappointing. And, really, eco terrorists killing scientists with poisonous octopi, lightning bolt attacks, hysterical actors eaten by cannibals - are we 13 years old? Some of the scientific information presented is interesting and I will undoubtedly follow some of the resources cited in the appendices. I would however, like to point out that Crichton neatly dismisses the environmentalists by keeping the focus only on global warming. There are lots of good reasons to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and curtail pollution that are political (say, isn't there a baseless war being fought?), physiological, and economic - these are not even addressed. He also seems to think that second-hand smoke is not a big deal. Oh well, he can certainly afford new, robotic lungs. Shoot, he can probably design them, too.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    Action-packed, thought-provoking thriller

    This novel, from the creator of Jurassic Park and ER, tells the story of a struggle against terrorism. It has a swift succession of dramatic scenes across the world and lots of action. It would make a great film - let's hope that it gets made.

    The villains are eco-terrorists, who try to create disasters - floods, tsunamis - to publicise their cause. His characters talk a great deal about global warming and its effects. Crichton cites many authorities to back their arguments. These include the International Panel on Climate Change, which admitted in its 2001 report, "In climate research and modelling, we should recognize that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible."

    His characters also point out that there is no obvious common global trend of increasing glacier melt in recent years, that El Ninos cause longer growing seasons and reduce the use of winter heating oil, that the Kyoto agreement would cut world temperature by just 0.02 degrees Celsius by 2050, and that energy sources that can support the present levels of world power consumption, without greenhouse emissions, do not exist.

    They note that between 1940 and 1970 the overall global temperature fell, although CO2 levels had risen. Similarly, it has not risen since 2000, although CO2 levels have kept rising. Over the long run, the best data, from the USA, show a rise of just a third of a degree Celsius from 1880 to 2000.

    Crichton observes out that in late 1989, at the end of the Cold War, the media hyped up climate change stories - all became 'crises' and 'catastrophe'. This was part of a ruling class strategy to control us through fear.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Good read

    I read this book a few years ago & I still think about it. I really enjoyed it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    Take That Al Gore! You got Owned!

    Excellent book that exposes the truth and entertains at the same time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Very Good Book

    This book is fantastic. Great suspense with very visual descriptions of characters and locations. I really enjoyed reading State of Fear. Could not put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2005

    Nothing more than pimping his ludicrous views on global warming

    This book dragged, especially when coupled with his reviews of science. He is probably a smart guy, but this book is so one-sided. He leaves out much of the relevant scientific evidence regarding global warming while harping on a couple of minor points and taking data out of context.

    3 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

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    Biased?

    I found this book extremely biased. It read like a book written by an oil company's PR team. I find it hard to believe that the writer who inspired me to learn about dinosaurs could write a book for the oil companies so I have to think he was well intentioned. It may be because oil and dinosaurs are related. Lol.

    2 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    thrilling...

    I loved this book! This book is so intense and edge-of-your-seat I had a really hard time putting it down. The characters in this book travel all across the globe and we, the reader, get to go along for the ride. From Los Angeles to Antarctica to the Soloman Islands and more we are on a thrill ride! This book has a lot of scientific and technical sounding words but I think Crichton does a good job making them understandable.<BR/><BR/>This book basically asks the question of how much politics and money influences the media. Crichton uses the example of global warming to hit his point home. And let me just say here that no, he's not against the environment or anything. He just shows how the media is manipulated. I guess you'll have to read the book to see what exactly I'm talking about.<BR/><BR/>This book is believable and down right exciting!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    My personal complacency was paraded before my eyes in a pleasant

    My personal complacency was paraded before my eyes in a pleasant manner ( the story is a good  fictional 
    read) and only after finishing did I truly consider my own part in the group hysteria that has permeated American
    society. Whether liberal, conservative, right-wing, or left, this book is a critique of society where we blindly accept
    that  which re-inforces our own tightly held views.  I am going to gift it to  my friends and &amp; relatives on a
    must-read, will be discussed basis.  Some say that M.C. wrote this book as a way to  &quot;debunk the myth of
    global warming&quot; . I think that he would be very disappointed that anyone would base their beliefs on one book 
    without questioning enough to delve into research from all viewpoints. It would behoove us all to decrease our
    intake of news and increase our time spent dissecting the why. We have gone from a nation of  asking Who?
    What? Where? When? and Why? to a society of headline readers, accepting anything in print as truth. We all
    should remember that just because it is on the internet, does not necessarily mean it is true. Just because it is
    on one channel, doesn't make it so.    

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Very suspenseful.

    I liked the bit where the woman pushed the guy into the Seine in Paris.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Amazing!!! It was very well written, I enjoyed the overall purpo

    Amazing!!! It was very well written, I enjoyed the overall purpose of the book. I have read many of his books, this is not his best, but it is very exceptional.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Really good

    Fast pased killer story one of his better way ahead of its timee

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Global warming is fake!!

    Nah not really but the book does bring up valide and interesting points rolled up in an awesome thriller filled with action. Love it. Has me wondering if all this global warming hype is just a buisness model to sell useless crap we dont need.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Crichon does it again

    I loved this book. Many will say its one sided, and while this is very true, isnt the information we get global warming one sided? When have any of you heard a report on how global warming isnt real? Also, what crichon does her he also did in airframe: make the reader think how much informarion we let people shove down our throats. I did like the plot of the book as well, finding it to be a bit far fetched but when its a sci fi book, its aloud to be so. What the author really does here is present his ideas in a way that both entertains the masses as well as spread knowledge about the posiblity that global warming is scienctific myth.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    AS ALWAYS JUST AWESOME!!!

    Michael has always been one of my top favorite authors, this book is awesome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

    A real page turner and also a well documented book...

    A really good read with lots of twists and turns. A bonus is all the information about current events that is well documented with facts along with the sources for those facts; most of which are not generally known by the readers. These are things everyone really should know so that we, ourselves, are not manipulated by fear tactics and schemes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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