The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain

by Michael Crichton
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Except for very few moments in the book, you would not realize this book was written in 1969. The idea of a biological pandemic is pretty common nowadays with zombie movies, the movie "Outbreak," etc. but the way this story was presented and how the virus/bacteria comes into existence shows how brilliant and how much Crichton was ahead of his time. This was a very quick read but it is probably better suited for those who have at least a decent understanding of science and appreciate intellectual thrillers. This book makes you think, and if you can put this into perspective given the context of when this was written, you will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent. Thrilling and very persuasive. I had seen the movie several times and was pleasantly surprised at how well the movie followed the book.
Blue_Inked_Pen More than 1 year ago
On one fateful night,Piedmont receives a gift. Withing minutes, the town is dead, as if they dropped for no reason in the middle of the night. Now, Wildfire is activated, summoning scientists from across the country to help solve the mystery of what happened, and why 2 lonely survivors managed to avoid the catastrophe that claimed so many others. But their time is limited, as soon their quarantine breaks and people start dying. A thrilling Sci-Fi novel that will leave you questioning things you never thought to ask before. You will feel as though you are a member of the wildfire team, discovering possible cures only to find that the virus has evolved into a new, deadlier form. I first discover Micheal Crichton through the wonderful novel of Jurassic park, and thought that he would be a one hit wonder author. I was pleased to find I was wrong, and reading this book shed new light on the world of biology for me. The entire novel is not a simple 'What-if?" technology, all of it based off technology we do indeed have, if not a little more simplified and advanced, but based in reality nonetheless. Mr. Crichton, god rest him, was also a very well educated individual, sporting both his own speculations and those of other scientists who were experts on their respected subjects. I also enjoyed it because not only did I find myself thinking about the subjects I was reading about, but I was also generating my own knowledge and interest, and later found myself studying more about Biology simply so that I could read on a higher intellect level. Sci-Fi lovers would love it as well as scientists, as the book uses ideas that causes questions to be raised and answered, but only if the reader is truly paying attention to the book itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He still has continued to wow with his merge of thriller, mystery, and science
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The exact measure of science into sci-fi that makes you wonder where the science ends and the sci fi begins. My only complaint is that the story wasn't longer
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
Mysteriously, a satellite crash lands in the middle of nowhere Arizona. Military scientists head out to retrieve the wreckage when they come upon a biological disaster. It seems an alien bacterial life form has hitched a ride. Project Wildfire is commenced for containment. Told in a documentary style - it recounts the 5 days following the crash landing and the near disaster that ensued. The Andromeda Strain was much more science-y than I expected - which was a good thing. At times, the explanations could be a bit much and a bit dry, but it added to the realism of the story. None of the characters were particularly sympathetic, but mad scientists rarely are. I also liked the fallibility of the scientists further heightening the tension of the story.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
‘The Andromeda Strain’ is a well written, well thought out and descriptive book, however it fails to deliver any concrete action or really any suspense until the final moments of the story. At parts it feels like a medical drama that gets too deep into the weeds of what it’s describing rather than moving the story along. If I were a virologist or chemist I’d probably rate this a bit higher but from layman’s perspective I found the story a bit too slow for my liking.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a microbiologist and a huge Michael Crichton fan, so this book was right up my alley. It included the right amount of technicality to keep the reader well-informed yet interested. I would highly recommend this book.
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Even tho ther was lots of medical terms and science kinda confusing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
rbdavid More than 1 year ago
Still good after all these years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. It was hard to put it down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton’s Andromeda Strain is a classic science fiction novel that you won’t regret reading. It’s relatively short and engaging. It utilizes mystery and, at times, a sense of horror to grab your attention. The book is given as a narrative retelling of a report given after the fiasco of the Andromeda Strain: an alien micro-organism that landed on earth via a fallen manmade satellite. The effects of the organism’s presence are immediately evident when the populace of a nearby town is wasted. A team of scientist must unlock its secrets before the strain can get out of control and decimate the human race. The book doesn’t spend much time with suspense. The narrator says on more than one occasion that the people involved did indeed survive and that the threat was properly dealt with. That isn’t the question for the reader. Rather, the intrigue is in the “how.” How did they manage to solve the mystery of the alien micro-organism? Over the course of the storytelling the narrator will frequently point out dire mistakes made by the team. As the reader encounters one error after another, one begins to wonder how the team went from point A (going in the wrong direction) to point B (the solution). What makes this book really impressive is the amount of thought that went into the details. Crichton is smart and it reflects in the incredibly in-depth science that goes into explaining the Andromeda strain and the progress made by the team. Maybe you’ll understand it and maybe it’ll go way over your head, but it certainly deepens the reader’s experience of realism. Despite being decades old it is definitely worth the read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this paperback version in 1993 and i have read it so many times. I do find it strange that they are selling it on here for $9.99 and i bought it in '93 for $7.99.
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