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- SynopsisIn 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 technothriller, State of Fear. Only Michael Crichton's unique ability to blend science fact and pulse-pounding fiction could bring such disparate elements to a heart-stopping conclusion. This is Michael Crichton's most wide-ranging thriller. State of Fear takes the reader from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of Antarctica, from the Arizona desert to the deadly jungles of the Solomon Islands, from the streets of Paris to the beaches of Los Angeles. The novel races forward, taking the reader on a rollercoaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear. Gripping and thought-provoking, State of Fear is Michael Crichton at his very best.
- AuthorMichael Crichton
- Number Of Pages624 pages
- Publication Date2004-12-07
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Copyright Date2004
- Weight33.7 Oz
- Height1.6 In.
- Width6.5 In.
- Length9.3 In.
- LC Classification NumberPS3553.R48S73 2005
- Dewey Decimal813.54
- Dewey Edition22
- Reviews".he understands science and how to separate fact from fiction. Impressive documentation.",".this proves a pleasant way of learning a lot worth knowing.","A deftly crafted action/adventure novel.","A gripping techno thriller that.spares no expense when it comes to adventure, suspense and, ultimately, satisfaction.","A master. A connoisseur of catastrophe.","An exciting story.in the hands of a master story-teller like Crichton, it's good entertainment.","Cliffhanging action sequences.","Crichton has written a book that deserves to be taken seriously.","Crichton knows how to craft a tale, one that keeps the reader turning the pages.","Definitely page-turning.","Every bit as informative as it is entertaining. And it is very entertaining.","Fascinating for how Crichton was trying to make the very absence of fear spooky.","Fast-faced and a fun read. A breath of fresh air.","For thriller fans, STATE OF FEAR is the perfect tonic for a weekend when you're snowbound.","He imparts science while entertaining readers.","In STATE OF FEAR Crichton weaves a stunning fiction around the issue of global warming.","In STATE OF FEAR, Michael Crichton delivers a lightening technopolitical thriller...every bit as informative as it is entertaining.","Michael Crichton's new book will appeal to your inner techie.","One of the real pleasures of Crichton's books is their erudite polish.","Provocative and controversial. [Crichton] marries compelling subject matter with edge-of-your-seat storytelling.","STATE OF FEAR grabs you from the start.","STATE OF FEAR is Michael Crichton's best.","STATE OF FEAR is a valuable education in the guise of entertainment. Do yourself a favor and buy it.","STATE OF FEAR is an exciting yarn.","STATE OF FEAR is replete with heart-pounding suspense.","STATE OF FEAR is the world's first page-turner that people will want to read in one gulp.","Scary? You bet.","Terrific fun.","The king of the techno-thriller has once again given us a gripping, action-packed yarn.","The thrills of Crichton's latest are interspersed with fascinating facts and data. Perhaps his most serious and important book yet.","There's no one else like him.a fast, fun read.","This is definitely one for the Christmas list.","Very enjoyable.","You have to hand it to Michael Crichton; he knows how to tell a story.","[A] snappy eco-thriller.","[Crichton's] expert manipulation of tension pays off in page-turning dividends. Cunningly orchestrated mayhem.",.Plenty of thrills, chills and spills. STATE OF FEAR is required reading.",âIn STATE OF FEAR, Michael Crichton delivers a lightning-paced technopolitical thriller...every bit as informative as it is entertaining.â
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- mickeyczJan 06, 2009by
You Can Bet They NEVER Make a Movie Out of This!
This book could have used a Dan Brown style disclaimer in the front--there are facts in here, while the work is fiction. The book moves on in relentless fashion with a body count and all, then pauses from time to time for exposition of global warming factoids. It is an indictment of contemporary scientists whose "consensus" is force-fed to the world in Stalinist fashion. Crichton points out that the dissenters (back in 2004 when he wrote this) were retired professors for the most part. Those who still need certification and tenure or even any job, must agree there is man-made global warming. The book includes Hollywood types, portraying them as spectacularly uninformed and equally opinionated about climate and the environment. Thus this Crichton piece will not make it to film... It has footnotes throughout, so anyone can independently verify the statements in the book. There is an MIT professor/secret agent and an environmentalist lawyer, some good looking women and one actor who gets eaten. Plus the wealthy man who funds everything and has everyone flying all over the place in his Gulfstream. Action is in France, California, Antarctica and the Solomon Islands, which is where the cannibals are. Sorry if that spoils it, but if your mind is made up (and firmly closed) you wouldn't read this anyway. IMO the sun and the oceans drive our climate, not us. Leave the witch doctor stuff out--we have not offended the planet.Read full review
- arik48Nov 05, 2011by
An excellent presentation. Opens your mind. If you have one.
An excellent prognostication of events happening today. The author has hit several nails directly on the head. Global warming as presented by the MSM and so called scientists is a hoax. Presented in a highly entertaining and enlightening fashion with facts and factual footnotes.
- redleaf215tooJan 11, 2006by
Perfect Blend: Escapist but NOT Brainless
I really enjoyed this book, so it surprised me to see two less than glowing reviews. My background: I am an independently-minded person with no political affiliation (but conservative leanings) and am always on the lookout for good escapist books that are not brainless. This is the perfect blend of both. The following is a DETAILED review. Don't read it if you want to be surprised! After a quick start of sex and murder, the pace of the book suddenly jerks to a crawl as the main characters and topics are introduced. If you can endure this part you're in for a fast and intriguing ride as the pace picks up to follow a dangerous and facinating trail to save the world (or at least California) from eco-terrorists. The main character (if there is one) is basically a well-informed lawyer who believes in global warming (the main topic) and is introduced to people who have opposing views. The controversy over global warming with the arguments are laid out to this character. I didn't think these moments got in the way of the story since they usually happen during travel to distant locations and are interspersed with light romance to spice it up a bit. There are plenty of plot twists and turns that will leave you guessing and there was a moment at the end that I thought was very reminicent of classic Crichton (Jurassic Park) since the group ends up on an island populated by cannibals. There are several token people - basically people who are bodies waiting to be killed, maimed, injured and left behind - and Crichton doesn't delve deep into anyone's psyche. The good-guys win and the eco-terrorists all...well, you'll just have to read the book to find out. A long list of references (with some funny asides by Crichton) would make interesting reading for someone VERY facinated in the topic of global warming and the scientific evidences for and against. Overall, this book makes for an enjoyable, fast-paced read that won't leave you brainless.Read full review
- dbsunshineJan 04, 2009by
The novel as textbook.
Burdened by sometimes strained but still plausible action and only partly developed characters, this work is best seen as a primer on the topic of climate change and the political strategies of those who would make anthropogenic global warming the ultimate issue facing mankind. More polemic than novel, the sometimes lengthy conversations of his characters seem in reality speeches that Crichton would like to make or has made in his trenchant formal presentations on this subject. The bibliography and footnotes are the best part of the book since they lead you to primary sources without the interested reader having to repeat the library research. The story is not noteworthy for its literary merit but for its prescience in anticipating the debates and propaganda surrounding AGW since 2004.
- 1acromanFeb 01, 2008by
State of Fear by Michael Crichton
I wanted to read this book after seeing Michael Crichton on Charlie bRose. He has been castigated by the press and the green folk for holding a contrary view on global warming. The book questions the validity of their data and conclusions. He seems to agree that the earth is warming, (to some degree), over the last 100 years, but questions the assumptions and hypotheses that are being widely accepted as causative. Celebrities who advocate for the environment are portrayed as philosophical lemmings. The book concludes with an interesting essay about science's compromises for funding. Like the inherent incompatibility between honest politics and campaign contributions, Crichton expounds on the similar disconnect between research funding and true science. Both seem to require a level of integrity that is more rare than common. It is a good read--you will enjoy it! 1AcromanRead full review
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