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Author: Michael Crichton
Crushed skulls and bodies lay everywhere in the destroyed expedition camp. A grainy shape is seen on tape and it resembles a gray gorilla but gorillas aren't gray. What could have caused this carnage thought ERTs employee Karen Ross. The secret may lie in a gorilla with a 620 sign vocabulary. — With the first expedition team dead they plan to sen...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380561766
ISBN-10: 038056176X
Publication Date: 10/1981
Pages: 301
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 47 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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One of my favorite Crichton books. I can't believe how ridiculous the movie was. Read the book.
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Deep in the heart of the darkest region of the Congo, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an eight-person field expedition dies mysteriously and brutally in a matter of minutes. Ten thousand miles away, at teh Houston-based Earth Resources Technology Services, supervisor Karen Ross watches a gruesome video transmission of that ill-fated team: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside bodies--and the grainy, moving image of a dark, blurred shape. In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, an extraordinary gorilla with a 620 "sign" vocabulary an a fondness for finger painting. Her recent drawing matches, with stunning accuracy, the frayed brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642--a drawing of the ancient lost city. Immediately, a new expedition is sent into the Congo, descending into a secret world where the only way out may be through the grisliest death.
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Loved Congo. Fast paced, very interesting topic. Usually books about lost anicent cities are in South America. This one's in Africa.
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AS a book, this was great - if you saw the movie first, please don't let that influence your decision about the book. The movie doesn't even look like it came from the book.
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After reading and loving Timeline, I went through and read all of Crichton's books. This wasn't one of the better ones. I actually liked the movie better.
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Much better than the movie.