Micro Author:Michael Crichton, Richard Preston Three men are found dead in the locked second-floor office of a Honolulu building, 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 usher... more »ed 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.« less
Although I have almost always enjoyed Michael Chricton's books in the past, I read about half of this one but found I couldn't suspend my disbelief (about half inch tall scientists running around in a jungle) long enough to finish this one.
I like Michael Crichton's works; they're entertaining and well written, even when they're predictable and somewhat formulaic. I enjoy Richard Preston's writing, too, so I should have liked this last work, begun by Crichton, completed by Preston. And I did, sometimes. There were quite a few imaginative scenes and a couple of pretty good characters. But frequently the story and people were cartoonish, and the dialog was awful. This one should have stayed in Crichton's "Notes for Stories" file and never seen publication.