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State Of Fear
State Of Fear
Author: Michael Crichton
ISBN-13: 9780066214139
ISBN-10: 0066214130
Publication Date: 12/7/2004
Pages: 603
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 343 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 9
I really loved Jurassic Park, Andromeda Strain and Prey, so I thought I'd love this. Wow, was I wrong. This book was terrible!! First off, it was just plain boring. Crichton seems to be writing an editorial against global warming rather than a novel. I don't want to read page after page of his opinions on science, I want to read a story. Plus the characters were cardboard cutouts of people and weren't interesting. They were just stock characters, stereotypes with no depth at all and weren't even likable. The book was just plain awful. I couldn't get through it. This was one of the most disappointing books I have ever attempted to read. I hated this so much, I may never pick up a Crichton book again. I want my money back!
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Helpful Score: 8
I'm not a huge proponent of global warming, but this was a case of a man with an agenda trying too hard to weave it into a thriller, and failing. Far too many inconsistencies and inaccuracies, not to mention way over the top, plot-wise. I finally put it down because these things were just too irritating. My first Crichton book since that "Congo" to find the junk heap.
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I was hoping for a thrilling adventure story with some sound scientific ponderings to keep me thinking. Instead, what the author has given us in "State of Fear" is a poorly disguised rant.

Look, whether or not you "believe" in global warming, this is a poorly written effort. The characters are cardboard, one-dimensional. If the characters believe in global warming, they are superficial, ignorant and pompous. You hate them. If they don't believe, they are superficial, suffer from superiority complexes, and arrogant. You hate them. Then there are the few characters that don't even reveal THAT much in the way of personality; all they do is lecture. A lot. To the point of tears.

The story part of the book is added as an afterthought. Most of the time is spent flying somewhere (usually a very long flight) and having the characters lecture until the plane lands.

Oh, and Michael...that throwaway comment about the anthropologist who wrote the book on cannibalism? I read that book too. It was fascinating, and not nearly as black and white as you portrayed it for your purposes. What a shame. The minute you mentioned it, I KNEW the fate of your character Bradley. You should have just written a non-fiction book on the environment and been done with it, rather than torture your devoted readers.
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A complex and compelling book. You just have to stick with it through the setup phase and pay close attention to the long list of characters and how they all fit together. It's rare to find a piece of fiction that is entertaining and also educational (with resources and footnotes to help keep the facts straight).
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Good story and well-written, quite the page-turner. Also, good follow-through with ending that ties everything up better than some of his other books. May change your entire outlook on the environment, or at least make you re-examine your stance on it.
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Crichton takes on Global Warming. He mixes fact with fiction in this thrilling adventure that takes him from one end of the world to the other chasing enviro-terrorists all the while enlightning his obtuse, if well-meaning, super-liberal buddy. Crichton did his research in this book explaining how the Global Warming "crisis" is all for political gain.
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This book takes a bit to get into it - if you stick with it through the set up, you'll be rewarded. Even if you don't agree with "global warming" (and I don't have a requirement that I agree with every topic I read up on!), it's still a fascinating (and complex) read! This is not a book to casually read on the beach; it's more of a sit by the fireplace with your afghan and a cup of hot tea and read, read, read. Probably my only real complaint is that sometimes the technical explanations moved out of the realm of interesting and on to the realm of tedious. However, all in all, this was an interesting and worth your time to read.
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Helpful Score: 3
I really loved Jurassic Park, Andromeda Strain and Prey, so I thought I'd love this. Wow, was I wrong. This book was terrible!! First off, it was just plain boring. Crichton seems to be writing an editorial against global warming rather than a novel. I don't want to read page after page of his opinions on science, I want to read a story. Plus the characters were cardboard cutouts of people and weren't interesting. They were just stock characters, stereotypes with no depth at all and weren't even likable. The book was just plain awful. I couldn't get through it. This was one of the most disappointing books I have ever attempted to read. I hated this so much, I may never pick up a Crichton book again. I want my money back!
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Really complicated but in the way only Crichton can bring it across. Another one in his great columns.
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"State of Fear" is a techno-thriller that takes on the subject of global warming. Although I don't agree with the authors's viewpoint, I was hooked by the story. Crichton does take a heavy-handed approach in using dialogue to "educate" the reader about the facts behind global warming. This became a bit much at times, however once again the story gripped me. The main characters face a race against time to stop eco-terrorists from causing irreparable harm to the planet. Don't look for in-depth characters or flowing descriptive writing, but you will find excellent dialogue and plot twists. No matter what your views are on global warming, I would still suggest this book. If you like a good thriller, Crichton won't disappoint!
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This is my second Michael Crichton book & it's pretty good. My only complaint is that it is a little "preachy" about the enviroment. But it's a well done story & keeps your attention.
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Readable but opinionated to a fault. I don't agree with every point of view of the books I read but I do like a balance. This book is badly out of balance.
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Excellent classic Crichton.
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Read about 60 pages one of the most boring books I've ever tried to read, gave up and reposted it for someone else.
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I enjoyed this eco-terrorist suspense story. However, at times, it seemed that there was too much environmental "preaching" in the story. But, despite that, it was a fun book.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of Crichton's more 'explantion-y' books. Still very good
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AWESOME! For those who think global warming is only a theory at best- you'll find it reassuring, for those who think it's fact, it's challenging to your beliefs.
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Incredible story and plot. Couldn't put it down!
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I am concerned that some of these reviews have missed Crichton's main point. To me he was saying that environmental issues are complex, poorly understood, and frequently manipulated for short term political and financial gain. For the thoughtful reader, I think his book will help us to see how we have been "managed" by powerful people who instill a "State of Fear". Perhaps when we become less fearful, we will become more free. Give it a read and give it some thought.
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You may look at global warming with new eyes after reading this well-researched and documented novel.
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Helpful Score: 1
As with most Michael Crichton books I got education as well as entertainment.
This is a well written, well researched action book which actually somewhat reverses the roles of villian and hero. Crichton deftly reverses the roles with information I never even dreamed of and motives that are actually quite believable. "State of Fear" pits our unlikely heroes against an even more unlikely foe as they attempt to save the world from the very people trying to save the world.
A read of this book will make you think hard about global warming and all the rhetoric from the conservationists. Maybe things aren't what they seem?
I would suggest you not miss the oppertunity to read this interesting and thought provoking book.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really loved this book. It was the most entertaining intellectual book I've read since The DaVinci Code.I participated in a barnes and noble bookclub which Michael Crichton led, and I really am enlightened.If you are at all interested in the controversial global warming, then you will love this book. There are alot of good characters, and many twists and turns. I like the footnotes he includes. I actually did alot of searching online concerning many things in this book. The MAIN character is Peter Evans, a lawyer for an environmental agency. It is hard to know who to trust in this book. Not predictable at all. If you get this book before December I recommend you go to Barnes and Noble and sign up for the bookclub.
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Good book, by Crichton.
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An Excellent book by Crichton. He combines scientific research and evidence with an entertaining and fascinating (and a little scary) story. A Thoroughly enjoyable read that never stops! I Highly recommend this book!
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Michael Crichton, as usual, tells a good tale and while he's at it, he kicks Al Gores' global warming butt.
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The novel takes place in 2004. The protagonist is an environmentalist lawyer named Peter Evans. Throughout the novel, Evans' views concerning the facts surrounding global warming are frequently challenged by other characters as he repeatedly thwarts terrorist activities initiated by a radical environmentalist group.
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A fictional account of of the politics of global warming, with much factual documentation to counter the hype on the subject. Great read with a mixture of action and facts.
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This was a great book. I often mention it when the talk turns to scientific studies and/or climate control. It is a must read.
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A brilliant and thrilling fictional account of what harm the current global warming hysteria could wreak if its proponents were to have their way.
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This book is very thought-provoking with many citable references. An engaging fictional story to bring new light to global concerns.
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So much for global warming. A very mesmerizing account of the fallacies concerning the myth of global warming. Read it and try to still beleive in what the media is feeding you.
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This book was great. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It has a lot of information about global warming that I never knew or even thought of. I feel like I have learned something as well.
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A thriller that goes through Iceland, Antarctica, Arizona, Solomon Island, Paris to Los Angeles. Opens the mind to several possibilities of what can happen in this world.
Once you get through the very beginning, it really snowballs and captures your interest.
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Excellent book-well-researched and well-written. Chrichton has done it once again. If you're interested in the issue of global warming, this book is a must read.
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This is a real page turner. You'll love it if you like a fast moving yarn. The info at the end is even more interesting than the plot!!
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I got this from the bargain table at my local bookstore, and now I know why it was there. It is a lousy read. Crichton uses selective studies that agree with his position on global warming, while dismissing the overwelming amount of science to the contrary, in order to write a fiction book whose purpose seems to be to advance a political agenda rather than entertain. I had to struggle to finish it. I have been a big fan of his in the past, but this one has crushed my interest in him for the future.
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A pretty good read. The republican view of global warming.
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An interesting outlook on what if Global Warming was man made to benefit the activities of certain groups.
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This is the typically quick, compelling read that we've come to expect from Crichton, but it is not his finest novel. On the plus side, his book will make you think carefully about the dogma that global warming has become. But, Crichton has taken some serious liberties by misconstruing the science behind the overwhelming support for global warming theory. He unevenly pits strong arguments dispelling global warming against unsupported emotionalism espoused by his "liberal" characters in the novel. Obviously, one benefit of being a fiction author is that you can make a character say whatever you damn well please, making it easy to villify and write off the environmental movement that he tarnishes in this fictional work.

On the whole, I think this book provides a dangerous substantiation of many conservatives' worst exaggerations and prejudices of the left, while glossing over significant research supporting global warming.

Don't read this if you want an unbiased view of the science. Do read it if you want an easy, trashy thriller that's hard to put down.

And Crichton, don't politicize a moral issue.
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This is a great book, such a page-turner and filled with info and facts that really make you think. Loved it!
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Very interesting view of the global warming issue.
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Well written, but a littly preachy about environmental issues. Still, a good story!
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In usual Crichton fashion, this was well worth the read!
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Terrific read. A novel thriller with a strong global warming investigatory subtext. Worth reading for any thinking person.
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Well documented look at the politics and science of global warming through fictional characters by a well educated author (M.D.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine: "State of Fear, Crichtons 14th novel is polarizing to say the least. Crichtons obvious political intent rubbed several critics the wrong way; some felt that he sacrificed story and character to make his points. These points, however, resonated with others, who found the thriller form an effective way to pose questions about the politicization of post-Cold War science to a large audience. Most agree that Crichton is neither stylish nor subtle, but few dispute his ability to whip up suspense. Fans of his earlier work will likely enjoy this effort, if theyre not turned off by his politics." Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.


From Booklist: "Crichton's novels often tackle cutting-edge technology and its implementation, but his latest addresses an issue that's been around for a bit longer: global warming. Millionaire George Morton is about to donate $10 million to the National Environmental Research Fund (NERF) when he suddenly decides against it. His lawyer, Peter Evans, is as surprised as anyone and is drawn into a web of intrigue after Morton's car careens off the road and Morton is presumed dead. Just before his "death," Morton was in contact with Dr. John Kenner, a researcher at the Center for Risk Analysis, who opposes NERF's agenda and presents Evans with some startling evidence about global warming. With Evans and Morton's assistant, Sarah, in tow, Kenner travels to Antarctica, where he learns that a group of environmental extremists are planning several attacks of environmental terror to convince the world of impending ecological disaster. The thrills in Crichton's latest are interspersed with fascinating but occasionally dense ecological facts and data, but he backs his assertions about the unpredictability of climate change with copious research and footnotes. Perhaps his most serious and important book yet." Kristine Huntley
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Couldn't really get into it!
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I thought it was thoughtful and had a lot of interesting background information. I liked the presentation of the concepts that it is VERY difficult to make climate predictions or measure global climates in such a way that either support or deny global warming. Michael Crichton is a great story-teller.
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A Michael Crichton novel.If you are a fan of his books this one not to miss.
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"Crichton's scientific research on global warming is impressive in this book, but the story itself is nothing new.
Essentially, a multi-millionaire goes missing and his lawyer gets wrapped up in an investigation that takes him around the world to uncover how a secret group of scientists plan to cause natural disasters using modern technology. The climatic event in the book is supposed to be a man-made tsunami offshore of the Solomon Islands that would reach the west coast of the United States. Of course, the main characters interrupt the plan and save the world, but what I found interesting is that this book was published before much of the world was aware of the danger of tsunamis made known by the devastating December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.
The author does a good job at presenting evidence and data refuting the idea of global warming all together, despite the current trend to believe otherwise.
If you're interested in the topic of global warming this book may be up your alley. If you're solely looking for a quick novel, look somewhere else." amazon
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This is a highly educational novel concering Global Warming.
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Good book. Crichton at his best. Great plot.
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This is a very good book, however, it is important to realize that the case made regarding environmental issues is one-sided, despite the author's claims that it is balanced.
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Excellent read.
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Good book. Didn't hold my attention as much as some others, but overall good.
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It was a very interesting book. Crichton used a lot of actual information to really make you think as the story unwinds. It was an enjoyable read.
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Very informative, and resourceful. Gives a down to earth prespective of the global warming scenerio.
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Modern thriller for Global warming fans.
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Great story -- typically Crichton -- also very relevant since the storyline is based on the current Global Warming crisis. One of his best. Book is in excellent shape -- only read once -- even the dust jacket is intact.
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This is a great book!
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Crichton debunks global warming; includes extensive bibliography.
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THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING BOOK! Crichton spent 3 years researching global warming and those that prophesy the destruction of the world to it. This book should be on the required reading list of every college student, if nothing else to provide some sort of balance to overwhelming b.s. coming from the media and the left. The book is footnoted like a grad school term paper, with several hundred sources to back up every detail. On top of all that, Crichton waves together all these critical details into a wonderful plot full of rich characters. Anyone who thinks they know something about global warming should read this (or even if you dont give a care and just want to read a great book!).
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Another Crichton great.
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Unless you are really into computers and understand the language, I wouldn't reccommend this book.
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Thus begins Michel 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 a heart-stopping conclusion.
This is Crichton's most wide-ranging thriller. State of Fear takes the reader from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of Antarctic, 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 faces forward on a roller-coaster 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.
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slow going.
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excellent and revealing book!

not only the story, but the well documented details regarding actual facts about climate and ecology.

Mr. Crichton was a brilliant man who injects a sane perspective into this emotionally charged issue - thus the plot line, which is believable to the point of being scary.

i may hold on to this one for awhile to review the data again.
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Personally I really did enjoy this book as i do with all of his books i have read. if you have a really strong opinion about global warming you may not like this book because the author really stated his take on global warming. but if you can over look that than you might enjoy this book as much as i did. ;)
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A very interesting and different fictional perspective on the real life issue of global warming.
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A complicated plot with lots of twists.
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This isn't a very well-written book. It is pseudo-scientific. It is a book with a conservative anti-environment political agenda. I was stuck in an airport with little choice. It's really the author's rather jejune diatribes. However, he is well-known and someone might want it. Characters were not developed and cardboard. Really one of the worse books I have ever read.
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Michael Crichton has written another gripping novel that I couldn't put down. I never knew what was going to happen next, so I just had to keep reading.
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A bit off of Crichton's beaten path this book approaches and dissects the myth of global warming amidst a story of suspense and terrorism. A bit of a dry read in areas but complete with footnotes in case you'd like to do more research on your own after you've finished.
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I started reading this book, and just couldn't get into it. Usually I love Crichton books, but this one just didn't grab me.
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Enjoyable. Well up to Crichton's standards.
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Action packed, fast read. Highly recommended.
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I bought this book because of the other great reviews and because I am huge Crichton fan, but this one just bored me. It just fell far short of my expectations.
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Thought provoking, good suspense novel. Definitely gives a new insight into theories like 'Global Warming' and 'protecting the environment'. A good read.
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scary - another 'conspiracy theory' book - just enough facts to make me wonder.
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Quintessential Crichton - Very well researched, compelling plot and interesting characters. A real eye-opener!
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Excellent and informative
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good story
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In Paris, a young physicist performs an oceanographic experiment--then dies mysteriously after a romantic tryst with a beautiful stranger. In the jungles of Malasia, powerful hypersonic cavitation technology--capable of toppling mountains with sound---is purchased by a private interest for an unspecified purpose. In Vancouver, a businessman leases a small research submarine for use in the waters off New Guinea. In Tokyo, in Los Angeles, in Antarctica, in the Solomon Islands--an intelligence agent races to put all the pieces together to prevent a global catastrophe.
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This book was a little too deep for me, although Michael Chrichton is brilliant.
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Thought-provoking and informative on a complex topic, global warming, without sacrificing any potboiler elements you'd expect of this author.
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global warming is real or not? micheal crichton does his best to keep u on the edge of your seat
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In typical Michael Crichton fashion, the story develops around little-known scientific facts about how humans can influence the environment. So if you wanted to know more about how giant ice bergs, tsunamis and flash floods can be created, this is your book. At the same time, there are nice subplots around how to track terrorists via the Internet and an obscure way to assassinate people.
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A mild diatribe against global warming. Lots of documented footnotes. The adventure story that cloaks the political agenda of the book is fast and violent. A good airport read.
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For anyone concerned about the environment this is a must read.
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Michael Crichton is a master researcher and writer. I admire his biblioraphy and writing style. A thoroughly interesting book on a hot topic. (Pun intended, forgive me.)
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I thought this a very good read and it was a provacative read. It will make you think about things.
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This anti-environmental screed should be read for the story, clunky and far-fetched as it may be, because the "science" in it is cherry picked to show that global warming is some sort of conspiracy that most of the world's enviromental scientists have jumped into without facts or data. Anyone who reads Crichton's novels and believes the "science" in in them will become more ill-informed than they started. Crichton is a well known author but by no means a science writer.
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I really loved Jurassic Park, Andromeda Strain and Prey, so I thought I'd love this. Wow, was I wrong. This book was terrible!! First off, it was just plain boring. Crichton seems to be writing an editorial against global warming rather than a novel. I don't want to read page after page of his opinions on science, I want to read a story. Plus the characters were cardboard cutouts of people and weren't interesting. They were just stock characters, stereotypes with no depth at all and weren't even likable. The book was just plain awful. I couldn't get through it. This was one of the most disappointing books I have ever attempted to read. I hated this so much, I may never pick up a Crichton book again. I want my money back!
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Fun, easy, page-turning read. Reads like a movie. I am surprised that a movie hasn't already been made. Controversial questioning of the science behind the global warming issue. Twenty-page bibliography at the end.
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I found this book very interesting and very relevant to today. It has a lot of current information about the current "state" of anxiety that everybody seems to have concerning the environment. Even though I had to keep reminding myself that this is only fiction, it could really happen with today's technology. It make you think...
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If you are interested in global warming then this is the book for you it is very intense but worth a read
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Thought provoking and page turning...Crichton takes on global warming!
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It really makes you think exciting to the end
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classic Crichton
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Very thought provoking...is this true....
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A good read, as most Crichton novels are. Lousy science, though - he seems to want to persuade us that global warming theories are nothing more than scientific brainwashing. He should stick to writing, the plot races along, it's an interesting read.
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A bit dissapointing. The overall story was good but the character and plot development were light.
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good book but it took me awhile to get into the story
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More science than typical for Crichton. I good read, but not a page-turner like some of his others.
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Not my favorite of Crichton's books -- a little too much sermon in this one about the environment. However, there was a lot of interest in it.
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Typical Critchton, fast paced, interesting characters, abundance of statistics and interesting facts..........quick read!
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An engaging page turner. I appreciate a thriller with depth & detail & this book certainly provides just that. At times the plot is almost too outrageous, but it is, after all, fiction. And while fiction, the book provides an opportunity for the reader to truly reflect on how beliefs are formed merely by impressions provided in the media & based on misinformation. The appendices are equally as compelling as the book itself. Highly recommended.
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A diverse plot, good airplane book. I expected a little more out of Crichton though.
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Dumb story.
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Good long read!
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it keeps you guessing...
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Excellent read, backed by excellent research into the global warming/environmentalist agenda.
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Another great book from Michael Crichton. Very interesting with lots of scientific background information to support his fictional scheme. Great read, fast-paced.
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Another great book from Michael Crichton! I thought it started out a little slow, but after a chapter or two, I couldn't put it down. It also has some fascinating information and opinions on global warming and human influence or lack of influence on the environment.
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My husband's book and he loved it.
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What can I say,He did it again, another great book from Michael Crichton.
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Little outlandish on the action side, but a great read anyhow. Great info on global warming and societies obession with crisis/diasters.
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Pretty good read, but not I expected more from Crichton...
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He's back! I have not been that thrilled with his last couple of efforts but this one is great - vinage Crichton - full of fascinating facts, thought provoking theses and it's a real page turner. Could not put it down. Serious entertainment!
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This book was loaded with some great information. The Author attempted to write a fictional book and weave true information within the story. I think the reason he did this is, he so much wanted to get this information out, after 3 years of research. He figured, if he wrote a Non-Fiction book about a boring topic, no one would read it. So, he wrote this. The book was OK.
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Exciting, and soooooo true of the world today!
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This was the only Michael Crichton book that I have not really enjoyed. Basically, I didn't like the ending. Still a wonderfully written book.
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This was actually my least favorite of all of Michael Crichtons books. The good news is he's such a great writer that even his worst book is still a worthwhile read!
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A very chilly fast moving book about global warming. I enjoyed it very much.
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In Paris, a young physicist performs an oceanographic experiment-then dies mysteriously.
In the jungles of Malaysia, powerful hypersonic cavitation technology-capable of toppling mountains with sound-is purchased by a private interest for an unspecified purpose.
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Excelent: Good story and filled with numerous facts about the environment. Gets you thinking.
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"In State of Fear, Crichton takes on global warming - and finds the story-telling possibilities intriguing.

"Thought-provoking..definitely a page-turner."
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in case you're not already nervous about global warming....you will be after reading this one
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Brand new never read. Got as a present.
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16 cd's 18.5 hours in soft paperboard cd holders and org box
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Fairly standard Chrichton. Lots of details, a different environment, but essentially, the same story as many of his other books.
Good for what it is.
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The first 2/3 of the book was a real page-turner. Be prepared to read with an open mind though, as the focus of the book is to show that global warming does NOT exist. Never hurts to read a contrarian's point of view. Unfortunately, the last 1/3 of the book was sloppy and it seemed like the Author was caught with no way out, so he had to quickly find a way to wrap it up.
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Typical Crichton - this novel takes on what may be the myth of global warming.
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Crichton's breakneck pace in this thriller about baddies trying to create "natural" disasters can't distract from the fact that it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Along about page 400, he spends 5 pages on one underlying theme of the book -- that the fear of man-made ecological disaster has replaced The Red Menace as the threat du jour (and has now largely been replaced by the terrorist menace), all to help keep the power structure in power and the masses distracted.
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Crichton does Crichton -- very interesting story, well-developed, but same basic cast of characters, same basic story line.
Very good ready, but same-old same-old.
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An interesting thriller, filled with science, typical of a Crichton novel. This one, however, is based on scientific data which is backed up by citations. A must read for anyone who believes that Global warming or climate change is settled science.
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Excellent read. Too real to be fiction!
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This was a very good book but it took me a while to get into it. I almost gave up about 1/4 of the way but decided to keep reading. Very involved plot line that took time to develop and get across. Still, a very good read.
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**** Michael Crichton is the master of making corporate/government conspiracy theories seem not only plausible, but highly likely. This book is no exception. Great for a long airplane trip.
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This book is set in modern times and manages to bring a masterful look at a very controversial subject. Citing true science sources, yet interweaving a masterful mystery/suspense plot State of Fear is hard to put down until the end.
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okay read, would not go out of my way to purchase and read.
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The story was great. I liked the characters a lot. This an excellent book.
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Really good read. At first seems like multiple different plots, then as the book gains momentum they all start to connect.
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Another good book by Crichton.
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The world may be on the brink of disaster, and its an entirely man-made danger. Billionaire philanthropist George Morton has agreed to fund a grant that will enable the National Environmental Resources Fund to publicize what they perceive as a threat to the welfare of the earth. Mortons young lawyer, Peter Evans, knows hes been having second thoughts lately. In fact, hes noticed that Mortons been acting strange ever since he met enigmatic M.I.T. professor John Kenner. Peter doesnt know what to make of Kenner, nor does Mortons beautiful assistant, Sarah. She knows somethings amiss, though she cant quite figure out what it is, and so she and Peter join forces. Neither could possibly imagine what is about to happen, or how it will change their livesand possibly the planetforever. Alive with the gripping suspense and authenticity that are Michael Crichtons trademark, State of Fear is a breathtaking thrill ride you wont soon forget.
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Ok story
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If you are fed up with the global warming hysteria that has taken hold hold of the politicians and the media, this is the book for you. I just bought nine extra copies of this book so I could pass them around to all my friends and anyone else I can convince to read it. Of all of Michael Crichton's books, this may be the one that has the most lasting impact on his readers. I just regret that I didn't read this until after he had passed away. I would have loved to expressed my gratitude to him for this excellent turbo-thriller with a valuable message.
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In Paris, a young physicist performs an oceanographic experiment then dies mysteriously. In Malaysia, powerful hypersonic technology capable of toppling mountains with sound is purchased by a private interest group. In Vancouver, a businessman leases a small research submarine. In Tokyo, Los Angeles, Antarctica, and Solomaon Islands, an intelligence agent races to put all the pieces together to prevent a global catastrophe.
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my husband loved this book..
jen
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Serious Entertainment, Spellbinding, Thrilling, and Compelling. Fast paced and exciting, hard to put down.
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Everyone should read this book. Is there a lot of truth in it?
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Another great plot by Michael Crichton!
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This was an excellent book. In addition to being a very suspenseful story, it is an extremely interesting and informative perspective on global warming and environmental causes.
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A great adventure tale. Makes ya wanna just keep readin. Really cool imagery.
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Techno -thriller. From the glaciers of Icelend 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 on a roller-coaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear.
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Very good book that will make you rethink some of what you thought you knew
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Very thought-provoking book about a very pertinent topic in the news today- global warming. It was hard to put down!
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What if this whole thing about global warming was being helped along by not only the news, but activists as well. It is well written as most of M. Crichton books are.
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I didn't get very far reading this, because I was turned off by how far-fetched the science was. Since then, I have heard a lot about how irresponsible many experts find the science in this book. So I'd say, Enjoy it, but don't let it convince you that global warming isn't real!
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In Paris, a young physicist performs an oceanographic experient-then dies misteriously. In the jungles of Malaysia, a powerful hypersonic cavitation technology is purchased by a private interest for an unspecified purpose. In Vancouver, a businessman leases a small research submarine for use in the waters off New Guines. In Tokyo, Los Angeles, Antarctica, the Solomon Islands, an intelligence agent races to put all the pieces together to prevent a global catastrophe.
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The latest techno-thriller from Crichton from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanos of Antarctia,from the Arizona desert to the deadly jungles of the Soloman Islands. A rollercoaster of a thrill ride!
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In Paris, a young physicist performs an oceonographic experiment-then dies mysteriously after a romantic tryst with a beautiful stranger.

In the jungles of Malaysia, powerful hypersonic cavitation technology-capable of toppling mountains with soun-is purchased by private interests for an unspecified purpose.

In Vancouver, a businessman leases a small research submarine for use in the waters of New Guinea.

In Tokya, In Los Angeles, In Antarctica, in the Soloman Islands... an intelligence agent races to put all the peices together to prevent a global catastrophe.
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global warming thriller
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DNF
very slanted take on climate change
nice deep voice on narrator
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Actually this is my wife's book. She says it's typical Crichton stuff. That means she liked it.
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Hard Cover
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My husbands book. I have not read it.
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My copy is large print edition.