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Congo
Congo
Author: Michael Crichton
Deep in the heart of the darkest region of the Congo ... an eight-person field expedition dies mysteriously and brutally in a matter of minutes. Ten thousand miles away, at the Houston-based Earth Resources Technology Services, Inc., supervisor Karen Ross watches a gruesome video transmission of that ill-fated team ... and [sees]the grainy, movi...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345378491
ISBN-10: 0345378490
Publication Date: 1/1993
Pages: 316
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 431 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Congo on + 23 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
One of my favorite Crichton books. I can't believe how ridiculous the movie was. Read the book.
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
-from the back cover
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Helpful Score: 1
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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enjoyed this book. good easy read.
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great book. the ending was a little short but i would recommend this book to anyone who likes action, adventure and mystery.
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Mr. Crichton is at it again with an old-fashioned thriller-diller....ingenious, imaginative waid the Los Angeles Times. Deep in the darkest region of the Congo things are happening. You must mead this book to find out the answers.......
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Publisher's Notes
An anthropological expedition disappears in the middle of the Congo, leaving behind a video tape that shows dark figures bearing down on them before fading to nothingness. A member of the home team travels to Africa to investigate, accompanied by a group of scientists who have trained a gorilla named Amy to communicate with humans. "Congo" was the basis for the 1995 film by the same name.
"Suspense that won't stop...A believable and immensely entertaining page-turner."
Morrell
Bamalama avatar reviewed Congo on + 36 more book reviews
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.
NavyMomma avatar reviewed Congo on + 15 more book reviews
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.
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Deep in the darkest region of the Congo, a field expedition dies mysteriously and brutally in a matter of mintutes...
At the Houston-based Earth Resources Technology Services, Inc., a shocked supervisor watches a gruesome video transmission of that ill-fated team--and sees the grainy, moving image of a dark, blurred shape...
In San Francisco, an extraordinary gorilla named Amy, who has a 620 "sign" vocabulary, may hold the secret to that fierce carnage. Immediately, a new expedition is sent to the Congo, descending into a world where the only way out may be through the grisliest death.
philomenaculpepper avatar reviewed Congo on + 3 more book reviews
very interesting book.. a little too technical in places but over all a fairly interesting story.. I loved Amy and of course wanted to slap the female character after the first couple interactions she had with Peter and her co workers.. over all a good book. i would love to meet a gorilla that could sign,,
reviewed Congo on + 4 more book reviews
This book has a good story line and it is an easy read for a vacation. It is one of the mindless reads that you don't have to think too much about but can get through it pretty quickly. The story is about an expedition to the Congo with a gorilla who can sign ASL. It is a little wierd at some points but worth a read since it is fun and makes you think about some ethical concepts of animal testing and training. It is classic Michael Crichton and if you like his books you will like this one. However he has better works out there like Jurassic Park but this one is not bad and moves well.
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I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting read though at times it was a little convoluted. Still the story moved fast, with likable, flawed characters. I will definately read more from this author.


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