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State of Fear
State of Fear
Author: Michael Crichton
The undisputed master of the techno-thriller has written his most riveting -- and entertaining -- book yet. Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061015731
ISBN-10: 0061015733
Publication Date: 11/1/2005
Pages: 672
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 571 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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sarah5775 avatar reviewed State of Fear on + 386 more book reviews
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.
VickyJo avatar reviewed State of Fear on + 49 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
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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Helpful Score: 4
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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Helpful Score: 4
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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sarah5775 avatar reviewed State of Fear on + 386 more book reviews
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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Another Crickton blockbuster thriller! Very current. He tackles global warming, eco-terrorism very realistically. A very good read and very instructive about "non-profits".
Highly recommended
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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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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.
btyboop avatar reviewed State of Fear on + 16 more book reviews
This is a great book!
JimMag avatar reviewed State of Fear on + 10 more book reviews
This is a highly educational novel concering Global Warming.
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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. ;)
boomerbooklover avatar reviewed State of Fear on + 290 more book reviews
Good thriller with info related to global warming that makes the case that there is a lot of fear-mongering in the global warming/climate change issue. Much of the story is even more relevant today -- more and more news stories on TV involve a crisis! bombshell! breaking news! etc., often to the expense of a calm recitation of facts, which does not sustain viewership ratings.
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Excellent read.
dtchs avatar reviewed State of Fear on + 59 more book reviews
Good book. Didn't hold my attention as much as some others, but overall good.
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A very interesting and different fictional perspective on the real life issue of global warming.
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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.
sckuba avatar reviewed State of Fear on + 16 more book reviews
science fiction ,of the dangers of ecological ruin,and corruption of business and governments


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