This book reads like young adult fiction. The tone is melodramatic, not helped by rather overwrought narration. Most of the characters are one dimensional and eventually tiresome. Read Mistress of the Art of Death, instead. Slightly earlier period, far better writing.
Too many convenient coincidences. Oblivious cops. Bad guys who can be everywhere, undetected and unsuspected. A disappointment. George Guidall excellent, as always.
Great story with wonderful period detail, but somehow manages to take real characters and suck the life out of them. Ornate prose style badly served by melodramatic narration, with some jarring errors in pronunciation and emphasis. Not worthwhile.
Well researched novel with hardly a real emotion to be found. Characterizations are melodramatic, occasionally almost cartoonish, not helped by comic opera narration and some painfully bad accents. Not recommended.
Laughably bad. Poorly developed characters in preposterous situations. The only thing worse is the amateurish narration, a festival of misplaced emphasis. Don't buy this book.
Setting the science aside (and Crichton certainly does), this is a truly awful piece of fiction. We have the evil environmentalists against the heroic MIT professor as guardian of truth, with the dumbest lawyer in the world between them. It takes forever to get started, and then seems as if it will never end.
As for the science, Crichton reminds me of a creationist writing about evolution: the theory doesn't explain everything, so we should discard it entirely. His presentation is replete with half-truths, distortions and misrepresentations of published material. The print version of this book masquerades as science, with charts graphs and an extensive bibliography. But this is fiction, and bad fiction at that.
Please do yourself a favor and see the review of this book on the web site of the Earth Institute at Columbia University or at the NRDC site.
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