An instant classic in the vein of Jurassic Park, this boundary-pushing novel has all the hallmarks of Michael Crichton’s greatest adventures with its combination of pulse-pounding thrills, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research.
Three men are found dead in a locked second-floor office in Honolulu. There is no sign of struggle, though their bodies are covered in ultra-fine, razor-sharp cuts. With no evidence, the police dismiss it as a bizarre suicide pact. But the murder weapon is still in the room, almost invisible to the human eye. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up company. Nanigen MicroTechnologies sends them to a mysterious laboratory in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open up a whole new scientific frontier. But this opportunity of a lifetime will teach them the true cost of existing at the cutting-edge…The group becomes prey to a technology of radical, unimaginable power and is thrust out into the teeming rainforest. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, the young scientists face a hostile wilderness that threatens danger at every turn. To survive, they must harness the awe-inspiring creative – and destructive – forces of nature itself.
©2011 Michael Crichton, Richard Preston (P)2011 HarperCollins
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"Thought provoking exciting. Dreamworks have the film rights"
Like Jurassic park this book leaps through perceived boundaries this time into the intriguing world of quantum physics. Enthralling exciting and quite evocative you are transported to our world from a half inch high perspective. Over written in a few places but still a great read and I hope the film does it justice and the Jurassic four films have done
"a very small story"
the book had a promising beginning before it tailed off into a very long story which I only stuck with because I believed it could not get any worse but it did. characters were poorly drawn and 2 dimensional
"You can tell when M.Crichton stopped writing this."
I liked the beginning. The story was coherent at the start. All Michael Crichton books have a level of science to them - sometimes it's so interesting I look it up just to see how far along the technology he wrote about is and whether it is in development or not. But then the book got silly. No scientific basis, it ended up being the Borrowers go Hawaiian.
Michael Crichton yes - Richard Preston no. I just don't think any other author could explain scientific possibilities on a level that non-scientists/doctors could understand the way that Crichton did. He also made it exciting and enjoyable. Preston changed the mood of the book, it was cartoon-ish..
"Awful, leave the book unwritten next time!"
Michael Cricton wrote some fantastic easy reads, this is not one of them
An epic fantasy with developed characters
Nope, narration is very much stadium anouncer
Disappointing, underwhelming, waste of a precious credit :(
Posthumous novels, with the exception of wheel of time series, generally feel like a hollow echo. This book is like a Cricton greatest hits show, but without the polish or flare that makes you bond with the characters or care about the story. Cliches galore and 1d characters make for a long 10 hrs
"Interesting, but thats all"
Was not happy with the narrator of this book, one of the female characters sounded like the terminator (yes I said female !!!). It spoilt the story a bit for me. I have always really enjoyed Micheal Crichton books, such as air frame, prey, state of fear and jurasic park and so on. This book seemed to be lacking something. Can't put my finger on it. I still enjoyed it but can't rave over it.
A little slow at the start but improved. As a biologist it was very interesting, but I enjoyed the rather unbelievable story.
Yet again Michael Crichton has managed to keep me entertained like no other writer the whole way through this gripping novel. From page one you don't want to stop till you know they are safe?
Brilliant book personally I would give this 11 out of 10. Not surprised by how good it was.
Not one of his best books but a very clever idea that still holds your interest right to the end. Another "what if" concept that harks back to the technophobic paranoia first introduced by Westworld. Hope you don't have a spider or a wasp in the room while you are listening to this.
"Utter drivel and painful to follow"
Please do not buy this audiobook or the paperback version......this utter drivel should not be encouraged in any shape nor form whatsoever.
I purchased this audiobook using my audible monthly credit and within 1hr of listening i promptly deleted it from my Audiobook folder and spent the remaining hours of the day wondering how i could purge the turgid storyline from my memory, you would encounter a more convincing story and plot if you gathered up a months worth of shopping receipts and gave them to a chimpanzee to organise into a flip book and as for the narrator? - i'd rather listen to the aforementioned chimpanzee shriek his way through a particularly painful bowel movement.
Audible.....I want my money back!........ or at the very least the 67 minutes of my life that i devoted to the story in the vain hope that "perhaps it gets better".
Quite honestly the worst audiobook i have ever had the misfortune to listen to.
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