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Jurassic Parkby Michael Crichton
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Reports that a lizard-like reptile is attacking infants and infirm people in coastal towns on the island of Costa Rica are attributed by the natives to the "hubia," or "raptor," are ignored by the authorities. That is, until an American doctor working in Costa Rica treats two patients who have both been attacked by the "hubia." Their test results, which indicate that they have been poisoned by a mysterious venom, are passed down to Dr. Alan Grant, a renowned paleontologist who is working on a dinosaur dig in Montana with his associate, Ellie Sattler.
Grant has just uncovered another fossilized velociraptor skeleton in the Montana Badlands, and is interrupted by a phone call from John Hammond, his wealthy sponsor for the dig. Hammond insists that Grant and his assistant, Dr. Ellie Sattler, fly down to Hammond's private island near Costa Rica for a consultation. They are to be joined by Gennaro, a lawyer for InGen; Ian Malcolm, a mathematician specializing in the field of chaos theory; Tim and Alexis (Lex), Hammond's young grandchildren;
A tour of Hammond's crowing achievement, the as-yet-unopened theme park, Jurassic Park, proves deadly as the security systems go off-line and the untamed dinosaurs overtake the island, killing anyone and anything in their path. The unwelcomed human visitors are separated and each group must find a way back to safety — and stop the rampaging dinosaurs.
"Frighteningly real...it'll keep you riveted." Detroit News.
"Wonderful...Powerful." Washington Post Book World
"...Crichton ingeniously interweaves details of genetic engineering, computer wizardry and current scientific controversy over dinosaurs to fashion a scary, creepy, mesmerizing techno-thriller with teeth." Publishers Weekly
"Suspense, excitement, and good adventure pervade this book..." School Library Journal
"Full of suspense." New York Times Book Review
"His best to date." New York Times
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong...and science proves a dangerous toy....
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures extinct for eons now roam Jurassic Park, and all the world can visit them for a price--until something goes wrong.
About the Author
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University. He paid his way through medical school by writing pseudonymous thrillers, one of which (A Case of Need, 1968) won an Edgar Award. By the time he graduated, Crichton had already written a bestseller (The Andromeda Strain, 1969) and sold it to Hollywood. He then pursued postgraduate studies at the Salk Institute in California before taking up writing full time. Michael Crichton is married and lives in Los Angeles.
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