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In Jurassic Park, he created a terrifying new world. Now, in Micro, Michael Crichton reveals a universe too small to see and too dangerous to ignore.

In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye.

In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open a whole new scientific frontier.

But once in the Oahu rain forest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power. To survive, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself.

An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.

Review:

"Does this sound at all familiar? A greedy capitalist exploits a technological breakthrough that could benefit humanity. His effort to show off his work to visitors on an island ends up with them fighting for their lives against savage creatures. Preston (The Hot Zone) has completed a partial manuscript by bestseller Crichton (1942 — 2008) that will remind many readers of Jurassic Park, though the action takes place on a rather different scale, as the title suggests. Peter Jansen, a 23-year-old Cambridge, Mass., grad student, and his colleagues accept an invitation from his older brother, Eric, and Eric's boss to join NaniGen MicroTechnologies, a Hawaii-based concern with 'tools that will define the limits of discovery for the first half of the twenty-first century.' Via a scientific innovation that comes across as less plausible than recovering dinosaur DNA, NaniGen can miniaturize people. Inevitably, Peter and his companions are shrunk to a size that makes them vulnerable to lower life forms. Most of the book relates their struggle for survival, including the requisite gory deaths of some members of the party. Crichton fans will miss any sense of a larger scientific moral in what amounts to a high-tech 21st-century version of The Incredible Shrinking Man. Agent: Lynn Nesbit. (Nov. 22)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high conceptthriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for amysterious biotech company—only to find themselves cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them. Aninstant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintageCrichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, thisboundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction tocreate yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.

Synopsis:

There can only be one dominant life form on Earth.

In the remote African wilderness, a rainforest is dying. But something else has come to life: A newly evolved predator that has survived the depredations of mankind, only to emerge from its natural habitat faster, stronger, and deadlier than anything humanity has ever faced.

And it is no longer man.

The massive swarm is moving across the globe and breeding at a cataclysmic rate, using humans as hosts in a seemingly unstoppable wave of death. Humanitys only hope lies with a small band of scientists, doctors, and adventurers who must find a weapon to battle a living, killing force before it can conquer the world.

About the Author

MICHAEL CRICHTON’s novels include Pirate Latitudes, Next, State of Fear, Prey, Timeline, Jurassic Park, and The Andromeda Strain. He is also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER. One of the most popular writers in the world, he has sold over 150 million books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages; thirteen have been made into films. He remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie and TV show at the same time.

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Tung, August 23, 2013 (view all comments by Tung)
I've read all of Michael Crichton's techno-thrillers under his own name and enjoyed most of them. He had a certain skill at fusing a compelling plot with an interesting area of (usually) science. At his best, say in "Congo," the scientific digressions were seamlessly melded into the story. At other times, in the otherwise excellent "Jurassic Park," the reader would be lectured at for pages and pages. (I'm talking about Ian Malcolm and his endless babble about chaos theory....) At his worst, his tendency to want to show off his research ended up overwhelming the reader with techno-explanations that in fact contradicted the very science he was using. ("Timeline" is the major offender here.)

"Micro" does pretty well on that score. There are clear villains, clear heroes, an interesting scientific principle that's covered in just enough detail to be plausible without drowning in details, and an exotic setting: Hawaii, and at a microscopic level. I don't think it gives the plot away to say that people get shrunk down to half an inch in size and have to fight off insects and other creatures. There's plenty of action and violence, and wonderment as well. I'd say this is one of his better works, not at the top, but better than more tedious works like "Timeline," "The Lost World," or "Sphere."
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Thomas Jones, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Thomas Jones)
Enjoyed Crichon and Prestons book. Lots of imagination and interesting ideas about shrinking people and things and how to survive in a world of giant insects, spiders and people. A machine that shrinks and enlarges things and people. I enjoyed the book. A fun read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060873028
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Crichton, Michael
Author:
Preston, Richard
Author:
Wallace, Joseph
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20111122
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.41 in 17.78 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 448 pages Harper - English 9780060873028 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Does this sound at all familiar? A greedy capitalist exploits a technological breakthrough that could benefit humanity. His effort to show off his work to visitors on an island ends up with them fighting for their lives against savage creatures. Preston (The Hot Zone) has completed a partial manuscript by bestseller Crichton (1942 — 2008) that will remind many readers of Jurassic Park, though the action takes place on a rather different scale, as the title suggests. Peter Jansen, a 23-year-old Cambridge, Mass., grad student, and his colleagues accept an invitation from his older brother, Eric, and Eric's boss to join NaniGen MicroTechnologies, a Hawaii-based concern with 'tools that will define the limits of discovery for the first half of the twenty-first century.' Via a scientific innovation that comes across as less plausible than recovering dinosaur DNA, NaniGen can miniaturize people. Inevitably, Peter and his companions are shrunk to a size that makes them vulnerable to lower life forms. Most of the book relates their struggle for survival, including the requisite gory deaths of some members of the party. Crichton fans will miss any sense of a larger scientific moral in what amounts to a high-tech 21st-century version of The Incredible Shrinking Man. Agent: Lynn Nesbit. (Nov. 22)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high conceptthriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for amysterious biotech company—only to find themselves cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them. Aninstant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintageCrichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, thisboundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction tocreate yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.
"Synopsis" by ,
There can only be one dominant life form on Earth.

In the remote African wilderness, a rainforest is dying. But something else has come to life: A newly evolved predator that has survived the depredations of mankind, only to emerge from its natural habitat faster, stronger, and deadlier than anything humanity has ever faced.

And it is no longer man.

The massive swarm is moving across the globe and breeding at a cataclysmic rate, using humans as hosts in a seemingly unstoppable wave of death. Humanitys only hope lies with a small band of scientists, doctors, and adventurers who must find a weapon to battle a living, killing force before it can conquer the world.

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