knitist, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by knitist)
Michael Crichton's novels never disappoint and can be read over and over without boredom - which is good, because he is and will be much missed. State of Fear is a finely crafted novel, relevant and intriguing, especially within the context of today's news.
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Michael Smith, March 25, 2007 (view all comments by Michael Smith)
Right Wing? Left Wing? Either side of this global warming debate needs to educate yourself and see it from both sides. Crichton answers the shrill cry of the environmentalist and makes you stand up and decide for yourself with real facts and not those pushed down our throats by others agendas. The writing is Michael Crichton at his best and a truly great read.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"If Crichton is right — if the scientific evidence for global warming is thin; if the environmental movement, ignoring science, has gone off track; if we live in what he in his Author's Message calls a 'State of Fear,' a 'near-hysterical preoccupation with safety that's at best a waste of resources and a crimp on the human spirit, and at worst an invitation to totalitarianism' — then his extraordinary new thriller may in time be viewed as a landmark publication, both cautionary and prophetic. If he is wrong, then the novel will be remembered simply as another smart and robust, albeit preachy, addition to an astonishing writing career that has produced, among other works, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and The Andromeda Strain. Crichton dramatizes his message by way of a frantic chase to prevent environmental terrorists from wreaking widespread destruction aimed at galvanizing the world against global warming. A team lead by MIT scientist/federal agent John Kenner crosses the globe to prevent the terrorists from calving a giant Antarctic iceberg; inducing terrible storms and flash floods in the US; and, using giant cavitators, causing a Pacific tidal wave. Behind the terrorists lurks the fantatical, fund-seeking chief of a mainstream environmental group; on Kenner's team, most notably, is young attorney Peter Evans, aka everyman, whose typically liberal views on global warming chill as Kenner instructs him in the truth about the so-called crisis. The novel is dense with cliffhangers and chases and derring-do, while stuffed between these, mostly via Kenner's dialogue, is a talky yet highly provocative survey of how Crichton thinks environmentalism has derailed. There are plenty of ready-to-film minor characters as well, from a karate-kicking beauty to a dimwitted, pro-environmentalist TV star who meets one of the nastiest fates in recent fiction. There's a lot of message here, but fortunately Crichton knows how to write a thriller of cyclonic speed and intensity. Certainly one of the more unusual novels of the year for its high-level mix of education and entertainment, with a decidedly daring contrarian take, this take-no-prisoners consideration of environmentalism wrapped in extravagantly enjoyable pages is one of the most memorable novels of the year and is bound to be a #1 bestseller." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day"
by Sacha Zimmerman, The New Republic,
"Crichton uses Evans's resolute belief in global warming as a means of instructing the reader in the facts of climatology — or, at least the facts as Crichton sees them. Under the guise of a deposition, Evans is deluged with information and diagrams intended to alter his thinking. It would be a perfectly effective instructional device were it not for the fact that Crichton seems to think the reader is as daft as Evans." (read the entire New Republic review)
by Bryan Curtis, Slate,
"State of Fear is a 600-page tirade about global warming....The boy-novelist who engineered a tyrannosaurus in Jurassic Park and mysterious pathogens from outer space in The Andromeda Strain has become a political pamphleteer, a right-wing noodge."
by Michiko Katukani, The New York Times,
"The novel...reads like a shrill, preposterous right-wing answer to this year's shrill, preposterous but campily entertaining global warming disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"[I]t's a kick to watch a brainiac like Crichton chomp down on the conventional wisdom about global warming....State of Fear is one of Crichton's best because it's as hard to pigeonhole as greenhouse gas but certainly heats up the room. (Grade: A-)"
From Michael Crichton, the bestselling author of Prey, comes his newest thriller of the season.
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 how information is manipulated in the modern world. From the streets of Paris, to the glaciers of Antarctica to the exotic and dangerous Solomon Islands, State of Fear takes the reader on a rollercoaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear.
by Harper Collins,
In Tokyo, in Los Angeles, in Antarctica, in the Solomon Islands . . . an intelligence agent races to put all the pieces together to prevent a global catastrophe.
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