Synopses & Reviews
In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for
a beautiful visitor.
In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly
cavitation technology, built to his specifications.
In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters
off New Guinea.
And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all
Thus begins Michael Crichton's exciting and provocative technothriller,
State of Fear. Only Michael Crichton's unique ability to blend science
fact and pulse-pounding fiction could bring such disparate elements to a
This is Michael Crichton's most wide-ranging thriller.
State of Fear takes the reader from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of
Antarctica, from the Arizona desert to the deadly jungles of the Solomon
Islands, from the streets of Paris to the beaches of Los Angeles. The
novel races forward, taking the reader on a rollercoaster thrill ride,
all the while keeping the brain in high gear. Gripping and
State of Fear is Michael Crichton at his very best.
"For his latest foray, Crichton alters his usual formula three parts thrills and spills to one part hard science to a less appetizing concoction that is half anti-global warming screed and half adventure yarn. This adds a mission impossible element to Wilson's narration: how to make pages of research interesting enough to hold the listener's attention until hero and heroine face their next peril. Unfortunately, Wilson approaches the statistical information like a newscaster communicating via Teleprompter. This earns him an A-plus for elocution and timbre, but a more average grade when it comes to dramatic interpretation. Consequently, the scientific material that Crichton spent three years researching seems even more copious in audio format than in print. And it's certainly much harder to flip past. Wilson is more successful in handling conversational passages, employing accents and adding subtle touches to various voices a cynical tone for the hero, who's a mildly hedonistic corporate lawyer, and an edgier, less patient attitude for the beautiful, ready-for-anything heroine. As they hot-foot it around the globe, assisting an Indiana Jones like MIT professor in thwarting evils perpetrated by a mass-murdering environmentalist, Wilson stirs up a little suspense by speaking faster and more energetically. But the book's abundance of statistics would slow any narrator's momentum, and Wilson is no exception. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover (Reviewed, PW Annex). (Dec. 2004)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the bestselling author of Prey comes his newest thriller of the season. Unabridged.
The undisputed master of the techno-thriller has written his most riveting -- and entertaining -- book yet.
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.
About the Author
Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. His novels include Next
, State of Fear
, Jurassic Park
, and The Andromeda Strain
. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER
, he remains the only writer to have had the number-one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of Crichton's death in 2008, he was well into the writing of Micro
; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel.
Richard Preston is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author of eight books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees. Many of Preston's books have first appeared in The New Yorker. He has won numerous awards, including the American Institute of Physics Award and the National Magazine Award, and he is the only person not a medical doctor to receive the Centers for Disease Control's Champion of Prevention Award for public health. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.