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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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2 out of 5 stars
By Ventsislav on 01-13-12

Does not Live up to Michael Crichton’s Standard

Unfortunately, the ‘science’ is too poorly developed and many aspects and inconsistencies in the interaction of micro-humans with the regular world remain unexplained.

The other books by Michael Crichton that I have read were always thoroughly researched and the science—even though fictional—was logical and believable.

The narrator didn’t help the story at all either. The reading was emotionless and I often got confused about which character is currently talking. The situation was made worse by the fact that the chapter marks did not match the chapters in the book.

My conclusion is that I would not recommend this book even to die-hard Crichton fans.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 01-04-12

Crichton would have been disappointed.

This is the book Michael Crichton had supposedly partly written before he died. In reality I suspect that Crichton did no more than construct a plot outline and the book was largely the work of Preston. Like so many other books that purport to be 'co-written', it trades on the name and reputation of the established author but does not possess the quality writing that gained the author his original reputation because in actuality it has been write by someone of much lesser capability.

The plot is a great idea. It is all about a company that develops (and uses for badness and evil) a variant of nanotechnology where it actually shrinks things and people to a tiny proportion of their original size. It covers the adventures of 6 science students who discover something is wrong and are shrunk themselves and dumped in the jungle in Hawaii and their battles to survive against insects and birds (and of course, the baddies). However the characters are poor, the dialogue is atrocious and it is just badly written and presented.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Suzy on 12-06-11

Classic Crichton - engrossing & fast paced

Classic Cricthon, strongly reminiscent of Timeline. Fast moving, well read, with excellent vivid descriptions of the landscape and perils that face the shrunken scientists. I have read some reviews saying that this is copying other people's work, but I disagree. The idea of shrinking people is fascinating and this is a different approach, with this great author's personal take on the situation. I am not sure if the technical stuff re venoms & insect behaviour etc is accurate, but it is convincing and spellbinding for us non-scientists. A good engrossing story. The bad guy heads up a nano technology company based in Hawaii, and he micro shrinks a group of young scientist in a bid to kill them. They have to trek across the jungle to try to get back to HQ, but have only 3 days to get there. Thrilling stuff.

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4 out of 5 stars
By A. G. Gilbert on 01-24-12

Very clever idea

I really enjoyed this book, which hinges on the idea of what it would be like to be living in the world with a body the size of an insect. It was cleverly done and had me gripped thoughout. There were also some major surprises to the plot-line which I won't tell you lest it spoil your own enjoyment. All in all a good listen.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Flyingllama87 on 05-07-17

meh

Some cool unexpected twists but overall it's awful compared to Crichton's best stuff. The science is a stretch, the characters lack depth, and the writing is only periodically enthralling.

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