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The Andromeda Strain ; Blossom Like A Rose ; The Man Above Suspicion [Hardcover]

Christopher; Mayo, James Michael; Bray
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hamlyn; 1st edition (1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600778827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600778820
  • ASIN: B000LR9DWS
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,624,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Michael Crichton embarked on a career as a writer and filmmaker, whose credits include 'The Andromeda Strain', 'Westworld', 'Jurassic Park', 'Rising Sun', 'Prey' and 'State of Fear' and the TV series 'ER'. He has sold over 150 million books which have been translated into thirty-six languages; twelve have been made into films. He is the only person to have had, at the same time, the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science, Hubris, Drama... 7 Sep 2013
One of the things I like about Michael Crichton's novels is the presentation of quite difficult and challenging issues beneath what seems to be a simple storyline. In 'The Andromeda Strain', a group of elite scientists investigate the cause of a deadly bacteriological outbreak in a tiny town in north-eastern Arizona. The scientists confine themselves to a secret underground laboratory, an environment that provides an important backdrop to the story. There is a sense of fear and claustrophobia throughout, and the underlying theme is of how weak and futile human intelligence can be against the forces of Nature. We like to think of our technology as embodying perfection and exactitude, but no matter how intelligent and advanced human culture can be, we are nothing compared to the power of a tiny micro-organism, which if duplicated would wipe out our civilisation entirely. Our natural hubris lulls us into believing otherwise. Our technology is, after all, an extension of ourselves.

In tackling the fictitious Andromeda strain, the scientists and decision-makers adopt a thoroughly technological mind-set, even down to who will take the decision of whether to detonate the laboratory with an atomic weapon in the event of contamination. What is called 'The Odd Man Hypothesis' is based on the notion that an unmarried man is best-placed to make such a decision, as he is likely to be free of emotional entanglements. This type of narrow, logical approach seems to reduce a human being to a kind of cold machine and it's a style of reasoning that overlooks the complexity of the real world and the risk of 'false positives' and 'stupid' decisions. In practice, what the scientists find out is that there are just some things that we cannot understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfectly conceived 20 Aug 2008
I found this book to be a perfectly conceived techno-thriller/earth bound science fiction story. I have enjoyed some other Crichton, John Wyndham and Arthur C Clarke stuff and often this sort of thing requires large leaps of the imagination to follow the story but I couldn't find any holes in the plot or behaviour of the characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes your spine tingle 23 July 2014
It is difficult to believe that Michael Crichton wrote this book so long ago... the subject of the interface between 'our' world and extra-terrestrials remains as topical today. Crichton manages this combination of a credible plot and the excitement of the plot of a thriller so well. His basing the book on credible and demonstrable facts reminds me of Bob Berridge's "The Dilemma", but of course Crichton was writing 20 years before Berridge. Like Berridge's 'The Dilemma', this book leaves you with a wierd feeling at the base of the spine long after you finish reading it.... even though the book was written so long ago this is still a compelling read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scary possibility, quite well written 7 Jan 2001
This is an enjoyable book which is unfortunately let down by a poor ending. This book is a mock report of a supposedly real event where a rogue element is introduced into the earth's atmosphere which causes instantaneous death to many members of a town in America and the surrounding events. It is a bit of a page turner but not in the same class as Airframe or Timeline, as with all Michael Crichton books it is excellently researched and ultimately believable but there's no real twists as in other books by Crichton, in fact the ending is rather weak which I was very disappointed with - if this is going to be your first Crichton book then I'd advise you to read one(or all!) of either Jurassic Park, Congo, Airframe or Timeline (if you want a real page turner then I'd go with timeline but if you've already read these it's worth reading but you'll be slightly disappointed I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I bow to the master 11 July 2014
By Anakina
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I started reading the debut novel by Michael Crichton I certainly did not expect to find myself already facing a little masterpiece. My expectations were low, however, they have been denied by a book that I feel compelled to include among my absolute favourites.
Maybe because of the matter (biology), which I know well, and therefore I was able to fully understand every passage of the work. Maybe because of the very original author's choice to present the novel as if it were a report of something really happened, including the credits at the beginning signed MC. Maybe because what is told could really have happened or could happen at any time.
In one way or another I found myself literally devouring this book in a few days and almost missing it when it was not with me.
Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Crichton's works is that in them science is not an excuse to tell a story. On the contrary, the story is an excuse to talk about science. So much that his novels are accompanied by an extensive bibliography, as if they were non-fiction books.
The real regret is that this author has died and that, although I still have to read some of his works, sooner or later they will end up.
However, he is a source of great inspiration to me and to those like me, man and woman of science, who loves fiction.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Classic 14 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Critchon manages to make a book packed with the technicalities of science interesting, something few writers in the genre can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Science Fiction books ever written.
The Andromeda Strain is simply a masterpeice.
A space probe has returned to Earth, gone astray and landed in the town of Piedmont, unfortunately it bought back a bacteria from... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jmrichardson
4.0 out of 5 stars More science than fiction?
The Andromeda Strain - a biological threat from space - and the story of the battle to understand and contain it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Black Saint
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
I tried this from a recommendation from a friend.

When you are reading, stuck into the moment, this is a thrilling read that feels it really could happen (especially... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Laura of Lurking
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Having watched the film and the mini series, it's surprised me how long it took to get round to reading this. However, it was worth the wait. Read more
Published 23 months ago by harpoon guns to 'safe', please
5.0 out of 5 stars A Science Fiction Classic!
One of my favourite books of all time. Crichton on top form once again. The Odd Man Hypothesis, Kalocin, The navys study of the psychological effects of colour all explained in... Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by paulop
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!
Actually I did quite enjoy this, if the pace is somewhat slow. This is a well-researched "novel", and looks at how America would respond to a biological threat from space. Read more
Published on 20 May 2011 by Louise Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Michael Crichton's best
Read this book on my Kindle. If I am totally board with a novel then normally I will not finish it so this is by no means a bad book but I have read so much better by the author. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2010 by Mr
4.0 out of 5 stars Just falls short of 5 star,
First and foremost, this book is by no means his best, but it damn near comes close. I thought the character development in this novel was amazing, I felt like i knew the... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by Richard R
2.0 out of 5 stars the admirable crichton falls at the first gate
I bought the 'Andromeda Strain' on the strength of 'Timeline' and I have to say I was a bit disappointed with Crichton's first effort, the story suffers from passages which read as... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by N.Evans
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