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Congo [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Crichton
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Jun 1995
The legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj have seen an eight-person field exhibition die. After startling discoveries, a new expedition is sent back into the Congo--its mission, to descend into the secret world where the only way back out may be through the grisliest death....

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; Reissue edition (Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345378490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345378491
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,784,910 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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If you saw the 1995 film adaptation of this Crichton thriller, somebody owes you an apology. While you're waiting for that to happen, try reading the vastly more intelligent novel on which the movie was based. The broad lines of the plot remain the same: A research team deep in the jungle disappears after a mysterious and grisly gorilla attack. A subsequent team, including a sign-language-speaking simian named Amy, follows the original team's tracks only to be subjected to more mysterious and grisly gorilla attacks. If you can look past the breathless treatment of 80s' technology, like voice-recognition software and 256K RAM modules (the book was written in 1980), you'll find the same smart use of science and edge-of-your-seat suspense shared by Crichton's other work. --Paul Hughes, --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"Ingenious, imaginative" (Los Angeles Times)

"Thrilling" (New York Times Book Review)

"Fascinating" (The Washington Post)

"Dazzling" (People) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a well-written, action-packed adventure novel that keeps the reader turning the pages. Imaginative and entertaining, this novel takes the reader to the Congo, where the ruins of the ancient lost city of Zinj are said to exist.

When the camp of a small research expedition near the site of the ruins is destroyed by unknown forces in a matter of minutes with no survivors, a transmission of the ravaged site manages to makes its way back to the expedition's home base in Houston. The viewers, though stunned by the destruction, decide that the show must go on and another expedition is dispatched to the site on a mission of vast importance.

This time the expedition is accompanied by a primatologist and Amy, a special gorilla with an ability to sign and a penchant for finger painting. One of her drawing just happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to an ancient drawing of the lost city of Zinj. When the expedition arrives, they will soon discover the meaning of this, much to their detriment.

This is a marvelously written thriller, dense with detail and interesting characters, as well as a pervasive sense of dread as the expedition arrives at its ill-fated destination. The author does not fail to deliver an exciting reading experience that will keep the reader riveted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, nothing like the film 12 April 2011
By Vix
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A great book but nothing like the film. Highly detailed and a very good read, one of Crichton's finest. Good postage as always.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book 17 July 2014
I enjoyed the book, with its strong story line. The author had done his homework on issues such as attempts to communicate with apes through sign language, and computer and communication technology. I think he was rather anthropomorphic in his portrayal of Amy the gorilla, for example her use of metaphor, making her an ideal character for an eventual matinee style film. I was also a little disappointed in the nature of the creatures who were wreaking all the damage, I was hoping for at least a Yeti type creature! I think the most interesting aspect of the book, first published in 1980 was the reminder it gives of the state of computer technology at the time. The protagonists, led by Karen Ross are using the most sophisticated systems available (or perhaps feasible or imaginable) at the time, but we're still talking of tapes, and 180k memory.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 8 Dec 2000
By A Customer
I saw the film version of this book and it was rubbish. When I read the book it was a million times better! Michael Crichton is a brilliant author who it seems cannot stop writing bestsellers! Some of my friends did not like the detail that went into the book, but I think it makes the book better - you can actually understand the issues intead of authors glossing over whole topics. The only possibly bad thing about this book was that the ending could have been a little better. Some of the areas approached are thought provoking, which shows how much research went into the book. The topic of primate research is now much harder than it was then - the issue of ethics is around every corner. All in all, an exellent book that everyone should read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 31 July 2003
This was the first Michael Crighton book I read (other than Jurassic Park, which I only read because of the film...) and it made me want to read more of his novels. Probably not one of Crighton's best, but don't let the film put you off as the book is much better. I couldn't stop reading as I really wanted to find out what happened in the end - I can't say too much as I don't want to spoil it!
Probably a good introduction to Crighton, but like I say, not one of his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOP READ 4 April 2013
By BAZ316
Having loved JURASSIC PARK,i gave this a go,expecting to be not so impressed,but i loved this one too.
An expedition goes wrong,disturbing footage is sent and stories going around get another team going back to the seemingly dangerous area.
Some interesting characters from the start get this story rolling along nicely,then AMY the sign language gorilla,comes into it and it gets even more intersting. Heading into the jungle,led by a headstrong woman,they go to find the desired materials and the truth of what happened to the others.
The question being: are they ready for the truth?
For me,the story moved along at a great pace and i don't understand why this book is so slated,still that's opinions for you.
All i can say on top of this is if this isn't of Crichton's better books,i must be in for a real treat when i get around to reading some others of his.
It had me turning pages faster than i expected,thumbs up for a great story,brilliantly told.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible thriller 6 Nov 1998
By A Customer
This book is really hooking and keeps you on your toes. The research done for this book is amazing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book 4 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Another fine novel by Michael Crichton. Kind of lost me in a few places but has enough action and smart ideas for me to submit a good review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book. Alright condition.
Published 2 months ago by Danielle Foggin
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read!
This was for my Son who said it was an enjoyable book and had a good story line, he would recommend it. I haven't read it myself so this is all I can say.
Published on 8 May 2012 by Mrs J
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
WARNING SPOILERS CONTAINED I was seriously disappointed with this book for numerous reasons. I will go into some of them here but, ultimately, if I was to list all the reasons it... Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by BristolVoyage
1.0 out of 5 stars Toilet Paper
Possibly the worst book I have ever read. I cannot understand how some of the reviews here have given this 5 stars its truly awful. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2007 by N. Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!
Fabulous book, so much better than the film, keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very first page.
Definately one of Crichton's best.
Published on 9 Feb 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Crichton's Best.
I bought the book after watching the film first. I was hoping that the fact that the books are better than the film would be true in this case. Read more
Published on 2 April 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Diabolical !!!!
Lets get it straight, I am a gorilla lover and have conducted research in the congo on this amazing animal, in it's equally amazing home so you may think my review of this popcorn... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
When I started reading Congo, I was intrigued. Gorillas learning sign language? An expedition into the jungle to face a great unknown danger? How could it fail! Yet. Read more
Published on 19 July 2001
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