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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099233010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099233015
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dazzling ... A bravura performance ... As well built a thrill machine as a suspense novel can be" (New York Times)

"The combination of Japan-bashing and murder mystery makes for provocative reading" (Marilyn Wilson Daily Mail)

"Crichton pulls off a slick thriller at a cracking pace" (Mike Ripley Daily Telegraph)

"Engrossing and memorably exciting" (Anthony Quinton Evening Standard)

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A gripping thriller of greed, murder and corporate cover-ups, from the bestselling author of Jurassic Park.

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By A Customer on 29 Oct. 2004
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What a powerful story! What a magnificant writer! If you have not read anything by Michael Crichton, after reading this book you will be hooked. Rising Sun has all the ingredients and spices of a breath-taking thriller: the pace, the characters, the storyline. If you decide to watch the film, please read the book afterwards. While the film is very good but after reading the book the film will seem weak. At least let a few days pass by before you watch the film so that the excitement of the book wears off a little.
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By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2005
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Even though this book is over ten years old it is absolutely amazing and still very relevant. It basically serves as a medium by which the author describes and explains how Japanese companies are beter than American / Western ones. The author describes how Japanese culture results in greater efficiency and a impressive work ethic which and how this has made Japan the modern economic super power it is today. After living in Japan for six months myself I find it hard to disagree with the author. Yes, this book is controversial, or was more so at the time of original publication but thats because it tells the truth and is heavily based in fact. The bottom line? Westerners are stupid and lazy and this lets the Japanese walk all over them in business.
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During current times when the whole economic structure of our country is in collapse and when presidential candidates speak of the middle class like it's an endangered species, one should read or perhaps reread this book. It sets a murder mystery in a time when the Japanese were buying up many American businesses although the Japanese were not alone in doing this (Germans, French, etc, etc). They were taking their newly acquired companies and often reincorporating them in places like Luxembourg that could provide large tax advantages (i.e. less tax income for the US). The book suggests that these practices weakened the economic spine of this country. The murder mystery itself is set against some rather interesting cultural aspects that lend some interesting qualities.
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I have read a lot of novels from a lot of authors. Some of my favourites are A painted house by John Grisham and The hades factor by Robert Ludlum. But when i read Rising Sun i forgot about them. Rising Sun is the best novel i have ever encountered.
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On the 45th floor of the Nakamoto tower in downtown L.A a grand opening celebration is in full swing. On the 46th floor, in an empty confrence room 1 person rapes a girl and murder's her. Then the people find a dead body of a sexy girl. The investigation begins and immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue. The barred conflict in which control of a vital american technology is the fiercely coveted prize- and the Japanese saying "business is war" takes on a terrifying reality.....
Please buy Rising Sun you wont be dissapointed. Its a value for money and a good read. As you read, the plot thickens and twists and turns. There are many suspects to the girl's murder Eddie Sukamoro, Senator Riley, Senator Morton, Weasel Wilhelm but its up to you to read and find out.
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By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2001
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Mr. Crichton has once again excelled himself here. He produces a compelling novel, whilst also attempting (and succeeding) to relate complex background information.
His understanding of the Japanese culture was monumental. Unfortunately, in our societies, we are unable to fully comprehend the Japanese way of life and, as a result of completing the book, I found that I had little sympathy for the Japanese...
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For someone, like me, who is struggling to learn Japanese, this book is excellent as it not only contains a few (simple) Japanese words that you can feel proud of yourself for understanding, it shows an insight into the Japanese character too.
Add to that a compelling murder mystery for which you need no knowledge of Japan or Japanese to enjoy, and you have an excellent book.
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By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2000
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Once you pick it up, you won't want be able to put it down. Make sure you inform your family that you will be out of it for a while. BRILLIANT, one of Michael Crichton's best.
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