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State of Fear Hardcover – 7 Dec 2004

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Edition First Printing edition (31 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066214130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066214139
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,796,590 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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"[Crichton's] expert manipulation of tension pays off in page-turning dividends. Cunningly orchestrated mayhem."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 of New Guinea.

And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means.

Thus begins Michael Crichton’s exciting and provocative techno-thriller State of Fear. Only Crichton’s unique ability to blend scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction could bring such disparate elements to a heart-stopping conclusion.

This is 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 on a roller-coaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear. Gripping and thought-provoking, State of Fear is Michael Crichton at his best.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Feelesh on 21 July 2006
Format: Paperback
As ever Michael Crichton has a fascinating topic for his readers and provides us with masses of information on whether or not Global Warming is an actual phenomenon or merely a trend.

However for me, I felt like MC was lecturing. He evidently regards Global Warming as a trend and was using a poor plot to serve up a lecture on what he perceives as an unlikely environmental problem. The book was basically a critique of current environmental thinking on global warming interspersed with a terrorist plot. He also appears to be a little lacking in ideas. The climax of the book concerns an environmental terrorist group's attempts at starting an underwater landslide in order to create a tsunami on the west coast of the United States. What does a tsunami have to do with global warming and environmental concerns? It would be a natural occurrence and certainly not a result of any global warming. Please Michael, have a little more respect for your readers.

I also feel that MC is starting to believe his own hype. In the 'Author's Message' at the end of the book, he states that in his opinion the global population will be lower in 2100 than the present day and we have nothing to worry about. Does he really believe that a 50% fall in the global population from 2050 (9 billion people) to 6 billion in 2100 is not a matter for concern or is he hopelessly out of date on demographic trends?

All in all I was disappointed in this book. If Michael Crichton wants to get on his soap box and talk about global issues and he has a specific agenda, it would be better if it wasn't camouflaged in a novel. However I did enjoy following up on the considerable number of references he provided on global environmental issues.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Eyon on 14 July 2007
Format: Paperback
Crichton charges into the chaotic Global Warming (GW) fray, waving banners for careful, unbiased analyses. It takes a cultural icon to champion a culturally unpopular position and survive. We are lucky that Crichton has the stature and the wisdom to do so.

I don't think he successfully manages to weave the GW science with the rollercoaster plot. There is the story -- best illustrated by the protagonist who went thru more perils than Pauline in a two-week period. And there are the science lectures -- with diagrams and footnotes. Still I can say they are individually successful, and I went thru this novel faster than my usual clunk-clunky way. And my brain had to stay active thru out, so it isn't just a thrill ride.

I'm not completely won over my his thesis about the deliberate utilization of fear by political forces -- in this instance, fanning the flames of GW alarmism -- but it's worth pondering. And maybe the debates between his heroes and the other side could have been less obdurate. But I agree with his portrayal of the GW alarmists as political and prejudiced.

With the emerging theories on the effect of solar activity, the bit by bit trashing of the evidence for a CO2 influence, this is a ongoing debate. And one that requires that both sides consider the effects of their position -- GW alarmists tend to think that their recommendations have no negative effects (see COOL IT: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming by Bjørn Lomborg for an economist's assessment).

Sikkim Mykill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Weshty on 15 July 2015
Format: Paperback
This is a poor effort given it was Crichton’s swan song. The narrative revolves around a bunch of eco-terrorists who are planning man-made weather incidents so as to scare the populace into accepting the reality of global warming. So goes the plot. However it isn’t aided by reams of exposition, wafer thin characterisation and a multitude of dramatic scenarios that makes Raiders of the Lost Ark look like a trip to the shops. There are sections where my inner voice was screaming “seriously??!!??”

It’s not helped by the fact that the plot is little more than a device to sell (well the book isn’t for free is it?) Crichton’s strongly anti -global warming agenda, even if he quotes at the end, tongue stapled to cheek “everyone has an agenda ....except me”. The last decade has not been kind to his overly selective use of stats and scenarios. Particularly his straw man argument in comparing how eugenics was once embraced as avidly as climate change is now.

So, poor plotting, no characterisation, pontification of the author’s agenda, why not one star? Because despite all this, it does make a few good points. Primarily, cast a jaundiced eye and investigate a subject before falling for the latest cause celebre. Celebrities often have no more than a superficial understanding of the cause they are shilling, just look at Chris Morris’s satirical series Brass Eye, where public figures were fooled into supporting charities and causes that were fictitious and absurd. The essential lack of understanding on highly complex systems and environments (Crichton references the mis-management of Yellowstone Park for the last century), and the fact that many charities are at the end of the day, it’s primarily about the money. The expositionary chapter on how new fears had to be found to provide social control after the fall of communism is very interesting. For this rattling of the cage, it gets 2 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Bailey on 13 Nov. 2015
Format: Paperback
Not only is this a great read, but it also exposes the difference between true science and 'political' science. The whole global warming issue is one of the biggest lies imposed upon a very gullible majority. The governments and corporations involved are consequently raking in the profits and the whole issue is now buried so deeply in global investments and politics that there can be no return. The governments, financial institutions and media will always bend over backwards to sell this fear to us till it is ingrained into our psyche from the youngest age.
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