After having been treated to a double dinosaur special of 'Jurassic Park' and 'The Lost World', I was a bit skeptical of reading a Micheal Crichton novel which didn't deal with the prehistoric. Anyway he pulled it off yet again but only just. The narrative is excellent and the technical detail is pretty neat though I wish he had some sort of glossary to help readers not familiar with aerospatial or avionic terms. There seemed to be a dash of 'Rising Sun' in the plot but somehow that didn,t get developed too well. Thats why I lopped off one star . However, all in all, a good read .Don,t take it on the plane though !