State of Fear

State of Fear

A Novel

Large Print - 2004
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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 off New Guinea.

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

Thus begins Michael Crichton's exciting and provocative technothriller, State of Fear. Only Michael Crichton's unique ability to blend science fact and pulse-pounding fiction could bring such disparate elements to a heart-stopping conclusion.

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

Publisher: New York : HarperLargePrint, 2004
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780060554385
006055438X
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT Crichton
Characteristics: xii, 897 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm

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0_Czar
Sep 20, 2017

This book reminds us that the word science is hypothesis that we seek to prove. Many of our historical science that we thought was fact has been dis proven with time When we change the world to suit something not proven we are fools. Documentation of the world is limited to such a small amount of the worlds life that we will never know the actual proof only our children will know we should or shouldn't have done something.
Best we can do is remember when we build windmills, we change wind patterns and flying animals/insects suffer. When we go solar in the desert we change the lie of the reptiles and insects that lived where now solar panels create shade. When we save the forest we stop certain trees from sprouting, then create an inferno when we have a dry spell. When we harness the waves we cause changes to the sea life.
Everything we do has an effect whether it turns out bad or good is a toss up, but jumping on the band wagon without thought allows economies to be hurt, people to suffer and industry and tourism to die... Who want to go to see the mountains, and only be able to see the windmills. Remember that fish in an aquarium eat and poop in their world right beside the fish, take the balance out of the tank and the fish are dead... We might be the fish.

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Bookworm1562
Feb 19, 2017

This book is especially interesting in light of the politics of today. The book is a critique, sometimes a satire, on politically motivated science. As the author says, "I have more respect for people who change their views after acquiring [facts] than those who cling to views they held thirty years ago." Crichton used the term "new information" versus "facts." I think it reads better with "facts" - even though the term facts today is maligned by many.

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hpy176
Feb 07, 2017

An excellent read. Really enjoyed the discussion about climate change. The story got a bit far fetched at the end. There were some technical issues that were incorrect but I consider it poetic licence. Highly recommended.

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jackwhale
Jan 27, 2017

Lousy. Hard to get through all the climate change denying crap. And I used to enjoy reading this guy.

mdsdad2cn1 Mar 30, 2016

Just skimmed Crichton's brave "State of Fear" and didn't know that he had undertaken the "catastrophic anthropogenic global warming religion". Brilliant! I will buy my own copy.
Why hasn't anyone produced the updated movie? Someone must do so asap - it may be more important than the book. A movie would help save the globe from the continued civilization/economy destroying UN CAGW believers/supporters who only seek a single global governance by elites over all else and others - at any expense.
Update yourself daily at the world's most visited (over several years) and interactive "climate change", etc. website: wattsupwiththatDOTcom.
I'll get back to the "State of Fear" as soon as I can. In the mean time somebody, please, produce the movie!

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JihadiConservative
Feb 25, 2016

Just read Crichton's State of Fear a few weeks ago and couldn't put it down. Maybe it's not his BEST work but it comes pretty darn close.

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rswcove
Dec 30, 2015

There are very few books as damaging to the public understanding of climate change that this piece of fabrications falsifications and propaganda. The science is wrong, the characters are cardboard cut outs, and the agenda is blatantly on the table that the only people who tend to finish this piece of garbage generally already agree with its lies. If you want to read it fine, but be aware that Crichton is murdering the science to fit his agenda the whole way through, virtually nothing suggested as fact in this piece of trash comes even close. If this book included a valid piece of science, it is accidental.

For a more comprehensive debunking of Crichton's deceptions look here.
http://go.ucsusa.org/global_environment/global_warming/page.cfm?pageID=1670

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YLyon
Jun 14, 2013

He gets a little to technical at times, but overall a good book, with a good story line.

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rahmmie
May 16, 2013

I thought that the writing and the plot were simply okay but the ideas on which the book was based were extremely thought provoking and the research was very well done. It was almost like a Rolls Royce engine running on jet fuel but unfortunately installed on a Smart Car

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AJSP
Jan 06, 2013

My favourite of his books, State of Fear definitely delivers an action-packed thriller with some exciting twists, characteristic of Michael Crichton books. My only difficulty was the beginning, during the introduction of the characters, which was somewhat dry at times, but completely necessary for the the plot.

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EuSei Mar 30, 2016

Other: Facts presented in fiction form: Crichton provides data to prove two points: one, that there is NO consensus, and two, that many scientists do not believe in "global warming"!

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rswcove
Jan 04, 2016

Other: Fiction presented as fact: This book deceptively manipulates data to present in flawed view of existing science.

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Tipper12
May 26, 2010

Sexual Content: There's a sex scene at the beginning as well. Between a mysterious woman and a grad student.

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

Sexual Content: A man has sex in his apartment with a personal trainer he meets at the gym.

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

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