State of Fear

by MICHAEL CRICHTON

November 23, 2004 | Hardcover

State of Fear is rated 3.3077 out of 5 by 13.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 9.3 × 6.5 × 1.58 in

Published: November 23, 2004

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0066214130

ISBN - 13: 9780066214139

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Conspiritorial Novel The novel tells the story of enviromentalists who plan to manipulate weather that will cause destruction and bring climate change into everyone's focus. They plan to time their 'attack' to coincide with a climate change conference. Throughout the story, various representatives of various groups and organisations rigorously discuss their particular viewpoints on climate change. They present their own evidence to support their views. Without doubt, you need to take these arguments with a pinch of salt. Certainly the book is biased towards Crichton's personal viewpoint, which is explained at the end of the book in an appendix. The book still makes some good socio-political points and is a good, fun conspiritorial novel. And that's all it is. A novel. You're probably smart enough to make your own minds up about human influence on climate change. I don't think you should be put off this book because it contains a valid opinion and viewpoint that may or may not be accurate.
Date published: 2008-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from toss this one right into the recyling bin Its full of suspense, which makes it easy to keep reading, but it really puts the fiction into science fiction. The whole premise of environmentalists manufacturing global warming, and the idea that climate change is even a matter of debate seems so right wing that it sounds like the same garbage spewing from the current US government. The book does have its exciting "what happens next!?!" moments, but its message is completely irresponsible and should not be taken as fact.
Date published: 2006-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intellectual roller coaster This novel examines the research and impact of global warming while at the same time presenting a great ride as the hero tries to stop extremists from killing thousands of people.
Date published: 2006-07-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Worst of the Worst This book is simply one of the worst I've ever read. It is nothing more than Crichton's personal diatribe directed against the environmental movement – who he portrays as either psychotic killers willing to sacrifice women, children, and even whole families to further their personal agendas, or naïve and duped fools who uncritically follow their unscrupulous masters. There is no meaningful plot, the characters are undeveloped, flat, and ridiculous at best. Crichton includes footnotes (and a bibliography) to lend his polemic verisimilitude, but his science is so pathetically flawed there is little that could possibly convince critical readers. Crichton even feels it necessary to add an appendix, in which he continues, this time as a personal commentary, his distorted analysis of the environmental movement, and in a burst of transductive reasoning he somehow associates the eugenics movement with the environmental movement. Bizarre. What is most sad is that some readers will actually believe Crichton’s drivel.
Date published: 2006-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chrichton does it again If you liked his other books, you will love state of fear. I couldn't put this book down. The novel offers insight into the state of our planet and poses some thoughtful comments on global warming, environmental protection agencies and politics. In typical Chrichton fashion he includes real scientific data intertwined with a fictious story. This is a great book to take to the cottage and to add to your collection.
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from State Of Fear This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will look at global warming and other related areas in a differnt light. This book has it all. WOW!!
Date published: 2006-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!!! i read this book shortly after reading PREY. Although PREY, in my opinion, was better, all of his books are very good, this one no exception. But for anyone who is into the whole global warming theory, this is a must-read. A very nice book.
Date published: 2005-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read... As a Crichton fan for a few years I was really excited when I heard he was writing a book about climate change. As a student of science I may be slightly biased about my interest, but I definitely would reccommend this one. The characters I found interesting and the plot was compelling, a page turner worthy of some of his other works. Though one very important point that is worth mentioning is that this is indeed a work of fiction. While the references he cites are real, they are selected to provide support for his point and to push the reader's opinion in that direction. The body of literature showing support for human induced climate change is just as deep as those presented against the theory. Therefore, while the book was very entertaining I would suggest it be read with a grain of salt when it comes to making a decision on the validity of the global warming argument. In the end its meant to be a good story.
Date published: 2005-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from State of Fear Very disapointed with this one. I am the biggest Michael Crichton fan but I truly feel that this book does not deliver. It took everything for me to actually finish it. Don't bother buying this one!!
Date published: 2005-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read...but not his best. I've been a fan of Mr. Crichton for a few years now. I've read all of his books. This isn't his best work, though. I felt the story line was a little jumbled and the book didn't seem to draw me in as much as his other novels like Jurassic Park, Airframe and The Andromeda Strain. The book is worth reading, however. Like all of Mr. Crichton's books there's a strong scientific base. This time he takes on the Global Warming debate. I've known for years that the Global Warming issue wasn't as cut-and-dry as many would have us believe. Don't get me wrong-- I'm not anti-environment or a neo-con , I just believe Global Warming is something that hasn't been proven yet, and Crichton presents all sorts of evidence to show this. I also liked the politicization of science theme, which is about how some scientists need to focus on the facts, not politics. The footnotes were an excellent addition, as he uses actual scientific data to back-up the book's science. In a nutshell, it was an interesting weekend read, but don't expect the same level of pacing and suspense that many have come to expect from Mr. Crichton's works. Can't wait for his next novel!
Date published: 2005-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average effort by one of my favourite authors I'd have to agree with Jenny on this one. This is not his best effort (or even close). I did find it quite informative, which is what I would expect from Crichton. I did enjoy hearing the other side of the global warming issue; for that alone I would say read it - however I did not find the characters all that engaging or the story all that absorbing. I think the story and characters were secondary to the views being presented. Normally I find Crichton can cleverly meld the two, so that you learn something, but enjoy doing so.
Date published: 2005-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Work This book is a well thought out piece by Michael Crichton, he has indeed made a gripping plot with as many twists as an Alpine road, his points are very well made throughout this book and much of this book is emphasis on the one thing most people believe, the media. Granted some of the subjects in this book are very avant garde (control of weather events) however you can see that he has researched a great deal prior to the writing of this book. A great read for a Crichton fan, and an amazing book for those looking to read some of his material.
Date published: 2005-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good but not his best I am a long time Crichton fan having read every one of his books, but this is not one of his better efforts. lets just say it is better then Sphere but no where near the greatness of The Great train Robbery My complaint with this book is not the political spin that has so many people trashing it. Mr. Crichton's dresing down of the fear mongers in the envioronmental movment is the most enjoyable part of the book. These so called scientist who claim to be able to predict global warming when they can't even predict tomorrows weather? I am not anti science but I just think it is abused and twisted in this case. The earth may well be warming but there is just a good a case that it is cooling (that was the cry and fear back in the 70's). My problem with the book is the premis of eco-terrorist being able to control the weather, to me it is just as farfeched as BEING ABLE TO PREDICT GLOBAL WARMING! This being said the book is still an entertaining read and if you are a Crichton fan you will want to read it, just don't expect his best. Also check out A Tourist in the Yucatan a jungle thriller that has become an underground hit!
Date published: 2004-12-12

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State of Fear

by MICHAEL CRICHTON

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 9.3 × 6.5 × 1.58 in

Published: November 23, 2004

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0066214130

ISBN - 13: 9780066214139

About the Book

From Michael Crichton, the bestselling author of "Prey," comes his newest thriller of the season. One-day laydown, Tuesday, December 7.

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Chapter ExcerptPARIS NORD SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2004 12:00 P.M. In the darkness, he touched her arm and said, "Stay here." She did not move, just waited. The smell of salt water was strong. She heard the faint gurgle of water. Then the lights came on, reflecting off the surface of a large open tank, perhaps fifty meters long and twenty meters wide. It might have been an indoor swimming pool, except for all the electronic equipment that surrounded it. And the very strange device at the far end of the pool. Jonathan Marshall came back to her, grinning like an idiot. "Qu'estce que tu penses?" he said, though he knew his pronunciation was terrible. "What do you think?" "It is magnificent," the girl said. When she spoke English, her accent sounded exotic. In fact, everything about her was exotic, Jonathan thought. With her dark skin, high cheekbones, and black hair, she might have been a model. And she strutted like a model in her short skirt and spike heels. She was half Vietnamese, and her name was Marisa. "But no one else is here?" she said, looking around. "No, no," he said. "It's Sunday. No one is coming." Jonathan Marshall was twenty-four, a graduate student in physics from London, working for the summer at the ultra-modern Laboratoire Ondulatoire-the wave mechanics laboratory-of the French Marine Institute in Vissy, just north of Paris. But the suburb was mostly the residence of young families, and it had been a lonely summer for Marshall. Which was why he c
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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

"Fascinating for how Crichton was trying to make the very absence of fear spooky." (San Francisco Chronicle)