Congo by Michael CrichtonCongo by Michael Crichton


byMichael Crichton

Mass Market Paperback | April 28, 2009

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Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists are mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes.

Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies—all motionless except for one moving image—a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.

In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 "signs," the most ever learned by a primate, and she likes to finger paint. But recently her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match, with stunning accuracy, the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642 . . . a drawing of an ancient lost city. A new expedition—along with Amy—is sent into the Congo, where they enter a secret world, and the only way out may be through a horrifying death . . .

Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator ofER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of his death in 2008, Crich...
Title:CongoFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 1.12 inPublished:April 28, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061782556

ISBN - 13:9780061782558

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling, exciting, suspenseful I read this book many years ago and am still amazed by the scientific research and imagination that went into this book. This book had many mysteries and twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. However, don't expect much character development or emotional content.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rumble in the Jungle A research team missing, a mysterious image of a large ape-like creature, a rumoured lost city, a ruthless consortium and an intelligent mountain gorilla named Amy; that unfolds in the deepest, darkest region of Africa: the Congo. Definitely sounds great, but it's not one of Michael Crichton's best novels... Crichton weaves relevant scientific advancements and history into his stories, but unfortunately this didn't seem to have the same intriguing flair and concepts. The plot's "filler" tangents slows the adventure, while acronyms are prevalent in science jargon, they became distracting, the ending seemed rushed and ultimately anti-climatic. Suitable read if your busy and need to put down the book often.
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This wasn't my favourite Crichton book, but it was pretty good. I enjoyed reading it, but it was a bit slow.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Michael Crichton's best This has the feel of a great classic adventure like Indiana Jones. Deep in the jungle, looking for precious stones, with ancient ruins and savages beasts all around. There is so much suspense, you feel as if you are with the characters, creeping through the forest, terrified with every rustle of leaves. But there is also so much adventure, in Crichton style.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh There are some interesting aspects to this novel, but like most Crichton it is a pretty generic novel. I wouldn't really recommend it unless you are very bored and have nothing better. There are much better Crichton novels if you're really set on reading a Crichton novel.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dated, disappointing ending This is pretty dated now, unless you like reading about late 1970's computers. It's also kind of anti-climatic. You keep waiting for a big climax, and in truth, it sort of "cuts away" from the climax at the end. But it was mildly entertaining.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A total snore. Having read both Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Crichton, I was very excited about reading Congo. Crichton's ability to cram an impressive amount of research into his novels while making it readable and intelligently delivering his message has always impressed me. Too bad that did not happen in Congo. I loathed this book. Reading "Congo" by Michael Crichton did to me what watching the movie "The Village" does every time - puts me to sleep. Like I haven't slept in 6 days sleep. A complete narcoleptic state. Lights the eff out! There was so much I disliked about this novel. I only gave 1 star because I cannot deny the amount of research that went into this novel. That said, the research wasn't smooth, or readable let alone enjoyable. Research is great to any novel and making it believable, however, do not feel the need to cram it all in for research sake. Another gripe I have with this novel is the constant and unnecessary repetition. "The ERTS Congo Field Team set up the tent. The ERTS Congo Field Team slept in the tent. The ERTS Congo Field Team woke up in the tent." Obviously this is an exaggeration but at times this is what it felt like to read this book. I even had a hard team classifying this as an "adventure novel". I felt like this was more of a historical account of technological development than a harrowing tale of an expedition team who comes up against a new breed of aggressive gorillas. This book was really 80-20, 80% computer talk and 20% adventure - 10% of which is in the last 1/4 of the book. Has this book turned me off of Michael Crichton? No. Has this turned me off of Congo and Laura Linney? Very much so.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I don't read a lot of Michael Crichton but this was one of my favourite during my teens loved the story
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Crichton Crazy apes doing crazy stuff
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read I enjoyed reading this Crichton classic. Very intriguing story and interesting characters.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Michael Crichton book I read This was the book that made me a fan of Michael Crichton.
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Michael Crichton never disappoints! The suspense, the technology, the humor.. I've loved every book of his, and this was no exception. My sister and gf found the technology boring. But if you're a fan of his other books, you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2015-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Congo Interesting story & informative. Amy's experiences & unwitting adaptation to an environment different from that in which her species had evolved is intriguing & thought provoking.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Congo Vraiment super bon
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Imaginative I was a bit disappointed with this one. I think Crichton could have done much better. The plot seems to jump all over the place. The ending is the pits. Spend the entire book, except for filler "background" on the gorillas and then finish up the way it did. Although imaginative, I expect more from this author. I wouldn't recommend this one except to die hard fans.
Date published: 2011-05-07