Jurassic Park: A Novel by Michael CrichtonJurassic Park: A Novel by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park: A Novel

byMichael Crichton

Paperback | September 25, 2012

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Timeline, Sphere, and Congo, this is the classic thriller of science run amok that took the world by storm.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

“[Michael] Crichton’s dinosaurs are genuinely frightening.”—Chicago Sun-Times

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.
Until something goes wrong. . . .
In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.

Praise for Jurassic Park
“Wonderful . . . powerful.”The Washington Post Book World

“Frighteningly real . . . compelling . . . It’ll keep you riveted.”—The Detroit News
“Full of suspense.”The New York Times Book Review
Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.
Title:Jurassic Park: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:464 pages, 7.49 × 4.19 × 1.11 inShipping dimensions:7.49 × 4.19 × 1.11 inPublished:September 25, 2012Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345538986

ISBN - 13:9780345538987


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great premise, good sci-fi, solid action While the characters are thin and the action peters out a bit at the end, the science fiction aspects are impeccable. The skeptical mathematician character is a stand-out and gets a couple of good rants about the failings of scientists and humanity. Truly worth a read for anyone who has not yet learned the lesson that just because one can do something does not mean one should do it.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great premise, good sci-fi, solid action While the characters are thin and the action peters out a bit at the end, the science fiction aspects are impeccable. The skeptical mathematician character is a stand-out and gets a couple of good rants about the failings of scientists and humanity. Truly worth a read for anyone who has not yet learned the lesson that just because one can do something does not mean one should do it.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! It took me a while to get into this one but when I did it didn't disappoint. I was a little worried about the book since the movie is one of my favorites. But I loved this book! It reminded me how much I loved dinosaurs as a kid and even as an adult!
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Loved it! It was captivating and a hard book to put down! Got me interested in reading the sequel to this book!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book.... This book was the gateway book to a whole new world. I am a huge fan of the Jurassic Park franchise, the movies are fantastic. And when I found out it was based off a book... I could not be more excited. I recommend this book to literally everyone. Michael Crichton is such an amazingly fantastic writer. I now just buy anything I come across by him, simply because I loved this book. It was so well written, it has such an intriguing science behind it. I don't think I could love a book more.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie. As a big fan of the first Jurassic Park movie and a moderate fan of the rest, I was hesitant to pick up the book - but I shouldn't have been. If for any reason you're on the fence, let me push you over; right into the raptor's paddock. ;) While the book and movie don't exactly play out the same, the story actually seemed much more exciting and more full in book form. There were more fleshed out characters (which were still mostly true to their movie counterparts), and a ton of great description and action regarding the dinosaurs. Honestly, if someone told me I had to choose between them I think I'd give this one to the book yet again. So pick it up, and dive back into a more fleshed out Jurassic Park!
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You need to read this. If you're a JP fan, you owe it to yourself, to pick this up. The book differs from the movie in a good way, that makes this exciting to read, even if you watched the Movie.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than The Movie I LOVE Jurassic Park (the movie) but I've gotta say that the book is UH-MAZING. It does a really great job of expanding a lot of the science behind the park, and how the park came to be conceptually. Also Malcolm is fantastic.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then the movie, holds up over time Read first in grade 9 (1991). Re-reading it in 2018 I am struck with how much of the book and even dialogue is in the first Jurassic Park movie. Spielberg must have LOVED the book because he did a very good job of keeping true to the story. I think I'm enjoying it as much at 41 as I did when I was 14.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I had a lot higher expectation but still thoroughly enjoyed the book. Good book, will be purchasing the sequel soon.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling, exciting I read this book many years ago and am still amazed by the scientific research and imagination that went into this book. This book was jam-packed with action. However, don't expect much character development or emotional content.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! A very enjoyable read. I've read it more then once and enjoy it each time. Michael Crichton's books are interesting and well written. Lots of action, great characters, and a smart, well developed plot.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saw the movie first but LOVE the book! So many details were cut from the movie that would have been even more amazing to see!
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This book has been one of my favourites since I was a kid, I still find myself reaching for it as an adult. The adventure never gets old and the story itself has become a classic
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I really loved dinosaurs when I was a kid, and I've still got a sweet spot for the scaly beasts in my heart, so I absolutely love this book. The book goes deeper than the movie, and the plot is different, so I'd definitely recomend it.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie. A lot of fun and a great adventure from the word go.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ IT. I loved every minute of reading this book. I have watched all of the films several times since I was a kid, but I found the book so different. It was a wonderful read and very entertaining. Life will find a way!
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dinosaurs! If you have only seen the Jurassic Park movie, the novel is a must read! The movie is only a bite of what happened during the inevitable "chaos" on Isla Nublar. Crichton captures the readers imagination with greater detail, suspense and a different story as "life finds a way". A classic!
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Great read, thrilling, intelligent. Loved it from beginning to end.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I typically do not read fiction novels but this was a must read on my list for many years. My mother always said the book is far better than the movie and I agree.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic A great read. Fun to compare to the film, as there are significant differences.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Fun, exciting, just like the film.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing An amazing story, thrilling and exciting!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie! The Jurassic Parks book are great!!! The story is a little different than the book (some things that happens in the first book actually happens in the second movie and so on) but all in all, if you liked the Jurassic Park movies, you'll love the book!!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love! I have been a dinosaur fanatic since I was very young and the Jurassic Park series (both the novels and the movies) have enhanced my love for them all the more. The novel was great! Very well written and gives you a super interesting insight into the details that you wouldn't have received from watching the film. Although rather dry in some parts regarding statistics or other similar parts, it makes up for the dryness with its intriguing dialogue, hair-raising suspense/action and incredible plot! Highly recommend, ten times over!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What Originally Scared Me Finished this yesterday. I never used to like Jurassic Park because...the movies scared me! I was 6 or 7 years old and never wanted to see it again. I did see Jurassic World last year, which gave me a much better appreciation for the Jurassic Park franchise and did love it. So then I discovered that this and The Lost World exist as novels. Bought them last year, started this when I got it and it began to get scary within the first few pages. I didn't continue for whatever reason but this was a very suspenseful, scary, science fiction adventure story. Very well written and amazing story. I also appreciated the science wasn't at all over my head nor did I feel as though it made a huge impact on understanding it for the story. Read it for what it is and enjoy! And try not to let the suspense get to you too bad :)
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome You may have seen the movie, but the book is so much better, a lot more details and story.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This is the book that introduced me to Michael Crichton. I was fascinated by the possibilities he described. And today scientists are considering using dna from a long-dead woolly mammoth to recreate an extinct species!
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Grew up loving Jurassic Park as a kid (the movie). I was not disappointed by the book!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Sci-Fi Thriller Darker than the 90's movies, this book does not disappoint. The fact that it was written by a world-renown biologist gives the ideas that much more credibility. A great sci-fi!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! AMAAAAZINNNGGG. I LOVED the movie; it was always one of my favourites. After reading this book, it made me like the movie less. This book ROCKED.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fast-paced read! Much better than the movie as you get a real glimpse of the workings of the island. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I was on Edge the Whole Book! Full of suspense and adventure. I could not put this book down!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites Jurassic Park is one of my favourite books! Recently read it for the second time and still can't get over how great it is! Highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book and Movie If you love the movies, keep an open mind while reading this book. Each great in their own ways
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great One of the best stories anyone has ever written.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The novel is a five star... but the 'airport giftshop' format is a turn off The novel itself is a thrilling romp, with Crichton striking a perfect balance of action, plotting, and philosophy. Much darker than the films versions that followed.The formatting however is a major turn off- the 'airport size paperbacks' are awkward. I would pay a little extra for a regular sized trade paperback or even hardcover.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Very different than the movie. Still a great book. The one thing when reading this, don't compare with the movie.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book Almost as Good as the Movie This is one of the only times you will hear my say that I enjoyed the movie better than the book. The book is still worth the read, especially if you love dinosaurs, action, and adventure!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! My parents read this to me as a child, and I was hooked! The movie is a fun adaptation, but this book blows it out of the water. It is a must read for any science fiction fan.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thrilling, Wild Adventure I loved the movie so I thought it would be fun to read the book. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this book is! More science, more action, more dinosaurs, more thrills than the movie, definitely worth the read!! I couldn't put it down! If you liked the movie you'll love the book!
Date published: 2016-11-05

Read from the Book

ALMOST PARADISEMike Bowman whistled cheerfully as he drove the Land Rover through the Cabo Blanco Biological Reserve, on the west coast of Costa Rica. It was a beautiful morning in July, and the road before him was spectacular: hugging the edge of a cliff, overlooking the jungle and the blue Pacific. According to the guidebooks, Cabo Blanco was unspoiled wilderness, almost a paradise. Seeing it now made Bowman feel as if the vacation was back on track.Bowman, a thirty-six-year-old real estate developer from Dallas, had come to Costa Rica with his wife and daughter for a two-week holiday. The trip had actually been his wife’s idea; for weeks Ellen had filled his ear about the wonderful national parks of Costa Rica, and how good it would be for Tina to see them. Then, when they arrived, it turned out Ellen had an appointment to see a plastic surgeon in San Jose. That was the first Mike Bowman had heard about the excellent and inexpensive plastic surgery available in Costa Rica, and all the luxurious private clinics in San Jose.Of course they’d had a huge fight. Mike felt she’d lied to him, and she had. And he put his foot down about this plastic surgery business. Anyway, it was ridiculous, Ellen was only thirty, and she was a beautiful woman. Hell, she’d been Homecoming Queen her senior year at Rice, and that was not even ten years earlier. But Ellen tended to be insecure, and worried. And it seemed as if in recent years she had mostly worried about losing her looks.That, and everything else.The Land Rover bounced in a pothole, splashing mud. Seated beside him, Ellen said, “Mike, are you sure this is the right road? We haven’t seen any other people for hours.”“There was another car fifteen minutes ago,” he reminded her. “Remember, the blue one?”“Going the other way . . .”“Darling, you wanted a deserted beach,” he said, “and that’s what you’re going to get.”Ellen shook her head doubtfully. “I hope you’re right.”“Yeah, Dad, I hope you’re right,” said Christina, from the backseat. She was eight years old.“Trust me, I’m right.” He drove in silence a moment. “It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Look at that view. It’s beautiful.”“It’s okay,” Tina said.Ellen got out a compact and looked at herself in the mirror, pressing under her eyes. She sighed, and put the compact away.The road began to descend, and Mike Bowman concentrated on driving. Suddenly a small black shape flashed across the road and Tina shrieked, “Look! Look!” Then it was gone, into the jungle.“What was it?” Ellen asked. “A monkey?”“Maybe a squirrel monkey,” Bowman said.“Can I count it?” Tina said, taking her pencil out. She was keeping a list of all the animals she had seen on her trip, as a project for school.“I don’t know,” Mike said doubtfully.Tina consulted the pictures in the guidebook. “I don’t think it was a squirrel monkey,” she said. “I think it was just another howler.” They had seen several howler monkeys already on their trip.“Hey,” she said, more brightly. “According to this book, ‘the beaches of Cabo Blanco are frequented by a variety of wildlife, including howler and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths, and coatimundis.’ You think we’ll see a three-toed sloth, Dad?”“I bet we do.”“Really?”“Just look in the mirror.”“Very funny, Dad.”The road sloped downward through the jungle, toward the ocean.Mike Bowman felt like a hero when they finally reached the beach: a two-mile crescent of white sand, utterly deserted. He parked the Land Rover in the shade of the palm trees that fringed the beach, and got out the box lunches. Ellen changed into her bathing suit, saying, “Honestly, I don’t know how I’m going to get this weight off.”“You look great, hon.” Actually, he felt that she was too thin, but he had learned not to mention that.Tina was already running down the beach.“Don’t forget you need your sunscreen,” Ellen called.“Later,” Tina shouted, over her shoulder. “I’m going to see if there’s a sloth.”Ellen Bowman looked around at the beach, and the trees. “You think she’s all right?”“Honey, there’s nobody here for miles,” Mike said.“What about snakes?”“Oh, for God’s sake,” Mike Bowman said. “There’s no snakes on a beach.”“Well, there might be. . . .”“Honey,” he said firmly. “Snakes are cold-blooded. They’re reptiles. They can’t control their body temperature. It’s ninety degrees on that sand. If a snake came out, it’d be cooked. Believe me. There’s no snakes on the beach.” He watched his daughter scampering down the beach, a dark spot on the white sand. “Let her go. Let her have a good time.”He put his arm around his wife’s waist.Tina ran until she was exhausted, and then she threw herself down on the sand and gleefully rolled to the water’s edge. The ocean was warm, and there was hardly any surf at all. She sat for a while, catching her breath, and then she looked back toward her parents and the car, to see how far she had come.Her mother waved, beckoning her to return. Tina waved back cheerfully, pretending she didn’t understand. Tina didn’t want to put sunscreen on. And she didn’t want to go back and hear her mother talk about losing weight. She wanted to stay right here, and maybe see a sloth.Tina had seen a sloth two days earlier at the zoo in San Jose. It looked like a Muppets character, and it seemed harmless. In any case, it couldn’t move fast; she could easily outrun it.Now her mother was calling to her, and Tina decided to move out of the sun, back from the water, to the shade of the palm trees. In this part of the beach, the palm trees overhung a gnarled tangle of mangrove roots, which blocked any attempt to penetrate inland. Tina sat in the sand and kicked the dried mangrove leaves. She noticed many bird tracks in the sand. Costa Rica was famous for its birds. The guidebooks said there were three times as many birds in Costa Rica as in all of America and Canada.In the sand, some of the three-toed bird tracks were small, and so faint they could hardly be seen. Other tracks were large, and cut deeper in the sand. Tina was looking idly at the tracks when she heard a chirping, followed by a rustling in the mangrove thicket.Did sloths make a chirping sound? Tina didn’t think so, but she wasn’t sure. The chirping was probably some ocean bird. She waited quietly, not moving, hearing the rustling again, and finally she saw the source of the sounds. A few yards away, a lizard emerged from the mangrove roots and peered at her.Tina held her breath. A new animal for her list! The lizard stood up on its hind legs, balancing on its thick tail, and stared at her. Standing like that, it was almost a foot tall, dark green with brown stripes along its back. Its tiny front legs ended in little lizard fingers that wiggled in the air. The lizard cocked its head as it looked at her.Tina thought it was cute. Sort of like a big salamander. She raised her hand and wiggled her fingers back.The lizard wasn’t frightened. It came toward her, walking upright on its hind legs. It was hardly bigger than a chicken, and like a chicken it bobbed its head as it walked. Tina thought it would make a wonderful pet.She noticed that the lizard left three-toed tracks that looked exactly like bird tracks. The lizard came closer to Tina. She kept her body still, not wanting to frighten the little animal. She was amazed that it would come so close, but she remembered that this was a national park. All the animals in the park would know that they were protected. This lizard was probably tame. Maybe it even expected her to give it some food. Unfortunately she didn’t have any. Slowly, Tina extended her hand, palm open, to show she didn’t have any food.The lizard paused, cocked his head, and chirped.“Sorry,” Tina said. “I just don’t have anything.”And then, without warning, the lizard jumped up onto her outstretched hand. Tina could feel its little toes pinching the skin of her palm, and she felt the surprising weight of the animal’s body pressing her arm down.And then the lizard scrambled up her arm, toward her face.“I just wish I could see her,” Ellen Bowman said, squinting in the sunlight. “That’s all. Just see her.”“I’m sure she’s fine,” Mike said, picking through the box lunch packed by the hotel. There was unappetizing grilled chicken, and some kind of a meat-filled pastry. Not that Ellen would eat any of it.“You don’t think she’d leave the beach?” Ellen said.“No, hon, I don’t.”“I feel so isolated here,” Ellen said.“I thought that’s what you wanted,” Mike Bowman said.“I did.”“Well, then, what’s the problem?”“I just wish I could see her, is all,” Ellen said.Then, from down the beach, carried by the wind, they heard their daughter’s voice. She was screaming.PUNTARENAS“I think she is quite comfortable now,” Dr. Cruz said, lowering the plastic flap of the oxygen tent around Tina as she slept. Mike Bowman sat beside the bed, close to his daughter. Mike thought Dr. Cruz was probably pretty capable; he spoke excellent English, the result of training at medical centers in London and Baltimore. Dr. Cruz radiated competence, and the Clinica Santa Maria, the modern hospital in Puntarenas, was spotless and efficient.But, even so, Mike Bowman felt nervous. There was no getting around the fact that his only daughter was desperately ill, and they were far from home.When Mike had first reached Tina, she was screaming hysterically. Her whole left arm was bloody, covered with a profusion of small bites, each the size of a thumbprint. And there were flecks of sticky foam on her arm, like a foamy saliva.He carried her back down the beach. Almost immediately her arm began to redden and swell. Mike would not soon forget the frantic drive back to civilization, the four-wheel-drive Land Rover slipping and sliding up the muddy track into the hills, while his daughter screamed in fear and pain, and her arm grew more bloated and red. Long before they reached the park boundaries, the swelling had spread to her neck, and then Tina began to have trouble breathing. . . .“She’ll be all right now?” Ellen said, staring through the plastic oxygen tent.“I believe so,” Dr. Cruz said. “I have given her another dose of steroids, and her breathing is much easier. And you can see the edema in her arm is greatly reduced.”Mike Bowman said, “About those bites . . .”“We have no identification yet,” the doctor said. “I myself haven’t seen bites like that before. But you’ll notice they are disappearing. It’s already quite difficult to make them out. Fortunately I have taken photographs for reference. And I have washed her arm to collect some samples of the sticky saliva--one for analysis here, a second to send to the labs in San Jose, and the third we will keep frozen in case it is needed. Do you have the picture she made?”“Yes,” Mike Bowman said. He handed the doctor the sketch that Tina had drawn, in response to questions from the admitting officials.“This is the animal that bit her?” Dr. Cruz said, looking at the picture.“Yes,” Mike Bowman said. “She said it was a green lizard, the size of a chicken or a crow.”“I don’t know of such a lizard,” the doctor said. “She has drawn it standing on its hind legs. . . .”“That’s right,” Mike Bowman said. “She said it walked on its hind legs.”Dr. Cruz frowned. He stared at the picture a while longer. “I am not an expert. I’ve asked for Dr. Guitierrez to visit us here. He is a senior researcher at the Reserva Biologica de Carara, which is across the bay. Perhaps he can identify the animal for us.”“Isn’t there someone from Cabo Blanco?” Bowman asked. “That’s where she was bitten.”“Unfortunately not,” Dr. Cruz said. “Cabo Blanco has no permanent staff, and no researcher has worked there for some time. You were probably the first people to walk on that beach in several months. But I am sure you will find Dr. Guitierrez to be knowledgeable.”Dr. Guitierrez turned out to be a bearded man wearing khaki shorts and shirt. The surprise was that he was American. He was introduced to the Bowmans, saying in a soft Southern accent, “Mr. and Mrs. Bowman, how you doing, nice to meet you,” and then explaining that he was a field biologist from Yale who had worked in Costa Rica for the last five years. Marty Guitierrez examined Tina thoroughly, lifting her arm gently, peering closely at each of the bites with a penlight, then measuring them with a small pocket ruler. After a while, Guitierrez stepped away, nodding to himself as if he had understood something. He then inspected the Polaroids, and asked several questions about the saliva, which Cruz told him was still being tested in the lab.Finally he turned to Mike Bowman and his wife, waiting tensely. “I think Tina’s going to be fine. I just want to be clear about a few details,” he said, making notes in a precise hand. “Your daughter says she was bitten by a green lizard, approximately one foot high, which walked upright onto the beach from the mangrove swamp?”“That’s right, yes.”“And the lizard made some kind of a vocalization?”“Tina said it chirped, or squeaked.”“Like a mouse, would you say?”“Yes.”“Well, then,” Dr. Guitierrez said, “I know this lizard.” He explained that, of the six thousand species of lizards in the world, no more than a dozen species walked upright. Of those species, only four were found in Latin America. And judging by the coloration, the lizard could be only one of the four. “I am sure this lizard was a Basiliscus amoratus, a striped basilisk lizard, found here in Costa Rica and also in Honduras. Standing on their hind legs, they are sometimes as tall as a foot.”“Are they poisonous?”“No, Mrs. Bowman. Not at all.” Guitierrez explained that the swelling in Tina’s arm was an allergic reaction. “According to the literature, fourteen percent of people are strongly allergic to reptiles,” he said, “and your daughter seems to be one of them.”“She was screaming, she said it was so painful.”“Probably it was,” Guitierrez said. “Reptile saliva contains serotonin, which causes tremendous pain.” He turned to Cruz. “Her blood pressure came down with antihistamines?”“Yes,” Cruz said. “Promptly.”“Serotonin,” Guitierrez said. “No question.”Still, Ellen Bowman remained uneasy. “But why would a lizard bite her in the first place?”

Editorial Reviews

“[Michael] Crichton’s dinosaurs are genuinely frightening.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Wonderful . . . powerful.”The Washington Post Book World

“Frighteningly real . . . compelling . . . It’ll keep you riveted.”—The Detroit News
“Full of suspense.”The New York Times Book Review