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State of Fear

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  62,507 Ratings  ·  2,366 Reviews
In Tokyo, in Los Angeles, in Antarctica, in the Solomon Islands . . . an intelligence agent races to put all the pieces together to prevent a global catastrophe.
Paperback, 798 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Harper (first published 2004)
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Robert McDonald
Nov 14, 2007 Robert McDonald rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I never expected to read this book. But my mom left a copy of Michael Crichton’s book State of Fear at my house, and I found myself reading it. The book is an odd mix of fiction and pseudo-scientific argument.
As a fiction piece, it’s actually okay. For reasons that are irrelevant to the plot, evil villains are trying to shear a big iceberg off into the ocean, create a flash flood in a canyon, and make a tidal wave hit LA. The good guys are of course trying to stop them, and manage to stop them
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Mark Sawkar
Jan 02, 2008 Mark Sawkar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The threat of global warming is essentially nonexistent. Even if it were a real phenomenon, it would probably result in a net benefit to most of the world." -p407

I just finished reading "State of Fear," Michael Crichton's (creator of ER and author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and many others) latest novel. We discussed this a few months ago but I must say this book really is a delicious slap in the face for ill-informed environmentalists. If you have environmentalist leanings, or think that glo
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Nathan
Sep 20, 2007 Nathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who model their life on Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park.
State of Fear is centered around a plot by eco-terrorists to bring world attention to global warming by, you guessed it, blowing up half the world. Yes, the nonsensical plot that makes up the spine of this book leaves the rest of this skeletal narrative in the hands of a man we've rarely seen: Michael Crichton, political philosopher. First of all, the book, released in 2004, asks you to believe that there is a "state of fear" being pushed on the public in order to "scare" them into belief of Glo ...more
Kiersten
Feb 22, 2008 Kiersten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to write an essay on your opinion of global warming, Mikey, do so. Don't disguise it as a novel when you've only got 10 pages of plot.
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Apr 23, 2008 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This is propaganda written by an ultra-rich person. Utterly despicable. I just thought Crichton was mediocre until I read this. Now I think he's insidious. There're 2 basic thrusts: Global Warming is a myth & ecology activists are phenomenally stupid. I don't actually have much of an opinion about global warming one way or the other so I don't hate this novel so much b/c it's a threat to mass consciousness there. I hate it b/c it's so repulsively propagandistic (w/o any self-acknowledgement ...more
Arah-Lynda
Jul 23, 2014 Arah-Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
3.5 stars

I can’t believe that I am sitting here thinking about this review while Hurricane Sandy’s imminence is being trumpeted just outside my door.

Makes you think…..

The story itself is about global warming. It’s a cautionary tale really. On the one hand you have some radical environmentalists/ scientists who are not above manipulating the environment in order to support their fund raising goals. I mean people will dig deeper into their pockets if they have been personally impacted by global wa
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Dan
Aug 15, 2008 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting book! I've read it 3 times now. After reading State of Fear you'll think everyone who believes in global warming is an idiot. Definitely read the author's message at the end, it's really interesting.
Justin Mitchell
Sep 29, 2013 Justin Mitchell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
All right, all right, to explain: I only read this book because I heard that Crichton used it as a platform for a reactionary argument against global warming. So I was curious. And after reading it, I was pretty amused. I was reminded a lot of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. In similar fashion, Crichton advances a very twisted view of reality, trying to present anyone who disagrees with him as having some sort of mental or emotional problem. Also like Rand, the book is full of immature, mean-spiri ...more
Miquel Reina
Jan 13, 2016 Miquel Reina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Michael Crichton novels and "State of Fear" isn't an exception. This is a book that you can read very easily because of it has a well written archetypal and blockbuster Hollywood style. If you want to read something entertaining and you love the thrillers that mix science, politics and conspiracy theories then this is your book! ;)

Espanish version:
Soy un gran fan de las novelas de Michael Crichton y "Estado de miedo" no es una excepción. Es un libro que se puede leer muy fácilme
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Evan
Jun 22, 2009 Evan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a thriller, this books fails to achieve Cricthon's usual intensity. The plot is an obvious vehicle for the rhetoric, and full of predictable thriller-writer strategies. The premise--climate scientists with guns--never ceases to feel absurd. The characterizations are flatter than usual, and vicious where he means them to be merely satirical. There is cranky old man venom in the writing. In short, this book is a piece of propaganda and would never have been published were it not for Crichton's ...more
Steve
Mar 20, 2007 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Global warming advocates and opponents
Michael Crichton continues to impress with both his story telling and with his researching capabilities. State of Fear, on its surface, is a novel about the global warming debate. But the issues it touches upon go deeper than just whether or not global warming is a phenomenon we should be concerned about.

A particularly cogent theme of the book is the role of politics in shaping scientific research. In particular, Crichton delves into how global warming research is shaped by political agendas (bo
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Mike (the Paladin)
If you've read many of my reviews you know it's not unusual for me to open a review with something like "This is an interesting book" or simply "Interesting".

That applies here also.

I looked through some of the other reviews of this book and I find that in many if not most cases the "number of stars in the rating" depends heavily on whether you agree with the stance of the main character (or one of the main characters, Kenner is the spokesman in most of the narratives but the protagonist is Evan
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Ann
Nov 08, 2007 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: makes-you-think
Holy crap. First of all, a good, solid Crichton novel. Second, you will never think about global warming or science in general the same way again... I don't know how much of the information about global warming presented in the book is true, but it sure does make you wonder about a lot of things. What the book is really about is the politicization of science and the manipulation (even if unintentional) of scientific information. And all of this is presented in the form of an exciting, well-told, ...more
Patrick Mcginley
Jul 09, 2007 Patrick Mcginley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: stayaway
This is the worst book I have ever had the misfortune of wasting my time with. Not only are the politics deplorable (it's about a group of eco-terrorists who induce fake desasters to back up their false claims of global warming), it's also shoddily written. The characters are paper thin and idiotic, the hero is a dim-witted buffoon, and the plot consists of icreasingly boring action-scenes, interrupted by the preachings of an obnoxious Jack Bauer rip-off. The bad guys all drive Priuses and the g ...more
Mike
Mar 23, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a great story
Do you enjoy seeing pompous, self-righteous jerks get their rightful comeuppance? Then you will like this book. Dr Crichton delivers his usual competent tour through a scientific realm, mixing a decent amount of action and suspense with actual facts. Global warming zealots are the target here and he hits the bull’s eye, judging from the reaction about this book. The book reads exceptionally fast for all the science and background explanation necessary. For the average person with a little common ...more
Stephen
2.0 stars. This book was somewhat of a disappointment for me as I have always been a Michael Crichton fan and the premise of the book (radical environmentalists as the bad guys) was intriguing. However, rather than letting the story or the various arguments make the case against "global warming", Crichton just beats the reader over the head with one-sided monologues. I was hoping for a more thoughful, and thus more powerful, expression of the premise. That said, it was an easy read and there wer ...more
Fahad
Dec 17, 2011 Fahad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
اشتريت هذا الكتاب منذ يومين.

لا أميل عادة إلى هذا النوع من الكتب، رغم أنها من أظهر أنواع الأدب الحديث، أي الأدب الذي صنع خصيصا ً لإمتاع القارئ، ولأنه كذلك فهذا الأدب يتميز بميزة مهمة، وهي أنه أدب سهل، سريع، يمكن أن يقرأ في أي مكان، وأي زمان، أي قارئ متعمق سيبتعد عن هذا النوع، فنحن نكره المباشرة، نكره السطحية والسرعة، نريد أدبا ً معقدا ً، ليس لأننا نعشق التعقيد، ولكن لأن الحياة معقدة، كل شيء يبدو بسيطا ً، هو نتاج ظروف وعوامل متداخلة، متشابكة تتوه فيها أعظم العقول، فلذا نحن نعشق الأدب الذي يأخذنا إ
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Jack
Apr 03, 2007 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have read Crichton and enjoy him.
OK, so, controversy concerning global warming aside, this is a pretty solid effort from Crichton. Particularly more engrossing than Timeline although probably not as believable as Prey. His readers seem to understand and expect that he will take rather liberal license with stretching the realm of scientific possibility in his stories, but the point is his skeptic characters' sure seem to believe it and that's good enough for me. The point is, storywise, I think this is pretty solid.

I'm not sure
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Rachel
Aug 01, 2007 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who do or don't believe in statistics
This book was intriguing to me. It is not what I would consider my normal genre, but the student I tutored last year did a report on Michael Crichton and this book was in a lot of the research we did. I had no idea Michael Chrichton was so multi-talented.
Anyway, my husband had listened to this book on CD while driving, and really enjoyed it, so I picked it off the shelf. Once I started reading, I had trouble stopping for food, drink, bathroom breaks, or even sleep. (This is the reason I can onl
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Shannon
Jan 16, 2008 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, despite being a tree-hugger and one of the main themes of the book being that it questioned the entire concept of global warming. It was a very compelling page-turner, and I think Crichton does an excellent job of conveying the message not that global warming is necessarily false or that there aren't things we could all be doing differently in our lives, but that every news headline (and every study too) should be taken with a grain of salt and the data behind it shou ...more
Lobstergirl
Jan 19, 2013 Lobstergirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The deck is stacked here. The lefty environmentalists are dimwitted TV actors who nearly rape women who don't desire their advances, or cynical ideologues, if not actual murderers. The climate change denialists are clear-thinking, evidence-admiring McGyvers. When the good guys are being followed by the bad guys, the bad guys are driving Priuses. The characters are puppets who recite talking points. They often refer to climate change (nonchange) graphs, which Crichton inserts in the text. They el ...more
Margitte
Thought-provoking, controversial, action-packed, suspenseful, well-researched, outrageous, perhaps a science-fiction, as well as fictional science book?

The plot:A lawyer represents a wealthy client who is donating large amount of money to various conservation causes and gets involved in the underworld of power, greed and social manipulation. The discovery of a set of GPS points leads to the action-packed adventures which becomes the main focus of the tale.

Comments:
"State of Fear" is a manuscrip
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Ben
Feb 27, 2009 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
State of Fear by Michael Crichton
Beginning with the mysterious death of a wave analyst in France, this book has its moments of action all around the world; though, the main setting is Los Angeles, California in 2004. It also takes place in Antarctica, the Solomon Islands, Iceland, and several other places throughout the world, all the while chasing after the relentlessly evil plot of the eco-terrorist group ELF.
The reason I really enjoyed this book was how you were just dropped in the middle o
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Miloš
Jan 15, 2016 Miloš rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Even the subject is interesting, the book itself was really naive and easy to predict...
That is why I put on only 3 stars...
Brian
Mar 11, 2009 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fiction
"So what [we:] need is to structure the information so that whatever kind of weather occurs, it always confirms your message. That's the virtue of shifting the focus to abrupt climate change. It enables [us:] to use everything that happens. There will always be floods, and freezing storms, and cyclones, and hurricanes. These events will always get airtime. And in every instance, [we:] can claim it is an example of global warming. So the message gets reinforced. The urgency is increased."

This fro
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Scott
Jun 04, 2008 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folks who a)think before speaking and b)dispute global warming and want someone to agree with them.
I was nervous about starting this book because I more or less knew the plot and the ending because of a few conversations with folks who read it when it first came out a couple of years ago. Despite my reservations, I dove in and found the book to be very enjoyable, with a few minor caveats.

Michael Crichton is well known for his views regarding environmental action groups and the policies they advocate, and this book more or less sets forth these opinions in an accessible and entertaining nove
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Tippy Jackson
Mar 15, 2012 Tippy Jackson rated it did not like it
Shelves: climate-change
Alright, I've waited to review this book long enough. The fact is, I waited so long because I could never find enough hate filled words to accurately describe my opinion of this book. However I don't think I'll ever find them, so here it goes.

A new goodreads friend asked me why I hate Michael Crichton. I decided I'll post my response here as my review:

As for Crichton, well it's kind of a long story. I'll tell you, but I'll understand if you choose to skip it. You'll notice that Jurassic Park an
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Brooke
Jun 29, 2013 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2013
Reviews for this book seem to revolve around what the reviewer thinks about global warming - the more negative reviews seem to consider the message of the book negligent and dangerous, and the more positive reviews seem to think their disbelief of global warming is validated.

Both stances seem to miss some of what Crichton is positing. Essentially he says that when it comes to our environment, we are not doing a very good job of rigorously and systematically studying it and using the results to
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Adam Wilson
May 22, 2011 Adam Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
State of Fear is Crichton’s largest book and covers a topic that I love. Global warming doesn’t seem to be in the media nearly as much these days but it was a huge issue when the book came out and it covers it very nicely but in a way that I did not expect at all. Crichton does not appear to believe in it is all I will say. The book is a bit overly long but contains a lot of action and doesn’t feel as long as it actually is. It is a must-read for Crichton fans especially if you saw An Inconvenie ...more
Rebecca McNutt
I usually really enjoy Michael Crichton's books, but I really wasn't impressed with State of Fear. It was unoriginal, easily predictable enviro-propaganda with very little going for it except its front cover. :(
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Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Douglas ...more
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