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State of Fear

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  47,455 ratings  ·  1,962 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 January 1st 2004)
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Mark Sawkar
"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...more
Robert McDonald
Nov 14, 2007 Robert McDonald rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
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
Nathan
Sep 20, 2007 Nathan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
Dan
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.
Arah-Lynda
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...more
Justin Mitchell
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
Evan
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
Fahad
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...more
Ann
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
Jack
Apr 03, 2007 Jack rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Patrick Mcginley
Jul 09, 2007 Patrick Mcginley rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Rachel
Aug 01, 2007 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...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
Ben
Feb 27, 2009 Ben rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Scott
Jun 04, 2008 Scott rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Shannon
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
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:
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Brian
"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...more
Tippy Jackson
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...more
Debbie
I'm sad to say I didn't care for the writing in this book. It came across as a soapbox. The reason I'm sad to say that is because I, as a geologist, agree with Crichton that the evidence supporting humans as the driving factor in global warming isn't sufficiently supported by the available science. However, the book confuses the issue by rolling in debate about wether or not global warming (for whatever reason) is even happening, a distinction I've found many people don't understand. I doubt you...more
Brooke
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...more
Elliott Hughes
For those who haven't had the time nor the inclination to dig into the debate over anthropomorphic global warming, State of Fear is a great intro. Crichton's unique hybrid of fiction thriller and scientific apologetics for those who express doubts over the human origins of our planet's warming climate is gripping; it's also i petit legal drama for those who like that angle.

I now smile whenever I hear a broadcaster on NPR refer assumingly to the man-made phenomenon of global warming. And if you w...more
Adam Wilson
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
Kennis
Folks, I never thought I would be questioning whether or not Global Warming is actually happening or not, but after reading Michael Crichton's State of Fear, that is exactly what I found myself doing. Even though it is a work of fiction, it still got me thinking. I personally cannot say whether or not Global Warming is occuring, I am no scientist. However, I feel that I have no evidence or proof whatsoever to back up my opinion, and therefore cannot be that good of an opinion. In this book, Cric...more
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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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