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Rising Sun

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  34,848 ratings  ·  544 reviews

During the grand opening celebration of the new American headquarters of an immense Japanese conglomerate, the dead body of a beautiful woman is found. The investigation begins, and immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue and a violent business battle that takes no prisoners.

Hardcover, 399 pages
Published August 30th 2004 by Turtleback Books (first published 1992)
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StoryTellerShannon
In the 80s the big American fear, especially in California, was that the Japanese businesses were going to take over. Strangely, the fact that the Dutch and British had more holdings than the Japanese never mattered.

That said, Japanese conspiracies were popular and this was one of the better ones, which also allowed us to perceive the Japanese manner of thinking.

BTW, this book was better than the movie. Overally, a very good read but not great.

For those who didn't see the movie a pair of America
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Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 stars. My favorite Michael Crichton novel. I remember reading this book when it first came out and thinking is was a terrific read. I plan to re-read it at some point to see if it has aged well.
Laura Williams
I really enjoy how Michael Crichton can keep me glued to the page with plot twists and fast pacing, but I really hate when he gets too preachy. I think that is his biggest weakness as a writer. All of his books have some kind of lesson to be learned, typically it's the dangers of fast-growing technology, but his best novels show the reader why this is a problem instead of insistently telling us. For example, in Jurassic Park we didn't need a lecture on the dangers of playing God and giving life ...more
Matt
In the early to mid-1990's a wave of anti-Japan hysteria swept through some segments of the American population. I distinctly remember watching two newscasts from this time concerning Japan. One talked about people's fear of Japanese 'interests' buying up significant portions of the U.S. The other showed video clip of people venting their anger over Japanese imports by destroying a Toyota pickup with baseball bats and the reporter (off-screen) explaining that the truck was built in the U.S. at t ...more
Erin
Perhaps it is because this book has an out of date topic, but I found the constant "Japanese taking over America" rants to be a bit much. It took away from the overall mystery of the murder case, which in itself was interesting and intriguing. If it weren't for that preaching, I would have managed 3 stars.
Kevin Lake
"Rising Sun" is Micheal Crichton at his best. All the reasons he is one of my favorite authors are found in this book. He writes honestly, not politically correctly. The cold hard facts he states, through the eyes and ears and mouths of his characters, about the Japanese and their business practices and America's inability to respond to either, mostly out of ignorance, innefeciency, and a desire to, at whatever cost, not come across as offensive or racist, is spot on. I live in Asia full time (t ...more
William Galaini
Underwhelming and transparent would be the two words I would use for this novel by Crichton.

Starring two completely replaceable and indistinct noir detectives, we find ourselves tugged along an unnecessarily winding plot filled with conveniently entertaining twists and turns and at the center; a sexy femme fatale lies dead without panties.

Here are the tropes that this novel is a slave to:
1.) A car chase between the police and a sports car that ends in a flaming wreck.
2.) Dead suspects are not
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Alissa
Well, this my first book by Michael Crichton and I enjoyed it. My rating would have to be closer to three stars but it had a nice plot, fast pace, something easy to get into but not to figure out. Recommended.
Tony
Michael Crichton- Rising Sun (Ballantine Books 1993) 3.75 Stars

When a woman is murdered in the beautiful new Nakamoto Tower in L.A. at its grand opening, an investigation begins. Lieutenant Smith must now work with Captain Connor to dig through the lies and deceit to uncover the truth. Connor teaches him much about Japanese culture and helps him understand their actions. Just when they think that they are close to the truth they discover that once again they must weave through the maze of corrup
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Bad-at-reading
This novel should've been called I'm Not Racist, But--. Crichton's wise men rant against the Japanese as copiously as his straw men do, and their arguments are functionally identical. By all means, he says, paint them with a broad brush, say they're schemers, insist they spell our doom, but good Lord, don't call them "nips"! That's bigoted!

Other times it seems like Crichton isn't even trying not to be racist. The whodunit that fills the first half of the book concerns a beautiful young American
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Dan Croft
If you enjoy other Michael Crichton novels then Rising Sun will not disappoint. Similar to other Crichton novels, the real story is not contained solely among the central characters, but is within the underlying theme of the book. While Jurassic Park and Prey are cautionary tales about the ethics surrounding modern science and State of Fear concerns the overstatement of man's influence on global warming, Rising Sun is a study of the juxtaposition of Japanese & American cultures. In Rising Su ...more
Dong-ha
Michael Crichton is well known for his science fiction books, however "Rising Sun" does not follow the typical mold of a Michael Crichton book. However like most of his other books, "Rising Sun" brings up very near, and real problems and questions about developing technology or the changing world. "Rising Sun" deals with the growing influence and presence of the Japanese in America in the late 20th century. It provides deep insight on not just the Japanese takeover of American industries, but a ...more
Astraia
Life changing. Made me xenophobic and I've never looked back!
Stef
Very entertaining and, as all of Crichton's work, very informative. Crichton manages to interweave the book's political message nicely into the action sequences and I suspect it's only his talent for writing that stops this book from seeming preachy.

The topic itself, Japanese companies' corporate policy when it comes to the US market, was a hot potato at the time the book was published. Crichton firmly takes a stand on the issue but still handles it with the utmost respect, especially involving
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Farnoosh Brock
This acclaimed novel is set against the backdrop of Japanese-American tensions at the time of its writing - each side apprehensive, protective of their own territory and culture. The plot revolves around an American female's murder in Nakomoto, a Japanese corporation on American soil - and that distinct setting sets the wheels of this novel in motion. The intricacies of etiquette, culture, duty that is inherent to Japan plays a key role as the investigation begins to unfold. Only one man can ide ...more
Sheila
May 08, 2014 Sheila rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: other readers
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
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Tremendously enjoyed PREY by Michael Crichton. I do not believe this novel is racist. It is more like showing differences in cultures. Story is about Japan taking over American electronic manufacturing industry. In 1980's America feared that Japan was dominating the industry, however in last few years China is a threat to USA for cheap goods. Manufacturing within USA has changed and companies are taking business to other countries. Actions of politicians and CEO's of businesses effect the workin ...more
Emmy Uzor
A disappoint, it is. I plunged into the book with energy and regretted ever doing so. The setting and characters are commendable quite alright but the storyline is just ok. The whole investigation was shady and shabby not straight forward stupid. The main theme of the book: the murder was altogether usurped by the stupid babble about the Japanese Modus Operandi which asphyxiated the original plot. Invariably, the book picked 'strength', 'interestingness' when it 'boomaranged' back to Peter. All ...more
Romaine
The Rising Sun is basically conspiratorial. Every nook and cranny is filled with not-so-evident, insurmountable, undeniable truths about modernity and the modern era and how the West could not accept its worsening loosening hold over the East. Now the East, more specifically Japan, has inadvertently out smarted the proud United States. The latter couldn't accept that they're becoming, gradually, dependent on everything the former invented and is now currently representing. That the latter's citi ...more
T.J.
In writing Rising Sun, Michael Crichton intended to entertain the reader in a situation of corporate issues while informing them of the rising impact the Japanese have on the American economy. He wanted to portray exactly what aspects of life were controlled by foreign nations, and what little power was actually held by the USA. Along with this came the theme “control your own house.” By this, it is meant that the US needs to have its own economy under control and not allow foreign powers to co ...more
Rosemarie
NOTE: This is more of a PERSONAL HISTORY WITH THE BOOK than a REVIEW.

It has been six years since I have read, for the very first time, a full length novel. This happened not because I would like to do it, this happened because it is compulsory. I was in fourth year high school during that time. My English teacher, Mrs. Emilia Rivera, required each of her students to do a book report. No book report, no grade. In short, we have no choice.

I was the English Club President back then and as our club
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Florian Laur
I have to admit, I only know the book from the movie. I saw it when I was still kind of young and instantly loved it. At some point, I found the book in our local library and read it. And I must say, I think it is the best order in which to approach this book. The movie loses a lot of allure after knowing the book and the deeper plot. But it is still a good movie and some scenes are better. In the book, Peter Smith is white, not black. But I still just imagine Wesley Snipes and Sean Connery when ...more
Glglgl
Dieser Roman ist zunächst ein Krimi; die Polizei von Los Angeles versucht die Umstände des Todes einer jungen Frau zu ermitteln. Da die Leiche während einer Party im Bürogebäude eines großen japanischen Unternehmens gefunden wurde, unterstützen spezielle Kontaktpolizisten die Ermittlungen. Vor dem Hintergrund der Tätersuche entwirft der Roman ein Schreckensszenario vom Untergang der US-amerikanischen Wirtschaft, ausgelöst durch die skrupellosen Geschäftspraktiken japanischer Unternehmen. Besonde ...more
Simon
Micheal Crichton claims that he is opening our eyes to the fact that Japanese corporations control more and more of the American market. But in reality, this novel is basically just racist. It wouldn't be if Crichton had limited himself to his supposed objective. But the basic premise of this novel is that there are vast differences between how Japanese people think and act, and the way Americans do. Every character in this novel expounds on the perfidy of the Japanese. They are not seen as indi ...more
Eva
apa yang dikatakan dalam buku ini seperti kejadian saat ini.. dan jika dalam buku tersebut Amerika vs Jepang, maka bagi saya kejadian tsb bagaikan Indonesia vs Amerika.
Dalam buku ini, Michael Crichton sebenarnya menyampaikan opini pribadinya dalam bentuk buku dengan penjelasan yang mudah dipahami, sebagai seorang rakyat yang mencintai negaranya..
Yahh.. seandainya di Indonesia ada yang membuka mata dengan keuntungan2 yang diberikan pihak luar.. mereka kata mereka pandai tapi nyata mereka terjebak
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Peter
From the author whose most famous work is Jurassic Park comes a murder mystery that has as many twists and turns as your normal novel of the genre. The first half of the book is actually pretty good, with the murder in a corporate building that happens a floor above a party that the company is holding. It starts dragging once the social and political commentary comes front and center, and it doesn't recover until it is almost too late.

The political commentary in question centers around the time
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Ryan Glaubke
The book, simply put, is about a girl being murdered in a New Japanese corporation building. Two detectives try to solve the mystery, getting deep into the hostile, business side of the Japanese, and the corrupted politics of the US.

Despite the cliché story line (bringing the retired cop in, missing/altered tapes, ect.), it was actually a thrilling read. Crichton brings up some eye opening points, and really shows us how America is selling our manufacturers overseas. It's revelatory about out c
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Francesco Zampa
Il tenente Peter Smith presta servizio presso il Distretto di Polizia di Los Angeles in qualità di ufficiale di collegamento con la comunità giapponese o, per meglio dire, con l'intera cultura giapponese.
Quando una giovane prostituta d'alto bordo viene uccisa durante la festa di una multinazionale nipponica, la Nakamoto, al 47 piano della nuovissima sede di Los Angeles, interessi macroscopici quanto oscuri sembrano sovrastare l'indagine e gli inquirenti stessi.
Tutti sembrano far cerchio, più o m
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Jennifer
Rising Sun was a tough one to get through. It wasn't extremely long, but without having any prior knowledge of Japanese business or customs I found myself boggled by the details. Once finished, I felt it was a satisfying read, but not something I would have an interest in reading again. Rising Sun is a must for the more rabid Michael Crichton fans, but casual readers should pass this one by.
Nippon
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Gowrishankar
I read this novel for a break from the usual sci-fi thrillers and I didn't have to regret. As a non-US reader i couldn't visualize the tension that prevailed in the US's business and political sphere, but from the reviews below, I understand it has been caught precisely.

The novel continues to capture and highlight the stark differences between US and Japanese way of approaching a problem, cultural differences, local myths etc. At some places, it felt like a cross- cultural training programme.

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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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