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3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  39,936 Ratings  ·  656 Reviews
In a novel set within the arena of volatile Japanese-American relations, business moguls compete for control of the international electronics industry.
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published August 30th 2004 by Turtleback Books (first published June 11th 1992)
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Though I have read only a couple of Michael Crichton's books, I am fan of his writing. His The Andromeda Strain and Sphere were highly enjoyable. So, with a lot of expectations I started with this book.

From the blurb, I could gather that it is a murder mystery centered on corporate espionage. The body of a young beautiful woman has been discovered in the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto Tower - a mighty Japanese conglomerate, in Los Angeles. This was during a party, attended by celebrities, se
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
Eddie Owens
Nov 21, 2016 Eddie Owens rated it liked it
Michael Crichton is a very interesting writer. He takes a subject that he is interested in, researches it fully and then crafts a story around the research.

The blurb for "Rising Sun" describes it as a business thriller. There aren't actually any thrills in it, but it is very interesting, as a description of how Japanese big business is buying corporate America.

I enjoy learning stuff while I'm reading, but if you just wanted a thriller, this might not be for you.
Laura Grable
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
Sep 08, 2008 Stephen rated it really liked it
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.
Listening to Michael Crichton -- at least judging by this one outing -- is very different than reading Michael Crichton.

I know, I know, listening to anything is different than reading, but I was shocked to discover how much lecturing Crichton does in his books. It goes far beyond the usual exposition of tech and ideas one would expect from a Sci-Fi writer. His lectures are long, over-blown, bordering on excruciating, but I think the magic of the written words allows those moments to be glossed
Nov 22, 2013 Bad-at-reading rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, very-bad
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
May 16, 2010 Matt rated it did not like it
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
Dec 29, 2015 Danm rated it really liked it
Solid read. Good, not great, but better than most. Not my favorite Chrichton book, but better than most I've read. Am I being repetitious?

It's a unique detective story. While Japan isn't anywhere near the economic threat to the United States like it was in the past (that title now belongs to global debt levels), this was still an interesting read. While the story was good, the real value here is a look inside the Japanese culture. Reading is fun, but it's even better when you learn something ab
May 03, 2013 Erin rated it it was ok
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
Aug 14, 2012 Kevin Lake rated it it was amazing
"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
Jeff Miller
Mar 13, 2017 Jeff Miller rated it really liked it
Really good, but dated in the cultural/political context.
William Galaini
Jun 12, 2013 William Galaini rated it it was ok
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
Jan 30, 2014 Alissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 19, 2008 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: 2fiction, action, 1paper
I have to be in the mood to read Crichton & I had this book around for years before I got to it. It was very absorbing. Nothing too special, but a well done thriller.
Jun 02, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Sep 11, 2010 Astraia rated it really liked it
Life changing. Made me xenophobic and I've never looked back!
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
Farnoosh Brock
Apr 14, 2013 Farnoosh Brock rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2014 Dong-ha rated it it was amazing
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
Graham Wilhauk
Sep 24, 2016 Graham Wilhauk rated it did not like it
GRRRRRR. This was BOOOOOOOOOORING. I think I started off the wrong foot with Michael Crichton, so I am not giving up on him just yet. However, this was TERRIBLE. So, why did I hate this book? Let's get into this.

The story is generic and BORING. It is every murder mystery novel you have never read that you see in the "Books" shelf at Walgreen's Pharmacy. It tries to have good characters, but a lot of them annoyed me from either being too boring, or too pompous. I ended up hating a character name
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
Emmy Uzor
Jul 05, 2012 Emmy Uzor rated it did not like it
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
Jan 02, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  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
P.S. Winn
Mar 17, 2015 P.S. Winn rated it really liked it
Murder, mystery and intrigue from a master story teller. Michael Crichton is one of my favorite authors and although I found a couple of his other books genres I like better the authors style and story telling prowess can't be denied. Take a trip to the orient and be ready for twists turns and excitement in a tale that only this author can do with his special brand.
Marty Greenwell
Nov 12, 2015 Marty Greenwell rated it really liked it
Quickie book. Japanese in the 1990s in a perceived world whereby the they have taken over America. How the cultures differ and collide in a murder investigation and how the Japanese need to save face vs. looking at the reality of the situation. Liked the characters.
Miguel Perez
May 16, 2013 Miguel Perez rated it liked it
Just to pass the time.
Meredith First
Dec 04, 2012 Meredith First rated it it was amazing
My favorite of his books. Michael Crichton was a genius and we lost him way too soon. RIP, Michael Crichton.
Oct 08, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was not as good as I had hoped it would be. Still entertaining though.
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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 Dougla ...more
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