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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  81,311 ratings  ·  3,249 reviews
In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor. In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly cavitation technology, built to his specifications. In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters off New Guinea. And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means. Th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Avon (first published December 7th 2004)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Chrichton is superficially playing with ethical and political ideas in one of his worst novels. Others weren´t really good too, but at least he avoided showing that he didn´t do his homework when dealing with an important topic.

I don´t know why Chrichton integrated climate change activists as a key element without doing his research and invited in this way much true criticism of that one shouldn´t so superficially deal with a very complex and controversial context to boost the sales of a book, e
Robert McDonald
Nov 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Run Reason
Jan 02, 2008 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
Jan 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
Sep 17, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 18, 2012 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
Apr 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
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 as s ...more
Reread Dec 01, 2014

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 drama.

"State of
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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
Mar 20, 2007 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
Patrick Mcginley
Jul 08, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Ruth E. R.
Balanced perspective on the issues of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (aka "climate change"), politicized science, romanticized environmentalism, poorly informed decisions, and media bias.

Exciting! Provocative. From the brilliant mind of Michael Crichton, M.D. Like all of his books, he describes scientific concepts, and the new directions they may take, in the context of a dramatic story.

Extensively researched, contains footnotes and a bibliography, including his personal opinions, of
Sarah Nelson
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The story itself was just okay.
I do like that he presented both full sides of the argument.
The best part of this novel was the scene on pages 499-506, which explains the title of the novel “State of Fear” & couldn’t be more true (& actually has nothing to do with global warming 😆).
Having worked for the media in the past, I can tell you that it is very true. They only wanted us to write stories that inspired feelings of hate, anger & fear in the reader. Why? Because the media is actually a busi
Apr 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 18, 2013 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
Jul 30, 2007 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
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
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This book was not quite what I expected. I mean it's all there in the plot summary: environmental extremists are running around the globe trying to cause or amplify "natural" disasters. Peter Evans, lawyer for billionaire and environmental enthusiast George Morton, is unwittingly sucked into the race to expose the bad guys and foil their plans.

Usually climate fiction strives to warn people of the dangers of global warming. I read Kim Stanley Robinson's, New York 2140 this year, which imagined a
Nov 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Trigger warnings: violence, gore, cannibalism (seriously), car accident, murder. I think that's all, apart from offensive abuse of science.

So this was technically a reread for me. Except that considering I read it the year it came out, I'd forgotten literally everything that happens in the story. And I probably should have known that it would end very badly when my brother saw me grab it off the bookshelf the other day and said "Ooooh, that book is gonna make you REALLY mad..."

He was not wrong
Ashley Daviau
Mar 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was most definitely not the book for me. I’ve enjoyed other books by Crichton but this one just fell flat for me. I felt like I was reading a science text book and while I do enjoy learning new things when I read, I don’t want to feel like I’m in school being lectured and that’s what reading this book felt like to me. The story got buried beneath all the jargon and it just about bored me to tears!
Tippy Jackson
Nov 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2009
"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
Michael Adamchuk
This is two novels in one. The first is a thriller about a group of eco-terrorists who are planning to create three catastrophic events and the people who are out to try to stop the events from occurring. The terrorists are being funded by an eco-minded nonprofit looking for publicity and more funding. The second is the author's arguments for and against global warming and climate change and how little we know about either subject and how we are approaching the subjects all wrong. He follows up ...more
May 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: burn
I disliked this book intensely. Right from the beginning it was critical of enviornmental subjects such as global warming. I was involved with through such studies in the 1990s and into the new century, and many of his opinions were ill-founded: although I recognized that the problems he spoke of exist, they are hardly dominant in any of the enviromental fields.He claimed to be a defender of the scientific method regarding an approach to the crises apparent in the world, yet there were obvious g ...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 Doug ...more

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