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State of Fear by Michael Crichton
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Sep 11, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2006-reads, mystery-thrillers, bookclub-books

** spoiler alert ** This book was loaded with some great information. The Author attempted to write a fictional book and weave true information within the story. I think the reason he did this is, he so much wanted to get this information out, after 3 years of research. He figured, if he wrote a Non-Fiction book about a boring topic, no one would read it. So, he wrote this. The book was OK. The story was weak. They jumped all over the place. The story did not flow. The story is about A team lead by MIT scientist/federal agent John Kenner who crosses the globe to prevent the enviro terrorists from calving a giant Antarctic iceberg; inducing terrible storms and flash floods in the US; and, using giant cavitators, causing a Pacific tidal wave. Behind the terrorists lurks the fantatical, fund-seeking chief of a mainstream environmental group; on Kenner’s team, most notably, is young attorney Peter Evans, aka everyman, whose typically liberal views on global warming chill as Kenner instructs him in the truth about the so-called crisis. The novel is dense with cliffhangers and chases and derring-do, while stuffed between these, mostly via Kenner’s dialogue, is a talky yet highly provocative survey of how Crichton thinks environmentalism has derailed. There are plenty of ready-to-film minor characters as well, from a karate-kicking beauty to a dimwitted, pro-environmentalist TV star who meets one of the nastiest fates in recent fiction.
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