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Michael Crichton was a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, researching public policy with Jacob Bronowski. Crichton's first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. Now one of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen have been made into films.
He had a lifelong interest in computers. His feature film Westworld was the first to employ computer-generated special effects back in 1973. Crichton's pioneering use of computer programs for film production earned him a Technical Achievement Academy Award in 1995. Crichton has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for ER. In 2002, a newly discovered ankylosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini.
Michael Crichton died in 2008.
A thought-provoking issued-led book examining the ethical and practical problems faced by those obsessed by the great advantages that can be gleaned from genetic engineering and the mad rush to get these products on to the market without proper controls in place to protect the public. There are few answers and you are left unclear about what to think about anyone of the issues … and there are many! I found it quite frightening, compelling and demanding.Similar this month: None but try Frederick Forsyth.Comparison: Bill Napier, Michael Cordy.
Another good read from Michael Crichton. . He always comes up with a good “what if?” premise and this one is just as thought provoking as his others. It might take a little bit more effort to get past some of the science speak but once this book gets going its fast action pace sweeps you along to a great finale.
Big ecological blockbuster, long and slow to start where Mr Crichton indulges in intellectual arguments on global warming, fascinating stuff. The action doesn’t really hot-up until two-thirds hrough, then it doesn’t let up. Comparison: Bill Napier, David Gibbins, Dan Brown (non-religious). Similar this month: Michael Cordy, John Courtenay Grimwood.
State of Fear builds on the distinctive blend of fear, fantasy, and authentic cutting-edge science that Crichton is so famous for. But this is all we know as the book was published simultaneously around the world on the 6th of December and prior to that very little information was released. So read it now yourself and decide!
You’ve no doubt seen the film, but the book is so much darker it has to be read. This will scare you far more than any special effects because not only are Crichton’s descriptions of this genetically engineered park terrifying he looks much more in to the significance of tampering with cloning and the people who have no care except for their own selfish ideas and wishes. Humans can sometimes be more scary than dinosaurs!
Another Crichton novel that made it to the big screen but the film does not do it justice. Somehow Crichton has a knack for making the unbelievable seem completely plausible – gorillas fluent in sign language??? We believe it! Set in the dark jungles of the Congo another thoroughly absorbing read.
From Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, comes a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last! If you thought Jurassic Park was an adventure, you should try the Wild West! 1876. In the lawless territories of the Wild West, two teams of explorers are pitted against one another. Their quarry? Dinosaur bones. But in a land filled with hostile Indian tribes and towns where pistol fights are a daily occurrence, every exploit puts their lives in danger... William Johnson, a student with more privilege than sense, finds himself plunged into this deadly environment after making a brash wager. Alongside Edwin Drinker Cope, the famed adventurer, he stumbles upon a momentous discovery - dragon teeth of a fantastic size! But to keep this extraordinary treasure safe, William must first confront some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters...
From Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, comes a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last! If you thought Jurassic Park was an adventure, you should try the Wild West! 1876. Two paleontologists, desperate to beat each other in their quest to find dinosaur fossils, brave the lawless territories of the Wild West. Facing hostile Indian tribes and towns where pistol fights are a daily occurrence, each excursion puts their lives in danger. William Johnson, a student with more privilege than sense, joins paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition, after making a brash wager. But Marsh is convinced William is a spy for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, and abandons him. Soon William joins forces with Cope and together, they stumble upon a momentous discovery - dragon teeth of a fantastic size! But to keep this extraordinary treasure safe, William must first confront some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters...
From Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, comes a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last!If you thought Jurassic Park was an adventure, you should try the Wild West!1876. In the lawless territories of the Wild West, two teams of explorers are pitted against one another. Their quarry? Dinosaur bones. But in a land filled with hostile Indian tribes and towns where pistol fights are a daily occurrence, every exploit puts their lives in danger...William Johnson, a student with more privilege than sense, finds himself plunged into this deadly environment after making a brash wager. Alongside Edwin Drinker Cope, the famed adventurer, he stumbles upon a momentous discovery - dragon teeth of a fantastic size!But to keep this extraordinary treasure safe, William must first confront some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters...
From Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, comes a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last! The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. Against this backdrop two paleontologists pillage the Wild West for dinosaur fossils, while deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, and abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. Soon William joins forces with Cope and stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. The struggle to protect this extraordinary treasure, however, will test William's newfound resilience and pit him against some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters...
The year is A.D. 922. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Baghdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who are journeying to the barbaric North. He is appalled by their Viking customsthe wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanlinesstheir cold-blooded human sacrifices. But it is not until they reach the depths of the Northland that the courtier learns the horrifying and inescapable truth: he has been enlisted by these savage, inscrutable warriors to help combat a terror that plagues thema monstrosity that emerges under cover of night to slaughter the Vikings and devour their flesh.Eaters of the Dead was adapted to the screen as The 13th Warrior, starring Antonio Banderas.
Ingenious and beguiling. TimeCrichton keeps us guessing at every turn in his best work since The Andromeda Strain. Los Angeles TimesSphere may be Crichtons best novel, but even if it ranked only second or third, it would be a must for suspense fans. Miami HeraldA classic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Crichton, Sphere is a bravura demonstration of what he does better than anyone: riveting storytelling that combines frighteningly plausible, cutting-edge science and technology with pulse-pounding action and serious chills. The gripping story of a group of American scientists sent to the ocean floor to investigate an alien ship, only to confront a terrifying discovery that defies imagination, Sphere is Crichton primetruly masterful fiction from the ingenious mind that brought us Prey, State of Fear, and Jurassic Park.Sphere was made into a film directed by Barry Levinson, which starred Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson.
In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive? Based on fact, as lively as legend, and studded with all the suspense and style of a modern fiction master, here is a classic caper novel set a decade before the age of dynamiteyet nonetheless explosive.Michael Crichton wrote and directed the screen adaptation of The Great Train Robbery, starring Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland.
Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists are mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes.Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodiesall motionless except for one moving imagea grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 signs, the most ever learned by a primate, and she likes to finger paint. But recently her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match, with stunning accuracy, the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642a drawing of an ancient lost city. A new expeditionalong with Amyis sent into the Congo, where they enter a secret world, and the only way out may be through a horrifying death.Congo was made into a film directed by Frank Marshall.
A riveting thriller of corporate intrigue and cutthroat competition between American and Japanese business interestsOn the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto tower in downtown Los Angelesthe new American headquarters of the immense Japanese conglomeratea grand opening celebration is in full swing.On the forty-sixth floor, in an empty conference room, the corpse of a beautiful young woman is discovered.The investigation immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue, a no-holds-barred conflict in which control of a vital American technology is the fiercely coveted prizeand in which the Japanese saying business is war takes on a terrifying reality.Rising Sun was made into a film, starring Sean Connery.As well built a thrill machine as a suspense novel can be. The New York Times Book ReviewA grand maze of plot twists Crichtons gift for spinning a timely yarn is going to be enough, once again, to serve a current tenant of the bestseller list with an eviction notice. New York Daily News
From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes a neurological thriller about the dangers of cutting-edge medical experimentation.Harry Benson suffers from violent seizures. So violent that he often blacks out when they take hold. Shortly after severely beating two men during an episode, the police escort Benson to a Los Angeles hospital for treatment. There, Dr. Roger McPherson, head of the prestigious Neuropsychiatric Research Unit, is convinced he can cure Benson with an experimental procedure that would place electrodes deep in his brains pleasure centers, effectively short-circuiting Harry's seizures with pulses of bliss. The surgery is successful, but while Benson is in recovery, he discovers how to trigger the pulses himself. To make matters worse his violent impulses have only grown, and he soon escapes the hospital with a deadly agenda....
Boston 1968When one doctor is accused of murder, it takes another to set him free.In the tightly knit world of Boston medicine, the Randall family reigns supreme. When heart surgeon J. D. Randalls teenage daughter dies during a botched abortion, the medical community threatens to explode. Was it malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic Oath? Or was Karen Randall murdered in cold blood?The natural suspect is Arthur Lee, a brilliant surgeon and known abortionist, who has been carrying out the illegal procedure with the help of pathologist John Berry. After Karen dies, Lee is thrown in jail on a murder charge, and only Berry can prove his friend wasnt the one who wielded the scalpel. Behind this gruesome death, Berry will uncover a secret that would shock even the most hardened pathologist.A Case of Need was adapted to the screen as The Carey Treatment, directed by Blake Edwards and starring James Coburn.
To rescue his girlfriend, a weed dealer scraps for a score.The suitcase looks like a standard weekend bag. But like the man who carries it, it isnt what it seems. Lined with tinfoil to mask the smell, it is a smugglers bag and will soon be filled to the brim with marijuana bricks.The smuggler is a Harvard student who has come to California to make his fortune. He hopes to score not just with his connection but with his new girlfriend, a Golden State beauty with an appetite for fine weed. When the deal goes south, she takes the fall, and a crooked FBI agent swipes half the stash. To free his girl, this pothead will have to make the deal of a lifetime.
The plan: to rob the Reina, a super-luxury hotel off the coast of Spain. The crew: three seasoned criminals with the skills to pull off the heist of the century. The edge: every aspect of the scheme has been simulated in a computer, down to the last variable.The complication: three beautiful women with agendas of their ownand the sort of variables no computer can fathom.
To prevent an arms shipment from reaching the Middle East a terrorist group has been carrying out targeted assassinations in EgyptPortugalDenmarkFrance. In response, the United States sends one of its deadliest agents to take the killers down.But when the agent is delayed in transit, lawyer Roger Carr gets mistaken for him. Now, with some of the world's deadliest men after him, will he survive long enough to prove his identity?
Beneath the sands of the Egyptian desert lies treasure beyond imagining. And when a professor of archeology finds clues to the location of a Pharaoh's lost tomb in ancient hieroglyphs, he hatches a plan to find the burial siteand plunder it.But can a five-man team of smugglers and thieves uncover what the centuries have hidden? And even if they find it, can they escape with itand with their lives?
American radiologist Peter Ross just wanted a vacation. But when he meets the beautiful Angela Locke on a Spanish beach, he soon finds himself caught in a murderous crossfire between rival gangs seeking a precious artifact.From Barcelona to the rain-swept streets of Paris, from the towers of the Alhambra to its darkest catacombs, Peter Ross is an ordinary man in desperate circumstances: racing to uncover a secret lost for centuries, before he becomes its next victim.