Micro

Micro

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In a locked office building in Honolulu, three men are found dead, with no sign of struggle except for ultrafine, razorsharp cuts covering their bodies.

In the lush rain forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Here seven brilliant graduate students, recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up company, are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power--armed only with their knowledge of the natural world--they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself to survive.

Melding scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction in vintage Michael Crichton fashion--completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston--Micro is an instant classic of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2012, c2011
ISBN: 9781443406420
Branch Call Number: Pbk CRI

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EljayJohnson
Jul 20, 2019

This was a throwback to the Crichton novels that I've loved: Congo, Sphere, Jurassic Park, Timeline. He was the master of a certain format: a group of diverse people, usually brilliant, are thrown into fantastical and deadly situations and must use their expertise and intellect to survive. And there's always just the right amount of almost plausible science to give it an edge.

In this novel, 7 brilliant young scientists are enticed away from their research at Harvard by the charismatic president of a cloaked-in-mystery cutting edge scientific research firm to see firsthand what his organization is up to in the wilds of Hawaii. Once they arrive, troubles of a Jurassic Park magnitude ensue (or, all hell breaks out). I don't want to say what happens, but take a good look at the book cover. Anyway, it was fun picking the order the 7 would bite the dust and in what kind of gruesome manner it would happen: how long would The Good Guy Everybody Likes last? How about the sniveling Craven Coward? The I Can Take Care of Myself, Thank You female? Or asking other fun questions like: is Matt Damon too old to play the Good Guy?

I had great fun reading this and it made me sad once again that Crichton left us too early. I'm glad this last novel got away from the preachiness of State of Fear and Next, and went back to what Crichton invented and did best.

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zipread
May 23, 2019

This book and I just didnt’t click. I made it to page 97 before I decided to throw in the towel. For me, it just seemed a little to artificial, too “hung-ho”: more like the script for a made-for-tv movie (think $8 million man remember that from the previous century?). Sorry Crichton but I just gotta move on.

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LeJitt
Nov 10, 2018

Just read a comment on another Crichton novel complaining that it was a chain of suspenseful events, each one more unbelievable than the preceding ones. I disagreed with that criticism of 'Sphere', which I found entirely believable and fascinating. Ironically, however, I found it more applicable to this final offering from the late-great author. I almost bailed early on, but I'm glad I didn't because I found that once I got past the notion that this was Tom Thumb Times Nine, I devoured the story with ravenous satisfaction. I particularly liked the horrific joy I got from the part about the hornet's chimney, so graphically explicit that I was in utter awe! Really a good read and fun to guess which parts were Crichton himself and which were contributed by the post-mortem substitute author, whose name escapes me because I haven't read anything else by the guy. I recommend you keep reading even if, like me, you find it somewhat incredulous in the early going. It turns into a fascinating, intricately detailed story, which Crichton was such a master of.

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Zozzy
Jul 07, 2018

I really enjoyed this book! I thought that the entire concept was really cool and it really got me thinking about how much of nature and the world we still haven't explored. I would have liked it if more of the characters had stayed alive and also if the ending was better wrapped up/explained because it did leave me with a few questions. Overall I really enjoyed this book and the story line and I got really hooked into it and was really cheering for the characters. A good read!!

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jachayden
Jan 23, 2018

"Honey, I shrunk the graduates."

I was disappointed that the description of this book was very misleading about the actual storyline. I wouldn't have wasted my time if I'd known. Lots of plot holes, some of which are actually pointed out in the book. Odd. Not impressed.

Completed 1/22/18.

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JaneMM
Nov 15, 2017

I agree - it would be interesting to see where the second author took over from Crichton.
I found the story to be too long - too much detail - too gory in parts. It could have been condensed and not made too much difference to the story. Great for anyone who wants the close up details of insects in Hawaii and their destructive behaviour. Why did the author kill off so many of the characters??? I am surprised that there was anyone left by the end of the book!!

PimaLib_ArturoM Feb 08, 2016

I read Michael Crichton's Micro back when it was first on PCPL's Express shelf, and I immediately loved it. As usual, Crichton's thorough research illuminates the reader's view through the dark roller coaster ride that is his writing, giving both insight into the story and to our daily lives. Don't skip this one! Even though Preston doesn't quite nail Crichton's voice the entire time, it is still worth a read.

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di0nysus
Oct 17, 2015

Loved this book. Was hard to put down.

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q730az
Aug 15, 2014

I can't understand why he's no longer with us and I still am. How could one man accomplish so much in his short time with us is amazing. To have time to write SEVEN books while being an honors student at Harvard Med School?? That just proves how inadequate the rest of us are.

I liked this book. Nanotechnology is with us now in our shampoo and so many other products. We need to think and know what it's implications are because we instantly absorb these products into our bodies…What are they doing to us? Will they turn us into…???

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JennM76
May 23, 2014

I thought this story was fascinating. I've never thought about life at the micro level, and I always walk away from his books feeling like I've learned something. It might not be the best Crichton book ever, but judged on its own merit it was quite good.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2014

Sexual Content: A brief sex scene(not graphic)

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2014

Coarse Language: Tons of F-bombs as well as Sh*t and much more

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: suspense

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2014

Violence: A lot of gore, dismemberment, incineration ect...

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Apr 16, 2014

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