- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (5 September 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8172236212
- ISBN-13: 978-8172236212
- Package Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.1 x 1.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 544 g
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
State of Fear
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Praise for Michael Crichton:
‘One of the most ingenious, inventive thriller writers around… Another high-concept treat… written in consummate page-turning style’ Observer
‘This is Crichton on top form, preying on our fears about new technology and convincing us that we aren’t half as afraid as we should be’ The Times
‘Mixing cutting-edge science with thrills and spills, this is classic Crichton’ Daily Mirror
‘Crichton masterfully maintains the suspense throughout the fast-paced story … Prey will invade your nightmares for a long time to come’ Time Out
‘A satirical black-comedy thriller… Crichton writes likes Tom Wolfe on speed… completely brilliant…’ Daily Mail
‘Crichton pulls off a slick thriller at a cracking pace’ Daily Telegraph
‘Exciting … a master storyteller’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Terrific fun. The pages whip by’ Independent
‘A gripping, impeccably researched thriller’ Evening Standard
About the Author
Michael Crichton is the author of The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, The Terminal Man, The Lost World, Airframe and Timeline. He is the winner of an Edgar Award (1980; The Great Train Robbery) as well as an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for the television series ER
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The topic is that of the so-called theory of anthropogenic global warming, which personally, even as an ecologist, I never believed, that is being analysed while the author tells a great story of action and adventure, and in doing so brings us a lot of scientific information, all confirmed with real references, which can be controlled, as they are then listed in the large bibliography of the volume.
Considering the way in which the author dismantles the theory of global warming and complaints the speculation and sensationalism, which accompany it; I completely understand why this book has never become a movie. It's too much against the trend. It goes against the economic interest of the moment.
Never let it be that people read it and believe it!
Maybe one day, when public opinion will have enough of this fake ecological drama we are witnessing, the opposite theory will appear (maybe they will be telling us that we are moving toward the ice age?) and then maybe this book will come out, which will be properly manipulated.
What the book says instead is that mankind is definitely not able to demonstrate whether our planet is really going towards a global warming (we are not even able to know with certainty what the weather will be like tomorrow!), so much so that every theory from 20 years ago was later denied. Much less mankind is able to prove whether they are able to influence these events (both positively and negatively) and to what extent.
Personally I doubt it, because in reality, as the same Crichton says, we are fragile in the face of nature's power and the only thing we can do is run and hide.
Really being able to influence it is pure presumption.
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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The book goes a bit bonkers at the end, but is still a good read.