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The majority of the books reviewed in this series are technical in some respect. With the exception of "Eaters of the Dead," "Disclosure" might be considered the least technical of Crichton's corpus. However, there are a couple of points to be made. The plot is played out against the backdrop of the high tech industry. Once again, Crichton has demonstrated that, whatever technical understanding he had when he started the writing kick, he is long out of date and way over his head. A presentation of an Internet message header looks as if it might have been run through PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) first. (The domain name is .com.edu, for crying out loud. Are we to assume that the for-profit educational businesses have their own... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Last holiday I reread Jurassic Park. It starts out as trying to establish an erie atmosphere in which threatening situations are a constant. The book looks for the extreme in what is believable in the developments in gene technology, which makes the reader wonder about the credibility. Crichton has done his usual amount of research and uses his well-known writing style of not spanning more than a week (in this case, only a few days) of very intense events leading up to a climax. In this case the climax isn't that much of a climax. In the book version quite a number of people die, and it gets very noticable (to me) that all the 'good people' survive, and all the 'bad people' (who have in common that they don't really understand the dangers) ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Japanese in the US. Still being very Japanese. A girl is murdered and a police liason has to do the detective work while at the same time constantly running into the Japanese. A good movie has been made of this book.
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A classic book about the insanity of war and being unable to escape from it. Not too easy to read.
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The sequel to Jurassic Park. But a book that can stand on it's own. A well-written story of DNA research going wrong.
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