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State of Fear

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A New York Times Bestseller

A #1 Amazon Bestseller

In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor.

In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly cavitation technology, built to his specifications.

In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters off New Guinea.

And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means.

Thus begins Michael Crichton's exciting and provocative technothriller, State of Fear. Only Michael Crichton's unique ability to blend science fact and pulse-pounding fiction could bring such disparate elements to a heart-stopping conclusion.

This is Michael Crichton's most wide-ranging thriller. State of Fear takes the reader from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of Antarctica, from the Arizona desert to the deadly jungles of the Solomon Islands, from the streets of Paris to the beaches of Los Angeles. The novel races forward, taking the reader on a rollercoaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear. Gripping and thought-provoking, State of Fear is Michael Crichton at his very best.

Editorial Reviews

“Cliffhanging action sequences.”

New York Times

“[A] snappy eco-thriller.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Provocative and controversial. [Crichton] marries compelling subject matter with edge-of-your-seat storytelling.” 

USA Today

“Scary? You bet.”


“In State of Fear, Michael Crichton delivers a lightning-paced technopolitical thriller…every bit as informative as it is entertaining.”

Wall Street Journal

“Fascinating for how Crichton was trying to make the very absence of fear spooky.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“A master. A connoisseur of catastrophe.”

Los Angeles Times

“Michael Crichton’s new book will appeal to your inner techie.”

Washington Post Book World

“Crichton has written a book that deserves to be taken seriously.”

New Yorker

“This is definitely one for the Christmas list.”

National Review

“He understands science and how to separate fact from fiction. Impressive documentation.”

Washington Times

“An exciting story…in the hands of a master storyteller like Crichton, it’s good entertainment.”

Sunday Telegraph (London)

“Terrific fun.”

Daily Telegraph (London)

“Very enjoyable.”

Evening Standard (London) 

“One of the real pleasures of Crichton’s books is their erudite polish.”


“The thrills of Crichton’s latest are interspersed with fascinating facts and data. Perhaps his most serious and important book yet.”


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    • 5/5

    A Bold Novel showing the flaws in the panic of global warming

    Henry December 14, 2015
    This book was riveting. The narrator was excellent as well. Crichton became unpopular just by writing this book bringing out many of the factual lies and errors of the "panic over global warming and climate change" movement. He really had to have guts to write this one. But he was compelled by the facts.
    I did not get this book from Downpour. I bought it years ago from another audio book company.
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    • 2/5

    Good theme, bad novel

    Ash Ryan March 26, 2013
    Some reviewers have commented positively about Michael Crichton's State of Fear not only as a source of information about the science (and junk science) of global warming, but also as a novel. On the latter point, I must disagree emphatically.

    The novel does have the skeleton of a decent plot, but it is fleshed out so ineptly that at times it is difficult to discern. I have never read a novel more in need of editing. There are so many loose ends left untied at the end that upon finishing the book you feel as though your copy must be missing several pages of denouement. All of the romantic interests go nowhere--although perhaps for a good reason, since the main protagonist is hardly an inspiring, masculine hero.

    In fact, nearly all of the characters are among the least interesting that Crichton has ever created. The few of them who are truly heroic are characterized so thinly that they are not really characters at all, but simply vehicles for Crichton to deliver scientific facts, and on occasion perform Bond-like feats of espionage when Crichton apparently remembers that there is a plot that he must resolve somehow.

    Entire chapters (and even characters) could (and should) have been cut without adversely affecting the plot, theme, or characterization of the novel. Some chapters consisted of the protagonist dealing with characters (such as the humanitarian's wife) who had absolutely nothing to do with the plot, and who were entirely absent for the rest of the story.

    While the theme of State of Fear is far superior to much of Crichton's earlier work, its implementation is vastly inferior. <i>As a novel,</i> I enjoyed Jurassic Park more than State of Fear (though I disagree with the ideas presented in the former).

    My recommendation: don't make the mistake I did and waste your money purchasing State of Fear. Instead, just go to the library and photocopy its bibliography.
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Author Biography

Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was a writer and filmmaker best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. He 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. His first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. 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.

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George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.

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