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Editorial Reviews. mitsukeru.info Review. mitsukeru.info Exclusive Content. A Michael Crichton $ Read with Our Free App; Audiobook . Shades down. New York Times bestselling author Michael Crichton delivers another action- packed techo-thriller in State of mitsukeru.info a group of eco-terrorists engage in a. Michael Crichton () was the author of the ground-breaking novels The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear and Next.
There is a chilling taste like people scene that quite effectively raised the hackles on the back of my neck. A cogent theme throughout is the role of politics and fund raising in shaping scientific research. Extremely well researched and hey I enjoyed it.
View all 11 comments. Sep 17, Nathan rated it did not like it Recommends it for: People who model their life on Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park. State of Fear is centered around a plot by eco-terrorists to bring world attention to global warming by, you guessed it, blowing up half the world. Yes, the nonsensical plot that makes up the spine of this book leaves the rest of this skeletal narrative in the hands of a man we've rarely seen: Michael Crichton, political philosopher.
First of all, the book, released in , asks you to believe that there is a "state of fear" being pushed on the public in order to "scare" them into belief of Glo State of Fear is centered around a plot by eco-terrorists to bring world attention to global warming by, you guessed it, blowing up half the world.
First of all, the book, released in , asks you to believe that there is a "state of fear" being pushed on the public in order to "scare" them into belief of Global Warming so as to wreck the US economy and maintain elitist academia's stranglehold on the world. The premise, that politicians, journalists and celebrities use fear tactics to control the population is as old as time itself.
It is a practice that has been used in the history of every society on the face of the planet at some point, throughout human history. That Crichton presents this as a supposedly revolutionary idea is just the start of this novel's problems. What's more striking is that despite coming out in , in an age where until Republicans won election after election based on fear tactics whether it's Fear of Gay Marriage or Fear of Terrorism , no mention is made anywhere in the novel of the modern state of fear we are all really, genuinely, disturbingly living in.
It is telling that Crichton has good friends in the oil industry, won an award for "journalism" for this book from oil producers in the US the first award of its type, created specifically for him , and that Crichton was one of a handful of people who got a private audience with George W.
Bush to "advise" him on Global Warming. There's an old saying that people often accuse others of what they're most likely to do themselves. One has to wonder how much of Crichton's "state of fear" is really the result of his own work.
Beware those powerful, evil climatologists and academics! I'd love to live in a country where the only real "fear" was a "fear" of liberal pacifists who were worried about the weather, rather than a country where I'm told daily to fear everything about the world, and told to fear my own gut instincts, and told that questioning my government was a form of aiding terrorism.
If that's not a controlling state of fear, I don't know what is. That "state of fear" is mentioned nowhere in Crichton's love letter to his friends in the oil Industry and the White House. Crichton's State of Fear, instead, follows bumbling environmentalist Peter Evans, a basically good-hearted but naive, brainwashed liberal.
Over the course of the story, he receives his "education" on the evils of the climate change lobby by John Kenner. Kenner is a rogue agent of some mysterious government detective agency, because it could only be, obviously, a shadowy CIA-like agency that would have the courage to stand up to the vicious tree huggers.
The character of Kenner is about as filled out as a picture tube, and it is clear from the beginning that Kenner is actually Michael Crichton himself, or rather, a mouthpiece for Crichton's views.
Nowhere in the novel is the action as heavy as the dialog, and Kenner takes up most of the space with his self-indulgent rants. Consequently half the novel reads more like a transcript of an O'Reilly Factor episode than a fiction novel. The characters are flat, lifeless and dull, and nothing in this book is as intelligent, quirky or interesting as the plot devices and concepts Crichton has come up with in his other works.
Disappointing as a fan of his imaginative fiction, disappointing as someone smart enough to pick up on being lectured to an even cursory examination of his "sources" reveals how dodgy they are, hence he clearly didn't intend the novel to be of interest to anyone with one year of college under their belt , and disappointing to anyone who thinks the agenda of a work of literature should be better hidden behind solid writing though arguably that last group would include those evil academics.
View all 4 comments. Jan 19, Kiersten rated it did not like it. If you want to write an essay on your opinion of global warming, Mikey, do so. Don't disguise it as a novel when you've only got 10 pages of plot. This is propaganda written by an ultra-rich person.
Utterly despicable. I just thought Crichton was mediocre until I read this.
Now I think he's insidious. There're 2 basic thrusts: The basic plot is what you'd expect: One of the 'good' guys is John Kenner. Strangely enuf, ELF is just a bunch of dumb hippies who somehow manage to have one of the most diabolically clever plots to technologically create eco-disasters ever conceived of. Of course, in formula-writing-world, the 'evil' plot HAS to be diabolical so that the 'hero''s genius for defeating it can be exciting.
The guy who makes look like a kindergarten student? Who on earth believes this crap anymore?!
View all 12 comments. Mar 11, Margitte rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reread Dec 01, Thought-provoking, controversial, action-packed, suspenseful, well-researched, outrageous, perhaps a science-fiction, as well as fictional science book? The plot: A lawyer represents a wealthy client who is donating large amount of money to various conservation causes and gets involved in the underworld of power, greed and social manipulation. The discovery of a set of GPS points leads to the action-packed adventures which becomes the main focus of the drama.
The author stresses the importance of blowing a concept out of proportion to attract attention on a planet over-run by 7 billion people. This book is indeed one of those efforts in itself. Pro-industry, anti-NGO's. I am not interested in the scientific data used in the book, which is the main focus of the anti-establishment opponents to the book.
My personal opinion is that the author tries to expose the gross mismanagement of power, greed and disinformation with which ideas are sold to the people on the planet as absolute truths - by both sides of the scientific equation. From personal experience gained over 35 years in conservation circles, dealing with scientists, dreamers and schemers from the highest to the lowest order, as well as ordinary people living in the wilderness, I agree with most of the book!
I was actually amazed and surprised by the information used in the book. I haven't met the author, don't know him from Adam, but could not believe the detailed 'insider' knowledge that he provided in the tale.
Another issue in the book which I agree with from experience, is how the outcome of research is more often than not determined by who sponsored the research! A very good example is all the dietary conflicts with the research to prove both sides of the debate. Margarine and Butter. He is accused of being a 'hand-horse' to the high and mighty of the industrial bullies, which is the typical reaction of the similar big bullies in conservation.
The pot is accusing the kettle of being black. Oh the delight of being human! The latter is such a well-kept 'secret' in the world, current generations will obviously stagger in horror to learn more about it.
This book's main purposes, in my humble opinion, is to shock and expose, encouraging equilibrium on the scale of sanity. Too many supporters feel offended and threatened to react sensibly. The book did not change my idea of conservation at all, since we have been involved in the practical, on-the-ground, real implementation of the concepts with wards and all for 30 years.
But I am so happy to know that someone had the guts to rip the hornet's nest open. The author stresses the importance of conservation, which is an aspect of the book that is totally ignored by the opponents. He is not against the dream, he is against the implementation of the ambitious schemes on the natural world. There are several examples of conservation projects which went totally, horribly wrong, that I can add to his list, but for that I need to write a book myself and I am unable to do it as masterfully as the author.
The point is, that any human interaction with nature have dire consequences, even in conservation. It is not the industrial sector alone who make the mistakes. And this is what this book is all about. One of the most important points in the book, for me, is that office-bound intellectuals, the dreamers and schemers of life, living in cities, should stop building simulated worlds in laboratories and wearing expensive-labelled outdoor 'uniforms'. They should rather go live in the wild, listen to the indigenous people who lived with the natural world and observed it through thousands of years.
Unbowed , the autobiography of Wangari Maathai, is an excellent book to read in this regard. In this instance it was done masterfully, keeping the action fast and furious, dramatic and devastating. The book is more than pages of relentless criticism on the modus operandi of the conservation world, even exposing the possibilities of terrorism, which is also a shocking fact in reality, which I can attest to.
I dare to say that it was a much-needed effort to restore balance and thought, as previously mentioned. It left many 'Yay-Sayers' livid, and 'Nay-Sayers jubilant. The reactions to it is almost better than the book itself. Nobody wants to be caught and confronted red-handed, in their ignorant bliss, after all.
The aggressive, angry reactions to the book is almost comical. I am aware of looking for big trouble here, but I am a good sprinter, so watch this space ;- Sometimes conservation has nothing to do with nature, sometimes it is about big money and big aspirations. This is the core message of this book. A secret that desperately needed to be aired in the open. This is another reread for me. View all 10 comments. Aug 15, Dan rated it it was amazing. Exciting book!
I've read it 3 times now. After reading State of Fear you'll think everyone who believes in global warming is an idiot. Definitely read the author's message at the end, it's really interesting. View all 9 comments. Jun 22, Evan rated it did not like it. As a thriller, this books fails to achieve Cricthon's usual intensity.
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The plot is an obvious vehicle for the rhetoric, and full of predictable thriller-writer strategies. The premise--climate scientists with guns--never ceases to feel absurd. The characterizations are flatter than usual, and vicious where he means them to be merely satirical.
There is cranky old man venom in the writing. In short, this book is a piece of propaganda and would never have been published were it not for Crichton's As a thriller, this books fails to achieve Cricthon's usual intensity. In short, this book is a piece of propaganda and would never have been published were it not for Crichton's name brand staus.
But his long-honed writerly reflexes kick in enough to make the book readable. The speeches are actually the most thrilling part of the book, and examine environmentalism from a critical perspective that is unorthodox, convincing, and fascinating. Despite being a bad piece of fiction, it did get me to look hard at some my beliefs and where I got them. Bad fiction, interesting propaganda. Global warming advocates and opponents.
Michael Crichton continues to impress with both his story telling and with his researching capabilities. State of Fear, on its surface, is a novel about the global warming debate. But the issues it touches upon go deeper than just whether or not global warming is a phenomenon we should be concerned about. A particularly cogent theme of the book is the role of politics in shaping scientific research. In particular, Crichton delves into how global warming research is shaped by political agendas bo Michael Crichton continues to impress with both his story telling and with his researching capabilities.
In particular, Crichton delves into how global warming research is shaped by political agendas both by opponents and proponents in calculating, reporting and releasing results. A striking moment in the novel occurs when a leading environmental advocate is willing to fabricate scientific evidence for his cause. Perhaps one the more enjoyable themes is the hypocrisy of major environmental advocates who rely on faulty research while flying around on private jets and running up enormous energy bills.
In his afterword, Crichton states that he believes global warming is a real concern. State of Fear is meant to push the reader to consider that his or her position on global warming may be based on faulty research and political ideology rather than scientific fact.
And that, above all, is a real cause for concern. If you've read many of my reviews you know it's not unusual for me to open a review with something like "This is an interesting book" or simply "Interesting". That applies here also. I looked through some of the other reviews of this book and I find that in many if not most cases the "number of stars in the rating" depends heavily on whether you agree with the stance of the main character or one of the main characters, Kenner is the spokesman in most of the narratives but the protagonist is Evan If you've read many of my reviews you know it's not unusual for me to open a review with something like "This is an interesting book" or simply "Interesting".
I looked through some of the other reviews of this book and I find that in many if not most cases the "number of stars in the rating" depends heavily on whether you agree with the stance of the main character or one of the main characters, Kenner is the spokesman in most of the narratives but the protagonist is Evans.
Oh, Yeah. The book's story telling isn't bad and while I've read better by Crichton, I've also read worse.
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I did get involved with the plot and liked the characters fairly well though Peter did gripe me a bit for a while. The thing is he was supposed to so I really can't complain. I found the objections raised by several other reviewers to be unfounded, the book is pretty good The book itself deals with the global warming controversy.
The main character is a lawyer sorry attorney working for a large environmental organization. During the course of the book buried or scattered amidst the book's plot are dialogs and discussions about said controversy. While it is the case that if an author wants to make a point and he's writing both sides of a conversation the cards are a bit stacked in his favor, here Crichton does a fairly credible job of offering objections.
I've run on many of the things said here and I've experience situations like the ones pictured in the book. It would have been easy for Crichton to have indulged in Straw Man arguing, mostly he avoids this. The picture of these debates and the people who try to prove the unprovable and when they can't mostly refuse to acknowledge reality is real. I know some of them sets the backdrop for a story of environmental terrorists who set out to engineer environmental disasters.
From this they will establish credibility In retrospect I can see why reviewers in sympathy with said position might not care for the book. So, be aware and if you're basically a global warming zealot maybe you give this one a pass. If on the other hand you think the evidence for human caused global warming may have been somewhat overstated like Nobel Prize winner Dr.
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Ivar Giaever who "quit" the America Physics Society over their stance that the evidence was "incontrovertible" with which he "strongly" disagreed or if you consider yourself to still be undecided, maybe you try the book.
Hey the story's pretty good. The arguments aren't bad though I see some who disagree with me there In other words, not a bad read and at times pretty good. There's a nice unusual murder weapon and some satisfying action to go with the debates. View all 6 comments. Oct 16, Ann rated it really liked it Shelves: Holy crap. First of all, a good, solid Crichton novel. Second, you will never think about global warming or science in general the same way again I don't know how much of the information about global warming presented in the book is true, but it sure does make you wonder about a lot of things.
What the book is really about is the politicization of science and the manipulation even if unintentional of scientific information. And all of this is presented in the form of an exciting, well-told, Holy crap. And all of this is presented in the form of an exciting, well-told, well-developed story about a young lawyer caught in the middle of a conspiracy concocted by a non-profit environmental organization to draw attention and thus money to the issue of global warming.
And we think only industry tries to pull the wool over our eyes Although a work of fiction, it raises some very interesting, and important, questions. Don't miss Crichton's own comments at the end of the novel- especially about eugenics in the U.
Jul 08, Patrick Mcginley rated it did not like it Recommends it for: This is the worst book I have ever had the misfortune of wasting my time with. Not only are the politics deplorable it's about a group of eco-terrorists who induce fake desasters to back up their false claims of global warming , it's also shoddily written.
The characters are paper thin and idiotic, the hero is a dim-witted buffoon, and the plot consists of icreasingly boring action-scenes, interrupted by the preachings of an obnoxious Jack Bauer rip-off. The bad guys all drive Priuses and the g This is the worst book I have ever had the misfortune of wasting my time with.
The bad guys all drive Priuses and the good guys SUVs. And at the end Martin Sheen, or his lame-brained stand in, gets eaten by a horde of cannibals. Actually, it sounds quite funny when you think about it Stay away! View 1 comment.
Sep 28, Miquel Reina rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm a big fan of Michael Crichton novels and "State of Fear" isn't an exception. This is a book that you can read very easily because of it has a well written archetypal and blockbuster Hollywood style.
If you want to read something entertaining and you love the thrillers that mix science, politics and conspiracy theories then this is your book! Sep 18, Ruth E. Balanced perspective on the issues of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming aka "climate change" , politicized science, romanticized environmentalism, poorly informed decisions, and media bias.
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