State of Fear

by Michael Crichton

HarperCollins, December, 2004.
Hardcover, 603 pages.
ISBN: 0066214130

State of Fear by Michael Crichton Michael Crichton has squandered some of his science thriller capital with his latest novel, State of Fear. Yes, he earned some capital. But why spend it so foolishly on a message that stands counter to scientific fact itself? Intertwined within the thriller is the message that we don't have enough evidence to conclude that global warming is a serious threat. Yet even a quick Google search turns up scores of credentialed scientists and organizations, such as NASA, the Pentagon, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who disagree with Crichton's statements. While it is perturbing that Crichton has given some fodder to the Dittoheads and the anti-global warming activists, there are still some exciting moments to be found in the novel. Certainly there is enough action, espionage and cutting-edge technology to keep Crichton fans interested. But Michael Crichton, the amazing, groundbreaking author of SF thrillers -- who even has dinosaurs named after him -- is capable of so much more.

--Greg Knollenberg

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This review was published in the January-February, 2005 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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