“State of Fear”, by Michael Crichton

Read in October 2005.

This is the latest book by Michael Crichton – he finally got back to doing proper Science Fiction – with the emphasis on the science. The story is about global warming, and the premise is that terrorists may be the environmentalists trying to validate the causes they support.

The story is littered with references as if it is an academic paper, but it has very similar character development as Timeline. The hero is presented as a wimpy anti-hero (and he’s a lawyer this time) but over the course of events (where there isn’t much of an explanation why he’s on the adventure) he becomes tougher and more like the real hero.

The story is quick moving and fun to read. It has parts that read like a movie, but it is much much much better than Prey.

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