State of Fear, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


The Number One international bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Congo and Sphere takes on global warming in this gripping and critically acclaimed thriller.

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

Thus begins Michael Crichton's exciting and provocative techno-thriller State of Fear.

Only Crichton's unique ability to blend scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction could bring such disparate elements to a heart-stopping conclusion.

This is 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 on a roller-coaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear. Gripping and thought-provoking, State of Fear is Michael Crichton at his best.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 736 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780007181605



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Clearly, the story was written to justify the research. The characters were not as fully developed as I like, I lost track of what was really going on and thought it repetitive.

Review by

Putting aside all the politics and the opinions of whether or not you believe global warming in the next great calamity mankind has to face or a bunch of hot air - Crichton's book is entertaining, fast paced, and kept up the intrigue from beginning to end. It's a tad odd to have a fiction novel that notated with annotations throughout - Crichton seemed bent on ensuring that there was no doubt his fictional characters existed in a non-fiction world. I enjoy books that challenge the norm and force you to step back and rethink what everyone else takes at face value. This would be one of those books.

Review by

I am only about one fourth the way through the story, but I think it is really interesting. It tackled the issue of global warming and the problems it may bring, or may not bring. What I have read so far is there is a group of people doing a mass of research on global warming, and perparing a case on global warming for court. So far the story is very intersting to me. Although I don't see the point of showing a court global warming who are they going to sue, the planet?

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This is a novel with climate change as the main subject. Part way through I had a peek at the appendix at the back which gave the author's own view on the matter. It wouldn't have had to read much further to work out what he thought as it was clear which side the good guys were on. I found the author's obvious opinion tended to overshadow the story, though it's a well written story. I've enjoyed his other books more.

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