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Michael Crichton & Richard Preston

Micro by Michael Crichton & Richard Preston Book Summary

In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting, feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up, Nanigen MicroTechnologies, which dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii. But once in the rainforest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power

An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Michael Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.

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Book Name Micro
Genre Mysteries & Thrillers
Language English
E-Book Size 3.03 MB

Micro (Michael Crichton & Richard Preston) Book Reviews 2023

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Not the MC that I know. I gave up on this poorly written children's book. I was hoping for a well developed story by the great MC but got a cartoonish and poorly styled bunch of crap. When Peter or whomever was dropped into the snake cage, I couldn't go on. Boo for attaching a talented author's name to something he would never produce!

Micro. Smartly written as usual, edge of your seat plot twists, fast paced. Mr. Crichton’s writing puts you right in the action and you feel every word just as the character does. It’s an amazing last novel by one of the best and smartest authors of the last half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty first. He’s certainly missed but his amazing body of work will endure forever.

Micro. Great ...

Bug Bomb. Yet again, Crichton delivers an intriguing subject that, in essence, warns of the folly of man's attempt to control the uncontrollable (read "State of Fear," "Jurassic Park," and "Airframe" for better examples). In "Micro: A (Lame) Novel," Crichton went back to the development of nano-technology as an example of how scientists are developing technologies without fully understanding the long-term effects on man. I think he was trying to make up for "Prey." But he failed. Here's the short version: 1. Too Many Characters 2. Too Many Characters with Too Much Knowledge 3. Too Much Repetition 4.. Too Much Repetition Here's the long version: 1. Too Many Characters. The story consists of a group of 7 PhD-bound students/scientists being wooed by a cutting-dge nano-tech company in Hawaii. There are another 4 or 5 characters at the EvilNanoTech company, a couple police officers, and a few other minor characters to keep track of. There are so many characters that both first and last name are used...even when the group is reduced to two. And even though no characters share the same first or last name. If there is only one Karen in the entire novel, you don't have to write Karen King every time the character is mentioned. It's fine to have a group of this number; after all, some need to be killed off (and I LOVED that a main character was killed!! Ooops! Was that a spoiler?? Sorry.) (Ha! I'm NOT sorry!! Not sorry at all!!!!) but in "Micro" the characters are too much alike and all blended together. "Jurassic Park" had just as many characters, but at least they were all different. Here, the only thing differentiating them are names and some minor quirks. Basically, we're reading about one mildly schizophrenic protagonist with six undeveloped alternate personalities. 2. Too Many Characters With Too Much Knowledge. All the characters know too much! Normally, this isn’t bothersome, but in “Micro” the characters were quickly able to identify potential danger and overcome the obstacle. Where is the fun in that? “Jurassic Park” would have been much less interesting if everyone stranded on the tour were experts in dinosaurs…more drama arose because of the presence of the Chaos Theory character and the two children. In “Micro” every potential danger is quickly explained and overcome; every mysterious vision or encounter is quickly explained and classified , immediately taking away any sense of fear or danger. Nearly all of Crichton’s fictitious novels are about man’s need to control the (uncontrollable) natural world. The reason is that man fears what he cannot control,. Even the act of identifying and naming a plant or animal diminishes our fear: the unknown becomes known.. Yet in “Micro” Crichton/Preston identify every animal, plant and phenomenon, thus taking away our fear of the unknown…essentially ruining the mystery and fear that we may experience. So, by creating characters who are all experts in their field the whole adventure too easy. Better to have only one or two characters with this level of knowledge, thus creating an urgency in the group (and for the reader) to keep those characters alive. (Hmmm...how to word this...The writing is too repetitive? Yes! The Writing is Too Repetitive! Perfect.) 3. The Writing is Too Repetitive. Any book that tackles a subject that is unknown to the general public will need to resort to some degree of repetition.. But in "Micro" there are dozens of instances where a character thinks something, then states the exact same thing out loud. The writing is simply too repetitive. I do not need to read that death-by-nano-bot is painless, then have Evil Venture Capitalist tell Heroic Protagonist that he "won't feel a thing" and then telling Heroic Protagonist AGAIN one page later. I'm not going to bother searching through my Kindle to find exact passage, but trust me, there are dozens of examples through out the book. If you read the book, you’ll find there are dozens of passages where repetition is abused. The writing is simply too repetitive. In the end, if you like Crichton and you like Preston, you are going to read this book no matter what I say. After all, who the hell am I? However, once you have finished "Micro" I want you to remember that I told you so.

Would make an awesome movie. Once again Crichton creates a story that takes the imagination into a movie like trance. Great story line..great science fiction..great action..great book..

An insult to Michael Chrichton. I've read everything MC has written, and this nothing close. MC loves technology and biology and can make the seemingly ridiculous seem plausible while explaining the complex in layman's terms. This book made no attempt to explain the technology, the characters had no depth, and the dialogue was just juvenile. maymhave come from an outline of his, but these are far from his words or his development. Somebody is making a lot of money using his name, and I find it an insult to his memory.

First Crichton book I didn. I was aware of the "co-authoring" of this book before it was published, but I would really like to know how much of it Mr. Crichton actually wrote. I have been a fan of Mr. Crichton since the Andromeda Strain and even though some of his works were much better than others (I liked Pirate Latitudes but it was one of his lesser works), this book comes no where close to his usual standards. While the premise was interesting, at times (and I made it through about 1/3 of the book) it seemed more like a entomology reference book. I just never carried enough about the characters. I will probably go back to it at some time, but still a disappointment. I realize that the publication of this book meant money for his family, but not sure if that justifies it's possible negative effect on his writing legacy.

Re. Micro. Grave robbing. Like Pirate Latitudes, this book is nowhere near M.C.'s talents or standards. Seems like the publisher is patching together fragments of manuscripts probably deemed unfit or too immature for publication by the author himself. This is just an attempt to wring more money out of an established body of work and it diminishes the authors reputation...Shame.

Honey I Shrunk the College Kids. But even worse than the cheesy Rick Moranis movie by Disney. An eye rolling “twist” halfway through with a rushed ending that provides no substance except a typical Crichton one liner that obviously alludes to a coming sequel 🙄

Micro. Great read...sure makes me miss Michael Crichton.

Don't buy. Thoroughly disappointed. Mid-level reading at best.

Great Idea, Flawed Delivery. Crichton always fascinates me with his sci-fi prowess. Coming up with new and fascinating ways to incorporate alien worlds into real life-ish contexts. This is another example, it's 'Honey I Shrunk The Kids' meets 'Jurassic Park' meets 'Saw'. Its a visceral and an intriguing subject, seeing the world from a different vantage but it comes with all of the normal - 'race against the clock' clichés however I'm actually ok with that. The problem is the delivery just falls flat, I have no issues with there being 'a lot of characters' as some have pointed out, most survival/adventure stories involve 7 or 8 characters all being picked off one by one (think: The Poseidon Adventure, or The Towering Inferno) however it did seem a bit far fetched that each person working in these labs were über-intelligent yet in very specific fields that of course would come in handy in intervals of the story. Some of the situations felt too contrived like a film that cuts out important plot points to fit into a 90 minute format. But if you can overlook those contrivances there is true suspense to be had. Not to give away too much more of the story, suffice it to say its a quick and satisfying read that ultimately will not go down in history as an all-time great. It's just another case of big idea, SMALL delivery.

Delicious. I loved it. I couldn’t stop. Michael Crichton is such a deep writer. Finished it in 1 day! Must recommend for any Michael Crichton fan for sure.

Micro. Very disappointing. Not at all up to what I expect from Crichton. At least Jurassic Park was somewhat plausible. This book is not.

A dog's breakfast. The concept of Micro could have been fascinating, but the novel is a mess from start to finish, especially the ending. The characters are like cartoon figures and the plot goes round and round with little interest. I so enjoyed Michael Crichton's past writing. It's a shame this book was published at all. Instead of ending his bright career with a strong novel, Micro leaves it with a big black mark.

Entertaining bit of Crichton fluff. Reading Micro is like re-reading Jurassic Park. It's exciting, full of science ideas. There are scientific errors, but it's good bubble gum for your brain. Will make a good summer movie in a few years.

Quality Read. More great literature from Mc’s mind. Didn’t know much about Preston but intrigued to read more.

Lame, lame, lame. I've been such a fan of Crichton's other work for years. This was such a disappointment. It felt like a bad "C" movie. The science is shallow requiring stupendous leaps to really stretch the implausible.

Laugh out loud funny. Although it's not supposed to be........ridiculous characters, goofy story and visuals from the narrative guaranteed to crack you up!

Worst ending ever. Love MC but this doesnt do him justice. Flat ending. Maybe get it paper back. Worth 99cents not 10$.

Great read. Easy read. Keeps your attention. Would make a good movie.

Really??. This book had the depth of a shallow puddle and was about as interesting. The concept has so much possibility but this dribble was a testament to the greed of the publisher trying to milk a few more dollars from the past reputation of a once good writer. Someone should be ashamed of this product. Sadly, I suspect instead they are laughing all the way to the bank.

Microbots. Great book a real page turner

Too bad Crichton was not able to complete his work. Very interesting idea.. The book started off good but mid-way through, it became dull and the ending was just flat--I almost fall asleep :(

Entertaining. If you are looking for a realistic, quantitative science read, this isn't it. If you enjoy an unbridled ride of imagination, then you will enjoy this book. Forget who wrote what and how much, it's a good read. There are a few shallow spots, but overall an entertaining book experience.

Reminds Me of Another Book. I love Michael Crichton's books. I've read almost every book he has wrote. Of course when I heard about this I knew I was gonna get it. I also heard that Richard Preston was finishing the book. Microtechnology, thats what reminded me of Prey. It was a great read. Just didn't have the Crichton physics. Under-Developed characters. It's all based on one group. I'm disapointed that they didn't have different plots among the characters. Also, you might as well say it was a book by Richard Prreston because it was obvious that it was written in his style. But it still has that Crichton touch. If you are looking for that final Michael Crichton fix, this is the book for you.

Sad. I got to believe Michael Crichton is tossing in his grave. I am losing the battle with myself to always finish the book you have started and since I am writing this review one can assume I lost.

Great Book. I started this book the day it came out and finished it a day or two later, and it was an EXCELLENT book. While some of it was written not by Crichton but by Richard Preston, Preston himself is an excellent and accomplished writer. Reading a book written by the both of them was even better!

Enjoyable fast read. A good vacation read. Fast paced.

Michael what were you you thinking?. This book had a lot of potential to be a very good story, but it turned out to be predictable at best. Unlike some of your other hits this book was slow and the story line hard to swallow. Sorry but after such good books like Jurassic Park this story lacked excitement.

Great story. I enjoyed this book, but I must say that it in no way compares to Prey. Yes, you get a sense of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, but it goes further than that. It delves deeper into the possibilities of an as yet unknown science as all Micheals books have done. Set aside your comedic backyard romp ideas and take a trek through a dangerous Hawaiian landscape.

Unfortunate. Too bad Michael Crichton wasn't around to finish what he'd started with "Micro" because the concept and basic plot are vintage Crichton: extremely imaginative yet plausible, with just a touch of warning thrown in. No offense to Mr. Richards, who completed the work, but one could tell it was not finished, with wooden, emotionless characters that could have used a lot more polish. A good read, but not a great one. The world lost a master storyteller with Crichton's passing.

Not Crichton.. I'm a huge Crichton fan. This is not Crichton. Not worth the time.

Honey, I shrunk the humans. I'm sorry, but I could not get passed the similarities of 'honey I shrunk the kids.' it has wonderful info and descriptions of nature, but I needed more science jargon to believe micro-humans can exist.

best book ever. a real eye opener. this is one of his best books

Terrible. This is a disgrace. Miniature people running around in purses? My 10 year old could write more compelling prose. Don't wste your money..

Terrible. Honey, I shrunk the kids rip-off

Another Crichton hit. Great read. The ending was a little disappointing.

Gripping. I couldn't put this book down! It is like 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' mixed with science and violence. A fun read!

Sad. Gonna miss you Mike.

It's obvious where Mr. Preston took over. It started out really good, science based (as expected with MC), and entertaining. The opening chapter alone hooked me right away. Yet, as the story went on, I found myself not really caring about what happened next, I loved "Timeline" and "Prey" for these reasons. As the books continues...you just keep saying in a sarcastic way, "REALLY!?" The ending was horrible...it would have been different if MC finished the project himself. Worth the read? Yes. Is it gonna blow your mind? Meh...it's a fun way to pass the time instead of watching TV.

micro. poorly written, not really a thriller at all. not a masterpiece of sophisticated cutting-edge entertainment at all. Wish I had spent my money elsewhere

Micro. Michael Crichton's books always bring out information about new technological ideas for the reader to think about, to see the potential good as well as the downside uses. This tale of fiction does this well, immersing the reader in a new way of seeing the world. He gets you hooked, and then it's hard to put it back down! Good story!

Justice to Michael. Preston, who scared the crap out of readers with "The Hot Zone" did a good job of finishing Crichton's book. What a monumental job this must have been to complete. Reviewers using silly comments like Honey I Shrunk the kids, most likely haven't written a freaking book report for middle school.

Not well thought out.. The characters are reduced in size so that they are only a half inch tall. But the items that they come in contact with don't match that scale. They can trip over a hair or hold a single cell amoeba in the palm of their hand. They would need to be much smaller for this to be logical. There was also a bit of repetition where the author would duplicate information from a previous sentence or paragraph. The plot was good, but the writing was poor.

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