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Congo Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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As I read Congo, the story of diamond hunters in, yes, the Congo, I realized how much has changed since 1980. A cutting edge computer thriller, it has references pinball machines, five-inch floppies, 256Kmemory and portable cassette tape players. Yet it was also current, with its talk of DNA testing and the competitive threat of both the Japanese and Chinese in the world markets.
Congo has it all: competing international diamond hunters, the Congo, African pygmies, cannibalistic tribes, various warring countries and factions, lost cities of bygone centuries, active volcanoes, sign-language gorillas, geographic history, gorilla history, African and Congo history, a possible new species of gorilla with its own agenda, communications satellites, plane crashes, hot air balloons, and, well I'm sure I'm leaving something out. Michael Crichton's deft writing brings it all together for an enjoyable action romp that works....almost. If anything suffers in the book it is the characters. So much is packed into the story that the characters do not develop, and are almost relegated to following the action, which never ends. The author has to explain a lot to the reader so that we can follow along. He does this as the narrator and often includes it in character dialogue. So much information is presented as dialogue that I get the picture of very educated people, stuck in the Congo with killer gorillas and dead bodies, finally snapping and pummeling each other to the ground yelling, "Why are you being so redundant? I KNOW all this stuff!" The reader often won't, however, making it important but at times slowing the book down.Read more ›
Cite is from BBC Science News 12 Oct 2004 (based on an article in New Scientist):
"Primatologist Shelly Williams is thought to be the only scientist to have seen the apes.
During her visit to DR Congo two years ago, she says she captured them on video and located their nests.
She describes her encounter with them: "Four suddenly came rushing out of the bush towards me," she told New Scientist.
"If this had been a bluff charge, they would have been screaming to intimidate us. These guys were quiet. And they were huge. They were coming in for the kill. I was directly in front of them, and as soon as they saw my face, they stopped and disappeared." "
She also mentioned that some of them had gone gray, apparently fairly early in life, and completely gray rather than the gray-and-black of known gorilla species. The locals say they are very deadly, hunt cooperatively and silently, and will kill lions.
That doesn't mean they talk -- just thought Crichton's research abilities should be commemorated with some clips from this discovery.
UPDATE: In response to the comment asking for an actual review -- what, three stars wasn't 'nuff said? I have Crichton favorites: Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park.Read more ›
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The story in the book is a lot better than the movie was. Was a quick enjoyable read.Published 13 days ago by pileofguts
Exciting book, fun to follow. The movie freightened me as a child so I was happy to read the story as an adult.Published 20 days ago by Daniel Hardgrove
Great action. As always Crichton was well ahead of the time in the technology portion. I don't know how it reads now. It has been 18 years since I read the book but it was great. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
For the audio version: While I enjoy this book very much in the hardcopy, and via local Library years ago an abridged audio version. I decided to try the full book. Read morePublished 27 days ago by jrregan
I can tell that when this book was first published it was probably as great as Harry Potter from the 2000`s. Read morePublished 28 days ago by LoneWolf18
Excellent book! Crichton is a superb author. if you can't take the time to read it then watch the movie. Movie is not as good but somewhat follows the book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty entertaining, but don't expect the movie! The book focuses more on the technical side of the expedition and not so much the action. Regardless, a great technothrillerPublished 1 month ago by Daniel A. Gallegos