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If you saw the 1995 film adaptation of this Crichton thriller, somebody owes you an apology. While you're waiting for that to happen, try reading the vastly more intelligent novel on which the movie was based. The broad lines of the plot remain the same: A research team deep in the jungle disappears after a mysterious and grisly gorilla attack. A subsequent team, including a sign-language-speaking simian named Amy, follows the original team's tracks only to be subjected to more mysterious and grisly gorilla attacks. If you can look past the breathless treatment of '80s technology, like voice-recognition software and 256K RAM modules (the book was written in 1980), you'll find the same smart use of science and edge-of-your-seat suspense shared by Crichton's other work. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Crichton does a great job of getting you to care for Amy, a mountain gorilla that uses sign language to communicate with people, and is probably the best part of the book by far. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lolheyguys
Congo is another science fueled adventure by the Crichton. It is engaging, interesting and keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Raftice - Avid Reader
Obviously one of his earlier books... He's got the suspense down that makes you want to keep reading, but the action seems to jump to rapid conclusions. Read morePublished 21 days ago by A. Meadows
Great read hard to put down
Imagine a new world right here on earth
A classic Crichton. I liked the ideas of another language using species, and how alien it seems despite being so biologically close. A good rereading.Published 1 month ago by Rob Slevin
Classic Crichton, I really enjoyed it. Not as suspenseful as Jurassic park, but still a fun readPublished 1 month ago by Ryan K.