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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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Classic Crichton, I really enjoyed it. Not as suspenseful as Jurassic park, but still a fun readPublished 9 days ago by Ryan K.
This was a really fun book. The movie doesn't come anywhere near this creative (though grim) romp. Some of the plot points are a little silly (it IS a Crichton book), but it's... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Ruthanne Reid
When I had picked up this novel, I just finished reading Jurassic Park. Congo, by Michael Crichton, is a very informative, suspenseful book, though very predictable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by beerie
Congo begins with an exciting premise - a team brutally murdered in the Congo by something. The central characters are well established and Amy especially is wonderful to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan D'Rozario
So different from the movie too technical....but it still was good they didn't have Tim curry character Mr Honolulu in itPublished 1 month ago by wendy tillgren