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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Congo is a thoroughly enjoyable read told by a superb story teller. My only gripe was the depth of the technical information. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tracam
This is another case of me having watched the movie before reading the book. I loved the movie of this when I was younger and particularly loved Amy, so went into the audio... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Natalie @ BookLoversLife
I read Michael Crichton’s book Congo many years ago but enjoyed it very much and it was a book that stayed with me over time. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Wesley Bob
Read while on vacation and did not disappoint. Gets a little verbose at times that can be a little boring but overall a great suspense. I rather enjoyed the ending.Published 28 days ago by Anthony Socarras
The only thing about the book that I couldn't wrap my head around was the year it took place. It seemed way ahead of its time for taking place in 1979.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
Keeps you awake, but I׳ve read better books of his. I don't know how science-based the book is. Seems somewhat far-fetched.Published 1 month ago by Mark S
It's good. Pacing is strong, tons of information (that makes you want to stop and Google sometimes), imaginative, and definitely worth the time.Published 1 month ago by princessevilbunny
Fast moving story. greatly defined imagery. holds your interest.Published 1 month ago by Morgan T Moore