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Terminal Man, The Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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“Crichton combines his knowledge of science with great talent for creating suspense.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Crichton is a master at blending edge-of-the-chair adventure and a scientific seminar, educating his readers as he entertains them.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Crichton has so perfected the fusion thriller with science fiction that his novels define the genre.”—Los Angeles Times
“Crichton is a master at explaining complex concepts in simple terms.”—Library --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The different time period gives the book an awkward touch. Fans of Crichton know that he includes top of the line technology in each story he creates. The Terminal Man is no different. However, times have changed. Dime-size computer chips are no longer an oddity, and it's strange to hear them referred to as so.
To those who have read Jurassic Park or The Great Train Robbery, The Terminal Man will seem slow. Indeed, it is. The reader will be well through the first half of the novel before the story picks up and the action begins. This means that the first half of the book is generally an introduction. It's not unreadable, but it's a bit difficult to stick with.
Unlike his other works, The Terminal Man has few complexities. There are no side-stories, no backgrounds on characters, and few technological explanations- usually so common to Crichton's writing. This makes the story easier to read, but at times you'll find you really could use a little more information on some of the main characters. It's like coming into a movie 15 minutes through. You get the gist of what's going on, but you know something is missing.
It is an interesting read filled with a good deal of suspense to keep the reader going for a while. But it doesn't compare to his later works. Only purchase this as an insight to the author's early career, try not to expect another Jurassic Park.
I have a big complaint that books written about computers are often way off the mark (ie, The Net). But this one does extremely, extraordinarilly well. A fast read that is hard to put down. This book has made me a Michael Crichton fan. I'm excited to start reading his other works.
One of the reviews says that this book is "Riveting." I can't find a more precise word to describe this novel. This was a real page-turner for me. I love to read but, unfortunately, do not have a lot of time to do so. I finished this entire book in one week; I couldn't put it down. If you have an interest at all in thrillers, medicine, or computers, or combination of these, definitely pick up this book and give it a read. Granted, while the technology and medical practices in the book are dated, the book focuses on neither of these. Crichton succeeds in constructing and developing two main characters (Harry Benson and Dr. Ross) whose lives are intertwined throughout the book. Crichton is definitely a master story teller and this book, again as dated as it is (1972 or so), is a perfect example of how Crichton excels at story telling (plot, character development, setting). Crichton's writing is concise yet descriptive. In one scene, he describes the operating room in which Benson gets his surgery. In only a limited number of very concisely written paragraphs, Crichton gives the reader the whole rundown of the operating room. He paints a thorough descriptive picture, but in as few words as possible. He is definitely a master storycraftsman.
I highly recommend this book -- you won't regret it!
Still, this is a Crichton book for God's sake, so it is good, just not his best. Don't make this your first read of MC (or the second or third for that matter), but do read it... eventually.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although The Terminal Man has an interesting and suspenseful plot, in this reviewer's opinion the book suffers from a major defect: the author's obvious dislike of law... Read morePublished 19 days ago by James B. Walker
The whole development is out of date. But I expected that in view of the publishing date.Published 20 days ago by Michael V Budd
Crichton is someone whose books I'll read just because he wrote them. As usual, this one is compelling, fresh, surprising and takes you where you've never been. Loved it.Published 1 month ago by Patsyzip
Michael is one of my favorite authors but this was not one I enjoyed much. I thought the story was going to be more about the patient but it was more about the doctors. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel Hardgrove
Written for a teck geek and seems to cover a number of the possible hazards of life in space That he survives all of them is beyond belief but I love a happy endingPublished 6 months ago by Bob Gray
Great book especially if you like history stuff. The people being able to travel back in time is pretty awesome.Published 7 months ago by Rose66
Fair read.... So old, the tech....Love that MC author... Wish he was still alive.
Anything From MC is a keeper, if u are a fan.