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That's the scientific supposition that Michael Crichton formulates and follows out to its conclusion in his excellent debut novel, The Andromeda Strain.
A Nobel-Prize-winning bacteriologist, Jeremy Stone, urges the president to approve an extraterrestrial decontamination facility to sterilize returning astronauts, satellites, and spacecraft that might carry an "unknown biologic agent." The government agrees, almost too quickly, to build the top-secret Wildfire Lab in the desert of Nevada. Shortly thereafter, unbeknownst to Stone, the U.S. Army initiates the "Scoop" satellite program, an attempt to actively collect space pathogens for use in biological warfare. When Scoop VII crashes a couple years later in the isolated Arizona town of Piedmont, the Army ends up getting more than it asked for.
The Andromeda Strain follows Stone and rest of the scientific team mobilized to react to the Scoop crash as they scramble to understand and contain a strange and deadly outbreak. Crichton's first book may well be his best; it has an earnestness that is missing from his later, more calculated thrillers. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
a verywell written and easy to read novel.. the ending is somewhat disappointing, but overall a good read and highly recommended.Published 7 days ago by jt
I really didn't to read this book but once I started I saw it through. It was kind of interesting but I don't know that I really understood it. I wouldn't read it again.Published 18 days ago by Madelyn
This is my third Crichton book, I've become a fan of his work. While potions of this book are somewhat dated, you can think about Ebola and it becomes very real and scary. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Admiralu
This is the book that inspired the movie. It is classic Michael Crichton and is a page turner.Published 26 days ago by Frostbite
I first read this page-turner back when I was a teenager. My heart was pounding along with the panicking hearts of the characters and I could hardly move my eyes fast enough down... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nilithis
This book was an absolute joy to read! Would definitely recommend to a friend!Published 1 month ago by Gerald Romero
Excellent book. A quick read, but a must for any science fiction fan. The plausibility of the plot makes it that much more of an exciting read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nick
If you've enjoyed other Michael Crichton books, you will enjoy this onePublished 1 month ago by Chris Greenman