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Crichton has jumped the shark,
This review is from: Next (Hardcover)
Crichton has always had a "point" to his books, but in the good 'ol days of Jurassic Park, he always kept the story at the forefront, and if you were thoughtful you could get the point. Not any more. For the last 3-4 books, he's gotten to where the whole book is nothing but "the point" with story to glue it together. This one is no different, and in fact is so very disjointed you may have a hard time figuring out which sub-plot THIS chapter is dealing with. You hope that perhaps the various pieces will fit together in the end, but even that's a disappointment.
I long for the days when the book was 95% story, and 5% "message". Now you're lucky to get 50% story. This'll be the last Crichton book I buy -- not worth the price of a paperback, much less hard cover.
If you're a die-hard Crichton fan, save yourself a few bucks and get it from the library. If you're interested because of the subject matter - genetic engineering and bio-engineering business, then it might be worth having a copy for reference.