The Andromeda Evolution Mass Market Paperback – May 19, 2020
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“Ingenious…. Wilson is a good choice for carrying the master’s work forward….The episodes set in outer space are particularly thrilling…. Would make Crichton proud.” (Washington Post)
“Superb…. There’s a shock or a cliff-hanger every few pages, all rigorously controlled. Believe it or not, it’s even better than the original.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Wilson has perfectly captured the suspense of the original.” (Newsday)
“Compelling…. An infectious evolution of the Michael Crichton literary legacy…. The cast of diverse characters engage the head and heart as they struggle to save humanity, yet remain quite human …. Explodes with an unexpected, gripping, cinematic finale.” (USA Today)
“An atmospheric and often terrifying roller-coaster ride with (literally) sky-high stakes that pays plenty of homage to The Andromeda Strain while also echoing the spirit and mood of Crichton's other works…. A thrilling and satisfying sequel to the 1969 classic.” (Kirkus, starred review)
“Terrific…. Deftly blends science, suspense, and character interaction in a way that will be familiar to Crichton’s fans…. In every way, this is a wonderful sequel to a classic novel, written in the spirit of Crichton but in Wilson’s own powerful voice.” (Booklist, starred review)
“Wilson confidently captures the voice of the late Crichton in this chilling sequel to the 1969 blockbuster The Andromeda Strain … [and] employs his expertise to add depth and credibility to the advanced technology the scientists use…. Fans of the original techno-thriller won’t be disappointed.” (Publishers Weekly)
“An edge-of-your-seat thrill ride.” (Bookreporter)
About the Author
Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was the author of the bestselling novels The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Sphere, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear, Next and Dragon Teeth, among many others. His books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into forty languages, and have provided the basis for fifteen feature films. He wrote and directed Westworld, The Great Train Robbery, Runaway, Looker, Coma and created the hit television series ER. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year.
Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as ten other books. He recently wrote the Earth 2: Society comic book series for DC Comics. Wilson earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He has published over a dozen scientific papers and holds four patents. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.
Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as ten other books, including How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Guardian Angels & Other Monsters, and The Clockwork Dynasty. He recently wrote the Earth 2: Society comic book series for DC Comics. In 2008, Wilson hosted "The Works," a television series airing on the History Channel that uncovered the science behind everyday stuff. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He has published over a dozen scientific papers and holds four patents. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Covering a total of 5 days, the reader is enveloped first in the Brazilian monitoring site with Paulo...What in the world is he witnessing? Colonel Hopper, USAF is on watch in Fairchild AFB in Washington...Alert~ is sounded~ Her quote 'Absence of evidence is not evidence of evidence' is amazing. Project Wildfire is activated...
Descriptions are vivid and full of imagery. The descent from the ISS comes to mind for excellent descriptions. What a ride..what a ride! And, the ending will leave the reader wondering...another point to ponder...for all of us.
The plot was sound, the writing clear and concise and there are illustrations throughout (Zoom is in effect) to assist the reader with some technical points.
Highly recommended. Buckle up your seat belts for this ride...
The book is a worthy successor to The Andromeda Strain, building on the foundation of the earlier book and expanding the scope nicely. At the same time, it's like a "Secret History of the Space Program": international space exploration has proceeded exactly as we know it, but the real behind-the-scenes reasons for events are wrapped up in the secrets of Andromeda. As a space fanatic, I loved how well the events of the story tied in to the events of history.
While the book is a sequel to The Andromeda Strain, it also has the feel -- in the best ways -- of a Michael Crichton Greatest Hits medley. There are echoes of Cell, Congo, and Sphere as well, and they work well. There's even a bit of Jurassic Park here: no dinosaurs, but a surprising relationship between two characters that provided much of the human warmth of the book.
The plot is almost an inversion of the first book: where The Andromeda Strain takes place almost entirely inside a claustrophobic underground lab with only a few scenes in the field, In The Andromeda Evolution, an international team follows the infection to the sweeping jungles of Brazil -- plus the International Space Station! But the danger is as great, and the stakes are the same: the life or death of the whole human race.
To say more would be to risk spoilers of so, so many excellent plot turns. But I will say that the ending is even more tense than the nuclear countdown of the first book!
I will be reading more of Mr. Wilson's work. And I'm glad I didn't listen to the skeptics on this one!
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It took some while for me to become engaged in this story. A structure deep in the Amazon jungle has been detected and appears to be growing in size. A mutated form of the Andromeda Strain seems to be spreading from this anomaly and killing isolated indigenous people and animals in its path.
Project Wildfire was set up to test and study the two known types of the strain known at the time. AS-1 caused death by inhalation and then evolved into AS-2 which destroyed plastics. Project Wildfire became Project Eternal Vigilance. Their mission was to monitor new outbreaks and any future mutations. The project was readying to shut down when new alarms were caused by what was occurring in Brazil.
A five-person team of various backgrounds, ethnicities, and with expertise in specialized fields of science and technology have been selected to go to the Amazon to study the phenomena and shut it down. Failing their mission, the military would take steps to destroy the anomaly which might result in devastating much of the world.
The characters may be stereotypes, but this is what made them interesting. I struggled with the early part of the book. Much of it came across as what I considered techno-babble, and there were numerous acronyms. This diluted tension and suspense for me, and kept me from engaging with the characters. There is no doubt that theories and future predictions of technology were well researched, but I had to suspend disbelief and take technical explanations on faith.
As the cast grew fewer due to various calamities, the survivors on the mission to contain the newly evolved Andromeda Strain became much more compelling. I deeply felt the suspense and danger as the remaining characters went to heroic lengths. There was some amazing, thrilling action that kept me riveted.
[May I say in passing that the scientific arrogrance of Dr Wu in JP are what you'd expect from someone with a PhD from a rich party-boys school like Stanford, as opposed to a working-class land-grant University like Berkeley. But I digress].
I wish they would not put Crichton as an author on the book's page. It might be misleading for people unaware of the author's passing away.
Required reading if you are a fan of Crichton or of Andromeda Strain.
Definitely not up to the Crichton standard.