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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
I am a Michael Chrichton fan (RIP). This book just doesn't meet his normal standard of excellence. It's dull and it doesn't make the sci-fi come to life.Published 27 days ago by L. Mathias
Great book, fast paced and an easy read, full of information (with citations)! Michael Crichton researches to such an extent that reading is incredibly enjoyable and you learn a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick
Once again this is a blending of fact and fancy. This is a mystery yarn wothy of the read.Published 1 month ago by BayRuss
A weak climax, and not very thrilling. But okay all in all. I'd recommend checking out Stephen King instead of thisPublished 1 month ago by Regular Dan
Great book. Exceptional writing. Crichton is obviously a highly intelligent person, but he doesn't write in a way as though you're being talked down to; it's more educational. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tyler Nals
This was my first grown up novel that I read after my school graduation. Remember getting hooked from the very first page that I read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vishal Deshpande
Mr Crichton certainly did a great deal of research while writing this book and it shows. This classic tale of adventure has stood the test of time and remains one of my all time... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mungo__Park
Congo is a thoroughly enjoyable read told by a superb story teller. My only gripe was the depth of the technical information. Read morePublished 3 months 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 3 months ago by Natalie @ BookLoversLife