During his lifetime, Michael Crichton became famous as an author that mixed great suspense with real scientific theory to make amazing novels. In his second to last novel before his death in 2008, Crichton may be at his most controversial.
State of Fear, now available in bookstores or at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, turns Crichton’s attention to the modern battle over environmental science. Crichton quickly begins to unleash his opinions on modern scientific method.
Crichton slowly unravels his own theories as the novel progresses and in the process works hard to make a believer out of anyone that gives the book a read. By the time he gets to his essay in the back of the book, one won’t be surprised by some of his conjectures.
From the outset, State of Fear presents characters that are very human. From the lead to the villains, the characters are presented as believable, if sometimes terribly naïve.
The villains aren’t exactly something you expect to see in an everyday thriller. NERF is an environmental non-profit funded by the multi-millions giving to them by dozens of well-meaning if less than knowledgeable financiers, celebrities, and politicians. The people behind the group are actually crazed extremists, obsessed with their own need to make sure their prophecies are self-fulfilling. So they set about to make the environmental disasters they warned about for years and years come true.
Like all Crichton’s stories, this book is a true thrill ride and comes highly recommended from this reviewer.
Pick up your copy of State of Fear at Barnes & Noble on Collins Road in Cedar Rapids or online at Amazon. Alternately, the book is available for check out or hold at the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha libraries.