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review 2018-09-14 01:58
Airframe by Michael Crichton
Airframe - Michael Crichton

Synopsis: After a disastrous air travel accident that left passengers injured and dead, a company rep races to discover what happened amid a background of unfolding drama and deception.


Review: I wasn't super excited to start this book, suspense fiction isn't really my thing, and suspense fiction based around airplane manufacturing doesn't really sound any better, but I've had this book on my shelf for awhile so I decided to give it a go.


I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. I went on a Crichton binge when I was 13 and I have fond memories of Jurassic Park, but I haven't been back since. I liked the main character even though she was never given a lot of depth, but I did find the chapters with the reporter vaguely irritating.


I don't think the mystery plotline lined up exactly at the end (and that's all it is, there are no subplots or side stories whatsoever to engross the reader; proof Crichton had a thoroughly one track mind), I had some questions about it that weren't really explained.


Finally, reading this I was reminded of another one of Crichton's books that I read years ago while waiting in an airport, State of Fear. The story structure seemed to remind me of that book, but I read it much to long ago to make further comparisons. Good read 3 1/2.

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review 2018-05-23 20:45
The Great Train Robbery - Michael Crichton

Takes the true story and uses literary license gives us a novel of how the robbery was committed.  I enjoyed the book.  The language was colorful and I needed the translations provided in the book.  I liked how history was interspersed in the book as well as the social history of that time so I could understand how the people of that time period thought and lived.  Pierce was cool and collected throughout the book. 

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review 2018-02-24 14:44
Well Done, Dr. Crichton
The Great Train Robbery - Michael Crichton,Michael Kitchen

As a teenager, I read a number of Crichton's books but, so far, this is the only one I have wanted to go back and read again. If you want an action-packed story, you won't be happy with Crichton's style here. Along with a highly fictionalized version of the Great Train Robbery of 1855 (aka The Great Gold Robbery), there is a lot of background material woven into the telling of the tale. Michael Kitchen's gravelly voice was perfect for the narration. 

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review 2018-01-09 00:00
Pirate Latitudes
Pirate Latitudes - Michael Crichton Pirate Latitudes starts off strong, progresses into pulpy pirate adventure fare, and by the end gets a little rushed and hackneyed. The descriptions laid out in the beginning are engaging and florid: by the end the descriptions have the spareness of a screenplay, a form of writing that Crichton was no doubt very familiar with before his untimely passing. The formation of a team of privateers to pull off a big pirate score owes a debt to the heist movie genre, and the many times that Hunter, the privateer protagonist, escapes capture or death owes a bit to good pulp plotting.

Unfortunately, I must take off a few stars for the times it snapped my suspenders of disbelief: our heroes are deadly accurate with muskets, yet the enemy has trouble hitting our heroes or for that matter a barn wall. This isn't so bad except at one point it includes an antagonist who is built up as one of the deadliest killers on the sea, with no ruse or distraction to throw off his aim. For a novel that is reasonably grounded in reality, it also includes a sea monster... not just a squid, but a kraken of such massive size as to drag our heroes back down 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Many of Crichton's details sound convincing, but they were undercut in my mind by an offhanded reference to the bowsprit being an unimportant place to hit on an enemy ship. That's not accurate: all the ropes that go from the masts to the bowsprit are there for a reason. Lose the ropes, lose the sails.

Lastly, I'd be remiss in this day and age if I didn't warn the readers that there's some bodice-ripping in this novel, some consensual and relevant to the plot, and two or three instances where it is only one or neither. Still, the novel keeps moving well past the point where I imagined it would end, throwing more difficulties into our protagonist's path, and I'm not sorry I read the whole thing. 3 out of 5.
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review 2017-10-17 04:17
Andromeda Strain - audiobook
The Andromeda Strain - David Morse,Michael Crichton



Wow. What can I say about this book? It was soooo boring. So much scientific jargon, military times and reports, stuff that I think I could have glossed over if I was doing the reading. But, listening to the audiobook, the narrator reads every word and I can't really skip over them. I will admit I lost focus from time to time. I really tried, but I just couldn't do it.


I've seen many positive reviews about this book and I purchased it on sale. I was really looking forward to a creepy, deadly, alien organism invasion story. In the end, I'm not really sure how the story ended. It was sort of a letdown. I am planning to watch the movie and see if taking all the superfluous stuff out helps.


Anyway, it was fairly short and I was anxious to finish it, so there's that. I read this for the Aliens square because the organism was alien in origin (at least I think it was).

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