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Congo [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Crichton
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Nov. 23 1992
The legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj have seen an eight-person field exhibition die. After startling discoveries, a new expedition is sent back into the Congo--its mission, to descend into the secret world where the only way back out may be through the grisliest death....

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If you saw the 1995 film adaptation of this Crichton thriller, somebody owes you an apology. While you're waiting for that to happen, try reading the vastly more intelligent novel on which the movie was based. The broad lines of the plot remain the same: A research team deep in the jungle disappears after a mysterious and grisly gorilla attack. A subsequent team, including a sign-language-speaking simian named Amy, follows the original team's tracks only to be subjected to more mysterious and grisly gorilla attacks. If you can look past the breathless treatment of '80s technology, like voice-recognition software and 256K RAM modules (the book was written in 1980), you'll find the same smart use of science and edge-of-your-seat suspense shared by Crichton's other work. --Paul Hughes


"Ingenious, imaginative" Los Angeles Times "Thrilling" New York Times Book Review "Fascinating" The Washington Post "Dazzling" People --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Lawyeraau TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a well-written, action-packed adventure novel that keeps the reader turning the pages. Imaginative and entertaining, this novel takes the reader to the Congo, where the ruins of the ancient lost city of Zinj are said to exist.

When the camp of a small research expedition near the site of the ruins is destroyed by unknown forces in a matter of minutes with no survivors, a transmission of the ravaged site manages to makes its way back to the expedition's home base in Houston. The viewers, though stunned by the destruction, decide that the show must go on and another expedition is dispatched to the site on a mission of vast importance.

This time the expedition is accompanied by a primatologist and Amy, a special gorilla with an ability to sign and a penchant for finger painting. One of her drawing just happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to an ancient drawing of the lost city of Zinj. When the expedition arrives, they will soon discover the meaning of this, much to their detriment.

This is a marvelously written thriller, dense with detail and interesting characters, as well as a pervasive sense of dread as the expedition arrives at its ill-fated destination. The author does not fail to deliver an exciting reading experience that will keep the reader riveted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Peter loves Amy (so does everybody else) March 22 2002
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Who in the world but Michael Crichton would write a book about talking gorillas, with 65 references in the back for further reading? "Congo" is a lightning-fast-paced techno-adventure story about an expedition to the lost city of Zinj, deep in the darkest heart of Africa. Two rival teams are racing to be first on the site, where lies a fabulous treasure of boron diamonds that are going to change the world as we know it. One team is made up of a greedy conglomerate (Germans and Japanese, wouldn't you know); the other is headed by a brilliant but cold-blooded young scientist named Karen Ross who is accompanied by an eccentric adventurer, a primatologist named Peter Elliot, and Peter's laboratory subject, a mountain gorilla named Amy. Amy has been the cause of concern among animal rights activists who feel she is being mistreated (actually, many humans don't have it as good as Amy), so Peter wants to get her out of the country and back to her natural habitat. The race to get to the diamonds first involves encounters with rampaging hippos, a murderous tribe of cannibals, and sneaky doings by the rival team who briefly drug and kidnap Amy. But what they find once they reach the site is not only diamonds, but something so unimagined and terrifying that it doesn't even have a name. Suffice to say, it's able to create all kinds of mayhem before the book reaches its climax.
Like all his other books, "Congo" suffers from one-dimensional characters, and Crichton has an infuriating habit of referring to females in their twenties as "girls" (would he call a 24 year old male a "boy"?). But in Amy, Crichton has come up with a winner. Amy is more of a personality than any human in the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Frankly, the ending stinks. Feb. 8 2001
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I have read 2 of Michael Crichton's novels, "Congo" and "Sphere".
Michael Critchton is a wonderful author. It is obvious that he has a brilliant and creative mind. He has a strong grasp of scientific fact and potential which he uses to devise incredibly intricate tales that keep you reading.
However, he doesn't seem to know how to end a book to save his life. In "Congo", he lays out a key premise that is captivating and thought-provoking. It exists thematically throughout subplots and exposition and character development so imagine my dismay when this fundamental premise is disposed of in a single paragraph through a convenient twist of fate.
When I came to that paragraph, I literally threw the book across the room and yelled in absolute disgust. I am convinced Mr. Critchton must have just received an advance from his publisher for a new book or got bored. Given his talent and skill, I can think of no other reason for this book's pathetically unsatisfying ending nor for the "You've got to be kidding!" ending of "Sphere".
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Congo is another of Michael Crichton's wonderful masterpieces. It is a brilliant mixture of suspense, action, and unthinkable horrors. This book kept me busy, reading page after page, never wanting to stop. Michael Crichton's realistic jungle setting and descriptions greatly enhanced the feeling of suspense and thrill. At the climax in the book, my hands were sweating and my heart was thumping against my chest.
This book hurls readers deep into the depths of the Congo Jungle and the ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, where they came upon an ill fated field expedition. All the men were brutally killed and the camp destroyed in a matter of minutes. Back in Houston, the project directors watched the gruesome satellite transmission. In the midst of the ruined camp, they saw a dark, blurry, hulking figure prowling near the bodies. All the men had died the same way; their skulls were crushed. After minimal investigation, the company sent another expedition to the Congo Jungle, plunging the field expedition into the terrible unknowns of the Congo Jungle.
Congo is another must read for the books written by Michael Crichton. He has an extraordinary way of writing a book that draws people's attention. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy adventure stories. Many parts of the book take place in a eerie twilight setting where the surrounding jungle seems to be vibrant and mysterious. In addition, if you want an extra surge of thrill, read the book at night, alone, and in a quiet room.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
Congo was the fourth Crichton book I've read (Rising Sun, Timeline, Disclosure) and although an interesting read I felt that the excitement level at the end of the novel (i.e. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Crichton Classic
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Before reading this, I finished JURASSIC PARK, and, believe me, they both seem pretty different. Don't get me wrong, though- they're both absolutely fabulous. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by Theatre Kidd
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Chichton book
I have read many of Crichton's books, and this is my favorite. This book was fast-paced and exciting, while also containing a lot of descriptive science that you would expect from... Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Brendan
4.0 out of 5 stars Catching and Keeping Interest
I enjoyed this one alot. Chrichton always has a way of catching and keeping my interests. Having nearly the whole first half of the book on a close race/time schedual, really had... Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
I've only read one crichton book but this is byfar the best book ive read in my life.
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by a34sublime
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing for Crichton fans
I have read three Crichton novels: Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Disclosure, and have generally enjoyed them as compelling, fast moving, and thought provoking. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Computers, Talking Apes, The Jungle, What Else!!!!!!
One of Crichton's most interesting books. This book starts out with a 8 person field expedition dies brutally in a matter of seconds. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2003
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This book rocked!!! I can't say how much I loved it!!! It just beat out Jurassic Park as Crichton's best. It was also a million times better than the movie. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2003
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Michael Crichton has done it again, he wrote a bestselling book once more. If you liked Jurassic park 1+2 you'll love Congo. Read more
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