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Congo Mass Market Paperback – Nov 23 1992


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (Nov. 23 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345378490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345378491
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,102,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JLind555 on 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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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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.
This is mainly about a lost city called 'Zinj' that was a really prosperous and ancient diamond mine in the Congo. Though it had been lost for years, a sort of artifact-hunting American company used technology to find the location. They immediately form a team to go and get it before the rival company finds the diamonds first. Why are these diamonds, that are supposed to be laced with impurities, so desirable? It turns out that these so-called 'blue diamonds' is one of the key factors to the making of super fast- and expensive- computers. Whichever computer company gets these diamonds will have a monopoly on the market for about the next five years- which makes the buyers extra and specially intent ($$$$$$$$$$) to get 'em.
But, the team has a bit of a problem. The eight crew members mysteriously were murdered on-site. Video footage of the site shows that the attacker was a black figure that looks exactly like a gorilla.
And that's one of the reasons why Amy, a super-smart gorilla that knows-and has conversations- in sign language is recruited for the ride. She had recently been having nightmares of the city, because that was where her mother had been murdered- in exactly the same way that the researchers had.
So they set off for the city, prepared for whatever the monster may be...
One thing that you have to love about Crichton books is that they're so incredibly scientific. At the beginning, anything can be possible, from aliens to yetis to monsters, but in the end, the REAL scary thing is that it really seems possible. I was a total Crichton fan after reading just one of his books; they all rock, this one included. Even if you're a bit wary about reading a book that sounds so centered around a monkey, go for it. you'll be surprised.
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