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Michael Crichton: Three Complete Novels: The Andromeda Strain; The Terminal Man; The Great Train Robbery [Hardcover]

Michael Crichton
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March 1 1993
Years before Jurassic Park, Michael Chrichton was known as The New York Times bestselling master of the techno-thriller. The three mesmerizing super-sellers in this collection--including his first novel, The Andromeda Strain--have sold well over 4 million copies and qualify as modern classics. Perfectly plotted stories that are fantastic, unbelievable and yet, somehow, very real, these novels pull the reader into bizarre situations full of spell-binding suspense, offering three great examples of the author's genius.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Terminal Man, nostolgic but still relevant May 21 2003
Format:Hardcover
Although the Terminal Man is a little dated (1972), it was definitely a fun book. I have worked in a university hospital most of my working life-in fact the U of M is mentioned in passing in the book-and started my career in neurology. It was fun revisiting the medical world of the 70s. Some of the tests and equipment that the character Benson underwent bring back memories. Some have changed considerably since that time, and some are no longer used. The lounging chair in which Mr Benson had air forced into his spine to enlarge and visualize his ventricles was called the pneumoenchephologram. So passe is that exam these days, that when I asked a medical student if he had ever heard of it, he was honestly puzzled by the reference .
Interesting too were the "futuristic" devices that the author predicted in the book. Some of them or variants of them are in fact available now, small implantable batteries for pacemakers that can last for years for one. In other cases, what is available is actually better. At the time of the action of Terminal Man, the now ubiquitous CAT scan had only just begun to appear as cutting edge technology in it's first generation form called the ACTA scan. The MRI, if it existed at all, was probably still in experimental form if not still on the drawing board. The concept of what might more easily be described as a brain "defibrillator" which is surgically implanted to stop intractable seizures is now being attempted as a course of treatment. They have also been tried as a treatment depression. Most interesting is the notion of interfacing living tissue with computer wires to effect behavior-in Crichton's book violent behavior-is now being done successfully according to recent information in Scientific American-in the latter case muscular movement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three Great Books In One July 24 2000
Format:Hardcover
This collection houses Michael Crichton's first three novels in one convenient place. The Andromeda Strain was his first book, and it is a sci-fi thriller involving a virus found in space. Also destroys the alien stereotype! It is one of the best books of modern science fiction, and is considered by many to be his best book. The Terminal Man was his second novel, and while actually being one of his weaker books, it is better than most stuff by other writers. People who don't believe that you can put computer chips in people's brains, read this book and prepare to be amazed. The Great Train Robbery is one of MC's finer works. It is set in Victorian London and involves a master criminal trying to rob a train (duh). Anyways, it is a very good book, and in it simple things like stealing a key are made exciting because of Crichton's writing style. Think Sherlock Holmes from the criminal's point of view.
Buy this if you haven't read these books, but if you have then just find a Crichton you haven't read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three early Crighton noverls, in one set. May 9 2000
Format:Hardcover
Depending on your own opinions on the writing of Michael Crichton, you may or may not like this set. They are good examples of the wide range of topics on which Crichton writes and his "movie" writing style. While, I am not his biggest fan, I do find his books to be fun and fast reads. The Andromeda Strain concerns microscopic spores from space that have contaminated an artificial satellite. The satellite has returned to Earth and landed in a small western town. All but two of the town's inhabitants have been killed and an investigation team of scientists has to discover a cure or treatment as well as discover why the only two survivors, a baby and a drunken old man weren't killed. Even though this novel entails many scientific ideas, it is quite simple, almost too simple at times. It was an exciting story, but throughout the whole story I was waiting for the story to unfold into the great book it 'could have' been. He just ended it with the easiest explanation imaginable. The Great Train Robbery takes you throughout the mastermind of the criminals who committed the most historic robbery ever known. Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive? Based on fact, as lively as legend, and studded with all the suspense and style of a modern fiction master. If you enjoy historic fiction, mystery or suspense, chances are you will enjoy this book as well. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three early Crighton noverls, in one set. May 9 2000
Format:Hardcover
Depending on your own opinions on the writing of Michael Crichton, you may or may not like this set. They are good examples of the wide range of topics on which Crichton writes and his "movie" writing style. While, I am not his biggest fan, I do find his books to be fun and fast reads. The Andromeda Strain concerns microscopic spores from space that have contaminated an artificial satellite. The satellite has returned to Earth and landed in a small western town. All but two of the town's inhabitants have been killed and an investigation team of scientists has to discover a cure or treatment as well as discover why the only two survivors, a baby and a drunken old man weren't killed. Even though this novel entails many scientific ideas, it is quite simple, almost too simple at times. It was an exciting story, but throughout the whole story I was waiting for the story to unfold into the great book it 'could have' been. He just ended it with the easiest explanation imaginable. The Great Train Robbery takes you throughout the mastermind of the criminals who committed the most historic robbery ever known. Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive? Based on fact, as lively as legend, and studded with all the suspense and style of a modern fiction master. If you enjoy historic fiction, mystery or suspense, chances are you will enjoy this book as well. Read more ›
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