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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (Oct. 10 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006170315X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061703157
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John A. Dodds on July 9 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was written around 1969, when astronauts were first landing on the moon. There was a serious concern about the possibility, however slight, that there were micro-organisms on the moon that might return to Earth and cause an epidemic. This concern led to the quarantine of returning astronauts (and the rocks they collected) from the first few missions that landed. This ended when the fears proved unfounded. (There is an interesting side note. The second moon landing recovered several pieces of an unmanned probe that had landed several years earlier. It was found that bacteria in the probe had survived the launch, the landing on the moon, and several years on the airless surface of the moon with temperature swings of hundreds of degrees.)
This book plays off of this idea of "bad stuff from space causes problems on Earth." There are more than 300 other reviews, so I'll mostly leave the plot alone here. What I liked about it was the sense it gave of scientific investigation of an important topic on a short time scale. Trying to "beat the clock," the scientists have to come up with and discard theories for how the unfamiliar organism works with unaccustomed speed, which (as you might imagine) stresses them out. In parallel with other Crichton books, the action takes place over about a week, with simple errors and accidents costing valuable time. The book is newly relevant with the possibility of "designer" biological agents from labs in rouge nations (or from terrorists) playing the role of the alien infectious agent in the book.
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By Anakina on July 11 2014
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When I started reading the debut novel by Michael Crichton I certainly did not expect to find myself already facing a little masterpiece. My expectations were low, however, they have been denied by a book that I feel compelled to include among my absolute favourites.
Maybe because of the matter (biology), which I know well, and therefore I was able to fully understand every passage of the work. Maybe because of the very original author's choice to present the novel as if it were a report of something really happened, including the credits at the beginning signed MC. Maybe because what is told could really have happened or could happen at any time.
In one way or another I found myself literally devouring this book in a few days and almost missing it when it was not with me.
Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Crichton's works is that in them science is not an excuse to tell a story. On the contrary, the story is an excuse to talk about science. So much that his novels are accompanied by an extensive bibliography, as if they were non-fiction books.
The real regret is that this author has died and that, although I still have to read some of his works, sooner or later they will end up.
However, he is a source of great inspiration to me and to those like me, man and woman of science, who loves fiction.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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By Vera C. Fran on Sept. 3 2007
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The Andromeda Strain, one of Michael Crichton's early works, is a masterpiece. The plot is deceptively simple; a new, strange and deadly form of bacteria hits a small United States town, nearly obliterating it, and a team of U.S. scientists is quickly assembled to unravel the mysteries of the strange bacterial form. Crichton's novel opens up numerous philosophical controversies, many of which are relevant today (government policy on the rights of individuals and animal rights) and some of which have intrigued mankind since the beginning of time, (our destiny and our power to have control over it). I really enjoyed this novel and 'could not' put it down. If able to, I would have read right through, but not shirking my other responsibilities, I spent a few days relishing this marvelous book - an excellent read.
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'The Andromeda Strain' involves a new deadly disease that has been brought back to earth, by a military/science sattelite. A space rpogram has been designed to enter space and bring back samples in the hopes of finding a new bacterial weapon. The book describes a secret government base where such diseases can be contained and researched.
Well, the program is a success. A deadly germ is brought back to Earth, and proceeds to wipe out a remote town. The germ is isolated in the governmetn facility, and the race is on to find how this entity reactes with the human body and how it can be cured or neutralized.
The book is a little dated, but none the less a great plot. I remember seeing the movie when I was young and loving it. I finally found the time to read the book. It is one of Critchon's early works, but stil very good.
If you are a Critchon fan (or not) I would recommend this book. It is quick paced and good for those days beside the pool or at the beach.
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By J. Naft on May 29 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Andromdeda Strain was the first Crichton book I ever read. I recieved it as a Christmas gift from my mother, but put it aside after reading a few pages. After taking an introductory college biology class, though, the story came alive for me; the real science Crichton incorporates into his writing gives it an air of credibility and reality that wouldn't let me set it down.
I love Crichton because his writing is so thought provoking. Even after the story ends happily, I was left with the haunting notion that extraterrestrial organisms could potentially wreak havoc on our fragile ecosystem. It could happen.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book for anybody with the science background necessary to digest it.
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