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Harry has a problem. Ever since getting in a car accident, he's suffered from "thought seizures," violent fits in which he attacks other people. He used to be an artificial intelligence researcher, which may explain why he targets anyone who either works on machines or who acts like a machine--mechanics, gas-station attendants, prostitutes, exotic dancers. But there's hope: he can become part machine himself, undergoing "Stage 3," an experimental procedure implanting 40 electrodes deep in the pleasure centers of his brain. The surgery is successful, and blissful pulses of electricity short-circuit Harry's seizures. That is, until Harry figures out how to overload himself with the satisfying jolts and escapes on a murderous rampage. One of Crichton's earliest, playing ably on '70s fears of computers and mind control. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“One of the great storytellers of our age. . . . The best Michael Crichton novels are . . . edifying reads, whose gripping plots contain real ideas.”—Newsday
“Crichton combines his knowledge of science with great talent for creating suspense.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Crichton is a master at blending edge-of-the-chair adventure and a scientific seminar, educating his readers as he entertains them.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Crichton has so perfected the fusion thriller with science fiction that his novels define the genre.”—Los Angeles Times
“Crichton is a master at explaining complex concepts in simple terms.”—Library --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
At 260 pages, this is a fairly short book. Short or not, this book packs a wallop! I could not stop turning the pages. Crichton knows how to build suspense and develop characters. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Michael Weiser
Though this book is a good and quick read. It is not up to the standards of Crichton's other books. But still better than many books out there. Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by M. A. Ramos
Terminal Man is based on Michael Crichton's knowledge of Psycology and also has a mysterious twist to it. Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Jeff Bradford
This wasn't a bad book by any stretch of the imagination, but it didn't nearly have the intense drama of the others I have read from Crichton. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by Daniel Grossberg
I recently picked up a used copy of this book not because it was written by Michael Crichton, but because the story sounded interesting. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Anthony Pultrone
I would like to respond in a friendly way to Barbara Serini's November 3, 2003 review of The Terminal Man. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by Stacey Cochran
The biggest problem I had with this was the ending. It reminded me of the ending of "An American Werewolf in London." You know, Boom with gun" falls, the end. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2003 by djhexane
After reading Jurassic Park, I was eager to read this one. Big mistake. It sounded good and was reviewed great too. But it was terrible. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003
For a book written at its time, it is almost like prophecy the things it mentions about computers. It most definately makes you think (and fear) about computers and what it can do... Read morePublished on June 24 2003 by James Duckett