Congo Mass Market Paperback – Nov 23 1992
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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
About the Author
Michael Crichton was a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. One of the most popular entertainers in the world, Crichton sold more than 200 million copies of his books, which have been translated into 40 languages and adapted into 15 films. Long before the carefully researched techno-thrillers that ultimately brought him to fame, Crichton wrote―with remarkable speed and gusto―ten high-octane suspense novels to support himself while studying at Harvard Medical School.
A former child actor, Julia Whelan has appeared in numerous films and television shows, perhaps most notably in ABC’s critically acclaimed series <i>Once And Again</i>. After majoring in English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College and Oxford University, Julia returned to on-camera acting while simultaneously branching out into voiceover. She has now recorded over 100 audiobook titles, garnered multiple Earphones Awards, been repeatedly named one of <i>Audiofile</i> Magazine’s Best Voices, and won an Audie.
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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.Read more ›
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".
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.
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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Michael is always a page turner..... you can't put it down at any time
and his research is meticulous.
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 morePublished on May 25 2004 by Jeffrey Graff
In _Congo_, an expedition team was found brutally murdered by a gorrila like animal. This was caught on a video transmission. Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by Allison
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 morePublished on May 9 2004 by Theatre Kidd
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 morePublished on April 22 2004 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on April 12 2004 by Rick
I've only read one crichton book but this is byfar the best book ive read in my life.Published on Jan. 24 2004 by a34sublime
I have read three Crichton novels: Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Disclosure, and have generally enjoyed them as compelling, fast moving, and thought provoking. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003
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 morePublished on Oct. 4 2003