by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston
This book starts off with a lot of potential and suspense, and then careens off a literary cliff. This was published after Crichton's death- Richard Preston completed the novel from Crichton's notes and research. Tiny micro-robots become killers; and the rest of the book plays out like a darker version of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." The middle two-thirds of the book is shrunken humans walking around the rainforest battling insects. So many characters in fact, you forget who the main ones are, especially after Crichton and Preston start killing them off one by one in gory descriptions. The plot is not convincing, and the "research" presented doesn't compare to the quality of his other novels at all. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try other Michael Crichton novels: Sphere, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Next, Prey.] -- recommended by Jeremiah J. - Bennett Martin Public Library
[Also available in book-on-cd, downloadable E-book and Large Print formats.]
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