Congo

Congo

by Michael Crichton

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Overview

From the bestselling author of Jurassic ParkTimeline, and Sphere comes a gripping thriller about the shocking demise of eight American geologists in the darkest region of the Congo.
 
Deep in the African rain forest, near the ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, a field expedition is brutally killed. At the Houston-based Earth Resources Technology Services, Inc., a horrified supervisor watches a gruesome video transmission of that ill-fated group and sees a haunting, grainy, man-like blur moving amongst the bodies. In San Francisco, an extraordinary gorilla named Amy, who has a 620-sign vocabulary, may hold the secret to that fierce carnage. Immediately, a new expedition is sent to the Congo with Amy in tow, descending into a secret, forbidden world where the only escape may be through the grisliest death.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307816504
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/14/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 41,144
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.

Hometown:

Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 23, 1942

Date of Death:

November 4, 2008

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, California

Education:

B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969

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Congo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Micheal Crighton has written such a richly detailed story that you are drawn into the Congo woirld as if you are there. The research he has done for this book makes it a realistic, and an excellent story for any type or age of reader. The realism and suspense in a dangerous situation earn this book its five star rating.
Carlosdogsmynombre More than 1 year ago
This book has been one of the most suspenseful, interesting, and exiting books I have read so far. I had to choose a book from a list for an English presentation, and when I read Congo's summary I knew this book would not be boring. And in fact I was right. From the very start of this book I was hooked, when the eight man expedition team suddenly died by a mysterious jungle killer. When I read this I just flipped through the pages just to find out some answers. I literally couldn't put down this novel. Also when Michael Crichton added in another story about finding the lost city of Zinj that caught my attention even more. The way Crichton was able to develop Congo's story line amazed me. I feel that his style of writing will interest many readers of all different ages. The perfect use of detail added to this book too. It seemed like the author knew the right spots to add in description. For me, I enjoyed the parts were he described the Congo rain forest. For example, when the new team from ETRS steppes foot into the jungle, Crichton did a good job of explain the scenery. I really felt like I was one of those explorers trekking through the forest, in search of my fellow team member and the lost city. By far the most aspect of this book I enjoyed was the feeling of adventure and suspense. You couldn't even tell what going to happen next. Every story that Karen and her crew faced, was a fascinating. The book did a good job of keeping the reader on their feet. This is why Congo caught my attention as one of my most favorite books I have read so far.
MarekMS More than 1 year ago
Congo, by Michael Crichton, depicts the race between two rival companies for blue diamonds in King Solomon's Mines. The last ETC team that went into the Congo were killed by gray gorilla. Eager to prove herself, Karen Ross, travels into the Congo to excavate the mines. Munro, the guide and Peter Elliot with his signing gorilla, Amy, join the ETC team. The team explores the endless jungles of the Congo fraught with danger. ETC has found a contract offering big money for rare blue diamonds; however the last ETC team got their heads smashed by a primate never seen by the world before. Peter Elliot, a Primatologist from California, and his signing Gorilla, Amy are offered a part in helping to find the King Solomon's mines. Peter Elliot has recently seen Amy draw pictures of the Lost City of Zinj and decides it might be best if she travels with the group. The ETC group is off in a race against similar rival companies. Michael Crichton creates an action packed story with danger at every turn of a page. Crichton creates a novel that is exciting and thrilling. I overall found the book very interesting, but I also found it a little dull at some times when they discussed the company.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A team from the company ERTS is suddenly demolished in the African Congo. What does that mean? It means that another Crichton thriller is on your hands. Another team is sent, which includes a techno bug named Karen, a signing ape named Amy, her owner Peter, and a white-hunter named Munro. It was a great book that followed in the steps of Sphere for the cut away from the world thrill. Not as good as JP or Sphere, but it was better than The Lost World.
Anonymous 5 months ago
What a fun read where the author once again flexes his ability to back a story with real world research. Not just technology this time but a geographical study of a lesser known region, where a basis of fact can then let the imagination run wild. Bring in some zoology and this book keeps you flipping pages rapidly to find the finish line.
Anonymous 9 months ago
kept me interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of background information that broke up the thread of the story. Could have done without all that.
LouCypher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good Crichton book. Reading this in 2011, 31 years after it was written it was pretty cool to see all the technology that was expected to come about and seeing what has and has not developed as Crichton wrote. Fast paced action as always with his work made this a very fast and enjoyable read.
Michael_P on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty much an average Crichton novel, but just a bit slower in portions and a bit more detached than usual. With that being said though, the ending was rushed and anticlimatic. Amy the gorilla was a wonderful character, but not enough to carry the novel. You could skip this one and not miss anything.
deslni01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Taken for what it is, Congo is actually an entertaining read. It follows Dr. Karen Ross, Dr. Elliot, and his gorilla-friend Amy (who has the wonderful ability to speak using Ameslan!) in the Congo. Dr. Ross is pursuing a rare blue diamond that has certain attributes which would enable technology to make a tremendous leap forward; Dr. Elliot is in the Congo to help Amy identify and get over her nightmares.This is a Crichton novel, so of course there are other 'teams' also after the diamonds, and of course a dash of the scientifically possible, yet horrifically deadly animals.The science and technology in this novel - now nearly 30 years old - hardly seems dated, which is surprising and shows how powerful technology was at the time. The many characters in the novel offer entertainment and help flush out the main characters, yet as usual of a Crichton book most of the characters are flat and suffer from extreme tunnel-vision.Regardless, this is an entertaining and quick read that brings to life the Congo forest and the creatures that may silently wait within...Please, do not watch the movie..
StormRaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have come to regard Congo as a sort of dress rehearsal for Jurassic Park. There are significant differences - obviously there are no dinosaurs in Congo, just modified gorillas, and evil corporate greed turns out to end the book rather than set the book in motion; but the lost world aspect of the story, with unpredictable new creatures is the central theme of both stories. Congo is also a lesson on the dangers of writing a "near future" science fiction story - much of the cool technology described in the book was obsolete within a few years of publication, some was obsolete even before the book was actually on the market.Still, the story remains fun in a kind of King Solomon's Mines sort of way, evoking an H. Rider Haggard or Edgar Rice Burroughs feel with updated technology, and outsiders seeking to exploit Africa's resources not just to plunder gold and treasure for its own sake, but to build high technology computers.Oddly for a Crichton novel, shortsighted corporate greed doesn't cause the problem - a long gone civilization's attempts to protect their precious resources does. There also isn't the usual anti-technological fear mongering either. On the other hand, reckless corporate greed does cause a huge disaster that wipes out most of the discoveries found in the book, so that it pretty predictable for a Crichton novel.There really isn't anything particularly noteworthy about this novel, it reads well, the plot is interesting, and the characters are fairly well written, but there isn't anything here that makes this more than a standard techno-thriller.
vaillance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton has written a fast-paced thriller that takes his reader into the heart of the African jungle. Although the main character, scientist Karen Ross, is not developed to any great depth, the tension-filled plot carries us along and builds suspense to the final chapter.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the beginning Michael Crichton's Congo, a research team looking for blue diamonds deep withing the Congo region has been mysteriously killed - the prime suspect: a possibly new species of gorilla. A new team, including a university professor and his research subject Amy, a gorilla who communicates using American sign language, is quickly dispatched to find answers (and diamonds). Unfortunately for them, they seem to be no match for the cunning and ruthless killing machines they discover.I recently read and really enjoyed Jurassic Park. Having said that, Congo failed to entertain me in the same way. It's not that it wasn't a good story. The premise is incredibly clever, and the natural history of primates and language development are subjects that I find fascinating. The thing that bogged things down for me in Congo was really all of the technology crud. It was simply too over-the-top for me and didn't really add anything to the story.It is obvious that Micheal Crichton was a talented and creative writer. Technology plays a big part in both of the books I've read by him, but in Congo the sheer magnitude of scientific data completely overwhelms what could have been a truly fascinating story. I can't say I'd recommend Congo, but if you're interested in trying Crichton on for size, try Jurassic Park. I'll be picking up The Lost World next week and I expect it to be wonderful.
queencersei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton has an inexplicable gift for weaving a unique story and then providing an utter letdown for an ending. Congo is no exception. Except unlike some earlier works, the plot is exceptionally thin and the storyline does not age well. Not his best effort at all.
mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like Michael Crichton books on the whole, and was always under the impression that his earlier works were better than his late stuff, which became more and more issue-bound and prosaic. Not so. Congo is the very definition of prosaic, as its plot and characters provide a barely coherent frame on which to hang lengthy expositions on satellite communications technology in particular, IT in general, and of course gorillas. And given that Crichton wrote this in the 1970s, it's seriously dated. Not recommended.
BeeQuiet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit of a popcorn book, nothing too intellectual here, although I suppose one can muse over our perceptions of primates and their differences from us. It's a well paced, very entertaining book though. It holds plenty of Crichton's trademark technological explanations, which add an extra dynamic.
Radaghast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm almost tempted to call this "Jurassic Park, with monkeys." But it's too good to mock. Crichton's writing is never tighter or cleaner than in Congo. Like always, he shows his unparalleled ability to demonstrate just how powerful, wise, intelligent and yet also silly our science really is.
Anagarika on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really loved the concept behind this novel. One of his best.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a race to find a particular diamond mine that could influence technology as we know it, 24-year-old Dr. Ross is determined to beat out the competition, no matter the cost. Peter Elliott is bent on figuring out the strange dreams his gorilla Amy has been signing about. They're all going into the Congo. And what they find there will astound them, fascinate them, and terrify them.Not my favorite of Crichton's thrillers, but this novel was okay. The 1970s technology holds up surprisingly well and it felt less dated than I thought it would. My problem is that there weren't too many likeable characters and I didn't really feel like I connected with any of them. There is a gorilla who speaks sign language, so that was pretty cool and finding out what happened to Amy the gorilla kept me turning the pages.
HenryGalvan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed the movie and thought that the book would further expand on it. Most of the best scenes were made up for the movie. Some of the amusing characters didn't exist. And in the book the " great white hunter" was actually white.
shrut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Splendid and well-written.
Anagarika-Sean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really loved the concept behind this novel. One of his best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs a little more of the sample for a purchase of the book
israfel13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three fourths of this book are decent, then disaster hits as Crichton steams to a rushed, unsatisfying ending. The book still manages to be better than the movie, albeit barely.
dcoward on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember liking this years ago when I first read it, but this book didn't age well. There is a large focus on science fiction-y computer progress, but what was fascinating speculation in 1980 is rather a yawn now.