Loved Mr. Wilson's take on the Andromeda Strain. I believe Mr. Crichton would be very pleased. I'm over here wishing and hoping and dreaming of another Andromeda...
If you love fast-paced SciFi thrillers based in reality this series is a must-read!
I wanted to like the novel. The story wasn't that impelling, I thought about just to stop reading it. I did continue reading it, sometimes it would get interesting and I wanted to see what was going to happen to the characters. My reading waxed and waned. I did eventually finish it. I was being stubborn and so I finished it. I still have the hard copy of the novel in my apartment because the library is still closed to return it
This sequel is awful, it is perfectly awful. The plot is inferior and the facts are anything but factual. . Even little things get messed up; Fairchild AFB is not in Tacoma it is adjacent to Spokane. The author's PC preachiness about the evils of progress and how much more beautiful life was when plagues were rampant and millions of people died "naturally" were way over the top too. Pure PC drivel all the way.
This book started to fall apart, as soon as the author failed to research the science behind what he was writing about, plus the fact he has no clue about aeronautics, thermodynamics, nano-particle science, biology, materials science, and/or robotics. If you are going to write a science fiction novel (about all these topics) - and use the name of a very famous author to draw in your readers, AT LEAST RESEARCH what you are writing about !!
Michael Crichton wrote a fantastic initial version of this novel 50 years ago. Now comes along this pathetic poser of an author, who did a terrible job on the follow-up. There were so many negligent inaccuracies, blatant careless errors, and utterly ignorant assumptions, that it completely lost any form of reality or validity. The author literally thinks his readers are going to be idiots. Here is just one example... in this novel of fantasy, a native tribesman of the Amazon jungle, who has no prior exposure to the outside world, just happens to learn English in a mere two days, through a robotic canary! Here is another example - the author believes a space elevator accelerating at a constant 5G's, can allow two humans to casually sit on it (like on a merry go round), without being strapped in, and somehow not be blown off, with at least 500mph winds hitting them.... let alone remain conscious...on their trip from the surface of the Earth, up to the ISS in high Earth Orbit. The book is a joke.
Here is a hint on where the book starts begins to fall apart... when the author calls the 4-propeller C-130 Hercules aircraft "a military jet". If the author missed this simple mistake, and all his proof readers, editors, and publishers missed it too... how can he definitively write about science, aeronautics, and space, with any semblance of accuracy, if all involved in this effort have no clue what they are writing about, or proof-reading?
The most exciting part of this book, is the cover art.
Well, I’m scared.
Not as good as the Crichton book, but. o.k. I had too many questions, like why doesn't the elevator fall under its own weight? An elevator from earth to the space station? Really? And what about a heat shield to protect the people on the platform?The people just set with their legs hanging over the edge and sail back to earth. Sorry, just not. believable for me. The first part was very good, but it fell apart for me later in the book. A nice try though.
My expectations were too high for this pseudoscience fiction, almost not worth reading. Clumsy writing and ridiculous formulaic plot made me skim faster to reach the conclusion. I suggest rereading the first book, a scifi classic.
Fifty years after the "Andromeda Strain," humankind must face another iteration of this ongoing and mysterious First Contact. What is the nanoparticle, and what will its next evolution be? Daniel Wilson takes up the mantle, and delivers a very Chrichton-esque punch; homage to the environmental terror of "Congo," the plot twists of "Prey," and even intrigue involving the International Space Station (hints of "Moonraker??") contribute to the effect.
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