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Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists are mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes.
Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies—all motionless except for one moving image—a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.
In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 “signs,” the most ever learned by a primate, and she likes to finger paint. But recently her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match, with stunning accuracy, the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642…a drawing of an ancient lost city. A new expedition—along with Amy—is sent into the Congo, where they enter a secret world, and the only way out may be through a horrifying death.…
Congo was made into a film directed by Frank Marshall.
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (October 6, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1501216791
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501216794
- Item Weight : 2.88 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,052,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2020
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Nevertheless, very entertaining story and fun to read Just expect to cringe and chuckle at some of the anachronisms.
While the core of the story, a team is sent out to find diamonds key to technological advances and they use a young grad student and his signing gorilla as cover to sneak into Africa, is still there, the book contains elements not even mentioned in the film. We get to know the expedition party a lot better in the book. We also have a lot more conflicts and meetings with the locals such as Pygmies, Kigani, and General Muguru and his men. Also, the gray gorillas are given a nice and complete treatment. I felt like I knew them better in this book than most of the human characters in the film.
The film added quite a few things. For one, the gorilla, Amy, doesn't wander around in a boxy sign translator. Only Peter Elliot joins the group's escapade to the Congo, not his assistant as in the movie. The grisly death of the first team is found in the movie, but the book mentions nothing of Dr. Karen Ross having any type of relationship with one of the original team's members. In fact, she comes across as very frigid and uninterested in finding a boyfriend in the jungle. Tim Curry's character, while funny in the film, is non-existent here.
The book moves at a very quick pace. Even when Crichton goes off on a class lecture about gorilla behavior or the advanced (for 1980) state of communications, he still manages to hold the reader's attention.
Overall, this is a wonderful jungle thriller. If you enjoy authors such as Clive Cussler, you're sure to enjoy Crichton. His writing is intelligent, fun, and easy to digest even though it's full of factual information that, in textbook form, would be wretchedly boring.
Like most of Crichton’s works, the science in the science fiction is very plausible and the story is interesting; it pulls the reader along and held my interest throughout. It is well plotted, suspenseful, and exciting to read. Overall this is a very good book and I recommend it.
The problem with this however is the same as with several others of his works.
May stop reading now...
Unless you’ve seen the movie already...
Read the book before...
Heard about it...
Or just want to keep going...
It is like Crichton sometimes can’t figure out how to tie everything together sometimes to wrap up a good novel, so he just uses an unimaginative way to destroy everything and end it that way. A volcano blows up and destroys everything, or planes bomb things, or explosions happen. He employs this device to end several of his novels including this one. So 5 stars for the story overall, minus one star for the weak ending.
This book isn't as good as Jurassic Park but it's a good read nonetheless. The book focuses on a small group of people heading into the Congo to find a lost city that has rare diamonds in it. Something has protected the city from explorers for years. The group finds that a breed of gorillas protects the city. It all goes into chaos from there.
The book can get bogged down into discussions by the author about animals, primates, language development, etc. This is classic Crichton though (if you've read Jurassic Park then you know this).
Overall I did enjoy the book. It's sad that Michael Crichton is no longer living as his books are some of my very favorites.
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Herkermer Homolka, the character brought to life by a spirited Tim Curry, is not a creation of Crichton and his lesser qualities are a part of Karen Ross here in the novel. I guess they split the attributes to give us a justifiable kill and make Laura Linney's character more sympathetic. Ernie Hudson's character is also written as a white man ("I am your great white hunter, though I happen to be black", has an in-joke meaning within the movie) by the name of Charles Munro instead of Munro Kelly. Hudson's interpretation is better, and I chose to imagine him in my head instead of Crichton's description. I have to give the screenplay adaptation credit for streamlining a lot of the excessive detail and plot baggage though. This novel knows its final destination but spends a lot of meandering journey time getting there only to fudge the ending. Crichton writes the climax as taking place over several days! Sorry, this is an ending that should have been written to fit into an hour time span. It gets so boring toward the end that I put off reading it. I knew nothing exciting was happening and nothing would bring me back to finish it until I felt like filling up some free time between household chores and work.
Congo runs at about 117,000 words when it really should have been about 80,000. Crichton pads out so much that it stops being a page-turner.
Very linear and rather silly story, which rather galloped to a conclusion, as though he was under pressure to get the copy to the publisher.
That said, it kept me amused for a few hours. Not as good as (the first half of) his Jurassic Park, though.