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Sphere Mass Market Paperback – March 29, 2011

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Praise for PREY: “Crichton’s books [are]…hugely entertaining.” — New York Times Book Review

“Crichton writes superbly…the excitement rises with each page.” — Chicago Tribune

Praise for STATE OF FEAR: “One of our most gifted popular novelists... Crichton’s fecund imagination and considerable storytelling talent have brought pleasure to millions. A master.” — Los Angeles Times

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“Crichton keeps us guessing at every turn in his best work since The Andromeda Strain.”—Los Angeles Times

In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old. But even more fantastic—and frightening—is what waits inside . . .

“A page-turner with oomph. . . . Crichton’s writing is cinematic, with powerful visual images and nonstop action.”—Newsweek

Sphere may be Crichton’s best novel, but even if it ranked only second or third, it would be a must for suspense fans.”—Miami Herald

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper; Reprint edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 544 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0061990558
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0061990557
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.19 x 1.23 x 7.5 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Michael Crichton embarked on a career as a writer and filmmaker, whose credits include 'The Andromeda Strain', 'Westworld', 'Jurassic Park', 'Rising Sun', 'Prey' and 'State of Fear' and the TV series 'ER'. He has sold over 150 million books which have been translated into thirty-six languages; twelve have been made into films. He is the only person to have had, at the same time, the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Science Fiction - You Won't Guess the End!
By Amy on February 8, 2019
Well, Michael Crichton is starting to become one of my favorite authors. His plot lines are so creative, and he executes them pretty well. This book was no exception, in my mind, to the standard I have started to hold him to!

Throughout this book's journey, I was hooked. I mean, the ideas he comes up with are simply fantastic and so original in my mind. Synopsis: A sphere is found underwater, and a group of qualified people are sent to investigate it. They are in no way prepared for what happens next, and neither was I!

I don't want to say too much to give anything away, but the only things that annoyed me out of this book were two things. I thought the women characters were written poorly. Although he made the main woman, Beth, smart, he also made her emotionally unstable and a bit of a sexual object, particularly towards the end of the book, which irritated me. I feel like in real life, Beth would have had much more depth and would never do some of the things he had written. I also found some typos, including switching to first person for a couple of sentences instead of third and switching a character's name once. But I dismissed these irritations due to me really enjoying the plot line.

Some of the facts sprinkled into the book were fascinating, and I truly hope they are factual and not something he made up, because I am taking them as truth. Yes, I know I can google it but I am too lazy to do that. Most of the book is set far, far underwater and I feel as if I really learned some things about the deep ocean which was fascinating. For example, the most toxic creatures of the world are water creatures! And this is due to the ocean being an older living environment. Let me just nerd out for a bit over this and the other things I have learned while reading this book.

Anyway, off to pick up another book by him, and I highly recommend Sphere! You won't guess the ending, and it will definitely leave you thinking.
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