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Jurassic Park
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Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park Series, Book 1
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Timeline, Sphere, and Congo, this is the classic thriller of science run amok that took the world by storm.
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read
"[Michael] Crichton's dinosaurs are genuinely frightening."—Chicago Sun-Times

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.

Until something goes wrong. . . .

In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.
Praise for Jurassic Park

"Wonderful . . . powerful."The Washington Post Book World

"Frighteningly real . . . compelling . . . It'll keep you riveted."—The Detroit News

"Full of suspense."The New York Times Book Review
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Timeline, Sphere, and Congo, this is the classic thriller of science run amok that took the world by storm.
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read
"[Michael] Crichton's dinosaurs are genuinely frightening."—Chicago Sun-Times

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.

Until something goes wrong. . . .

In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.
Praise for Jurassic Park

"Wonderful . . . powerful."The Washington Post Book World

"Frighteningly real . . . compelling . . . It'll keep you riveted."—The Detroit News

"Full of suspense."The New York Times Book Review
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    ALMOST PARADISEMike Bowman whistled cheerfully as he drove the Land Rover through the Cabo Blanco Biological Reserve, on the west coast of Costa Rica. It was a beautiful morning in July, and the road before him was spectacular: hugging the edge of a cliff, overlooking the jungle and the blue Pacific. According to the guidebooks, Cabo Blanco was unspoiled wilderness, almost a paradise. Seeing it now made Bowman feel as if the vacation was back on track.

    Bowman, a thirty-six-year-old real estate developer from Dallas, had come to Costa Rica with his wife and daughter for a two-week holiday. The trip had actually been his wife's idea; for weeks Ellen had filled his ear about the wonderful national parks of Costa Rica, and how good it would be for Tina to see them. Then, when they arrived, it turned out Ellen had an appointment to see a plastic surgeon in San Jose. That was the first Mike Bowman had heard about the excellent and inexpensive plastic surgery available in Costa Rica, and all the luxurious private clinics in San Jose.

    Of course they'd had a huge fight. Mike felt she'd lied to him, and she had. And he put his foot down about this plastic surgery business. Anyway, it was ridiculous, Ellen was only thirty, and she was a beautiful woman. Hell, she'd been Homecoming Queen her senior year at Rice, and that was not even ten years earlier. But Ellen tended to be insecure, and worried. And it seemed as if in recent years she had mostly worried about losing her looks.

    That, and everything else.

    The Land Rover bounced in a pothole, splashing mud. Seated beside him, Ellen said, "Mike, are you sure this is the right road? We haven't seen any other people for hours."

    "There was another car fifteen minutes ago," he reminded her. "Remember, the blue one?"

    "Going the other way . . ."

    "Darling, you wanted a deserted beach," he said, "and that's what you're going to get."

    Ellen shook her head doubtfully. "I hope you're right."

    "Yeah, Dad, I hope you're right," said Christina, from the backseat. She was eight years old.

    "Trust me, I'm right." He drove in silence a moment. "It's beautiful, isn't it? Look at that view. It's beautiful."

    "It's okay," Tina said.

    Ellen got out a compact and looked at herself in the mirror, pressing under her eyes. She sighed, and put the compact away.

    The road began to descend, and Mike Bowman concentrated on driving. Suddenly a small black shape flashed across the road and Tina shrieked, "Look! Look!" Then it was gone, into the jungle.

    "What was it?" Ellen asked. "A monkey?"

    "Maybe a squirrel monkey," Bowman said.

    "Can I count it?" Tina said, taking her pencil out. She was keeping a list of all the animals she had seen on her trip, as a project for school.

    "I don't know," Mike said doubtfully.

    Tina consulted the pictures in the guidebook. "I don't think it was a squirrel monkey," she said. "I think it was just another howler." They had seen several howler monkeys already on their trip.

    "Hey," she said, more brightly. "According to this book, 'the beaches of Cabo Blanco are frequented by a variety of wildlife, including howler and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths, and coatimundis.' You think we'll see a three-toed sloth, Dad?"

    "I bet we do."

    "Really?"

    "Just look in the mirror."

    "Very funny, Dad."

    The road sloped downward through the jungle, toward the ocean.

    Mike Bowman felt like a hero when they finally reached the beach: a two-mile crescent of white sand, utterly deserted. He parked the Land Rover in the shade of the palm trees that fringed the beach, and got...

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.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 11, 1991
    Bioengineers clone 15 species of dinosaurs and establish an island preserve where tourists can view the large reptiles; chaos ensues when a rival genetics firm attempts to steal frozen dinosaur embryos, and it's up to two kids, a safari guide and a paleontologist to set things right. PW called this, ``A scary, creepy, mesmerizing technothriller with teeth.''

  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 1, 1990
    An island off Costa Rica will soon be the world's most ambitious theme park--a dinosaur preserve. A visionary financier's biotechnology company has succeeded in cloning these extinct reptiles. Fifteen different species, presumably incapable of breeding, are now placidly roaming around, but Jurassic Park's resident mathematician, an expert in chaos theory, predicts that the animals' behavior is inherently unstable. When a rival genetics firm attempts to steal frozen dinosaur embryos, things go haywire. Two cute American kids, eight-year-old Tina and 11-year-old Tim, a safari guide from Kenya and a Denver paleontologist set things aright--almost. Though the dinosaurs here are more interesting than the people, Crichton ( The Andromeda Strain ) ingeniously interweaves details of genetic engineering, computer wizardry and current scientific controversy over dinosaurs to fashion a scary, creepy, mesmerizing techno-thriller with teeth. It can be read as a thought-provoking fable about technological hubris and the hazards of bioengineering. 150,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; movie rights sold to Steven Spielberg/Universal Pictures .

  • DOGO Books ryapen - Dinosaurs are the biggest animals know to man but when John Hammond and a group of genetic engineers finger out to recreate them it takes on man to turn everything into chaos. This is Jurassic Park a book written by Michael Crichton. This book takes place in a small island off Costa Rica called isla Nublar where John Hammond's amazing park lays. Hammond invites a paleontologist named Alan Grant, a botness Ellie Sattler, a lawyer named Donald Gennaro, and a mathematician named Ian Malcolm. Hammond also brings his grandson and daughter Tim and Lex. These are the protagonist, but there can't be protagonist without an antagonist. Dennis Nedry who wants to steal something of great importance to Hammond. When he does the security systems turn off and the dinosaurs get loose leaving the small group stuck in a island full of dinosaurs as they try to get the security systems back online. The reason I liked this book is because I watched the movie and I knew there was a book so I decided to read it and after I read the action packed book I really liked it. Also I like dinosaurs so if there is anyone who likes dinosaurs this would be a book for you.
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