THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN by Michael Crichton
Kirkus Star

THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN

KIRKUS REVIEW

A United States space probe erratically falls from orbit and lands near a small Arizona town mysteriously wiping out all life in the vicinity except for two diametrically different survivors. Scientists have to determine "why a sixty-nine-year-old Sterno drinker with an ulcer is like a two-month-old baby". . . among other things. This details the secret mobilization of efforts and the extraordinary precautions taken as the U.S. tries to discover what ominous extraterrestrial entity is causing the plague... as it slowly mushrooms. Four biomedical scientists are encapsulated with the deadly probe far underground in an amazingly intricate decontamination chamber. Obviously based on a pipeline of information to actual equipment and installations (to be annotated with diagrams, etc.), this is horrifyingly immediate and filled with fascinating detail such as the fumigation chamber where they burn the outer epidermis off the skin. Brought right down to earth by what has appeared recently in the news, an exciting demonstration of the possible impossible.
Pub Date: May 26th, 1969
ISBN: 006170315X
Page count: 387pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1969




MORE BY MICHAEL CRICHTON

FictionPREY by Michael Crichton
by Michael Crichton
FictionTIMELINE by Michael Crichton
by Michael Crichton
FictionTHE LOST WORLD by Michael Crichton
by Michael Crichton

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

FictionMONDAY MORNINGS by Sanjay Gupta
by Sanjay Gupta
MysteryPLAGUE SHIP by Leonard Goldberg
by Leonard Goldberg
IndieSurvivanoia by Baroness Von Smith
by Baroness Von Smith