The Andromeda Strain

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Harper Collins, Oct 28, 2003 - Fiction - 331 pages
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The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outerfringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study." One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona.

Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont,a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

An excellent tension-filled thriller that's completely unputdownable as it careens towards the end. If the subject matter is based on fact, then it provides keen insight into the areas of the airplane ... Read full review

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

Finding out that this was Crichton's first novel colored my opinion of the book. As a first novel, it's pretty dern good. If he had been an accomplished author at the time, I would have found the book ... Read full review

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Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of his death in 2008, Crichton was well into the writing of Micro; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel.

Richard Preston is the internationally bestselling author of eight books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.

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