The Andromeda Strain
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - FKarr - LibraryThing
Surprise - not as suspenseful the second time around. Still an enjoyable read. I do wish Crichton had made more clear what science he referenced was from the "Real World" and what was just there for ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - 5hrdrive - LibraryThing
Just a quick reread as it had been about fifteen years. This is lots of fun and shows off Michael Crichton's skills at making some pretty wonky science entertaining. The 1960's era computer stuff is pretty eye-opening for those too young to recall the Dark Ages. Read full review