BOOK REVIEW: Congo by Michael Crichton


Review by Ryder Islington

 Congo. Just the title stirs up images of deep jungle and wild animals. A perfect title for this fast-paced thriller. I love the imagery. And of course, I love Amy, the sweet gorilla who knows sign language and loves Peter Elliot, the primatologist who has worked with her for six years.

 When Amy starts painting pictures that are eerily similar to a print dating back to the 1600’s, Peter is drawn into a dangerous expedition of the jungle of the Congo, in search of a lost city. This is a page-turner, with so much happening that every word counts. The characters are people, some of them likeable, others, not so much. Just like in real life, these characters all have their own agendas. Whether it be fame, fortune, power, or love, everyone is out to get something. And some get more than they bargained for.

This is on my keeper shelf. I recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it, except for those prone to nightmares. Michael Crichton knows what nightmares are made of and he doesn’t disappoint.

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One comment on “BOOK REVIEW: Congo by Michael Crichton

  1. Thanks for the reminder, Ryder. I’ve read many Crichton books, but not this one. I don’t know how I missed it.

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