Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists is mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes. Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project ...
ect Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies -- all motionless except for one moving image -- a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.
In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 "signs," the most ever learned by a primate, and she likes to fingerpaint. But recently, her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match, with stunning accuracy, the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642 . . . a drawing of an ancient lost city. A new expedition -- along with Amy -- is sent into the Congo where they enter a secret world, and the only way out may be through a horrifying death . . . [예스24 제공]
No social theme like in Rising sun, Disclosure, even Jurassic Park; nor far-fetched scientific conundrums like in Sphere. Congo is just a divertissement: high-tech and exotic at the same time in its combining primate ecology, Comsats and Rider
..." Haggard’s “Mines of King Solomon”. Crichton nerdily revels in dropping acronyms, from RC (resonant conventional) to RFSD (Rapid Fire Sensor Devices), CCT (computer-compatiblre tapes), PNF (Predicted Next Frame), GPU (not Stalin’s secret service, but still a Geo-Political Update), MER (Mineral Extraction Rights, CEL (Current Exploiration Limit), LATRAP (laser-tracking projectiles), LGSD (laser-guided sensing devices) and.. Curious how he may miss a 5-grader notion like: “I’ve placed a total of eight hundred grams of explosive” Ross said. “That’s less than a pound and a half” (pg.296).. sometimes editors are drowsy too. Crichton isn’t usually too generous with his female characters: the main one here, Karen Ross, is a real bitch, to the point of having a charm of her own. But really, it is a very good book to enjoy Indiana-Jones-like unrestrained adventure, to learn all about primate communication, volcanoes and the fragile ecosystem of mountain gorillas. Continua...Nascondi
Since his books always double as technical essays, most of them work better as books than in movie form. Congo is no exception. Its main theme is modern expeditions, organized as commercial ventures to explore remote areas for valuable commodities
..." and suchlike. The actual story is, as with far too many Crichton novels, just there to fill out the spaces between the essay sections. Still, it's certainly an interesting read, and it manages to provide some thrills, as well.Continua...Nascondi