Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project 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]...Continua
Come al solito, Crichton è capace di fondersi perfettamente nella scienza e nell'azione e nei grandi personaggi per creare una storia meravigliosamente interessante. Pieno di informazioni affascinanti come uno sfondo storico di esplorazione nella regione del Congo, alla varietà di primati e tribù che abbondano nella regione, oltre a dettagli affascinanti su come Primate Research, specialmente incentrata sui gorilla, funziona. Non avevo idea di alcuni dei modi in cui i primatologi interpretarono e comunicavano con i gorilla. La storia è veloce e i personaggi di Capt Munro, Amy e Dr. Elliott rubano lo spettacolo....Continua
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.
From San Francisco to Congo, the gorillas are shaping this story.