Micro by Michael Crichton
This was one of my first audio books and it was phenomenal.
The story may be unbelievable but is any science fiction techno-thriller believable these days?
The book is well written. The plot is tight. Basically, it’s a story about a greedy corporate CEO who starts killing off people to preserve his profits.
But the real attraction of the book is the phenomenal detail that Crichton offers in terms of the insect world. In the book — without giving anything away — a group of students are miniaturized and they end up in a nearby rain forest. What they go through fighting off ants, beetles, wasps, bats and spiders is an exciting read.
Although the book is for mature readers, kids would love the story of how little people have to struggle to stay alive with now giant insects and animals surrounding them. How insects eat, breath and conduct themselves is offered from a close-up perspective or a micro-human being. Crichton describes home a wasp lays its eggs in a live host. How insects sense other potential prey in their environment.
I purchased this one on audio book and listened while in the Health Club. It made the workouts go by fast. I mean the narrative is that good that you lose a sense of time reading it. You get fully absorbed.
I highly recommend Micro. It is a fast and capturing read.
— Ray Hanania
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Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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