Sphere by Michael Crichton


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This sphere's as lightweight as a balloon floating up and away; but the ascent is swift, smooth, and loads of fun.


From the author of Jurassic ParkTimeline, and Congo comes a psychological thriller about a group of scientists who investigate a spaceship discovered on the ocean floor.
In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface, a huge vessel is unearthed. Rushed to the scene is a team of American scientists who descend together into the depths to investigate the astonishing discovery. What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship, but apparently it is undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old, containing a terrifying and destructive force that must be controlled at all costs.


About Michael Crichton

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Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.
Published May 14, 2012 by Vintage. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Horror, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Sep 21 2011

This sphere's as lightweight as a balloon floating up and away; but the ascent is swift, smooth, and loads of fun.

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Reviewed by Aubrey Bourgeois on Nov 14 2012

I was convinced that I had envisioned the ending but . . . this clever science-fiction saw right through my prediction . . . Don’t watch the movie. Don’t flip to the end. You can’t learn the secret of the sphere through shortcuts.

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Reviewed by James M. Kahn on Jul 12 2008

Crichton keeps us guessing at every turn, in his best work since "The Andromeda Strain." There are some problems with the book . . . but these criticisms . . . pale in context, the context being that Crichton is a storyteller, and a damned good one.

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Reviewed by Jordan Bravado on Nov 19 2012

It’s fast-paced, well-written, and includes enough heart to make a movie out of. As for the plot, I wasn’t entirely impressed with the direction, but I didn’t see any reason to nitpick.

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Reviewed by Caleb on Nov 30 2008

READ IT! And once you're done, READ IT AGAIN!

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Fantasy Literature

Reviewed by Ryan Skardal on Aug 19 2011

Sphere is an easy novel to recommend, especially for readers looking for a fast-paced page-turner that touches on a variety of interesting ideas and gadgets without ever diverting momentum from the plot.

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Reviewed by Elton Gahr on Mar 21 2010

It [is] as much an adventure and mystery story as it is science fiction.

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Reviewed by Daniel Breedlove on Oct 20 2012

Crichton's knowledge of biology and science and his imagination are all used well to write this book . . . Add mind-control, oversized sea-life, military, and futuristic technology, and you have a best-selling, one-of-a-kind novel.

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Michael Manley 19 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 5 out of 5