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@Read Pdf Î Congo ⛏ 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 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 1642a 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 michaelcrichton.com I saw this on Chris list and it triggered an old, funny memory Now, I did read this book back in high school I went through a Michael Crichton phase and his books being as they are, I managed to read through his dare I say oevure in a summer don t recall which summer, tho The odd memory that Chris triggered however, has to to do with the movie Congo I had a good friend in high school, wonderful fella, still a great friend About the time we were seniors, he started dating or as the kids say, going steady with aI think she was a sopho at the time The point is, Saturday nights I d ask him What are you doing tonight We rented Congo You rented that last week And not lying we had the exchange roughly twice a month for the life of their relationship about the length of the school year Thus, when anyone in our circle of friends got lucky for most of us a rare occurrence , we referred to it as watching Congo To use it in a sentence You watch Congo on Saturday You know how I roll Etc., et.al granted, at the time, no one I knew said how I roll, but it sounds better In regards to the actual book, the only thing I remember is that I did not care much for it cpd i m having a little trouble with myself right now i just gave this one 4 stars and Inner Snob Mark is getting very twitchy, almost trigger happy, ready to take control of my favorite hand and bump this one down to 3 stars never fear, i have a tight rein on Inner Snob Mark and have carefully compartmentalized him away tonight but he does have a few good points my God, i gave the timeless classic The Last Unicorn 3 stars i gave Room which wrecked me emotionally and had me crying like someone died the same 4 stars and Congo gets only 1 star less than either Picnic at Hanging Rock or The Thin Red Line two books that i think are perfect from beginning to end eh, so fucken what stars are stupid, right okay, so that s the disclaimer it will probably be longer than the actual review.i LOVED this book it was one of those immersive experiences, one that i dived into and stayed deep Crichton is not known for having an interesting writing style, but his prose is clean straightforward dry without being off puttingly clinical ack, Inner Snob Mark just had a spasm when i used the words Crichton and prose in the same sentence no complaints whatsoever about the quality of writing Congo is not corny and it is not emotionally manipulative and there aren t stupid lines where i start breathing loudly in frustration what it does have is a superbly brisk narrative that does not falter despite the very dense level of information surrounding it and that s another great thing the very well done infodumps i m going to sound a little schoolboy ish here but i learned so much about the Congo, of course but this being Crichton, i also learned a lot about apes and technology and corporate philosophies and tons of other interesting shite the author makes sure all of his research is on the page and yet it didn t feel didactic and it didn t take away from the plot if anything, it drew me in further.oh yeah, and it had one awesome thing in my GR friend Bill s words The big star in this story is Amy, a gorilla with a 620 sign vocabulary After reading this, you will want a gorilla for a best friend ah, Amy i know we would be fast friends First off, I ve always gone bananas over books and movies that have giant apes big gorillas in them, going way back to when I was a kid, particularly with movie classics like, King Kong and Mighty Joe Young, that were a blast for me and my brother to watch together.Reading books and watching movies about big apes helps me reconnect with those experiences I will always hold dear to me.I ve been going ape over everything anything simian fiction related ever since When I first saw the preview for the movie, Congo, it was a no brainer that I would be seeing it as soon as it came out Anyone who may have seen the original advertisements for the movie may remember that the 1st preview centered on character, Charles Travis, played by fan favorite actor, Bruce Campbell Ever since I first saw Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell as Ash, I followed every single film he did But, if you saw Congo, then you ll know that he was only in the film for about 5 minutes or less I rushed out to see the 1st showing on the 1st day of the film release with my best friend, Doug, at the time Before I read the book I knew it was gonna have a Jurassic Park sorta cheeziness to it but I was looking forward to that and otherwise not really knowing what else to expect The acting was a mixed bag of fine performances like Laura Linney and Dylan Walsh, along with some of the worst acting since the very dawn of time Tim Curry, an actor I ve loved since watching his iconic legendary performance as Dr Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show many many times, was just God awful As Herkermer Homolka, his Russian accent defies logic as to why they would even keep the cameras rolling after his first line, Which, to me, sounded like he got his tongue stuck in his throat Though, by this point, I wouldn t trade him in for the world though his is the worst accent I ve ever heard Now that I think about it, the way over the top French accent by Julia Ormond in Mad Men is definitely up there for debate I m guessing that the Mad Men producers must ve got confused thinking she was French actress, Juliette Binoche, when they brought her on, since they look dead on identical to Congo As my buddy Doug and I watched the film we kept sinking lower and lower and lower into our seats until we were, seriously, nearly sitting on the floor Throughout all the impossibilities that could only happen in an 80 s movie, we burst out laughing in places where we weren t supposed to dozens of times much to the hatred of the rest of the audience, I m sure By the end of the movie, as we were walking out, I said in my best Amy voice the pet gorilla who had the female equivalent of a Stephen Hawking like computer voicebox Bad movie, Amy, Bad movie Yeahwe were little shi s then just like most guys that age, I guess.Just so you know, I ve watched the film a few times since and it gets better every time It s a real hoot and now I think I love it But, back to the book In case it surprises anybody, I don t think Michael Crichton wrote this one just so it would turn out to be a mega million buck movie And though it s a tech thriller, it s also a throwback to the pulp adventure style books going on for over a century now Most notably, King Solomon s Mines The difference It s been updated, everything moves faster, there s better equipment, and everybody s sarcastic and cynical than ever before No duh Really I enjoyed this novel I m pretty sure everybody has an idea what it s about so why go into it It was a good book HoweverSince most of the covers, including the movie poster and dvd, have a GORILLA on it, you would expect there to be some damn gorillas IN IT I kept asking a common question I ask whenever I expect to see of something, or, when there s an element sorely missing throughout what I m reading Here s one where you would want Michael Crichton to use his time machine from Timeline so he could fast forward to the future and take notes of the formula that worked so well in books he wrote later and were successful Jurassic Park had a great abundance of dinosaurs in it Too bad he couldn t have used that same formula here It is a well written, nicely plotted book, with good characters, a great premise, action packed, and mostly a lot of fun It was just missing one thing for me MORE FREAKING GORILLAS This is one of those rare books that has many great artwork covered editions I hope you pick a good one Buying the bland books allows the publisher to think it s ok to skip the art department, leaving us with a world of mediocre book covers to choose from So you know, many of the cheapest editions have some very nice covers. The book was interesting in the second half with the first half using lot of technical jargon which almost made me abandon it halfway Once you overcome the first half, it becomes interesting and edgy The author has described the African jungles so vividly that you visualise it right before your eyes All about an organisation s quest to explore blue diamonds which sends a woman, Karen Ross accompanied by a primatologist, Peter Elliot who becomes the central character along with his pet gorilla, Amy You feel for Amy when she converses with her handler Peter Elliot The expedition is led by a mercenary turned expert jungle guide Munro There are the unusual twists and turns given the jungle backdrop, the tribals and the gorillas The whole technical stuff appear a bit outdated today since this was written way back in the 80s Otherwise this is a good book to read.After reading Congo I will see monkeys and apes with a lot respect The gorilla is described to be far docile creature than the chimpanzees, however fearsome they appear Don t judge a book by the cover pun intended I was actually surprised by such tidbits in the book regarding primate behaviour Enjoy the adventure