STATE OF FEAR is Michael Crichton’s fourteenth novel. It is also, interestingly enough, his best. One would think that such a highly regarded household name as Crichton would have a larger bibliography, but he has sacrificed quantity for that rare, elusive element known as quality. This element is immediately evident on the very first page of STATE OF FEAR.
Having said that, STATE OF FEAR may be an unpopular book in some quarters, because the villain is a radical environmental group. Along the way, Crichton skewers global warming, the greenhouse effect, and the like --- and does so in a fact-filled but noneth