By Michael Crichton and Richard Preston
Harper, $28.99, 430 pages

When representatives of an innovative company showed up at Cambridge to recruit grad student scientists, the students had no way of knowing the dangerous adventure they were facing. The company, Nanigen, offered to pay all expenses for the students to visit the company headquarters in Hawaii. One of the executives, Eric Jansen, was the brother of Peter Jansen, one of the students. The following week, shortly before the students were to leave, Eric sent a text to Peter saying “Don’t come”. When the students arrived, they were told that Eric had been killed in a boating accident. When Peter, knowing Eric was an experienced boater, expressed his suspicions, all the students were brutally introduced to the technology Nanigen had developed. They were all shrunk to a height of about an inch, and left in a rain forest, where they encountered monstrous insects and other incredible dangers.

What can one say about Michael Crichton? His body of work made him one of the world’s favorite authors. He has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into 36 languages. Thirteen of his books have been made into films. Begun before his death in 2008, Micro was completed by award-winning author Richard Preston, who is also a famous and accomplished author with an impressive list of successful books.

Micro is as wild a ride as Crichton’s Jurassic Park and The Lost World and is just as crazy scary and believable. The story is sensational and suspenseful, with surprising turns throughout.

Reviewed by Fran Byram