Monday, January 02, 2012

Book Review: Binary, by Michael Crichton

Want to read good fiction? Read "Binary", by Michael Crichton, one of his best works that you've never read. Yes, that Michael Crichton.

The first book I read by Michael Crichton was an unknown book called "Binary". It was an obscure book by an obscure author called John Lange. I was in high school, and my father's friend had dropped this short book at our place. The author was John Lange, a nobody. Inside, the book mentioned that the author had been revealed as the great Michael Crichton, but I hadn't heard of Crichton either, so expectations ran low.

The book starts with a gripping description of a heist. It grabs you, and pulls you in. The book is a thriller, of a plot involving dangerous weapons, and one man's race to stop it all. It is a short book, written very well.

I had harbored fond memories of this book. I had recommended it to many friends, knowing full well how difficult it was to obtain a copy. Recently, I received a copy of this book, and I sat down to read it. A short evening passed, and I was done. Despite having read it over a decade ago, I remembered most of the plot and many of the scenes. It was a thrilling book made punchier by the fact that I knew the story. I marveled at the plot and the excellent writing.

A fantastic novel, a thrilling plot. The ending isn't blockbuster by today's standards, and that is part of the lure. No superfluous nonsense, and no extra pages.

A gripping story snappily told.