The Andromeda Strain
by Michael Crichton
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Harper Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061703157
Date: 01 November 2008 List Price $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Yes, I realize that I am one of the few people on the planet who did not read The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton decades ago. I loved it. I can see why the story has had all its success. A strange organism falls to earth and threatens to kill all humans. See how the earth fights back. From official release/information:
Product Description: The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.
Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study." One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona.
Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.