Friday, June 18, 2004

Sphere by Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton brings forth yet another suspenseful thriller with the novel SPHERE. Set a thousand miles beneath the South Pacific, a group of experts are bewildered by a plethora of perplexing paradoxes. Having been sent to investigate an alien spacecraft, they are amazed with its titanic size, discover the craft to have controls in English writing, and find it to be over 300 years old and surprisingly undamaged from any fall into the ocean. Even more intriguing, deep within the confines of the craft, a perfect, metallic sphere marked with odd symbols - perhaps from an alien culture - is uncovered.

During the scientists' stay, drama and suspense mount after the sphere mysteriously opens up. The boundaries between reality and the imaginary blur as the characters are plunged into nightmare. Each has to confront his/her own deepest fear as the scientists become aware of the terrifying power they've unleashed that overwhelms and threatens to destroy them. Andrew C.

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