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Eruption by Michael Crichton and James Patterson

This blockbuster thriller has an extraordinary story of its own! Michael Crichton’s wife Sherri discovered his extensive research and partial manuscript, and it was completed by renowned storyteller James Patterson. 

The novel’s fast pace is driven by the countdown to the imminent eruption of Mauna Loa, Hawaii’s largest active volcano. Dr John ‘Mac’ Macgregor, is the dedicated scientist who leads the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO). Mac is joined by the brilliant young scientist Jenny, seasoned military officer Colonel James Briggs and a sharp-witted teenager he mentors. When Mac announces the impending eruption, the story escalates dramatically. 

Aside from the power of the natural disaster, the US military also has a hidden secret buried within the mountain. Its threat to civilisation is far greater than flowing lava… 

It falls to a brave few to save not just the island but potentially the entire world! Not surprisingly, the pages seem to turn themselves. The writing is formulaic, but it's high-stakes action, adventure and drama. Several scenes, including the jaw-dropping death of key characters left me visualising the story on the big screen. Eruption is a must-read for fans of gripping suspense and volcano lovers! 

Michael’s widow Sherri Crichton has shared further insight into how Eruption evolved. She says Michael was captivated by the idea of a volcano-based story. He meticulously conducted his own research, interviewed experts and travelled to Pompeii. Following his death, when Sherri discovered the unfinished manuscript she began to piece together his vision. She sought a collaborator who would honour his work and says the partnership with James Patterson brought the story to life. 

Michael Crichton trained as a doctor before becoming one of the most successful writers in the world. He created the TV series ER and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. In total, his books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. He died in 2008. James Patterson is also one of the biggest-selling writers of all time, having sold more than 375 million copies. 

Reviewer: Andrea Molloy



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