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Binary: An Early Thriller (original 1972; edition 2013)

by Michael Crichton (Author)

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"Political radical John Wright is plotting an act of mass destruction--and federal agent John Graves has him under surveillance, trying to figure out what the plot is. When a government computer is hacked and a high-security shipment of nerve gas gets hijacked, Graves puts the pieces together--but can he stop Wright from unleashing his weapon before it kills a million people...including the President of the United States?"--Publisher.… (more)
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Title:Binary: An Early Thriller
Authors:Michael Crichton (Author)
Info:Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (2013), Edition: 1st, 213 pages
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A rich political radical John Wright is plotting a terrorist event and federal agent John Graves is charged with trying to find out what it is and to put a top to it. This book was a pretty by the numbers thriller and nothing more in my opinion. The characters are not very well developed but as the book reaches it's conclusion it does get pretty exciting. John Lange is a pseudonym for Michael Crichton and it's clear that this was one of his early books. ( )
  Brian. | Apr 9, 2021 |
A fast-paced thriller that barrels right on from the start without any extra stuff. I don't usually like novels that could easily be made into movies, I prefer more depth and development, but Crichton keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to see what will happen next, how the detective will solve the puzzle. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
John Lange was one of the early pen names of Michael Crichton, best known for The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park. While enrolled at Harvard Medical School, Crichton began publishing a number of novels. This is one of a number of Crichton's early novels that have recently been re-released by Hard Case Crime. The others are Scratch One, Zero Cool, Easy Go, The Venom Business, Odds On, Grave Descend, and Dealing. I have read a number of these already and, while not perfect, they are fun, light, fast reading that I have found worthwhile. I haven't read any of Crichton's more famous works, but I will note that these early novels compare favorably to many of the bookstand pulp/adventure/crime novels that could be found in the late sixties and early seventies and these books should be read in that context.

The title of Binary refers to the fact that the evil genius in the book (Wright) has stolen two one-ton tanks of chemicals that, when combined, produce a devastating nerve gas. The plot involves Wright arranging the theft of the nerve gas from the US Army and his counterpart in the US Intelligence field (Graves) tracking him down to San Diego, where the Republican Convention is underway and the President is about to speak. The book is filled with plotting and counter-manuevers between these two geniuses, Wright and Graves, and how Graves uncovers the plot and deals with the fact that within an hour a million people including the President could perish from nerve gas. It is fast-reading and compelling plot-wise, but it is all too obviously an early work by Crichton and the characters are a bit on the cardboard side. Often, it is difficult to really distinguish one character from another. The story in places feels stiff. All in all, however, if one keeps in mind, that it is an early work by Crichton, it is not bad reading. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
The prologue was fantastic. The first 3 chapters were very slow and failed to hold my interest. After a few pages I couldn't care much about what the military guys were taking about. I wanted to know what was the situation that they were dealing with and a rough outline of what they were doing or planning to do first. Without that information it was pretty boring to listen to their petty conversations. dropped the book after 3-4 chapters. ( )
  MugenHere | Jul 12, 2015 |
This is just pure pulp writing in the typical Michael Crichton style. Not pretty but fun.

It's about a theft of military material, how it relates to an assassination and the attempt made to stop it. It's not terribly original now but probably because Crichton and his imitators have done it better since it's original publication in '72 ( )
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"Political radical John Wright is plotting an act of mass destruction--and federal agent John Graves has him under surveillance, trying to figure out what the plot is. When a government computer is hacked and a high-security shipment of nerve gas gets hijacked, Graves puts the pieces together--but can he stop Wright from unleashing his weapon before it kills a million people...including the President of the United States?"--Publisher.

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