State of Fear Criticism

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Of all the novels that Crichton has published in his long career, none have met with as much controversy as State of Fear. A number of critics, both literary and environmental, attacked Crichton about the theories posited in his novel. Ronald Bailey, writing in Reason, calls it "The Da Vinci Code with real facts, violent storms, and a different faith altogether." Many reviews indicate that Crichton has a clear agenda in the novel. Chris Mooney writes in the Skeptical Inquirer that the book is "a novel in name only." Instead, he writes, it is a "thinly disguised political commentary, in which a wildly implausible plot … serves as an excuse for a string of … dialogues about climate science." In his review in the New American, Dennis Behreandt writes that the book is solely a vehicle for "Crichton's concerns about global warming alarmism." Despite this, he says, because...

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