The Terminal Man – Michael Crichton
Science fiction, horror, thriller, fiction.
Harry Benson is admitted to a hospital in hopes of curing his seizures after attacking two people. Harry Benson is under careful watch for a while. Before long, Dr. McPherson reads the file and thinks of the options. Dr. McPherson believes he can cure Harry Benson with this procedure. The procedure is a surgical experimentation that fixes these seizures. During the procedure, things take a turn for the worst. Harry Benson gets off the operating table and on the loose. Dr. McPherson calls security to find this man that escaped and if he was caught in the building to restrain Harry Benson. Security footage reveals that the man left the building. It’s a manhunt to find this man before he claims more lives.
This novel was moderately entertaining and had a balance of science as well as plot that were interconnected. I never doubted Crichton’s abilities to create literary works that were thought intensive and very intense. I did enjoy this novel though, but it was not as great as his other works. Not bad though, don’t get me wrong. I was expecting a more thrilling novel, but this was moderate thrill. I have a sense that Crichton loves to write about certain possibilities of playing with genetics, things that shouldn’t be played with in the first place, then having it turn horribly wrong to prove that playing God is never a good idea. That fits with this novel for sure but in its unique morbid way for sure.