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State of Fear by Michael Crichton

In State of Fear, Michael Crichton has written a thriller set around a group of environmentalists and global warming. In his novel, though, the environmentalists are evildoers and global warming is a myth that needs to be debunked. Peter Evans is an idealistic lawyer working for the National Environmental Resource Fund (NERF) who has sued the EPA for a Pacific Island that will disappear as ocean levels rise with global temperatures. Peter Evans discovers, to his surprise, that ocean levels aren't actually rising and the more he investigates, the more lies and nefarious activities he finds that involve NERF. They've even planned global disasters they can blame on global warming to generate more sympathy and power for their cause. In typical Michael Crichton thriller fashion, it's up to a small group of people who will hop all over the globe barely escaping fates worse than death as they piece all the clues together. State of Fear has received widely mixed reviews with saying Crichton "has never been more brilliant, or prescient" and the New York Times calling it "sorry excuse for a thriller."
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