A riveting thriller of corporate intrigue and cutthroat competition between American and Japanese business interests.
On the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto tower in downtown Los Angeles - the new American headquarters of the immense Japanese conglomerate - a grand opening celebration is in full swing.
On the forty-sixth floor, in an empty conference room, the corpse of a beautiful young woman is discovered.
The investigation immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue, a no-holds-barred conflict in which control of a vital American technology is the fiercely coveted prize - and in which the Japanese saying "business is war" takes on a terrifying reality.
Rising Sun was made into a film, starring Sean Connery.
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"A grand maze of plot twists... Crichton's gift for spinning a timely yarn is going to be enough, once again, to serve a current tenant of the bestseller list with an eviction notice." - New York Daily News
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"Michael Crichton and MacLeod Andrews together - wow!"
I knew this would be good and it was. You may feel some real bitterness at how all this started with our economy as Crichton paint a very clear picture of our downward spiral. Should be required reading. Really well done.
"Crichton Seldom Disappoints"
Even though it's an old one, 90's, I really enjoyed learning so much about global economics and the differences in how varying cultures "play" the game. Unfortunately, didn't make me love Japan much!
"Intriguing and Interesting Story"
I hadn't read a Crichton for several years. Picked this one because it was said to be a bit different than his usual fare. It was and I liked it. The book is a fictional account of murder and mayhem in the US as a result of Japanese influences. The mystery of the murder is a good one and will keep you guessing. There is quite a lot of technological activity, most pointedly new advances in video "photoshopping" techniques which I found interesting. All in all, a good read, despite a few loose ends that I wished had been better concluded.
The epilogue, which features Crichton himself, offers a bit of factual theorizing on the precarious edge the US is walking in its relationship with Japan. Crichton suggests that as a debtor nation, the US is slowly but surely becoming far too beholden to Japan and sadly, powerless to do anything about it. Try this one. It is different and good!
"An enduring cautionary tale"
While the subject and fears expressed regarding Japanese economic supremacy are a bit dated now (the wheel always turns, and the Japanese are having their own economic woes now), the fundamental ideas are timeless. It does seem to be America's natural trajectory to go for the quick fix, the easy buck, and the superficial sound bite at the expense of introspection, long term prosperity, and self interest.
This work was widely criticized at the time for being racist and Japan-bashing (ironic, considering the role that such false accusations play in the novel itself), and indeed, when it was made into a the plot was substantially altered by the studio to make the villain an American for fear of offending the studio's Japanese investors (which would seem to prove the point of the novel). I believe this criticism to be invalid.
"✨MacLeod Andrews = Subarashīdesu 素晴らしいです Fantastic"
Just fantastic! The action, the betrayals, the murder... -contented sigh- just what an action junkie like me needed.
Wish the ending hadn't left me feeling an "uneasy feeling," and all the political preachy feel of the story had my interest else where for a bit but but man oh man, there is not a bored moment in this story.
And I'm not really into FM romances anymore but I kind of wanted more of a story for LAPD lieutenant Smith and the Japanese/Black lab assistant Theresa . I am all about that 💖Interracial love💖 thing! In a way I wish the story had ended with those two side by side because it would have left that tiny spark of hope that, everything would be ok.
A subarashīdesu performance of a superb story.
I've seen the movie, but that didn't take away from the book at all what so ever. Great 'whodunit' with more twists and turns than you'd ever expect! Also the way MC weaves real information into a great story is unbeatable. Definitely recommend.
EXCEPTIONAL BOOK WITH,MANY A TWIST AND TURN! KEEPS YOU GUESSING WHO DID WHAT TO WHO!
"Good but too much cursing"
I liked the plot and the twists, but could have done without the foul language. That is the reason why the story got 3 stars.
"entertaining but one sided"
liked it but dosent let you forget the book is arguing that the US needs to wage economic war against other economies
"mystery hidden under repetitive conspiracy theory"
This is a product of it's time, with respect to international economics, and it's also a preachy and repetitive conspiracy theory......oh, and there's a rather interesting mystery buried underneath it all. I'm not sure whether this is anti-American or anti-Japanese, but it sure seems to be preaching a conspiracy that Japan was (early 90s) poised to take over the US with economics. It says so, again and again. And again.
The actual murder mystery where a young party girl is found dead in the boardroom of a major Japanese office building the night of a major party is quite interesting - particularly since the whole floor was covered by security cameras. Unfortunately too little time is given to that, and too much time given to understanding Japanese culture and how business is war.
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