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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"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
"Fan of the book and movie"
I enjoy a lot of Crichton so when I saw Rising Sun hit audible I snagged it (and Sphere, great book but didn't like the movie). I thought the book was great, it was fun noting the similarities and differences between the book and movie. The performance was pretty good, I even felt like I could hear a bit of Sean Connery in the reading of Connor's lines. Smith is nothing like Wesley Snipes however. In the book the character is white and comes off a bit different. Having seen the movie first and enjoying Snipes as Smith I didn't have any difficulty adjusting to Crichton's original version of Smith and from the beginning was able to get engrossed in the story. The only knock I'd give the performance is how annoying the reader does the voice of Smiths young daughter. Pretty bad. Fortunately she doesn't have many lines.
I've read that Crichton took some heat when the book came out, accusations of racism and Japan bashing. Having read that and then listening to this book I can *kind of* see how those criticisms got off the ground but overall I don't think that was his intention. I definitely wouldn't avoid the book based on that.
All in all I enjoyed it and am looking forward to moving on to Sphere.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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!
I found this book to be difficult to sit through. It started out with a murder. That turned into a half eaten Apple. There were parts where It wasn't l sure of what was going on. The history lesson into the business dealings between the US and Japan was so boring that I got lost in the montage of blah blah blah, that I would forget where the plot to the story was.
Maybe it's just me, but I felt cheated out of a good murder mystery. The continued on and on of the politics between two countries quickly over took the book. The stupid relationship between Conner and Smith was strange, and the strained relationship between Smith and his ex-wife was just silly and incomplete.
The book ended with the same rambling of political satire and had me pulling out my hair, frustrated by the fact that so many situations were left twisting in the wind. Someone should give me my money back.
"This read better in 1994."
The chief problem here is the Japan boosterism. When written, Japan was indeed 10-feet-tall, and it seemed likely that they were about to bury us. "Everything just works in Japan" is a constant refrain. Nowadays, after Japan's "lost two decades," the whole thing seems a bit silly.
"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.
"Boring, predictable and forgettable"
I saw where the story was going up to several chapters ahead, and had to wait for the book to catch up. Certain plot threads seem to try to build character (maybe for a series) but they are out of place, or go nowhere in this book.
The story has potential, but falls flat. I wasn't engaged, and while it's close to have all the twists and turns of a good crime Thriller, it just doesn't present it in the right way to keep you on the edge of your seat. It's like being told a fundamentally interesting story, by someone who aren't that interested in telling it, and therefore tells it in a boring matter of fact way. A very "that's just how it is" way, if that makes any sense
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