Eruption - Michael Crichton & James Patterson


By Michael Crichton & James Patterson

  • Release Date: 2024-06-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 873 Ratings


Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! 

The biggest thriller of the year: A history-making eruption is about to destroy the Big Island of Hawaii. But a secret held for decades by the US military is far more terrifying than any volcano.

“The book is a classic summer beach read...Eruption will revive the art of speed-reading...told with a singular voice that is a compelling amalgam of the two writers.”—USA Today

Eruption is an epic thriller…fast-paced and deeply considered…a cinematic story rooted in science and infused with plenty of heart, tackling big themes like love and loss.”

The master of the techno-blockbuster joins forces with the master of the modern thriller to create the most anticipated mega bestseller in years. 

Michael Crichton, creator of Jurassic Park, ER, Twister, and Westworld, had a passion project he’d been pursuing for years, ahead of his untimely passing in 2008. Knowing how special it was, his wife, Sherri Crichton, held back his notes and the partial manuscript until she found the right author to complete it: James Patterson, the world’s most popular storyteller.
“Explosive…the summer’s ultimate literary mashup.” —Washington Post

"Takes readers on a thrilling journey." —BBC

"Beachbag-ready." —Boston Globe

“A seismic publishing event…all the elements of a summer blockbuster…it’s a thrill and the pages practically turn themselves.” —Associated Press

Eruption is this summer’s literary version of a blockbuster action movie.” –Los Angeles Times

"Breakneck and plausible." —Publishers Weekly


  • Disappointing

    By Garandaddy Lawyer
    Great expectations given the authors but too much scientific jargon and details with too little explanation.
  • So disappointing. I was unable to finish what I hoped would be wonderful. So boring.

    By Lic40
    Too boring to finish. The hype for the book was big. I see from others, that I’m not alone in my disappointment.
  • How is this guy still alive

    By JG 1985
    Looking forward to this one..destruction, Hawaii, volcanoes, gov secrets…Let’s get it.
  • Moving

    By In the Twist
    Breathtaking, literally. My two favorite authors, one in spirit and one running on the ground. Can't wait for the multi-billion dollar movie franchise. Move over Jurassic Park!
  • Eruption

    By scarbuckle
    If you like to read about government cover ups and characters dying in volcanic eruptions, then this book is for you.
  • Eruption

    By Peg1gy
    eruption is kinda blah. I expected the best from these two writers but what I got would be good for a fifth grader, I am sorry to say.
  • Unfortunately terrible

    By RCW9999
    Was really looking forward to this one. Loved Michael Crichton and when Patterson actually writes his own books he’s a great author too. This was a train wreck of a book. Preposterous storyline with numerous holes. No character development with numerous useless characters. It was obvious after several chapters what would happen. I can’t believe this book was so hyped - they should be ashamed. I skimmed the last quarter of the book, which is one of the worst books I’ve read in recent memory.
  • One word says it all

    By Papa Colada
    Read it you’ll love it.
  • Classic Thriller

    By DrMcDougall
    Most enjoyable book I’ve read in years - reminds me of the over the top adventure movies like Towering Inferno or Poseidon Adventure - could not put it down, and when I finished, I wished there was another - look forward to the movie - thank you Michael Crichton and James Patterson!
  • A fizzled out mess

    By twozeetoo
    It actually started out promising. First 10 percent was decent, then a whole bunch of words, then it just ended in like 3 pages. No creative resolution to anything. It was as if someone said, “Ok, pencils down, turn in what you’ve got.” Terrible book. One of the worst I’ve ever read.