I finished The Andromeda Strain yesterday morning. I was really surprised by the fact that about 3/4 of the novel takes place in a lab. Didn't see that one coming!!! This was one of the books where I thought I actually knew the plot summary ahead of time. I was wrong. I did like Andromeda. It held my attention and moved at a fast pace. You can tell this is an early Crichton book because of how the characters take a backseat to the science of what is going on. In his later writing, while still full of science, he focuses much more on characters. I was not super thrilled by Andromeda, I just liked it. It was a nice, fast and interesting read.