Publication Date: June 3, 2024



The biggest thriller of 2024: 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 master of the techno-thriller joins forces with the master of the modern thriller to create the most anticipated mega thriller 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.




Michael Crichton – creator of “Jurassic Park” and a lifelong Hawaii enthusiast – begins work on a manuscript that will become the novel Eruption


Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano on Earth, erupts on Hawaii’s main island in 1984.


Michael Crichton publishes Jurassic Park set on a volcanic island in the Pacific.

Michael Crichton visits Hawaii many times over the years for further on-site research. Crichton will leave hours of video footage including interviews with a volcanologist.

Knowing how important Hawaii and Eruption were to her late husband, Sherri Crichton begins an intensive research project, searching Michael’s many hard drives and papers, finding all relevant materials.

Sherri Crichton begins looking for the right partner to finish the project. Hawaii was always special to her and Michael, so she proceeds cautiously.

The Search will take years.


Sherri Crichton brings the unfinished work to James Patterson, the most successful thriller writer in the world. Patterson agrees to complete the novel, especially as he says, “I wanted to know the ending!”


Working with Michael Crichton’s unfinished manuscript and extensive background materials, James Patterson creates an extended outline of the book, which he and Sherri Crichton begin to revise together.


Mauna Loa erupts again


Sherri Crichton announces the project and shares a letter about how it came together and how important it was to her late husband, Michael.

June 3, 2024

Michael Crichton and James Patterson’s Eruption – a genius collaboration more than 40 years in the making – is released everywhere around the world.