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Prey (original 2002; edition 2008)

by Michael Crichton

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Title:Prey
Authors:Michael Crichton
Info:Harper (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
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Prey by Michael Crichton (2002)

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Every time I read a Micheal Crichton book I feel like I've learned something significant about the actual world around me, even though it is science fiction.
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Every one of his novels has been remarkably thought out, and you can see just how possible the alleged "impossible" becomes. ( )
  Eternal.Optimist | Aug 22, 2018 |
Intriguing science fiction thriller with plot twists and action. A little slow to start but picks up speed quickly in the second half. At first you're wondering what is going on and what is up with Julia, our protagonist Jack's wife. She's been acting strange, working late, and exhibiting more and more bizarre behavior but is it just insecurity in Jack's head? She's been working hard on some advanced technology. On the other hand, Jack, a computer programmer, has been unemployed for six months and has been unhappily serving as a househusband. Then he's offered a job as to consult at his wife's firm's Nevada facility where his old team was hired to work on nanotechnology. Unfortunately, the cloud of nano-particles they have been experimenting with has gone rogue. The cloud evolves quickly and becomes deadly. What will become of Jack and the team in the Nevada desert?

Fun story but sometimes gets a little bogged down with technical explanation. Would recommend for those who want a quick thriller/mystery and want a reminder about how both wonderful and scary science truly can be. ( )
  trile1000 | Jul 27, 2018 |
I thought it was an "ok" book, not one of Crichton's best.It seemed to be written almost as an afterthought, like he needed to write a book to fulfil a contract. It was just predictable, and didn't have the dimensions his books usually have. ( )
  babs605 | Jun 3, 2018 |
Leave it to Crichton to take our scientific potential and give us something to worry about!

Mostly possible, rarely plausible, but always entertaining. ( )
  neverstopreading | Mar 14, 2018 |
Completely ridiculous premise, characters as thin as fine prosciutto, built on the same exact formula every Crichton book has used. Idiotic. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
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Prey is a thriller, well constructed and fun to read, like Michael Crichton's other books.
 
Prey finds him in familiar territory, cooking up devilish situations for mankind at the hands of scientists working without restraint and manipulated by big business for their own greedy ends.
added by stephmo | editThe Age, Jeff Glorfeld (Jan 12, 2003)
 
As a writer, Crichton has always been a businessman, but his novels are usually competent. This one is dull, dull, dull. Science fiction can work (Alien, Blade Runner), but only where the mix of science and fiction is right.
 
Crichton dresses up his stories in contemporary clothes, and the nature of the threat is as much a wardrobe decision as anything else. It is, in fact, the key decision, and his alighting on nanotechnology is inspired.
added by stephmo | editThe Guardian, Nicholas Lezard (Dec 14, 2002)
 
But ''Prey'' blazes enough trails that no one will mind that none of them are literary.
 
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Deep in the Nevada desert, the Xymos Corporation has built a state-of-the-art fabrication plant, surrounded by miles and miles of nothing but cactus and coyotes. Eight people are trapped. A self-replicating swarm of predatory molecules is rapidly evolving outside the plant. Massed together, the molecules form an intelligent organism that is anything but benign. More powerful by the hour, it has targeted the eight scientists as prey. They must stop the swarm before it is too late…
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In Prey, bestselling author Michael Crichton introduces bad guys that are too small to be seen with the naked eye but no less deadly or intriguing than the runaway dinosaurs that made 1990's Jurassic Park such a blockbuster success.

High-tech whistle-blower Jack Forman used to specialize in programming computers to solve problems by mimicking the behavior of efficient wild animals--swarming bees or hunting hyena packs, for example. Now he's unemployed and is finally starting to enjoy his new role as stay-at-home dad. All would be domestic bliss if it were not for Jack's suspicions that his wife, who's been behaving strangely and working long hours at the top-secret research labs of Xymos Technology, is having an affair. When he's called in to help with her hush-hush project, it seems like the perfect opportunity to see what his wife's been doing, but Jack quickly finds there's a lot more going on in the lab than an illicit affair. Within hours of his arrival at the remote testing center, Jack discovers his wife's firm has created self-replicating nanotechnology--a literal swarm of microscopic machines. Originally meant to serve as a military eye in the sky, the swarm has now escaped into the environment and is seemingly intent on killing the scientists trapped in the facility. The reader realizes early, however, that Jack, his wife, and fellow scientists have more to fear from the hidden dangers within the lab than from the predators without.

The monsters may be smaller in this book, but Crichton's skill for suspense has grown, making Prey a scary read that's hard to set aside, though not without its minor flaws. The science in this novel requires more explanation than did the cloning of dinosaurs, leading to lengthy and sometimes dry academic lessons. And while the coincidence of Xymos's new technology running on the same program Jack created at his previous job keeps the plot moving, it may be more than some readers can swallow. But, thanks in part to a sobering foreword in which Crichton warns of the real dangers of technology that continues to evolve more quickly than common sense, Prey succeeds in gripping readers with a tense and frightening tale of scientific suspense. --Benjamin Reese

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In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles-micro-robots-has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Every attempt to destroy it has failed. And we are the prey.… (more)

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