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Prey by Michael Crichton
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Prey (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Michael Crichton

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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. As fresh as today's headlines, Michael Crichton's most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence -- in a story of breathtaking suspense. Prey is a novel you can't put down. Because time is running out.… (more)
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Info:Avon (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
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Here was a very descriptive "what could go wrong" regarding nanotechnology. There were some parts of the novel that were exciting, but altogether the long descriptions couldn't hold my attention. I was, however, impressed with the character development in such a busy story. ( )
  coreymarie | Apr 25, 2019 |
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. SOFT
  JRCornell | Jan 29, 2019 |
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 |
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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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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. As fresh as today's headlines, Michael Crichton's most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence -- in a story of breathtaking suspense. Prey is a novel you can't put down. Because time is running out.

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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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