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- SynopsisCrichton's "page-turning triumph" ("Detroit Free Press") is now in paperback. Deep in the Nevada desert, an experiment goes horribly wrong as a cloud of self-sustaining nanoparticles escapes from the laboratory. They have been programmed as predators and mankind is the prey.,In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticlesmicro-robotshas 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'smost 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 intelligencein a story of breathtaking suspense. Prey is a novel you can't put down. Because time is running out.
- AuthorMichael Crichton
- Number Of Pages384 pages
- Publication Date2002-11-25
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Copyright Date2002
- Weight23.4 Oz
- Height1.2 In.
- Width6.1 In.
- Length9 In.
- LC Classification NumberPS3553.R48P74 2002
- Dewey Decimal813.54
- Dewey Edition21
- Reviews"... a harrowing tale of nanoparticles gone beserk.","...so god-awful scary and relentless, it'll knock your head clear of whatever ails you.","A TERRIFYING TALE...combining technological verisimilitude with heart-pounding suspense...","A cross between Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain..","A terrific novelist...He could make most readers lose sleep all night and call in sick the next day.","Another PAGE-TURNING TRIUMPH","CRACKLING...MYSTERIOUS....","Crichton delivers.","Crichton has proved he knows how to ratchet up the fear factor.","Crichton is a doctor of suspense.","Crichton is a master storyteller.","Crichton writes superbly...the excitment rises with each page.","Crichton's books [are]...hugely entertaining.","He is without peer.","INCREDIBLY SCARY and relentless","INTRICATE PLOTTING AND FLAWLESS PACING...you won't be able to put it down.","Just what his fans expect: A WILD, SCARY RIDE...","Michael Crichton has written some of America's most fantastic novels.","Once again, Crichton has proved to be uncannily timely.","One of the great storytellers of our age...What an amazing imagination.","PREY WILL KEEP YOU TURNING PAGES","PREY delivers that expected Crichton charge.","RELENTLESSLY ENTERTAINING","Readers turn to Michael Crichton's novels for entertainment with relentless drive.","Serious and scary...","TERRIFYING...IRRESISTIBLY SUSPENSEFUL.","This is how to write a thriller ...Crichton's latest page-turning triumph."
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- matthshiplMar 18, 2015by
Better than Jurasic Park! A must own for any fiction library.
Well known for Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton releases another fantastic novel of scientific perportion. The Prey takes scientific exploration to a different direction this time, providing a while new area of discovery. While probably more of an adult read than Jurassic Park, I recommend this book for all to read.
- volitionistApr 24, 2007by
An action-mystery-scifi memoir...sort of.
The back story: my mother accidentally packed her copy of this book in with my possessions during one of her many "my daughter is at college, I'll put her things in the basement" routines. I subsequently shuttled it around, happy to ignore it and put it on the bottom shelf of each bookshelf it has seen since. In a recent "I'll sell everything I don't need" movement of mine, I put this up for sale on Amazon as a collectible (mine's a first edition). Unfortunately, the price structure on that site means I am forced to ask for too much money for this book and will likely never sell it, especially with the glut of used copies on the market. This got me to wondering if the book was any good. It is. The book is told in the first person limited, which is refreshing in a world of omniscient or partially omniscient narrators. The main character and narrator in Prey, Jack Forman, is a house-husband who was wrongly fired from his last job as a programmer for trying to expose corruption in his company. His presence at home and his new role as primary caretaker of the three Forman children has put a strain on Jack's relationship with his wife Julia. He begins to suspect that she is cheating, and the first quarter of the book is mainly concerned with this and other domestic issues. When Jack is called out to help solve a programming problem at Julia's company, however, things take a wild turn and the action picks up. The entire plot unfolds as though the reader is seeing a puzzle put together one piece at a time. You're aware that you are going to be able to see the picture, and you are constantly given clues as to what you're seeing, but ultimately it takes a lot of puzzle pieces before everything falls into place. The main element of the plot is the sci-fi concept of intelligent swarms of nanorobots that use a predator/prey program originally written by Jack and his old team. My main criticism of the book is that every 5 or 10 pages, Jack reminds the reader about the qualities of this program and how it may or may not be influencing the swarm. It's as though Crichton were alloted 50 references to the computer program and decided, what the hell, he'll use them all. Ultimately though, this novel is a sci-fi cautionary tale on the level of Jurassic Park, with a focus on real science developing into a fictional (but not too unrealistic) problem. The resolution of this novel is much, much less satisfying than Jurassic Park (and The Lost World, for that matter) but it's definitely worth a read. The characters are believable and the style is engaging and engrossing. I recommend a read, and possibly a buy.Read full review
- livethemagicMay 03, 2008by
I purchased this book because my boyfriend really likes the author, so Michael Crichton comes highly recommended in that vein. I wanted to get a feel for the writing without having to resort to sneaking his books out from under him. =P I'm very impressed with the writing and how the author goes about unfolding a story. This book in particular is extremely compelling. I recommend it to anyone that wants to read something different. I hope to find the other books he's written just as good, if not better.
- 120462249@delet...Oct 10, 2010by
Good, with caution
Another good read by Micheal Crichton. There is a problem for me in the liberal use of profanity. One minor character spinkles every sentence with the "F" word, so much so that I just stopped reading whenever I saw their name and skipped over that part. If I could cut out all the profanity then I would rate it excellant.
- 142299434@delet...Dec 13, 2005by
Nanotechnology at its Finest
Prey is an engaging book with all of Crichton's trademarks in play: exhaustively researched science, elements of science gone "bad," good people having to figure out what's going on and how to fix it. It utterly absorbed me to the end, but I felt the ending was rather weak and detracted from the book overall (denoumont? What denoumont?). It's as if he just hit the end of what he had to stay and pop! the book stops. All in all, an entertaining read about nanotechnology (not quite what I expected given the title!), with a disappointing ending. Worth reading, but I'd recommend picking it up from the library rather than making it a permanent member of your collection.
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