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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I looked up the programming languages that control the swarms of nano robots that are mentioned in this book and these languages do exist and we can use them on... Read more
Kept me up till 1 in the morning the night before finals! Love all his books! Michael Crichton is awesome! -Trevor.Published 3 days ago by Trevor
Definitely an engaging, compelling story for the reader. The character development is great and the protagonist is such a genuinely likeable character that I was immediately hooked... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was not the typical type of story I normally read but I found myself not able to put the book down. I had to know what would happen next.Published 16 days ago by Laurie
Prey is a techno-thriller written over a decade ago, so my main worry was how dated it was going to be. The author did a smart thing, though. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Conan B. Tigard
I doubt that Michel Crechton wrote this book. It is not of his quality.Published 18 days ago by Fritz Jensen
Read this book and then look up what NASA is doing with tiny satellites---really thought provoking. I read this and enjoyed it but thought it very improbable until I found we are... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Anna M. Leuenberger
Once again Michael bats it out of the park! This was a great ride and scary because this could actually happen !Published 22 days ago by Kathryn L. Fly