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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.
This story starts slow and focused on the protagonist's marital relationship. By part 2, the pace picks up considerably and builds in intensity. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Steve W. Johnson
Is there anything written by Crichton that is not excellent ? This is a fabulous story with deep characters easy to relate too. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Peter Curti
FRIGHTENING POSSIBILITIES OF THE MERGER OF NANO-SCIENCE AND HUMAN NATURE.Published 13 days ago by M. Lentz
Crichton knows how to keep the story going and me on the edge of my seat and unwilling to put the book down. Interesting characters and a really strange premise for the story. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Marion Warzecha
I canteen to get enough of his writing. Every time I start a new book I wonder i I am smart enough to follow along. He makes you think and question things you THOUGHT you knew. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kery L Bell
This was my first book my Michael Crichton as well as my favorite. I never liked reading much until my friend insisted on me reading this book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Denise
The first part about the marital difficulties was a little too long. The action part was very good and kept me reading to find out what was happening. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Richard Wilkinson
Fast pace and a quick read, but, somewhat derivative. Greg Bear was here in 1985's Blood Music. Some scenes echo Frank Herbert's 1973 Hellstrom's Hive. I'm still glad I read it.Published 18 days ago by Steve P