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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 book is another Michael Crichton masterpiece. I was somewhat skeptic in the beginning because it's the first book of his that I've read that is written in the first-person,... Read morePublished 24 days ago by J. L. Shurtliff
Nanotechnology is the new kind of "scary monster" in this rendition. It is written on a smaller, more personal scale than Jurassic Park and also more technology oriented... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Stanislava Kohut
As usual, Creighton takes us on a taut adventure, laced with science (some of it believable)and the wholly enjoyable trip. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stanley E. McIntosh
This story was a much appreciated, and needed, departure for Crichton's writing style. He did not load the narrative down with an over abundance of techno-babble. Read morePublished 1 month ago by New Englander
The long introduction of scientific background almost turned me away, but it added to the flavor of the storyline. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul Perkins
Good solid Crichton book, If you like his books you'll like it.Published 1 month ago by Steve_in_Austin
From the start I couldn't put this book down. It is a great read in typical Crichton style. Time for another.Published 1 month ago by ratilly
In Michael Crichton's thriller Prey, Jack Forman is an out of work software engineer whose wife works in the nanoscience and technology industry. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca Mugridge