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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.
Very good plot. A bit hard to read for a non-programmer, but I got by. Second time reading it, still very enjoyable.Published 7 days ago by firefronz
Ok today I will be reviewing “PREY” by Michael Crichton. Now before I talk about the book.I will say if you should buy this book or save your money. Read morePublished 8 days ago by WILLIAM CRISOSTO
*legal disclosure: I have not read the book in it’s entirety. All opinions and theories set forth are asinine and should be disregarded immediately. Read more
Great read. I must admit after years Stuck on James Patterson, Stephen King and Dean Koontz this is my first Crichton book. It was a difficult book to put down. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Nakia B. Green
I'm always amazed at how a good fiction writer can write a believable (sometimes just barely), story to keep the reader enthralled right up to the end. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Leland Snead
You can skip two thirds of this book and still know the ending. Just ok. State of fear a greater book by farPublished 1 month ago by Jeannie M. Cabigting
This book started out great I got so excited wanting to know what was the mystery in this adorable family's household. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Collette
A bit too long repetitive with respect to evolution and "machine intelligence". Plot was fun, though not hard to unravel once you get a couple of chapters in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Henri Jupille