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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.
Typical Chrichton - and that's not a bad thing - with interesting insights into technology and medical science.Published 1 day ago by KERRY C - UTAH
Great read. The perfect hero and appropriate villain. Interesting subject!Published 1 day ago by Cheryl Lauber
I loved this book although I didn't understand half of the technical aspects of it. Because of my not understanding all of it, I found that there was a lot of info dumps that I... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dianne E. Socci-Tetro
This is Michael Crichton! Fast paced, intense, and makes you think!Published 3 days ago by Julie R. Dunagan
Could this really happen? Well reading this book we think why not. Sometimes a little too much nonunderstandable explanations and that's why i only put 3 stars instead of 4. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Katouwe
The plot was good; characters well developed. My problem with this book was that it was far too technical. I really didn't want to know THAT much about nanotechnology. Read morePublished 6 days ago by busy lady
A well written techno thriller that kept me glued to my Kindle. But in some areas, a bit too much technology detail that strayed me from the plot. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Morty Fink