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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
Fun read. If you have a chance to read any book by Crichton, though, I would say DO IT! I haven't met one I didn't like...Published 1 day ago by s.lofty
Good one. Interesting read. You see the usual Michael Crichton style but thats his forte. A good read for everyone.Published 1 day ago by Devinderjit Singh
The premise was very creative and original. That and the fact that the writing was so good made the first half a real page turner. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Andrew Inge
Loved it. Not my favorite Crichton, but it ranked up there near the top and was a page turner. I recommend it if you like Crichton.Published 10 days ago by Stephen colon
Needed the cassettes to replace one my player tore up from the library. This story is really COOL. Michael Crichton is an extraordinary writer of science fiction, heavy on the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Robbin L Baker
The plot had me into it for a while. Mike does well in that area and then throws some good science in there and adds his own twist on top of that. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kevin
maybe overly technical at times, but an enjoyable techno-thriller. a re-read for me . I will read it again on a couple of years.Published 17 days ago by Wayne Ledbetter
I find this book most amazing, it really informs the reader about the advances in technology to the point that it is frightening.Published 23 days ago by Lynne
This book is okay, but it is not what I would consider one of CR's best. Didn't like the end.Published 26 days ago by GM card