The big thing that Michael is great with is plot lines but he's weakest at character development. This book, however, was alot better! He's actually starting to create some depth with his characters. It had me on edge in a couple of scenes and made me contemplate of the dangerous possibilities that are in store for nano-technology.
While alot of the book seemed outlandish and the characters a bit flat (but alot better!), it kept me very entertained. If you liked the saterday afternoon sci-fi thrillers, you'll like this:)
I try to stay away from big name authors...but I was pleased with this book. It started slow with the character backgrounds...but once it got going I couldn't put it down. Great read!
Could hardly put down. I listen to while exercising and I got a lot of exercise with this book. I couldn't wait until the next workout! The ranks with some of Clancy's best, though different style and subject. Nevertheless, it was a book I didn't want to put down.
I judge some of the books by how interesting they are while I am running. I run 4 to 6 miles a day and the books should help me get through the run. If the book is boring then the run is tough but if it holds my interest then the run does not seem long enough because I want to hear more of the book and will have to wait until the next run. This book allowd me to runm the max every day. Good research on the material.
This was a very exciting book. A times it grasped your imagination, at times it shocked you, and at times it scared you! This IS a thiller! It molds your mind and then hurls you across the room! When our star feels pain. You FEEl pain!
Let's see, you wanna have "monsters" and you want to have them escape from thier holding facility and then you need specialized talent to get a hold of them again. Haven't we done this plot before?
This book was more aggrivating than interesting. Throughout I had the overwhelming urge to smack the main character. I have no idea how such a supposedly smart guy can be so throughilly stupid! I would never have put up with the double-talk his wife gave him. The instant I suspected someone was lieing to me, I would have gotten to the bottom of it. But this guy just takles it in stride and ignores every single warning sign.
The heart of every good book gives you a character or group of people whom you can identify with and (hopefully) like. It's increasingly hard to like people who do the stupid thing every single time and then the author pawns that off as action.
It's like saying "Well, we're in a house with a raving homicidal madman...I know! Let's all split up!" How many times can someone almost die from thier own foolish behavior and on some level you think that they probably deserve thier fate. This book wasn't all bad, but it was far from what I hoped it would be. I think that for this book, Crichton forgot that describing cool technology is not enough. You need to tell a strong story or all the techno-babble means nothing.
The only downside to the book was that I DID feel like smacking the guy in the head a couple of times, but hey, ITS A BOOK FOR GODS SAKE! Anyway, This book is definately better than the average Crichton yarn. Way better than Timeline or Sphere, or even Eaters of the Dead (13th Warrior). Needless to say, I really liked this book. Loved it even. I will definately read it again soon. So do yourself (and your ears and eyes) a favor and READ THIS BOOK!!!
This was a nice "listen". The story was great. I have a long commute and this book actually made me look forward to that commute. Kept me on the edge of my (drivers) seat. I recommend this audiobook to anyone, especially if you are interested in the ever evolving realm of technology. Get the book and listen!
This book I would say starts out very well. I was very much interested I would say the first 1/2 of the book was very cool. Being a Techno Geek I loved to hear about Nanobots, and how to use them to in the body to fix things even on a cellular level. But this book goes off of reality when after the death of multiple people and no one wants to do anything about it just wanted to understand the "SWARM" I found the book completely, well stupid. I pride myself in emerging myself into a story but when smart people do stupid things. I find it distasteful. I would have to say DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK. It was a waste of time.