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Prey | [Michael Crichton]

Prey

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.
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Publisher's Summary

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.

As fresh as today's headlines, Michael Crichton's most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence in a story of breathtaking suspense.

Prey is a novel you can't put down.

Because time is running out.

©2002 Michael Crichton; (P)2002 Recorded Books, Inc.; ©2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Crichton is the master of the sci-tech thriller, and nowhere is that more evident than in his latest page-turner, a scary, wild ride that is, without a doubt, his best in years." (Booklist)
"From the opening pages of Crichton's electrifying new thriller...readers will know they are in the hands of a master storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jonathan Plano, TX, USA 03-15-04
    Jonathan Plano, TX, USA 03-15-04
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    "Excellent Nanotech thriller"

    This was an excellent Nanotech thriller with good sense. In retrospect I would definately download again!

    Also, the narrator is good at distinguishing different voices.

    Also, If you have kids keep in mind that Crichton always seems to have a character that swears when it is common to swear. Usually the swearing fits the character such as a disgruntled CEO or the characters will be in a swear worthy situation. So, the swearing fits well so as not to ruin the story.

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    John los altos hills, CA, United States 12-22-03
    John los altos hills, CA, United States 12-22-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Excellent scientific fiction!"

    Excellent story for those who are looking for some science in their fiction.

    Bridges between real science and science fiction.

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    F. Girlando Santa Barbara, CA USA 03-01-05
    F. Girlando Santa Barbara, CA USA 03-01-05 Member Since 2001

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    "B Rated Horror Movie"

    I've always thought that Michael Chrichton tells a good story but isn't a very good writer. I still feel that way. This book really captivated me at the beginning but just got more and more stupid as it went on--and more preachy. I think he should have gone a completely different direction than he did with the nano technology gone wrong. The plot was very obvious and the main character was very stupid. It could have been a very captivating story, but instead ended up like a B rated horror movie. I gave it 3 stars for the concept and the beginning part of the book.

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    Brian St. Albans, VT, USA 04-16-04
    Brian St. Albans, VT, USA 04-16-04
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