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.
"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)
The science was very interesting, but I guess I was in Grisham mode when I listened to it. I was hoping it would have had more of a twist at the end. It felt a little predictable, but it still was gripping.
I have enjoyed this author's other books. This one lacked creativity and gripping tale his other works have had.
If you like science fiction, this story will satisfy you. The science behind the story is logical and almost believable. Characters are well defined, and the conflict is suspenseful. I personally do not care for even one bad word, but to most people this story would seem only moderately laced with vulgar language. I found myself identifying with the characters and believing in their motivation and their actions. While I do not believe that this tale could come true, the action was so real, and the science so well explained, that I was left with the feeling that something like this COULD happen in a year or so! It was a creepy feeling. The story begins slowly as the author attempts to help us understand and to bond with the characters, but once the story action begins, there is little letup in the suspense. You will probably not want to put this one down until it ends. The male narrator is easily understood with clear diction and a deep, growly voice; I liked the narrator's expressive reading as he portrayed different characters.
This is a good read. The premise is interesting and, while at times pretty farfetched, still entertaining.
Interesting story and Crichton's books are always action packed. But it's not one of his best books. He gives "clues" throughout the whole book to let the reader know what is truly happening. Yet the main character (who is supposed to be a very intelligent) doesn't pick up on any of the clues until it's too late. Then Crichton decides to insult the reader's intelligence at the end of the book by explaining all the clues. He could also use a little more character development of the secondary characters in the book.
The thing I like about this book (and all Crichton books for that matter) is the premise is just close enough to reality to make it thought provoking and interesting. This is a book that my wife and I discussed after we both read/listened to it. Crichton is very good at developing possible answers to "what if" questions.
Excellent mystery, mixed with sci-fi - great for those long drives to work, and cleaning the barns - surprises -
The "gimmick" - an intelligent microorganism cluster killing off scientists was much better and more intelligently discussed in a famous much earlier book- "Invincible", by Stanislaw Lem (see also "Solaris"). Entertainment, but there are better ways to use your time even for that.
I've been a fan of Mr. Crichton's previous books but this one was just awful.... Besides inconsistency in the story line.. the plot itlsef was weak. The flow of the fiction was off at best.. I hope that the author would go back to what he used to do to write books that capture the reader.
I have long been a fan of Crichton and was excited to see this book available on audible. What a disappointment. The book was predictable and boring. Through out my listening to this book, I kept wondering if this was truly one of his books as most of them have been awesome reads. I hope that he doesn't produce more like this, but returns to his more credible and interesting plots. Read/listen if you must, but definitely not one of his betters, best, or even good ones.
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