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)
Interesting concept but fails to deliver in the end, could have been much better. All the characters are cardboard, and easily identifiable. Falls back to a standard good guy versus villains action sequence at the end, and the final "prey" idea (which I will not spell out) is ridiculous. Why these nanobots would decide to mimic this form is never satisfactorily explained. The book would have been better if it had finished with the conclusion at the end of the preceding chapter, rather than the final junk ending. On a final note, the prologue (where the principle is nervously at home waiting on his wife stopping something) did not seem to match the ending either.
After a slow start, the book captured my imagination and wouldn't let go. The descriptions were so graphic that I easily saw everything in my mind. The idea is fresh and beautifully presented. This will be a gangbuster on the big screen.
I truly enjoyed listening to this book. The premiss was fascinating, the technology both interesting and scary. However, I couldn't help but wonder if the editor even bothered to read the book. Has Michael Crichton risen to such a stature that his publisher simply takes what he writes and publishes it? The plot has more holes than a block of swiss cheese. Characters ask questions that have already been asked and answered and sometimes act unlike any human I've ever met. But then, some of them aren't truly "human". I've always enjoyed Crichton's fiction and I look forward to more to come. I just hope the next one is much "tighter".
AFTER A MODERATE START INTRODUCING MAIN CHARACTERS SO THEY SEEM REAL AND BELIEVABLE, CHRICTON ESCALATES ONWARD AND UPWARD, LIKE A SEMI WITH NO BRAKES COMING DOWN MONTEAGLE MOUNTAIN OUTSIDE CHATTAGNOOGA, TN. THE LAST 2/3 WAS SO INTENSE, SO MESMIRIZING THAT I COULD NOT WAIT FOR ANOTHER TRIP IN MY TRUCK SO I HAD TO FINISH IT SITTING IN FRONT OF MY COMPUTER STREAMING TO THE END TO RESCUE JACK FROM A NO WIN SITUATION. THOUGHT JURASIC PARK WAS SOMETHING?! YOU AIN'T HEARD NOTHIN' YET!!
Loaded with Crichton's trademark technobabble, but this time the characters are flat, dull, and behave like plot devices instead of human beings. The protagonist is a bore, and his marriage is an afterthought. He has no discernible attachment to his wife other than to serve the plot. His kids are annoying and superfluous to the story, interrupting the plot flow to whine over the phone every few chapters. The technohorror element is derivative and the protagonist ignores major clues to the mystery ala the "Idiot Plot" syndrome. A major disappointment considering how much I have enjoyed other books by Crichton.
I feel one of Michael Crichton's greatest talents is that he presents things in a way that makes you really believe that something impossible is possible. I read Jurassic Park in 6th grade, and again many years later. I still love it. As I got my degree in Biology I realized where the holes in the science were, but it was still very inventive. In State of Fear, the science was extremely unlikely, but somehow he made it believable.
This book did not do that however. This book was a complete assault to my intelligence, (as little as that may be). The story about nano particles was someone interesting at first. The dialogue about him being a stay-at-home father was interesting and even compelling as he belives his wife is having an affair. But once he starts off on the adventure it is just ridiculous. Completely unbelievable. He tries to make connections between computer programming, robot behavior and biology which are beyond absurd.
Did you ever see that awful movie A.I.? Imagine somebody reading you that as a book on tape, and here you are.
Can't recommend it.
After some very good science and good plot and character writing, (Andromeda Strain, Jurrasic Park) you would think that Crichton would get better at writing science fiction, not worse.
This book starts out well, with a plausible plot and believable, but unlikable characters. However, it quickly progresses to the quite ludicrous plot that computer programmers are trapped at a remote desert facility and being attacked by swarms of intelligent nano-robots of their own making. Predictibly they are killed off one by one, and predictably at least one of the programmers is really a fake person working against the rest and was created by the swarm of evil nanorobots. OK, right. This is a plot that has been used over and over again.
This is a mediocre listen, and there are better ones you can download.
Prey is by far one of the worst novels I have ever subjected myself to. The author once again proves he is master of little more then a clever thought. This "germ" of a thought turns into a story about a dimwitted computer genius (and his "crack" team of super-hero scientists) battling clouds. The character building is so poor that the listener is challenged to care about anyone (the hero, the villian or even the innocent children). Please, I "Prey" do not waste your time. You're better off watching a Jim Carey movie.
Tipical Sci-fi from this author.
The liberal use of the "f" word damaged what could have been an excelent thriller.
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