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 overall premise of the book was excellent. The main character's actions and thoughts were very infuriating. At several times while reading this book I wanted to reach out and smack the main character in the back of the head. What action there was to the book seemed to be very typical. If I could make the decision again I most likely wouldn't read this book.
"Jack, it's eating me" So states the wife of Jack, the main character, when she is inhabited by a swarm of nanotech molecules who slowly take control of her mind and body. If you think this is some dialog from a cheesy science fiction from the 50's you would be wrong. It's from Michael Crichton's new novel "Prey".
Perhaps Crichton's reputation gets his works on the best seller lists. That, or American literary tastes have descended to new lows. "Prey" is a tedious waste of time.
A boring story line with amateur dialog about nanotech molecules attacking some Silicon Valley "scientists". Characters who are simply unbelieveable. After witnessing their fellow employees being butchered to death they calmly discusss the merits of frozen foods over dinner. And the "F" word is constantly over used and repeated ad nauseum by some of the characters. An occassional damn or sh*t would have been a relief.
Don't waste your time and money on this dog. I had to force myself to listen to the second half of it just to see how ludicrous he would get.
Crichton's main character aptly sums up this story......."It was so dumb it was breathtaking".
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
The story was the sort of story I was expecting. If you've read other Michael Crichton books think Andromeda Strain not Jurassic Park. Lots of technical stuff but doesn't get to gripping suspense until the end. Unfortunately the narrator did an adequate job of reading but was licking his lips or swallowing constantly. I'm usually pretty tolerant about such things but this was so bad that I found it very distracting from the story.
First of all, characterizing Prey as a novel is deceptive. It is clearly nothing more than the early storyboard work for a truly awful summer blockbuster. The plot is slow, predictable, and overburdened with alarmist tangents. The characters and dialog are inane and infuriatingly stupid. I found myself rooting for the evil faceless cloud, at least until the evil cloud got a face of its own and became just as insipid as the rest of the characters. The science, of which there is a heavy dose delivered without apparent critical thinking, is implausible on every level. I remember enjoying Sphere and Jurassic Park several years ago, and I don't really know how Prey turned out this way. All I can think is that Prey must have been ghostwritten, churned out not by Crichton but by a fog of swarming nanomachines, able to type but having no knowledge of how actual people think, communicate, or behave.
I enjoyed the book, but I agree with "Bring Your Hair Dryer". I can hear when the narrator swallows and it's just so annoying. I can't believe more people haven't commented on it. Instead of following the story, I found myself listening for the next swallow. Other than that, I found the story to be interesting, thrilling, and fast-paced.
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
It's just a really good story. The main character is easy to identify with, and the plot and premise are both really interesting.
Oh definitely. It has all the hallmarks of a great story. Plot twists, deadlines, time running out, huge stakes etc. Great stuff.
He's fine, but nothing special. I'd say he's a slightly above average reader.
This was a perfect combination of story and narrator
Absolutely! It was a great story that had me feeling anxious and enthralled.
The swarm is coming
This was my first book by Crichton and I really enjoyed it. I found that sci-fi aspect was still grounded in reality and that made it feel like something that could actually happen in real life, which makes it just a bit better.
you're not safe...
classic Crichton! i've always loved how he sews together science with science fiction, and Prey is another example in a long list of great Crichton books (along with Jurrasic Park, Sphere, Andromeda Strain, etc).
you can tell he did his homework on the technology behind this story.
he did an excellent job creating the different characters and he made it easy for me to keep them separated in my head. kudos to him.
i always have a tough time answering this question, as i've listened to several books since this one. but if you are a fan of Crichton, then this book will not let you down.
highly recommended, and since his (unfortunate) passing, i relish anything i can read/listen to by Crichton.
It has an interesting story line.
Yes. The story would have been much better if the profanity had been toned down or eliminated all together.
As others have already noted, the beginning, character and background development, was slow. But once the plot moved to the desert, the action started accelerating faster and faster. During the later fast action part, I didn't want to stop to eat/sleep. I really enjoyed the action acceleration to the climax, and then the slower ending...very nice effect IMHO, that I admire more so in retrospect.
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