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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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    J. Calvillo Colorado 11-25-03
    J. Calvillo Colorado 11-25-03 Member Since 2000

    Pencil Sharpener

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    "I wanted to smack the main character"

    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.

    31 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Ron LAS VEGAS, NV, USA 12-20-03
    Ron LAS VEGAS, NV, USA 12-20-03
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    "Dumb is the word for it"

    "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".

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra L. Personette SF Bay Area 04-23-04
    Sandra L. Personette SF Bay Area 04-23-04 Member Since 2001

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    "Good Thriller, But I Have A Gripe!!"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    john ARLINGTON, TX, United States 03-05-13
    john ARLINGTON, TX, United States 03-05-13
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    "eat, PREY, run!"
    If you could sum up Prey in three words, what would they be?

    you're not safe...


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommended, and since his (unfortunate) passing, i relish anything i can read/listen to by Crichton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tyle Beavercreek, OH, USA 05-15-06
    Tyle Beavercreek, OH, USA 05-15-06
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    "Very good, but slow beginning"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rune Roskilde, Denmark 10-13-04
    Rune Roskilde, Denmark 10-13-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Entertainment surely"

    This book is a great story. Like Jurassic park it truelly is a great story with a great plot. The idea of the new microsized technology is stunning and the story carries it well. The plot is exiting and just when you have figuret everything out, new aspects appear. This is truely high entertainment, but a few weekneses prevents this from getting top marks. The story is very long on the way. the first 40 pages and more a somewhat slow, but when the story speeds up, it is truely entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Duesseldorf, United Kingdom 09-15-04
    Jan Duesseldorf, United Kingdom 09-15-04
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    "Great book."

    I must say that I really enjoyed this audio book. The reader is very, very good and I love the story. I always love that Crichton, like in timeline, really makes things like NANO technologies really easy to understand. If you live in the BAY AREA, you will like this book even more, because many of the places are familiar and especially the characters are very life like. Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fracesco San Diego, CA, USA 07-26-04
    Fracesco San Diego, CA, USA 07-26-04
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    "His worst book."

    I have read all his books - this one is his worst effort so far. Is he loosing his magic touch? I hope not. Do your ears a favor and stay away from this one (or your eyes if you plan to buy the book).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve San Francisco, CA, USA 06-03-04
    Genevieve San Francisco, CA, USA 06-03-04
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    "I hate the narrator's voices"

    The narrator had about 5 slightly different voices that he used for different characters, and all of the voices were annoying. The main character always seemed to be sighing, his wife was really annoying, it was distracting. I am normaly a fan of Michael Crichton, I think this book would have been a lot better if I had read the print version. But, it was slightly entertaining, I managed to finish it. If this story seems interesting to you, buy it in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Shea Gainesville, FL USA 05-19-04
    J. Shea Gainesville, FL USA 05-19-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Chrichton at his worst"

    Unbelievable, poorly crafted story. We have to hear the author drone on about nano-tech for 5 minutes before we can hear the book. The story starts out okay, but then moves directly into unbelievable. The dumb protagonist suffers repeated damage in one day but continues to show no signs of harm. At the end of the story, the author assumes we are too dumb to have figured things out on our own and goes into boring explication. The narrator can't keep his voices straight, and the background noises of flipping pages (or something simiar) are really annoying.

    I love action-adventure fiction, but this didn't cut it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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