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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. Shea 05-19-04
    J. Shea 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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    Shawn Auburn, AL, USA 04-22-04
    Shawn Auburn, AL, USA 04-22-04
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    "Hard to finish."

    It had promise. Crichton is a good writer but he kept hitting me with inconstancies. Anything that can keep up with a running rabbit can travel in a 15 knot wind. And, when you have a chance to kill the bad guy, kill him! Don?t walk up to him and strike up a conversation for the sake of dramatics. There was something like this in almost every chapter and it got very frustrating. These kinds of things make me feel resentful that I was tricked into starting a book that had too many situations that were fit for a comic book.

    And, Mr. Crichton, human eyes don?t have a tapetum lucidum so they don?t glow in a flashlight beam.

    After I finished Prey, I immediately started listening to a Douglas Adams book to cheer me up. It did.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Stamford, CT, USA 03-15-04
    Christopher Stamford, CT, USA 03-15-04
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    "Simply awful"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Lexington, KY, USA 03-01-04
    James Lexington, KY, USA 03-01-04
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    "Mediocre"

    I fell asleep several times listening to "Prey." The plot and characters are predictable. The only interesting aspect was the use of nano technology running amuck.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntsville, TX, USA 02-03-04
    John Huntsville, TX, USA 02-03-04
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    "That's Entertainment"

    If you don't think too much about the plausibility of the circumstances it's actually an enthralling plot. It definately keeps your attention. To me it was at least as good as Timeline, the only other Chrighton book I have read. If you are hung up with realism though you may be to bothered to enjoy it. I loved it though. It bothered my wife that I couldn't stop listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam hudson, NH, USA 01-31-04
    Adam hudson, NH, USA 01-31-04
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    "Wait for the movie"

    Good story but read more like a script for his next movie

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Sacramento, CA, USA 01-02-04
    Kevin Sacramento, CA, USA 01-02-04
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    "Terrible. Just Terrible."

    I listened to this on a long drive. Robert Sean Leonard is a fine actor but terrible narrator. I didn't believe any of the characters and the plot was predictable, annoying, and dull.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Rustburg, VA, USA 12-26-03
    Ken Rustburg, VA, USA 12-26-03
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    "I would rather have read Snowcrash a second time"

    This book had a great concept but moved very slowly. It was painful to watch the main character miss all the clues. He finally put everything together at the very end when most readers probably already figured it out. I really could have spent my time better listening to SnowCrash a second time then waste it with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    12-15-03
    12-15-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Disappointing"

    Given the author and the plot, this book sounded like a winner. Character development took too long and much of it was inconsequential. The dialog was often awkward. There was gratuitous swearing by one character in what seemed like an overly obvious attempt at defining a personality, but instead was just annoying. The basic premise is creative and certainly had more potential.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Austin, TX, USA 12-14-03
    David Austin, TX, USA 12-14-03
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    "Michael, Michael hath thou sold out?"

    What a disappointment. A terrific premise, but one dimensional characters, predictable drama, unlikely plot twists, and ultimately a waste of time. Mike ran out of gas on this one -- the ending was tired and too easy and a big letdown from a interesting beginning. I have to wonder if this one was just written for a paycheck, not for the reader. I've read many of Michael C.'s novels but this one is way inferior. "Andromedia Strain" rehash. Read that one, skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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