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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 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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favorite book ever

read this first when I was thirteen in less than a day haha best ever

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  • Pedro
  • 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125
  • 04-22-11

From Prey to real nonotechnology

This is an exciting book, although; fiction it incorporates a lot of research into various disciplines like biotechnology, physics, chemistry etc. Makes you wonder how far ambition can motivate to create our own destruction. It is a fact that nanotechnology, although in its early stages, is been used to fight cancer, in laboratory mice those treated with particles were able to deliver 100% efficiently the drug to the altered cancer cells, making this a breakthrough in medicine! From fiction to fact, is only a matter of time, as our technology increases exponentially, so will be our ability to play God!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • mexico, N/A, Mexico
  • 10-11-04

the BEST reader EVER, excellent book

The guy reading this book is just AMAZING he plays every voice every situation with an intensity that is overwelming! and this book is just the first of audible that I could simply NOT drop until I was finnished. It gets a little too hollywood stile in the end but itdoesn't fail to grab you.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Really, very solid.

It was a lot of fun to listen too! a fun mix of real science and B-Movie drama.

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Standard well written Crichton

I'm a fan of Michael Crichton and this was the last book I had left to read, so I listened instead. Typical well written novel packed with real details. Can sense some editorial coming through. Enough just to make one think that things could go very wrong with technology in the "wrong" hands.

I see another reviewer complained about cursing, but I didn't even notice it. there's some, but it's not plastered. Seems like fairly typical American talk to me.

I enjoyed the narrator (Leonard - from House MD television). I believe this may have been re-recorded as the cover image says it's read by George Wilson. I've seen other complaints about Wilson, so again I think it may have been rerecorded.

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Like most of his books, this one unfolds well and is hard to take breaks from. I'm no literary snob, I just like a good story. I have always appreciated the technical details in Michael's books. Even though there are obviously liberties taken with technology that might exsist, I enjoy learning about things in detail. It's edutainment. Okay, maybe not, but I liked it.

The only drawback to the story is that towards the end you can hear the narrarator swallowing and having a hard time quite often. I don't know why they don't bother to edit these things out. Good recording software will strip silence based on a set threshold and take out small sounds automatically. Also, how hard would it be to give the narrarator a mute button?

Aside from this annoyance, I would have given it five stars. If you like his other books, you should like this one.

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  • Daryll
  • Eden Prairie, MN, USA
  • 10-31-04

Mostly Boring Nonsense

Another Michael Crichton monster tale. Science makes a monster, then we have improbable characters with boring challenges and unlikely motivations running around doing stupid things that ultimatley win.

I like Crichton's attempts to wrap stories around emerging technology areas (artificial intelligence, emergent phenomena), but fundamentally his stories don't make a lot of sense. Characters act to move plot, not to be themselves. In the end, I can't recommend it.

6 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Sicklerville, NJ, USA
  • 11-09-08

Interestingly Insiteful

This book was recommended to me by a very close friend. This book is very interesting and perhaps educational. I listened to this book 4 times to fully grasp every detail of the story. If you like science and fiction, you will love this book. This was my first Crichton book and I was sad when I had that he rest in peace just a week after I bought this book but his legend leaves on. My condolences to his friends and family. What a brilliant writer.

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  • Ron
  • mosmanAustralia
  • 08-30-06


I thought it lost the plot. It sucked towards the end. Good idea though. I would give it 1/2 a star if I had that option. The reader was good though.

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Not recomended

The language was so bad that it was hard to even hear the story through it. I really don’t like bad language, but this wasn’t just a matter of being offended at their choice of words. The language actually got in the way. It was like trying to see through a window with half drawn blinds. Does this author think that every person, including highly educated professionals speak like street gangs? It is disappointing to see an author so ineloquent that they must resort to using such profanity to express their ideas.

I do not recommend this book. There are many other better written titles to spend your hard earned money on, no to mention you time.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful