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Author: Michael Crichton
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 »
ISBN-13: 9780066214122
ISBN-10: 0066214122
Publication Date: 11/1/2002
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 307 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
Subtly frightening... Crichton constructs a suspenseful tale of technology and the unpredicable twists of Nature (or are they predicable? Hmmm...). Crichton is always a good read.
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Helpful Score: 4
An interesting concept. I read this back before I had really begun to develop my distrust of agri-corporations and chemical/biological tinkering with life in general, so it's hard for me to give a straight review. It does make one think about today's "medical" industry, though.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book at a little too much technical blah blah blahing about the aspects/workings of nanotechnology and "swarm" software programming. BUT--it was easy to skim/skip these sections... and the story when not focused on the technology but on the characters (and their fight with the nonotechnology) was really good... Easy to read/follow and very interesting. Skipping the technology and programming mumbo jumbo didn't detract from the story at all.. once you get the gist of both you don't need the additional detail the author piles on to follow the story. However.. if you're someone who needs to read every word (or who would feel 'ripped off' because you had to skip long sections/big portions of the chapters) avoid this story.

The story in summary... nanotech starts out as a possible medical revolution... however in a remote facility the technology goes bad as the 'swarm' programming turns the nanotechs violent... and the trapped scientists fight to find a way to stop them.

Some nice turns and suspense throughout.. an overall great read despite the propensity to overdo the 'jargon'.

A page turner that at the end keeps you on the edge of your seat... I gave it 4 stars.
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Helpful Score: 2
The loss of Crichton can be understood by reading this book. I knew anything that I picked up of Crichton would be so thoroughly researched that I would have every question satisfied about the 'whys and hows' of the story. This book is a prime example of his unwavering dedication to the story itself.
And the human relationships in this story are complex and multi-layered, as is the fear Crichton wove in this book. He preyed upon natural, close fears we all have, and it is displayed in a thrilling read I literally stole moments just to be able to finish-- squinting my eyes until the sun set on our drive home for the holidays, whipping out my handy clipon light so as not to disturb my husband, and bringing it along, unapologetically, to the golf course while my father and husband helped prepare food for the tournament.
A good book has a way of doing that to ya. Crichton could write a helluva good book.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is an awesome fast-pasted story. It is narrated very well and is 6 hours long, 5 CD set. I listened it in the evening two nights in a row just to find out what happened next. Easy to visualize the story, characters, and keeps your interest very well.
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Nano technology and a "what if"