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.
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.
It's one of those stories, after your finished you think "oh, this should totally be made into a movie!" The charcters were believable, and you found yourself really rooting for the hero. Crichton brought the swarm alive!
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.
Exciting and imaginative.