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Prey
Prey
Author: Michael Crichton
In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horriblywrong. 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 evolvingswiftly, becoming ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061015724
ISBN-10: 0061015725
Publication Date: 11/1/2003
Pages: 544
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 620 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Prey on + 9 more book reviews
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: 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.
yogagoddess avatar reviewed Prey on + 59 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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!
ft-ball-fn avatar reviewed Prey on + 33 more book reviews
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.
bookloverinla avatar reviewed Prey on + 54 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Exciting and imaginative.
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hazeleyes avatar reviewed Prey on + 331 more book reviews
This is a hilarious and wonderful book. I rarely laugh out loud, but this book tickled me. Crichton was a great story-teller.
bubbyhoratio avatar reviewed Prey on + 7 more book reviews
I am a big fan of Michael Crichton's novels. This is another really good one. I didn't want to put it down. I really like the fact that he goes in depth to research the science behind all of his novels even if he uses it as a source for fiction. It really makes his novels seem like they could be possible. This one is about a company researching nano-technology using genetics that end up creating "smart" robots. They end up evolving just like any other creature. This put pulled me into it's world and I was so engrossed in the story that I had to keep reading it.
busterboomer avatar reviewed Prey on + 96 more book reviews
Action packed throughout the book. Something to really think about since nanotechnology is here and being developed.


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