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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1st edition edition (Nov. 25 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002005549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002005548
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #462,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By indru on Dec 7 2002
Format: Hardcover
Why dont most people like sci-Fi novels? especially Greg Bear and Arthur.C.Clarke, because they concentrate more on science rather than entertainment. Michael Crichton is the only author who is not handicapped by this habit. One thing that is really good about crichton's novels is that you will never keep the book down in the middle. This time too, MC has not let us down. The book guarantees 100% entertainment. For those who fel that reading novels is a waste of time. I would advice you to read any MCs books as you will learn a lot about the subject than by reading a couple of scientific journals. "Prey" concentrates on AI, genetics and Nanotechnology. After 1/3rd of the novel, the pace picks up a speed that you would never have imagined. This is definitely not one of MC's best novels, but definitely he gives you more than you would have expected from the book. My advice is, get the hard back and have a nice time.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is difficult to review a novel of the "master" without repeating myself, since, whatever the story, all his writings are characterized by the ability of gluing us to the pages until the end and on the other hand by the fact that they explore a new topic, always teaching us something new.
It also happens in "Prey". The topic is nanotechnology and the theme of the scientific experiment that escapes from the hands of those who executes it. This latter issue is certainly not something new, but the point of view from which Crichton decides to tell us the story is very special.
Almost the entire novel (except, I believe, one scene), in fact, is told in first person by the husband of the scientist on duty, who for most of the book witnesses strange situations that he does not understand or interprets in the wrong way, thus keeping alive our curiosity, page after page, and by allowing us to find out the facts with him. An approach that helps a complete involvement in the reading.
Yet unlike other novels I've read so far, I've "just" given 4 stars. The reason is perhaps personal: the topic of the swarm of nanoparticles has not impressed me at all. It does not mean that the author hasn't managed it in the best way. Quite the contrary. The swarms, as he describes them, are really scary. But I found it a difficult topic to conceive, especially in respect of the final developments of story, but also the whole part, in which he explains a bit about the frontiers of nanotechnology (information based in part on actual studies confirmed by the bibliography and to which a lot of speculation and fantasy is added) has not won my full interest.
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By del on Nov. 13 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
awesome book. I could not put it down. I am looking forward to reading more of his writings when I have time
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Prey is the best of the later Crichton's. Yes, as some have indicated, it's formulaic, right down to the "start up" venture capitalized company. But, it's just darned fun, anyway. And I like the home father spin (an extension perhaps of Disclosure, but this time a house husband instead of male employee sexually molested by a woman) and the first person treatment (unusual for Crichton). It all adds up to a fun novel. I don't buy the technology, or rather the "ultimate extension" of the technology, (certainly nanotechnology is here to stay), and it's another variation on Frankenstein, but getting past all that, it's fun reading, clever at times, more character-driven than any other Crichton novel, and on the whole a buzz (pun intended). I can't imagine anyone really coming away saying they were bored or uninterested. It's just too easy to have fun with. So, if it's formula, it's a formula that works, from the man who invented the formula. And, it's better to read a new -- and, as always, clever -- Crichton novel than to re-read an old favorite. Yes, it's familiar, but it's different enough to be enjoyable and fast-paced enough to be a quick read. I can see a movie in its future, almost certainly.
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Format: Audio Cassette
This refers to the unabridged Audio book. The premise is great. The research and tech updates are first rate, thorough and easy to follow. The story dissapoints with literally too much action packed into too few days for any believability. One hair raising escape after another. The lead character, a middle aged, Mr Mom, out of work programmer with three small children who doesn't exercise has no less than 6 death defying escapes from the nano's and their henchmen in one day - each causing wounds, bruising, etc... he just keeps on going. The reader's style is slow and tired - I guess because he's dictating all this first person the night of the final day. The tapes have way too many 10-15 second pauses that are irritating. I've read or listened to everything Crichton has published. This is not his best work... it could have been.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 8 2003
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The story goes as follows: Jack, a computer programmer who worked on grouped processing is out of a job. His wife Julia has an executive position with a company that is using Jack's programs to develop nanotechnology spy tools for the government. The technology comes to life, goes berserk, and Jack is called in to figure it out because he understands the program. With a few interesting but highly implausible twists (as if the whole thing isn't somewhat implausible) Jack ends up saving the day, but in doing so kills his wife who has in part caused the mess.
I enjoy reading Michael Crichton novels because he usually teaches you something about science. What I find more interesting about Crichton is that he seems stuck on certain notions, namely Chaos Theory. Perhaps it is true that nature is uncontrollable (to a degree at least) and that, try as we might, we cannot predict what life will do, but how many times can you use this as a plot device? This was the entire story to Jurassic Park I, and II, and III. He does make an interesting point about psychology and how individuals may be very insightful of the problems facing other people but are usually pretty bad at understanding their own psychological problems. Overall the book was interesting to read but not my favorite Crichton novel.
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