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.