Prey Hardcover – 2002
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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.Read more ›
Jack's wife Julia works for Xymos Technology, developing technology in what the company calls "molecular manufacturing" or nanotechnology. Since she is the vice president, she is not often present at home.
The plot starts picking up when Julia is severely injured in a car accident, the circumstances of which seem rather mysterious. At the same time, Jack is asked by Tim Bergman to take a consulting job with Xymos. But when Jack joins Xymos at an isolated, sate-of-the-art facility in Nevada, he soon discovers that the technology the company is doing research on is far from flawless...
Perfect suspense combined with lots of technology, this is one of Mr Crichton's most entertaining novels.
George Wilson reading "Prey" is a remarkable performance. I highly recommend this audio book.
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awesome book. I could not put it down. I am looking forward to reading more of his writings when I have timePublished on Nov. 13 2013 by del
It has been said that Crichton's common theme is the evils of technology - in this case how nanotechnology can take over the world. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2007 by Vick
Really- one of the bests books on tape I've had the pleasure
of listening to. The story was fastpaced and downright creepy. Read more
Even though Michael Crichton's books often start out slow, that is because he is building characters and a world around them for the reader to believe in before taking us on... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Mick
I am an audio book "reader". I have a 35-minute ride to work each day and love using my time productively by listening to books on CD. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by MikeDidIt
This is another fast-paced, bio-tech thriller by this author. Expertly weaving his narrative, the author grips the reader with his tale of nanotechnology gone wrong. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by lawyeraau
STORY: As one editorial put so nicely: "Today the quest is to make machines that would be about 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by Erik1988
Michael Crichton's latest work comes in a most unexpected way. I found Prey to be a refreshing change from the usual Sci-Fi novel fare. Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by Michael P.
Michael Crichton must have phoned this one in. I've never written a review before but I felt this novel was such a stinker I had to respond. I think I've read all his books. Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by J P Bowen