Prey

by Michael Crichton

November 25, 2002 | Hardcover

Prey is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. 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 evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.

As fresh as today''s headlines, Michael Crichton''s most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, "Prey" takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence--in a story of breathtaking suspense. "Prey" is a novel you can''t put down.

Because time is running out.

Format: Hardcover

Published: November 25, 2002

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0066214122

ISBN - 13: 9780066214122

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Requires Speedy Eyes....!!! This book inrtigued me from the beginning, having an interest in science, technology, computers and of course nano-technology it was sure to be something I enjoyed to read. I found this novel quite creepy, it literally made my skin crawl and made me think about how this could really happen in our lifetime. Not to mention this novel is so fast paced my eyes couldn't move fast enough accross the page to find out what was going to happen next. Scientists are plunging further and further into microtechonolgy/biology, stem cell research and this book is probably not far from the truth. Michael Crichton wrote this in such a way one finds it hard to actually put the book down, I couldn't. I read it cover to cover in a short period of time and babbled on about this book at the dinner table. Of course this came highly recommended from my dad too, who after reading this decided to go against buying a certain mattress. I personally identified with the main character of the story, having been laid off from a career position before and being a single parent in the past it is no easy task. So dealing with the everyday domestic occurances along with an absent spouse and even stranger interactions with old collegues leads down a winding trail to where he discovers humans are the hunted.... the prey of a very advanced and hungry predator.... made by man.
Date published: 2009-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Alien Prey is one of Michel Chrichton`s best books, and it will catch anyone`s attention from the very begining. When Jack Forman, a stay at home dad, is starting get things staight in the house, weird things start to happen to his family. Amanda, his baby, out of nowhere started to turn purple everywhere and was examined by three of the best scientists/docter in the city. It always takes a left when you think it takes a right. There is so much suspense and so many different personalties. This is one of the best book anyone will read. Benjamin
Date published: 2008-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent thriller Jack is a "did the right thing and got fired" tech fellow, who specializes in writing code that mimics natural biological behaviour. His wife is working with a company doing something with nanotech. Things start to go wrong, and what escapes is nano-sized, pred/prey programmed, and self-replicating. Each chapter ends with slowly rising tension that I'm used to Crichton providing. If I have any qualms, it's with the not-always explained abilities of the escaped nanotech, and a somewhat obvious "this is what I think is inevitable, so smarten up, humanity!" overtone that Crichten might have toned down just a little.
Date published: 2007-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Michael Crichton delivers another wonderful story. The amount of reasearch that this guy does in order to prepare for his novels is unbelievable. Everything is so accurate and so gripping at the same time. Michael Crichton has repeatedly held up a mirror to mankind's arrogance in its search for a technological solution to all its problems.
Date published: 2004-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not 2, but 3 thumbs up Wow, what a book. I mean I cant seem to find words to describe how I feel about this book. All you Michael Crichton fans out there, this is a must read. Word by word, page by page, he (Michael) kept me on the edge of my seat ... Kept my guessing whats going to happen next ... All in all, A MUST READ!!!
Date published: 2004-05-22

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Prey

by Michael Crichton

Format: Hardcover

Published: November 25, 2002

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0066214122

ISBN - 13: 9780066214122

From the Publisher

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. 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 evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.

As fresh as today''s headlines, Michael Crichton''s most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, "Prey" takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence--in a story of breathtaking suspense. "Prey" is a novel you can''t put down.

Because time is running out.

About the Author

John Michael Crichton, known as Michael Crichton, was born on October 28, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his way through Harvard University and Harvard Medical School by writing novels. One of these, The Andromeda Strain (1969), became a bestseller. After graduating summa cum laude, Crichton was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute in California before becoming a full-time writer and film director. Crichton's carefully researched novels have included Eaters of the Dead (1972), The Terminal Man (1972), The Great Train Robbery (1975), Congo (1980), Sphere (1987), Jurassic Park (1990), Rising Sun (1992), Disclosure (1994), The Lost World (1995) and Airframe (1996). He has also written non-fiction, including Five Patients: The Hospital Explained (1970), Jasper Johns (1977) and Travels (1988). In the late 1960s Crichton also wrote under the names Jeffrey Hudson and John Lange. Awards for Crichton's writing have included Writer of the Year (1970) from the Association of American Medical Writers, and two Edgar Awards (1968 and 1979) from the Mystery Writers of America. Many of Crichton's novels have been made into highly successful films, six of which he directed. He is also the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning television series ER. In addition to his writing and directorial success, his expertise in information science has enabled him to run a software company and develop a computer game.
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