Prey: A Novel

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
“Crichton’s books [are]…hugely entertaining.”
Time magazine
“INTRICATE PLOTTING AND FLAWLESS PACING…you won’t be able to put it down.”
Entertainment Weekly
“CRACKLING…MYSTERIOUS….”
Detroit Free Press
“This is how to write a thriller …Crichton’s latest page-turning triumph.”
Charlotte Observer
“Another PAGE-TURNING TRIUMPH”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“INCREDIBLY SCARY and relentless”
Chattanooga Times
“He is without peer.”
Raleigh News & Observer
“RELENTLESSLY ENTERTAINING”
USA Today
“Crichton delivers.”
The Oregonian (Portland)
“A TERRIFYING TALE…combining technological verisimilitude with heart-pounding suspense…”
Washington Post Book World
“Serious and scary…”
Denver Post
“Crichton has proved he knows how to ratchet up the fear factor.”
St. Petersburg Times
“…so god-awful scary and relentless, it’ll knock your head clear of whatever ails you.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Once again, Crichton has proved to be uncannily timely.”
Detroit News
“Crichton is a master storyteller.”
Columbus Dispatch
“A cross between Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain….”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“PREY delivers that expected Crichton charge.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“A terrific novelist…He could make most readers lose sleep all night and call in sick the next day.”
San Antonio Express
“Readers turn to Michael Crichton’s novels for entertainment with relentless drive.”
Des Moines Sunday Register
“Crichton is a doctor of suspense.”
Chicago Tribune
“Crichton writes superbly…the excitment rises with each page.”
New York Newsday
“One of the great storytellers of our age…What an amazing imagination.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Michael Crichton has written some of America’s most fantastic novels.”
Time Magazine
"INTRICATE PLOTTING AND FLAWLESS PACING…you won’t be able to put it down."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062227201
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 367
  • Sales rank: 1,373,512
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of his death in 2008, Crichton was well into the writing of Micro; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel.

Richard Preston is the internationally bestselling author of eight books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.

Biography

Michael Crichton's oeuvre is so vivid and varied that it hard to believe everything sprang from the mind of a single writer. There's the dino-movie franchise and merchandising behemoth Jurassic Park; the long-running, top-rated TV series ER, which Crichton created; and sci-fi tales so cinematic a few were filmed more than once. He's even had a dinosaur named after him.

Ironically, for someone who is credited with selling over 150 million books, Crichton initially avoided writing because he didn't think he would make a living at it. So he turned to medical school instead, graduating with an M.D. from Harvard in 1969. The budding doctor had already written one award-winning novel pseudonymically (1968's A Case of Need) to help pay the bills through school; but when The Andromeda Strain came out in the same year of his med school graduation, Crichton's new career path became obvious.

The Andromeda Strain brilliantly and convincingly sets out an American scientific crisis in the form of a deadly epidemic. Its tone -- both critical of and sympathetic toward the scientific community -- set a precedent for Crichton works to come. A 1970 nonfiction work, Five Patients offers the same tone in a very different form, that being an inside look at a hospital.

Crichton's works were inspired by a remarkably curious mind. His plots often explored scientific issues -- but not always. Some of his most compelling thrillers were set against the backdrop of global trade relations (Rising Sun), corporate treachery (Disclosure) and good old-fashioned Victorian-era theft (The Great Train Robbery). The author never shied away from challenging topics, but it's obvious from his phenomenal sales that he never waxed pedantic. Writing about Prey, Crichton's cautionary tale of nanotech gone awry, The New York Times Book Review put it this way: "You're entertained on one level and you learn something on another."

On the page, Crichton's storytelling was eerily nonfictional in style. His journalistic, almost professorial, and usually third-person narration lent an air of credibility to his often disturbing tales -- in The Andromeda Strain, he went so far as to provide a fake bibliography. Along the way, he revelled in flouting basic, often subconscious assumptions: Dinosaurs are long-gone; women are workplace victims, not predators; computers are, by and large, predictable machines.

The dazzling diversity of Crichton's interests and talents became ever more evident as the years progressed. In addition to penning bestselling novels, he wrote screenplays and a travel memoir, directed several movies, created Academy Award-winning movie production software, and testified before Congress about the science of global warming -- this last as a result of his controversial 2004 eco-thriller State of Fear, a novel that reflected Crichton's own skepticism about the true nature of climate change. His views on the subject were severely criticized by leading environmentalists.

On November 4, 2008, Michael Crichton died, following a long battle against cancer. Beloved by millions of readers, his techno-thrillers and science-inflected cautionary tales remain perennial bestsellers and have spawned a literary genre all its own.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our 2005 interview with Crichton:

"I'm very interested in 20th-century American art."

"I have always been interested in movies and television as well as books. I see all these as media for storytelling, and I don't discriminate among them. At some periods of my life I preferred to work on movies, and at others I preferred books."

"In the early 1990s, interviewers began calling me ‘the father of the techno-thriller.' Nobody ever had before. Finally I began asking the interviewers, ‘Why do you call me that?' They said, ‘Because Tom Clancy says you are the father of the techno-thriller.' So I called Tom up and said, ‘Listen, thank you, but I'm not the father of the techno-thriller.' He said, ‘Yes you are.' I said, ‘No, I'm not, before me there were thrillers like Failsafe and Seven Days in May and The Manchurian Candidate that were techno-thrillers.' He said, ‘No, those are all political. You're the father of the techno-thriller.' And there it ended."

"My favorite recreation is to hike in the wilderness. I am fond of Hawaii."

"I used to scuba dive a lot, but haven't lately. For a time I liked to photograph sharks but like anything else, the thrill wears off. Earlier in my life I took serious risks, but I stopped when I became a parent."

"I taught myself to cook by following Indian and Szechuan recipes. They each have about 20 ingredients. I used to grind my own spices, I was really into it. Now I don't have much time to cook anymore. When I do, I cook Italian food."

"I read almost exclusively nonfiction. Most times I am researching some topic, which may or may not lead to a book. So my reading is pretty focused, although the focus can shift quickly."

"I have always been interested in whatever is missing or excluded from conventional thought. As a result I am drawn to writers who are out of fashion, bypassed, irritating, difficult, or excessive. I also like the disreputable works of famous writers. Thus I end up reading and liking Paul Feyerabend (Against Method), G. K. Chesterton (Orthodoxy, What's Wrong with the World), John Stuart Mill, Hemingway (Garden of Eden), Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Alain Finkielkraut (Defeat of the Mind), Anton Ehrenzweig (Hidden Order of Art), Arthur Koestler (Midwife Toad, Beyond Reductionism), Ian McHarg (Design with Nature), Marguerite Duras, Jung, late James M. Cain (Serenade), Paul Campos.

"Because I get up so early to work, I tend to go to bed early, around 10 or 11. So I don't go out much. I suppose I am borderline reclusive. I don't care."

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Michael Crichton (full name), Jeffery Hudson, John Lange
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 23, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      November 4, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Los Angeles, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    Definately my choice of prey

    Prey By Michael Crichton Reviewed by Josh There are always problems with finding a good book to read. You want to try to find a topic you like, and then you see if the book has a well known reliable author, then you see how long the book is. All these challenges can be solved with this book Prey by Michael Crichton. I initially chose this book on a recommendation from my dad. He had just recently read it and said it was an extraordinary book. Unfortunately, I wasn¿t very keen on reading a 300 odd page book however I was looking for something enticing and something I was interested in. He had recommended this book before but I had put the idea aside. Finally we were assigned an independent reading assignment, so I said ¿Ah, why not,¿ and I picked it up and started to read. Ever since then, I haven¿t been able to put the book down. If you¿re a person that¿s interested in today¿s technology and science this is definitely a book for you. This is a realistically based fiction of technology and modern science with a bit of romance. Jack Forman, a currently unemployed programmer is assigned the position of ¿house dad¿ and he¿s doing a heck of a job, but when things start going awry with his hard working wife Julia, he starts to suspect she¿s having an affair in Townsend 2 the office. She works at Xymos Technology, one of the leading technology distributors in the Silicon Valley. Jack is hired as a consultant to Xymos and takes a trip out to the companies¿ fabrication building. He is surprised to find out they are currently programming nanotechnology as a military weapon. After they get the technology advanced enough, the nano- bots begin to learn from experience and think on the spot. This ends up as a terrible outcome and could mean the end of human civilization as we know it. Crichton has done a magnificent job with his descriptive sci-fi action writing It really makes you think you¿re in the story so much, that it¿s scary. Though Prey is a great read, I would suggest limits and restrictions. It should be noted that if you are influenced by harsh language, this book is definitely not for you. There are feelings expressed in language that normally would not be accepted as polite or even correct for that matter. Also, there is slight sexual content but nothing to be alarmed about. Other than that, this book is a fantastic read and should be taken into consideration next time you¿re looking for a book worth your while. Prey is for those interested in today¿s modern science and technology, and for those looking for a good book. I recommend this book if you are looking for a good action adventure and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. But be careful, to be human¿is to be hunted.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    This book is very interesting

    Prey is a book by the famous author Michael Crichton. He has written many other famous and award winning books that are also worth a read. Prey itself is a book that commands you to keep reading it all the way through. It is definitely worthy of anyone who reads love stories or science fiction romance novels. This book is also similar to some other Crichton books that follow the theme of massive technological discovery destroying humans for their insolence and hubris. The protagonist of prey is Jack Forman. He is a middle aged father of three that has a loving wife and a good job. Everything goes wrong from here, Jack has almost everything taken from him and events push him to the edge. It starts with his job being taken away and then his family is also hurt. This leads to other events that show how human expansion of technology can be very dangerous. Michael Crichton's style can be summarized by saying that he allows the actions to speak for themselves. He perfectly balances action and suspense, and romance and dialogue. He writes in a style that purely exemplifies the actions that are pushing you to your seat. Prey is also divided into 4 parts that all have specific problems and answers. Each part seems to answer one of the questions you are thinking, but as each is answered another is proposed until finally the final truth is revealed. I highly recommend this book as one that will entertain and surprise.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Best book ever!

    Starts slowly but stick with it by page 200 you wont be able to put it down! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    All time favorite read

    I have read this book so many times (at least 4). I even have two copies, one paperback and one hardcover. As with all other books from this author. I love it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    A quick and fun - though terrifting - read

    The plot is thin, some of the characters totally glossed over, and the big twist will only surprise you by being exactly what you expected after page 20 : but I still couldn't put it down. And he really expertly huts on the post-modern implications of hubris.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    This is classic Michael Crichton at his best.

    Keeps you in suspense for the entire read. Don't know much about nanotechnology, but the implicantions are frightful, if maybe unrealistic in this book. If you like suspense, this is for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Not my favorite

    Had to skim through several pages of technical mumbo jumbo that didn't seem to be key to the story. Much of the story line was good and definitely held my interest but overall a disappointment.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Good read.

    Entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Excellent! I could not put this book down.

    Excellent! I could not put this book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Awesome. It was a book i could not put down

    Need i say more?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Leopard to someone

    Id like 1,000 rabits 2,000 beavers 3,000 fish and 8,000 moles. thanks! ~ Leopard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Order for the plum tree result one

    15 squrills 15rabbits 15 mice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Prey order

    9,876 field mice 456,87653 voles 2456,23456 trout and 23,0000 frogs to kaos klan at kaos result four please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Mappleleaf

    *she looked at leopard's request*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Heatherpond to blackfeather

    Could l have some dock marigold and dried oak leaves?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Patches

    I best leave now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    To people who know about herbs!

    What's good for bleeding and infection?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    AutumnFire

    She looks a bit suprised to find AmazonLeaf here. "Do you have fish?", she asks BlackFeather.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Fun and educational read

    A fun thriller. I really enjoyed the technical aspects and thought they were just enough to add to the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Amazing

    A grest book

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