Prey by Michael Crichton

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14 Critic Reviews

After reading ten of Michael Crichton’s books over the years, I’ve come to the reluctant conclusion that his reach exceeds his grasp. Prey is no exception.
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Synopsis

Michael Crichton's Prey is a terrifying page-turner that masterfully combines a heart–pounding thriller with cutting-edge technology.

Deep in the Nevada desert, the Xymos Corporation has built a state-of-the-art fabrication plant, surrounded by miles and miles of nothing but cactus and coyotes. Eight people are trapped. A self-replicating swarm of predatory molecules is rapidly evolving outside the plant. Massed together, the molecules form an intelligent organism that is anything but benign. More powerful by the hour, it has targeted the eight scientists as prey. They must stop the swarm before it is too late…

In Prey, Michael Crichton combines scientific brilliance with relentless pacing to create an electrifying, chilling techno-thriller

 

About Michael Crichton

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Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 545 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime, Science & Math. Fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Below average
on Jan 24 2015

...this time the product is so by-the-numbers that even die-hard fans may find themselves bored. Disappointing effort from an author who simply refuses to change an old, tired template.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 13 2015

Crichton is at the top of his considerable game here, dealing with a host of important themes (runaway technology, the deleterious influence of money on science) in a novel that's his most gripping since Jurassic Park.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Peter Guttridge on Dec 14 2002

This isn't the best Crichton you've ever read but it is good enough to maintain his reputation as one of the most ingenious, inventive thriller writers around.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Peter Guttridge on Dec 14 2002

This isn't the best Crichton you've ever read but it is good enough to maintain his reputation as one of the most ingenious, inventive thriller writers around.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Dec 13 2002

I am doubtful as to whether the form this emergent intelligence takes would so precisely mimic the actions of something out of Terminator II , but the principle is scary enough.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Deano on Jun 10 2003

After reading ten of Michael Crichton’s books over the years, I’ve come to the reluctant conclusion that his reach exceeds his grasp. Prey is no exception.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Mark Kleiman on Feb 17 2003

As fiction, it’s just hackwork; someone told me that Crichton used to be better as a novelist, which I hope is true. If what Neal Stephenson does is writing, Critchton’s product is, as Scott Fitzgerald once said, just typing.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Dec 06 2002

These opening pages...are among the best Crichton has ever written...For the rest of the book, Crichton operates on roller-coaster mode, which is disappointing considering his effective start...All told, it’s a pretty big buzzkill when the last 100 pages of Crichton’s most polished read find him up to his lazy old tricks.

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About.com

Good
Reviewed by Shawn Stufflebeam on Feb 05 2013

In Prey Michael Crichton once again helps your imagination run riot. If you have ever enjoyed one of his novels, I suspect that you will love this one.

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People

Good
on Dec 02 2002

Crichton's megaselling books are straightforward thrillers built out of lean, effective characterizations and stacks of timely and frighteningly plausible ideas. Prey sticks to this tried-and-true formula like ants on a honey jar.

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Curled Up

Good
Reviewed by Mary B. Stuart on Apr 19 2015

Prey is a thriller and a true page-turner. But what raises Crichton’s books above the average thriller is his knowledge of science and his ability to incorporate that knowledge into his novels to explain, scientifically, what is happening.

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Sarah Says Read

Above average
on May 25 2013

It was intense and interesting and the pages flew by. In a way it was the perfect “fluff” book for the end of the readathon last weekend. It had that smart stuff that I love, but in the form of an action-y thriller and it was, in fact, my jam.

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Reviewed by TC on Mar 04 2004

Overall this was an insightful look into technology and the damage it can cause when pushed to the limit by greedy corportations and left unchecked.

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Below average
Reviewed by Aaron Hughes on Jun 08 2013

Even setting aside Crichton's cumbersome handling of scientific detail, this novel does not hold together well as a suspense story. Crichton does not trust the reader to appreciate the importance of small clues about what's really going on, so now and then he throws in obvious giveaways.

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