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4.0 out of 5 stars
Michael Crichton does it again, 16 Jan 2003
Michael Crichton techno thrillers are like James Bond movies: they have a standard formula.
In "Prey", the science gone mad is nanotechnology, something which is mentioned in William Gibson's later novels and featured in the "Jason X" movie.
The hero is a WASP in midlife crisis: fired from his hi-tech job, house bound with high flying wife who works on cutting edge technology, and struggling to keep the kids at home happy.
Something goes wrong in the Nevada desert where his wife is working on a project. Something goes very wrong. Our hero must investigate and fight science with science.
"Prey" works very well being told in first person perspective which makes it different from "Jurassic Park" on that basis alone.
What you get is a very well written novel, with good clear explanations of nanotechnology and (forced) extrapolation of what is possible. I say forced because it is just believable - just, but not completely ludicrous. There are also elements of "ET", 1970's killer bee disaster movie, and a bit of "Disclosure"(the hero's power mad wife could be Mederith reincarnate) put in for good measure.
A good read. Very entertaining. If you want another "Jurassic Park" style thrill, read this novel.